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Another try! Journal pages :-)

Right, so the last time it didn't work because of LJ issues. Sorry it took such a long time to get around to it again. Thanks to those who commented that it wasn't working! Perhaps I will go and delete that post now - doesn't seem necessary to keep it.

These are in the wrong order - from newest to oldest. From my last four journals. Images only; text is private + mostly in Finnish. :P I'm trying to get into the swing of drawing, painting, art journalling, etc., but I'm terribly penny-pinching and using paper in a non-obsessively saving way is so frigging hard. If I'm not satisfied enough, I feel like I have completely wasted paper. And I always have to fill in absolutely every cm of the paper. Learning, Learning...



Two contour drawings of myself. I was trying to use pages fast to finish this journal - the tiny, tiny size was getting on my nervous. It's palm-sized or smaller, and I have tiny hands! Paper blanks though, which is nice.

Contour drawing is a method where you don't look at the paper at all, except for very quick glances only when you need to reposition your pen. You try to move your hand and eye at the same time. It's a good eye-hand coordination practice. Monet made it a habit throughout his long career to practice it regularly. I highly recommend it; you see your improvement really fast! And even the "bad" results look really cool. And it's hard to be a perfectionist about it since you don't see what you're doing, so it's a really pressure-free way to draw.


A contour drawing of my bf.


Street view in Vienna. It was actually night time.


Part of a cathedral in Vienna.


Two examples of how I do the title page, plus cool fish on a back cover. Wrote a completely wrong date in the small one! 2004?!


Just some hay that was in front of me on a summer's day.


Second. Much more like him now!


First portrait of my bf. Doesn't much look like him... and no he was not wearing a shirt saying sleeping jesus! I just thought it was a funny thing - is it a band t-shirt or because he looks like a sleeping jesus? :P


Random background paint with random stuff on top. On the bottom it says, "tft in my brain" - I meant the active stuff in cannabis, whatever that was called, but wrote TFT instead. Yeah, I got a screen in my brain! Lol. "And I did" is a continuation to "I think I want to smoke..." (see down)


It says, hidden, "I think I want to smoke..." in pencil. I couldn't decide if I wanted to write it with black or white marker, so it's forever unfinished. And I swear I'm not a pothead - I smoke a few times a year, tops, usually more like twice.


More doodling, and trying out this gluing-words-down thing. The background kinda looked like a hand rising from multicoloured water, holding up a bear, so I outlined that.


The Brown stuff is... prepare yourself... period blood! + acrylic colours and marker.


This was the first one of these in this style.


You can't really see it, but the shiny stuff is (mostly) copper watercolour.




Acrylic & watercolours and a black marker.


Drew this while smoking pot for the first time, I think. Not my usual style at all!

Comments

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abazoe
May. 30th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
These are stunning! I especially love the multicolor water page; my journals are very text based so I love and envy these.
araminya
Jun. 11th, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
ekeilram
May. 31st, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
These pages are amazing! I'm mostly a text-journaler so it's really impressive to see pages like these. Thanks for sharing them! :)
araminya
Jun. 11th, 2015 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will be sharing more in the future :)
piggysjournal
Jun. 2nd, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
Contour drawing is so fun! It's interesting to see the image when done and it looks quite stunning.
araminya
Jun. 11th, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
It is! Funnily, it can often be that the worse contour drawings look more arty than the ones that turned out much better. Very relaxing in that way.
peterlemat
Jun. 19th, 2015 09:51 am (UTC)
Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
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