Thursday, January 26, 2017

Drops Of Jupiter - Mixed Media Artwork

Turning Your Favorite Song Into Art

This is my very first multimedia piece! I was inspired to make this piece by the song Drops of Jupiter by Train. This is my favorite song of all time. It is fun to listen to and to play on guitar. The songs lyrics are fun and imaginative. It is one of those songs that proves that you don't need to be dirty to have a good song. The songs lyrics have always painted images in my head and I have always wanted to make a piece of art using the song lyrics. It took a few years before I knew what I wanted to do and until I was able to except that whatever I did won't be perfect. I'm going to show you how I used different lyrics in the song to contribute to each element and what I used to make each element.

The Girl On Saturn

Lyrics; Was it everything you wanted to find

And did you miss me while you were looking for yourself out there

Can you imagine no love, pride, deep-fried chicken
Your best friend always sticking up for you even when I know you're wrong
Can you imagine no first dance, freeze dried romance five-hour phone
The best soy latte that you ever had, and me

For this part I used  oil pastels to draw Saturn and colored pencils to draw the girl drinking the soy latte. i like to think that she is contemplating all the good things in life while she stares into space looking for herself.

Shooting Star

Lyrics: Tell me, did you fall from a shooting star

One without a permanent scar

The star was made out of sketchbook paper, oil pastels and chalk pastels.

The Sun

Lyrics: Tell me did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated

For the main part of the sun I used color pencils and light oil pastel. For the rays I used oil pastes. I purposely made two of the rays faded to fit the lyrics.


Lyrics: Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet

Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day
And head back to the milky way
And tell me, did Venus blow your mind

Venus was made out of oil pastel. The background is painted onto a canvas with oil pastels.

Drops of Jupiter

Lyrics: Now that she's back in the atmosphere

With drops of Jupiter in her hair, hey, hey

Jupiter is again drawn with oil pastels. It took me a while to decided how I wanted Jupiter to look like but eventually I choose to have the drops of Jupiter rolling off.

What's your favorite song or a song you want to see as a piece of art? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review of Prismacolor Colored Pencils

This here is a picture of the 150 piece set of Prismacolor pencils. This is the set that I own and use for my colored pencil drawings. I have found these pencils to be very, very useful. They color variety is huge and extremely helpful. The thing that you have to keep in mind is that colored pencils are different from paints when it comes to the amount that you have to own when you start off. When you start off with paints you only need the primary colors, white and black until you have decided that that is the medium you want to build up your supplies and skills in. Colored pencils are a little more of an all in thing in terms of you can't mix them to make the colors you want. You need to buy many so this set if perfect for someone who wants to draw all types of pictures. 

The question that a lot of people have been asking me is why would I spend more money to buy 150 Prismacolor pencils when I could get a set of 150 from other brands and companies for far cheaper? Well, the answer comes down to what I want to do with the pencils. If you want colored pencils for zentangling or coloring books you can you whatever brand you want. If you have the goal I have to create realistic portraits with color pencils Prisma is the only brand to consider. Unlike normal pencils where you have to see the evidence of every stroke you make, Prismacolor pencils blend very well and you can draw areas solidly without the annoying lines. Until you try shading with color pencils you can't understand how huge this is.

How did you here about Prismacolor Colored Pencils? I watch many, many speed drawing videos on YouTube. I paid very close attention to the pencil companies that were used in the videos. Almost every single one used Prismacolor. My art teacher let me try some of his pencils, which were all Prisma, and the worked beautifully. 

[Note: I don't own any of these videos but the artist are incredibly talented so give the each a like!)

Can you tell the difference of the quality of your work since using the Prismacolor Pencils? Yes, absolutely. If you want to see an example of some of my work before the Prismacolor pencil click here. Here is an example of my work after using Prismacolor pencils.

I'm finishing off a huge two portrait project. Thank you for your patient. I hope this helped any of you that were considering buying Prismacolor Pencils. 

What would the first thing you would draw with these pencils? Let me know in the comments!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Documenting Your Art


This morning I was thinking that I would be writing a blog post on my favorite piece of art. Nighthawks painted by Edward Hopper in 1942 when I was reading about his wife Josephine Hopper. What I found interesting about Josephine Hopper is that Josephine kept a Journal where she and her husband would keep the record of a paintings progress, when they when finally completed, who modeled for the painting, and other details. Whenever you look up an article on Nighthawks you find information on this journal. This made me think that I should start keeping a record of my art pieces and how long they took me.


Why? Well, by no means am I claiming to be Edward Hopper but even if you aren't a famous artist there are still going to be people that are interested in your artwork. For example your friends, family, blog readers, etc. It also is nice for you to have a record of what inspired you to make certain pieces, or what your goal was in a piece so you can see the evolution of your artwork over time.

It's a new year and a fresh start so I challenge you to join me with the challenge of keeping an art record journal. Please let me know in the comments below if you will be keeping a journal record. Remember it does just have to be for art, it can be for anything you create!

Do you have a way to document your art?

Indulge Creatively,

                   Emma Grace

P.S. No original art today but some more will be coming soon.

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