Ground Zero

Well, I’m doing this thing, now. Daily art — again.

Since I’m starting fresh, I wanted to REALLY start fresh, so I’m starting at session #1 of my daily art. Every day is day #1, I suppose, but today is day #1 of actually focusing on daily art. I have NO IDEA how these posts are going to evolve, but this is where I’m at right now.

I’ll keep working on getting the theme to support this custom post type over the next few days, but there’s no time like the present to get started with the posts, so here goes something!

After doing my warm-up (which I’ll actually post tomorrow) I dove straight into an exercise from The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. These blind contours are a challenge on any day, but I’m actually proud of this one. It’s probably the best blind contour figure drawing I’ve ever done.

After the Nicolaides exercise, I went right into some one minute gestures. It has been months since I’ve done this, so I’m really surprised at how much I retained. I’m not incredibly happy with them, but I’m glad I did the work!

I also worked on a client drawing for a tattoo (tomorrow) and then tattooed at Affinity today. It was a full day of art, for sure!


What went well?

  • I managed to set up a new system for my daily art posts.
  • I did a traditional drawing for the first time in a long time (that I was satisfied with).
  • Any day that I tattoo is a good day.

What needs work?

I’m still working on getting dexterity back in my hand. I’m also not thrilled with the tattoo I did today. It’s applied well enough, but I felt rushed to get this tattoo prepared and applied.

I also want better photos of my artwork. I have my camera back, so I’ll be using that from now on. 🙂

What did I learn?

I need to focus on setting aside more time for preparation when it comes to tattoos. I would also like to narrow my focus in tattooing to the projects I’m excited about, but I work in a service industry, so it’s something I’ll have to build up to.


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