Friday, July 13, 2012


I'm not really sure what I am letting myself in for here but I figured I'd try it out and see if I fit in.

The theme for the Sketchbook Challenge this month is: 

My artwork is usually fairly formal and traditional -- and that includes the materials I use.  I've been reading about Tangles recently so I decided I would start with many circles, quite a bit of color and some texture.  I used a fine black ink pen and Prisma color pencils.

I like the idea of being given a theme each month to explore.  I think one of the things I would like to explore is being less formal in my art, since I nearly always draw from a picture (I'm not what I would call a true artist)  So I want to be a little more free with my drawing and use a little more of my imagination.  

I'm not sure if I can do this because I'm a very organized and detailed person.  I'm not what you'd call free and easy.  I like boundaries and goals and things that make sense. I'm always looking for the right way to do things and to do things properly.  It's hard for me to be slipshod or slapdash, but I'm not too worried about that because that's who I am and have been all my life. What can you expect from an English teacher and high school principal? But I think I could break out of my 40 years of self imposed limitations to some degree and still be me and be happy with what I produce in the process.  WE WILL SEE!

I will add the details of where you can find the Sketchbook challenge hopefully tomorrow.  It's late and I need to quit.

Here is the link to The Sketchbook Challenge so you can learn what it is all about and join if you wish.  Please click HERE


snafu said...

That must have taken some time to do so much detail, you can look at them and keep seeing soemthing new. Nice shading and highlighting for 3D effects. Probably a wealth of information in there for a shrink :)

Jane and Chris said...

I'd hang that top artwork on my walls anyday. I love it!
Jane x

MorningAJ said...

The top one sort of looks like one of those fancy goldfish that the Japanese breed. With a long green tail. I like it.

kaybee said...

You REALLY have a talent for this, Chris. The coloured one is absolutely stunning! I, too, would have that one hanging on one of my walls. (My birthday is coming up...oh, but I've already had my birthday gift).

I hope you are copyrighting these designs somehow.

Wanda said...

I like your new Art Challenge, Chris...Very "Chris" and that's where you excell. I think your top one could be an elegant piece of fabric. Years ago I worked as a receptionist in a Swimware Co. They would bring in these large bolts of beautiful fabric, and the designers would take one look, and see the finished bathing suit. I think you found a great way to express your art, and your personality.

I'm just the loosy goosy with my we each have our passions.

I will look forward to your entries in this Art Challenge.

jabblog said...

I love these, Chris. So much intricate detail - delicious!