Monday, April 13, 2015

7 Day's In The 100 Day Project

It has been one week in since beginning The 100 Day Project. It kicked off to a rocky start because I was out of town the first three days and I was lacking some supplies, but all-in-all I'm all caught up now. 

I must say it is an interesting foray into doing stand alone pieces, albeit still a bit small since I am using an 8 x 8 water color block. I am learning what works and what does not, since I like to use other supplies such as Prisma color pencils and such, but it is mostly because I don't have much experience with rough surface of cold press paper. I just ordered some hot press paper, so maybe that will help moving forward.

The other aspect of stand alone pieces I find difficult is the need to be more patient and meticulous. Which as you see so far is not quite there yet haha. In a journal its more forgiving to have paint splotches or lines that are off, but on a separate piece... due to the larger surface area and such I am having difficulty keeping the paint thickness and shade consistent. 

Any who, originally I was going to continue with my little character that is in my Hobonichi, for this project, but I have decided to just play. One day to plan and the next to paint. Nothing wrong with exploring the different facets of one's artistic personalities no? Plus, eh... I'm still searching I suppose for my own creative voice. Which in turn will be defined by practice... practice... practice. 

Day 1 sketch

Day 2 gouache & digital

Day 3 sketch

Day 4 gouache

Day 5 sketch

Day 6 graphite, watercolor, gouache, color pencil, ink

Day 7 graphite, watercolor, ink

Music of the Day:
Nouvelle Vague : Dancing with Myself

Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Friday #45 : Flexi-Sketch Book Review

Ah yes... what can I say? I found my happy throw all sketchbook that I don't mind messing up, The Flexi-Sketch. Sound strange? I suppose it is, but certain sketchbooks I feel a sort of preciousness about it still even after a few years have passed. 

Any who the paper inside, although fairly standard for a sketchbook is good enough for light wet media. There maybe some curling if a page becomes too wet, but I don't mind that much as u can always flatten pages by closing the book and adding some weight.

Charcoal pencil works beautifully on the paper as does my oil pastels. The paper itself has a very fine texture to it. Very slight, but good enough to look nice as the charcoal runs across it.

So far most of my markers do not bleed. Heavy use of supplies leave a slight shadow on the next page, but I've decided to try using only the right side of the sketchbook. A practice some advocate so that drawing do not get ruined maybe? Or is it a plot of the paper companies so that you will get another journal? Hmm... either way I'm all for it haha.

Now in terms of the size. I made a slight mistake in size judgement. It did not really register just how small this would end up being until it arrive on my doorstep. Admittedly, afterwards I regretted the purchase and it sat on the shelf for a few weeks.  I toyed with getting the bigger size, but just couldn't bring myself to get another journal... well right now anyways. Yes, folks... I do have a bit of self control ^_^.

Then in my desperation to find a good square journal, I opted to just pull this out and play with it and so glad I did. You'll be seeing me playing around quite a bit in this little  6 x 6 critter. In fact it is my go-to for 'The 100 Day Project'. If this one sound a bit too small for you they do have it in an 8 X 8 as well as your traditional shapes. Here is to a good mistake... happy creating!!!

Music of the Day:
Mr. Little Jeans : Good Mistake

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Friday #44 : The 100 Day Project

Happy Friday!!! Today's vlog is a bit about the new 100 day challenge I will be involved in beginning of April 6th called : The 100 Day Project, hosted this year by the magazine : The Great Discontent.

The Great Discontent, Issue 2

This is the mini documentary about an earlier session of artists who dedicated themselves to a 100 days of creativity and how the project impacted their lives.

Since my focus will be to get out of my journals I thought I would start by using the Aqvarelle Arches and Fluid Easy water color blocks I already had on hand.  Remember to hashtag your days on instagram :  #The100DayProject and your personal #100Daysof______. My personal one will be #100DaysofJules.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mon Carnet De Poche Update

 I thought I would drop a quick update on my beloved journal that many have been asking about Mon Carnet De Poche. The lovely vintage journal that seems to be taking a lot from the different mediums I am trying.

I know many were looking for it. Although I originally purchased it in a Japanese stationary store named Maido, they had since sold out. I found the exact same one at Crate & Barrel of all places. Or a version of it on JenniBick called Carnet de Croquis Poche (Pocekt Sketchbook).

It is truly a lovely sketchbook or all around nice paper if you like to use it for writing.

Music of the Day:
Sondre Lerche : Bad Law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Search

Its been a few years now since I've dived back into the creative world and I must say I have learned a lot and also been bitten by the supply bug as is very apparent from my journey. During which I have played around with many different mediums and styles, and just plain played around to see what would happen.

I guess you can say I am still in the throws of searching for the elusive, "style" that is my own. The one that would make one say, hey... that looks like something Julia did haha. Now I'm not talking about fames and riches although I won't deny that would be grand. I'm just talking about how some are driven to repeat a certain type of stamp on the world or art and creativity that is uniquely their own.

Sometimes I feel the failure for not having discovered mine yet and this is aside from the fact I still need to grow my technical skills. Perhaps this in the natural evolution of feelings all artists go through I am not sure. First the blank page fright, then the fear of what other would say or think, and finally the growing desire to have "the style" that is your own.

Seems like a lot of emotional and psychological hurdles one has to go through in order to do something we as humans so innately want to do. I think that is why I am so drawn to artists like Lynda Barry. How she pulls from the ones who thought themselves the least bit creative, a load of it.

Funny... just rambling in my thoughts as I was playing with some gouache and oil pastels in my Mon Carnet de Poche today. It had occurred to me that I have not as I haven't 'arrived' so to speak, but maybe that isn't such a bad thing. Maybe I shouldn't be so concerned with 'searching' for it... as long as I am creating and having fun!

Music of the Day:
Lullatone : Growing Up

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Yeah... on my long list of things to improve ^_*. Just had to share this one. I'm always in awe of folks who have wonderful handwriting much less calligraphic handwriting. I've only just begun acquiring a few inks, fountain pens, and pens with nibs.

Of course this is a whole different rabbit hole one can go down, but I'm definitely not there yet. However, if you are interested, at Goulet Pens you can get samples of inks to try out or join their inkdrop, which is a monthly subscription in which they send you 5 samples a month to try.

I also decided to get a few books on the subject which seem fairly straight forward. The first one is called: Draw Your Own Alphabets. This one is more about drawing out different font styles. Each section has: a lesson, the alphabet completely drawn out in that particular style, and then a practice page. My only issue is I wish the sample alphabet was across from the practice page although I suppose most would practice on separate pieces of paper anyways.


The other book is more about traditional calligraphy. The ornate kind such as Celtic, Gothic, Renaissance, as well as a bit of more modern ones. This one surprised me. I thought it would be a bit dry as anything with the word "Bible of " usually is, but it is quite informative. Especially for a newbie like me I suppose.

The beginning of the book talks about the tool and techniques of the trade. Now while an average gal like me would probably not get into the stretching of vellum...(don't ask haha), there are some nice tips on the types of brushes, pens, and paints you can use.

The rest of the chapters go into a specific style, give a little background history, examples of use, and then a break down on how to draw it. 

There is also a section on modern calligraphy and I really like how they break it down by order of strokes.

Bottom line is it takes practice, practice, practice... one day you just might see something better than my chicken scratch, and when you do know that it happen because I must have practiced haha.

Oh speaking of which as a side note, you know that inspirational comic artist Richard Thompson I mentioned? I was pouring over his old blog and came upon this little beauty about nibs. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Friday #43 : Where I Create

Hello and happy Friday to everyone! A few lovely folks have asked me to show more of my art room, but before I did, I decided it was time to optimize my space and went to work re-organizing my room.

I originally used the white desk you see here as my main hub for my computer. This in turn became my default place where I also did my art. On this one cramped desk! So silly after my hubby and the kids spent so much time refinishing my standing desk and the surface along the wall. What a waste and how unhealthy!

So I went to work... for now I think this will suit me fine. I will be using the standing desk more and the surface along the wall and the white desk the kid's digital corner. Currently little man is into programming games and editing effects into his mini movies. And little miss is into drawing digitally and using her light board via the computer.

Here are a few pictures of my beloved supplies. I will go over my current favorites in a future date I promise ^_^.

All-in-all I think this layout is more open and conducive to the utilization of my space. Any who I'm a bit of a nut for seeing where people create so if you have something posted online, drop a comment and a link. Would love to see where you create!