It is all the fault of this book.
Would you believe, it just jumped off the shelf in Exclusive Books, right into my hands and begged - no, demanded, I buy it.
It was love at first sight.
The worst kind: like a drug.
I've hardly been out of the house for the last week.
It explains and illustrates a myriad techniques in simple terms.
There are lots of exercises - exciting exercises around colour, shapes, texture, lines - all the things that help you create particular effects.
And its Sub A stuff, in art terms. (Or Grade 1 for the younger crew)
Which I need.
I'm going to show you some of the excercises -
What I love the most is that this book invites one to PLAY
To forget about the end result and just have fun with the process -
Which I find SO hard to do when its a likeness you are trying to capture.
Being encouraged to play with shapes and colours?
Now that's so do-able.
So, here are a couple of my fun-things, just to give you an idea -
This one was to make lines that go off the page using a limited number of closely associated colours only
This was all about colours - using only red, yellow and blue (primary colours), see how many other colours you can make and arrange them in a fun, pleasing way.
I also discovered that on YouTube you can watch artists actually working
Now for me, who learns waaaay better by watching than by hearing, this was a huge find.
I spent a lot of time doing that.
And then . . .
I think I might have ruined myself for any other art forms
Bcause I discovered this man's work there -
Here's another . . .
The artist's name is Eelco Maan
And his work is sublime.
The luminosity, translucency and clarity of colour stuns me
Just one more, then I really must go . .