A Challenging Week

Last week I just stared at my sketchbooks, ipad and computer with a blank stare. I'‘m currently having to deal with so many things, I hadn’t realised how much energy this meant. Moving studio, renovating our new home as well as trying to figure out the next steps of my solo entrepreneurship might be just a bit too much ;)

 
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I find making comics about these moments a good way to relieve some stress. But last week I realised I was beyond “comic-cure”. So I did what many do: sulk for a few days. I took a break, accepted it was not happening. But after two days I came back to the sketchbook and made the following exercise:

 
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  • Draw a blob or do a wet-on-wet with watercolours or ink.

  • Grab any dry material of preference; pencils, fineliners etc.

  • Use your blobs to create characters. Have fun! This is a sketchbook!

While the blobs dried out, I went to fysio and against my inner critic and dark cloud above me, I went swimming. Just for 45min. That was the best decision ever! Came back home relaxed and finished the exercise while watching Queer Eye. It was really good. I slept great!

I think a re-boot is truly necessary sometimes. Because even if you write stuff down, sometimes that to-do list can become the enemy instead of the help. And who knows! Maybe new ideas come out from your blob sketches! :)

 
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Riso Experiments - Black Jaguar

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I’ve been noticing that most people who come to print with the RISO choose certain “safe” options of colour combinations, those being mainly blue & pink and pink & yellow. And I totally understand this choice, as the fluorescent pink is just to die for and the combination with other colours make vibrant results, and its quite eye-catching.

As to set myself a challenge, I’ve decided to make a few print using the less exciting combinations. Green & blue; black & green, green& yellow etc. I hope to show the possibilities of creating interesting prints using these colours. Since I saw once a print mainly done in greens and blue probably, and it was magical! Sadly I didn’t save this image, so i’ll need to recreate that feeling myself ;)

First try out: Black Jaguar

This illustration was done on procreate - it was a bit of a challenge since I lost a bit track of my layers with the foliage. But thankfully when exported to Photoshop I was able to clean it up a bit!

Colours used: Green, Yellow & Black.

Print set up:
Green & Yellow: Frequency 75 and Angle 45
Black: Frequency 75 and Angle 25

 
 
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