I actually produce so many drawings that I sometimes lose track of some of them.
Having a Patreon has reduced the orphan drawings rate enormously, but some still slip through the cracks! During the Dr. Sketchy’s Berlin Broken Baroque sessions, I did some large pastel drawings on Canson Mi Tientes paper. I tried to work on them at home, then abandoned them, as it was early days in my re-embracing of pastels.
These three portraits of sexy, spooky Evilyn Frantic merely needed to be finished.
I found it surprisingly easy, two and a half years later.
Here we see Evilyn and a lad whose name I will have to get.
I was very nervous, two years ago, about how to handle the pale pastel shades.
Now I am confident!
Adding the watercolor brush pens has made a huge difference to my mixed-media drawing technique. They are physically pleasurable to use, as pastels are not for me. And they allow me to apply fine control to detail areas.
Mixed media art is all about finding what works for you – no rules, except consideration of issues of archival problems. I honestly do not know how my drawings of the last couple years will hold up over time. But since they are created to be shared online, I am kinda not fussed.
Yes, my lonnnnng art education instilled the value of archival materials. But it was pre-internet. And because in school I meant to be a fashion illustrator, then a comic artist, my intention was always to make work for mass distribution. Ephemeral, yet joyful 🙂
I am so blessed by my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to grow and develop as an artist.