Anonymous asked: Good morning (er, afternoon! Ha ha ha!)! I was one of those who downloaded the LOVELY photo of Grandma! I don't know if your tracker shows you locations or not, but I'm from PA. Just thought you might like to know where your fans are from. :D You are IMMENSELY talented. I wish I had even a fraction of your talent! Where did you go to art school? And did you leave Grandma's clothing white to suggest she's an angel? It's all just so wonderful! Well, hope you have a fine day. :)
Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for writing. You’ve made my day. :) To answer your questions: most of my downloads came locally, from some small areas one and two counties over from me, but I DID wonder who was such a fan from PA! Thanks for introducing yourself.
I’ve never been to art school. I did not have the chance to attend public school growing up, so I’ve never even had an art class. I just always wanted to draw, so about ten years ago I started checking out library books and slowly teaching myself. Get the Hobby Lobby app for your phone, since it gives 40% off any item, visit your local library, and just start fooling around! That’s how I did it. And yes, I left her clothing white to suggest an angel. She’s been gone for nearly 17 years now, and I miss her every day. It is comforting to think of her in some sort of heaven, so I wanted to bring that comfort to my portrait of her.
Your compliments are appreciated, but I really don’t think I have exceptional talent. I’m exceptionally creative, yes. My view is that creativity is a type of energy. You can focus it into any direction you choose, with practice. I’ve been practicing focusing my creativity beam on drawing for a long time now. I encourage you to do the same if you really want to draw! Start today. Drawing 10 minutes a day is better than drawing for four hours once or twice a month. I started off barely able to do stick figures. If I can do it, anyone can, including you! Get started today. You can do it!
I see from my tracker that the photo of my framed sketch of my Grandmother has been downloaded quite a few times. This photo, before it was framed, is actually better. Presumably, the downloaders missed it, so I’m reblogging to put it at the top. :)
This is my most recent portrait, my late grandmother. I had some initial difficulty sketching this. A measurement error and then using too dark of a pencil meant that I couldn’t fully repair my initial mistake. Still, the repair turned out better than I was expecting. I am studying a new method of portraiture that does not involve using blending tortillons. When I am confident in the new method, I will make my Grandma the subject of my first portrait I do. The contrast between the two methods will be very interesting, I hope.