Monday, January 5, 2009

Learning Something New Every Day

The time I have spent in college has been more helpful to me than I can even imagine. But I hope some day I will realize it completely. I have one more semester of school and I don't want it to end. I love learning and practicing art in a school setting. I love learning methods, techniques, and concepts from professors that I trust and admire. However, once school ends, that is not the end of my learning. I should look at it as a chance to take everything I have learned in school, and use it!...and then learn something from that. School is not necessary to learn about art or to do it well....a passion in your heart, a desire to know more and understand, and an eagerness and drive to explore and discover new things is what is necessary. Besides, even when school is done, and I have my degree....that doesn't mean I can't take art classes for fun! In fact, that is my plan! So....I will stop worrying about leaving school and just think of it as a chance to learn something new.

Today I realized how much I have learned in school as I have studied art. I did a little sketch of an owl just the other day and remembered another owl sketch I did awhile back...a little over a year, actually. There is quite a difference! But certainly, there is still much to learn and room to grow!

Commissioned Caricature

Well, hello! I feel like I haven't posted anything in a long time! This holiday season has been very eventful in good and bad ways. But lets not get into all that right now. One thing I did was a caricature for a Lieutenant who was retiring. A friend wanted to give it as a gift and asked me to do it for him. Of course, I was more than happy to! It was a lot of fun and I'm pretty satisfied with it, especially since it was my first one! I would love to do more, maybe I'll get more opportunities soon...we'll see!
I started with a rough sketch just to get an idea of how he wanted it to look. Then I made a few changes based upon his requests. Then I did the final inked drawing.Then I scanned it in the computer and colored it! DONE!