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Sketch Fest, and Saturday

So, after I posted about my process on the first sketch, I sleepily looked at the other prompts, and picked "Playing with Fire". Playing, for me, as often as not is playing music, and I had images of little fire sprites dancing and playing instruments. But this is as far as I got before falling asleep on the couch!

Eventually, I woke up to stumble off to bed, and slept quite a while.  I woke up and tried to Google for some dancing musicians -- pictures of dancing musicians, that is.  Hah!  Someone needs to design a search engine for artists who need models to paint from.  Just saying.  I finally found a video of a dancer with a wonderful, red, lacy shawl who inspired me, and shifted my plan a bit.  

And there were interruptions, my "babydaddy" calling to see when our 17-year-old's flight was to arrive, kitties wanting breakfast, kitties climbing into things they shouldn't, stuff like that.  

So, here is the second sketch.  Over at the sketchfest site, you can see a bigger image of it.  :-D

I had some paint leftover on my palette, and started another painting with a border, to use up the blue and majenta paint.  

Then another look at the prompts.  There were a whole bunch of cool ones.  

Someone did a really cool "Pear Bear".  There were some unusual carousel critters, including a sea horse.  Lots of winged beings--a cactus fairy, hidden fairies, angels, a chimera--all sorts of things.  

Lots of people were sketching in pencil, but there was also ink, markers, colored pencils, and one person working in clay!

After I got through being distracted by other people's sketches, I picked a prompt--Tribal Trickster kept catching my eye, and no one else had indicated they were planning to work from that prompt.  I also returned to my goal of working on faces.  I really wanted to do a three-quarter view, and set out to find an image to work from.  

Again, Google was useless; I ended up looking up tribal dances on You Tube, and following links until I found an image to work with  I wanted someone I thought I'd enjoy staring at for an hour, and where the image was clear enough to work from.  

I really don't consider this finished, but here's as far as I got before I ran out of time.  In particular, the hair isn't right (though the fluffy part of the hair really doesn't have any green in it, despite the impression from the picture), and there needs to be some hint of background behind the woman's head.

Please pardon the laundry in the background.  I figure a cell phone pic is good enough to share, but is clearly not as good as a real scan. Kind of like musicians who give away a live copy of a song, but sell a more polished and mixed version.  

Then there was yardwork to do, and a girl to pick up at the airport, and a really quick rinse in the bath in between, it's beastly-hot here and one of the jobs in the yard was cutting a branch off a tree that was hitting our rose bushes.  Which meant I stood under where My Angel was using one of those saw-on-a-stick thingies holding the branch still while she sawed, and showered me with sawdust.  

There was construction on the highway, which  apparently included removing the signs saying something to the effect of, "this is the airport exit", so I overshot the airport, and had to get off the highway, turn around, and go back.  This time I was warned, so the lack of a helpful sign didn't defeat me a second time.

Then headed off to her Dad's place, where we got to see pictures from her trip, and her collection of key chain fobs from the trip, and hear a few stories while she wound down enough to head to bed.  "I haven't seen a bed in over 48 hours, Mom, and I got to see the sun rise twice today, and it was Friday, and then Saturday, and then Friday for a while again, and then Saturday for a long, long time.  And we had breakfast and lunch, and then breakfast two more times, and then dinner!"

Look at the present she brought me!  It's wonderfully gaudy and silly.  It will become regular convention wear for me, I think, and make sure I get to my panels on time!

And now I'm getting sleepy again.  And, the

Torn World Muse Fusion is tomorrow!  

If I figured the time zones right, it's noon to midnight here-time (Central Daylight).  

Stop by and let me (and my co-creators) know what sort of Torn World stories, poems, and artwork you'd like to see!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 18th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
I'm off to collapse in bed, will reply mor tomorrow but really glad to hear your daughter touched down safe and sound & is back home.
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sleep well, my friend!
Jul. 18th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
sketchfest and saturday
What a cool watch!!! Nice paintings too, these and the previous ones.
Liz Toll
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
It would not have occurred to me to do the backgrounds first.

That's a fabulously gaudy watch! :)
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