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Posted On 2008-05-28 , 5:27 PM
I have always loved to draw labyrinth “fanart.” When I first started drawing realistically (as in, not cartoons), I began with Jereth from The Labyrinth. In fact, see Pastel Drawings for my latest attempt to draw him.
I also draw Labyrinth character: Sarah. Sarah was the second realistic drawing that I attempted (and trust me, that was a failed attempt). I am now working to draw Sarah again, five years later.
My most recent (finished) project was to draw Labyrinth character Hoggle onto a Get Well card.
The story behind the card:
A while back I had a friend who had surgery on her leg. She had to stay in a care center for a while as she was healing.
This friend is also a huge Labyrinth fan (she even bought me one of the crystal balls that Jereth always plays with). So I knew right away that I would somehow incorporate Labyrinth into the card I planned to make.
Steps to follow for the card:
The card, in my opinion, turned out rather well. I put a wilting flower in Hoggle’s hand just because it seemed very in-character for him.
What I would do better the second time:
- Get card stock paper that can be folded for the card
- Use a ruler to draw light lines inside the card where the text will go
- This helps keep text straight and keep the lines the same distance apart
- Find the Labyrinth image you want to draw
- In my case, I used an image from the Return to the Labyrinth manga
- Draw the image first in pencil and then go over it in ink
- Make any changes from the original while drawing.
- Write your message inside the card in pencil and then go over it in ink
Let me know what you think, or tell me where to find your own art!
- Draw in a Labyrinth style background
- Draw more inside the card
- Maybe draw labyrinth fairies around the edges with the gas sprayer thing that Hoggle used to kill the fairies at the bottom of the message.
Posted On 2008-05-12 , 5:10 PM
This is just a short entry. On my weekly rounds on the blogosphere, I recently came across a post talking about Drawing Day. This holiday will take place for the first time ever on June 7th, 2008. This is a worldwide event that encourages everyone, artist or not, to take up a pencil and draw.
In excitement about this day, I picked up my pencil a little early and drew a picture of myself, Artist Anika. I even created a new header for this blog. Unfortunately, I will have to upload both tomorrow as they are on a different computer than I am working on now. So, look out for the new header and images tomorrow.
P.S. There is even a website set up to celebrate and discuss this event. Show your encouragement and join artists around the world by drawing on June 7th.
------Update Note 5/13------
I have uploaded the new header and the picture I talked about is in the Introduction blog entry. Hope you all love them!
Posted On 2008-05-08 , 5:23 PM
So, spring semester at college just ended. I have to say that my favorite art project for the semester was a Styrofoam art, self-interpretation head. We were given Styrofoam model art heads and told to use paper cut-outs and glue to make the head into an interpretation of ourselves. As I am opt to doing, I didn’t go to art class while we were working on the project (don’t worry, my teacher never minds that I skip some classes). I hate going to class and seeing how the other students are creating their projects because it tends to influence what I do with my own.
Instead, I created the Styrofoam art head from home. I took cut-outs of
I then covered then entire Styrofoam art head in light blue tissue paper and pasted my cut-outs on top of the tissue paper. I saved all of the word and phrase cut-outs and used them to cover the face. The images I used on the neck, back, and sides of the head.
The words were placed on the Styrofoam face because that tends to be where people look to discover who you are. They take what you say at face value and often never look deeper than what is shown plain…never interpret the images when words are presented.
- cartoon characters,
- as well as the logo from my favorite hockey team
- and many words or phrases that I felt describe me
When I got to class to turn in the Styrofoam art project, I discovered that my own self-interpretation was very different than the others in the class. I discovered that most every other student had turned their Styrofoam art heads into themselves, placing cut-out eyes where eyes belong and cut-out hair where hair belongs. They were all very cute, and mine stood out for the originality.
My self-portraits are generally like that – abstract rather than practical. I prefer the abstract art (at least for self-portraits) because, no matter how many times I draw the shell that is my face and body, the part that makes me who I am is never there. The only way I really know to show who I am is to show an abstract version of my personality.
I wish my school offered a class on abstract art…maybe I should look into it on my own and add something here about it.
Anyway, the college liked the projects so much, that the Styrofoam art heads were exhibited in the yearly art gallery at our school. The ironic thing here is that the theme of the gallery this year was the environment. Styrofoam art, environment? Anyone see the conflict there? Styrofoam is definitely not environmentally friendly.
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