Today I accomplished several artistic goals. I began and almost finished the first of my portrait pieces, and will finish it tomorrow. The second one I have a plan for at this time, and will start it then. I also plan to ink one of my practice pieces.
I watched several videos today. Some by Ed Beard Jr, who taught me a few things on pencil drawings. and a few on ITunes University on my ipad. I think I will also start a Art Journal. Sounds like a cool idea.
I also bought my first oil paint brush. It was a $20 brush I got for $10 because of a 50% off coupon. I plan to do this regularly to cut my costs down. As Oil painting is expensive I’m going to spread out the costs of my expenses over a series of paydays.
Tomorrows goals will be to finish my first drawing, start the second, ink one practice piece and begin to price oil paints from Pen and Ink, Dick Blick and the other catalog I have. I also have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow.
I am also incredibly grateful that I attended this class. For those of you who do not know who Larry Elmore is, he is a famous fantasy artist that did a lot of the Dungeons and Dragons artwork. I grew up with his art and it was an honor to study with him. I also met a lot of other artists and learning from their works was also very impressive.
I am motivated with a list of ideas for drawings and plans to develop my skills as an illustrator and pen/ink work. It’s been a long time since I did any regular artwork, but I really want to do a lot more.
I have a long list of artists and books to look up and review. I took a lot of notes over this class, and kept a book close to write things down when people would discuss artists they admire or knew. It was incredibly inspiring.
At the end of the class, I was also very sad to have it end but eager to get home and build my studio so I can get to work.
If you get a chance to study with Larry or any other professional artist. I would suggest you find your mentor and embrace the relationship
One of the issues constantly on my mind these days is dealing with my weight loss. I’ve had an ongoing and seemingly neverending battle regarding my weight. Partly fueled by depression and self esteem issues as well as other things I’ll spare you from it’s gotten bad at times. My highest weight was up to 390 lbs.
I’ve been yo-yoing up and down for a while now. I’ve been doing good for the last month or so. This week, I’m down 2.2lbs. Current weight 314.0lbs. The photo I’m putting in here was at least twenty pounds more then I’m currently at. My goal weight is 200lbs. Some days the goal seems so far off, I think I’m a fool for even trying. That’s when the depression kicks in.
I’ve been going to the gym about three times a week these days. I’ll be going on my vacation in about a week. Kinda worried about my food options when I get to Kentucky. I’m shooting for 300 lbs by Labor day. That’s 14 lbs in a month and a half. Seems like a lot now.
Well, each day is another day. I’m working at this one every day. Think about it all
the time. I’ve been spending a lot of money on my self improvement, with weight watchers, gym membership, medicine, and doctors. It’s going to be a long struggle. I hope I can win this war but it’s a daily battle and it sucks because I love food. I love to cook food, eat food, share food. Ugh..
I found an old drawing that I did. Actually, I made it twenty years ago. Drawn in 1992, I made this for a vampire zine. The product was so poorly reproduced, I haven’t shared it before. However in less than two weeks, I’ll be in Kentucky studying art with someone I’ve admired since I was 12 years old. Hope to make a lot more art, and improve along the way. Enjoy.