My daily sketch:
Not happy with this sketch; I actually generally dislike all the human figures I draw (which is why I’m trying to make it a priority to draw more of them, because I need the practice). My biggest issue, as I’ve said, is proportion, and, going sort of hand-in-hand with that, perspective. I have trouble conceptualizing forms in space in the abstract, so I absolutely have to have a reference photo, and because my sense of proportion is off, it never ends up resembling the reference and I end up just feeling discouraged. I hate how hard it is for me to be okay with not being good at drawing things; this was, again, a sketch I wanted to sort of sweep under the rug. I’m not. I’m owning it. And I’m going to draw more and more human figures, because that’s the only way I’ll get better.
I was excited to see, when the schedule went live tonight, that Arisia is having a few “figure drawing” panels/workshops; the timing really seems like kismet, given my resolve as of late to get better at art. One of them will actually be the first panel I attend on Friday night, and I’m excited.
Actually, I’m excited the Arisia schedule went live, full stop. This is late for them, and I’m thrilled by some of the panels and offerings. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet on this iteration of the blog but I’m intensely interested in fandom culture, and I’ve been attending fan conventions for eleven years. Arisia is, by and far, the favorite of the cons I’ve ever been to. This is my seventh Arisia, and I’m just as excited as the first year.
Today was oddly Arisia-centric. Along with going to the gym (and woo, what a workout that was), my only foray out of the house today was to Savers, to try to round-up the necessary accouterments to put together a Crowley cosplay. Good Omens was a huge fandom for me in the summer of 2019, so much so that I had a Good Omens-centric Tumblr and read more fic in that one fandom over the summer than I’ve read in all my fandoms over the prior six months, I kid you not. I was lucky enough to be gifted his sunglasses over the holidays, and thought it’d be relatively easy to find the other pieces — grey slacks, a vest, a blazer.
Sadly, it was not. I might try again next week, but I’m not going to pretend I’m not a bit discouraged. I don’t do cosplay generally, I just don’t have the time or the money (or really, the inclination in general, though I do love cosplay-watching at cons, and have deep respect for talented cosplayers), but Crowley, I don’t know. Crowley was special to me. I gorged myself on Crowley-centric fic over the summer, particularly the “Crowley Was Raphael Before He Fell” and “Genderfluid Crowley” tags over on AO3, and I was really looking forward to putting together something for the con. Maybe I still have a chance. We’ll see.
Back to work tomorrow, and Bear’s first day back at school. I’m almost done my micron pen piece, so I might work on it and possibly finish it tonight. It’s not perfect, but I’m still thrilled with how it’s come along.
Here’s to a good work week.