Here's what I came up with for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Swamp." I actually ended up watching the show Swamp People, which I had never seen before, to get some inspiration. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be!
Swamp People is on the History channel and is a reality show that follows gator hunters through the swamp. It's fascinating, I promise!
So after all that alligator hunting I watched, I had to paint an alligator. Watch out, he's coming to get you :0)
On their website they say that the first 33 illustrators/artists to submit "suitable" entries will get their design on the website and a free notebook (you have to pay for shipping to the US). I don't know how legit their offer is, but I'd really like a journal so I did this design hoping to make it on to the website (I'll let you know if I do).
Sometimes when I get nice notebooks or sketchbooks I have a hard time drawing in them because the clean white paper intimidates me and I don't want to "make a mistake" on one of the pages. Which is why I wrote "create" on the journal as a reminder that it doesn't matter if you make mistakes as long as you are creating and moving forward. That's what practice is for right?
*Just so you know, I wasn't payed by Monsieur Notebook to write this entry, I'm just really excited about the prospect of a lovely new leather sketchbook :0)
I had a lot of trouble figuring out what to paint for this weeks Illustration Friday* topic, "shades."
So here's what I came up with, shades of nail polish!
On a side note, I love nail polish color names. OPI usually has the best "and this little piggy" or "over the taupe" are some of the clever names they've come up with lately.
Do you have a favorite nail polish color name?
* For readers who don't know, Illustration Friday is a website that gives a topic every week that artists illustrate, and then link on the website so we can see each others work. The illustration must be posted before Friday, hence the name.
I did this painting before I really knew how to use watercolors, so used pen to do the actual drawing and then filled in with watercolor. It's fun to look back at stuff like this and see how far you've come. I drew the quote on this morning in case you were wondering.
I love this quote by Emerson because to me "live in the sunshine" is a reminder to stay positive and choose to be happy.
Here are some of my instagrams this week. It's been pretty rainy for the most part here in SF. My boyfriend and I are off to another wedding this weekend, I am hoping that the fog clears so our flight isn't delayed!
I didn't give myself much time to do this week's Illustration Friday, so this one is more of a messy sketch and less of a "painting."
I had trouble coming up with something said said "capable" to me, but one of the things that came to me is how a caterpillar is capable of growing into a beautiful butterfly. Which I think is kind of an inspiring message.
What would you have chosen to (or did you) illustrate for capable?