As I mentioned in my last post regarding the Fauxbonichi post, I've switched things up a mite.
And by "a mite", I mean a LOT.
Why? I was bored. I was feeling like I was being too tidy and needed to be more fine art-y.
As an illustrator, I find I swing like a pendulum between the more graphic arts end of things THEN the more painterly end of things.
For the time being, I'll be dealing with two days as a spread. In March I'm going to do one day as a 2-page spread -- I'm feeling the need to be able to draw more or bigger, and I don't want the writing to get shoved to the side. I also want to try something that's been gnawing at me for awhile, and a day-on-2-pages might satisfy that. I also want to incorporate more suggestions Lynda Barry makes in her book Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor.
These pages were sprayed with several (3-ish within a range; I think many more would make a big mess, but hey, I'll experiment) inks called Color Wash Jewels by a company called stampzia.com. These inks were part of my mother's stash, and using that up is good on a couple of scores, chief of which is: I'm not spending money on supplies that still have some life. Other mark-makers on these pages are black Flairs (by Paper Mate), the Acroball, and a variety of gel pens (GellyRoll and Souffle). I've photographed these pages rather than scanned, as with scanning the fluorescents don't read. (A tip: draw on top of washi tape -- the gel pens work real well for that.)
On the tip from a gal in the Fauxbonichi Journalers group, I've been playing around with using a water brush pen (Sakura) on the felt-tip marker-created lines. Doing this creates shadows that are making me want to draw even more. (Don't you love it when a new tip or trick just AMPLIFIES and ENERGIZES what you were already doing???)
Part of my journaling ennui I felt was coming from my wanting to write about stuff, but needing for it to be kept private. I've started implementing the BLUR TOOL rule and have given myself the permission to "WRITE WHAT YOU WANT".
I've also made a decision to use as QUOTES things that I hear during the day that strike me as meaningful or funny (or both). Oftentimes quotes of the "LIVE-LOVE-LAUGH" variety just don't do IT for me. Don't get me wrong: I adore living, laughing, and loving, but I want my pages to reflect my life and the things I'm thinking on and having conversations about.
Another tip from this page: Stickers that spell out words can be toyed with to further incorporate the look of your hand -- outline them, add drop shadows, draw patterns on them, etc.
What I learned from the 24th: That I can screw up a drawing, then add gesso to cover up, and then draw on top. That's what happened here with the robot character. The white gesso mixed with the black ink making for a gray gesso. OK, what now? A robot. Robots are gray. Ish. Then I had a field of gray left over and a need to create a transition into the purple background. Now what? Draw little spiral-doodles in purple gel pen. NO ONE'S THE WISER! I'm glad I mucked it up because I found out that these pages (two glued together) will withstand gesso. Will I do this again, with intention? Yup!
I had so much fun doodling the Actors on the 25th. It took me a little while to warm up, but then it quickly became so much fun. I've taught caricaturing within the context of teaching cartooning, so I was happy that it seemed as though I'd been paying attention to my own lessons: Heehee! I will do more of this type of thing, as there are stories that I want to tell that require drawing REAL PEOPLE.
So that's where my journaling has taken me over the last several days. And now I'm curious: Have you ever felt bored with how you were art-journaling? What did you do to pop yourself out of it? Would love to hear about what worked for you for instilling new life into your pages -- please leave your thoughts and tips in the comments section. Thank you!