A drawing in progress: An ever slowing process.

This is one of the drawings that I’ve been slowly working on as of late. I started it a few years ago, but my fleeting interests and endless new inspirations for artwork meant that it got put aside and forgotten about for a while. I apologize for the low quality and blur: the picture was taken on a very old phone.

The reference that I used for this drawing is a stunning photograph by the incredible Sandra Jolly at www.sandrajolly.com. Please do check out her work!
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As I’ve mentioned before on here, I love drawing. It has been—and will continue to be—one of the most productive and meaningful ways that I’ve had of coping with my disorder and the adversities that come with it.

Frustratingly, as I’ve gotten sicker it has gradually become a very slow and difficult process as I can no longer do it for very long, or very often. Previously this was primarily due to my chronic pain, but now my eyes—and the effect their various conditions have on my vision—have increasingly become another hindrance.

I worry for the day that I lose this outlet altogether: the day when my vision may be so bad that I can no longer see well enough to draw at all, or when my fingers have become so unstable that they can no longer hold a pencil. Writing has always been my other major coping aid, and these things have equally been impacting my ability to do that as well.

But, despite the frustration of such slow bursts of productivity with my art and writing, I can still do both sometimes, and for that I’m so incredibly grateful.

– Katie

Happy Valentines & a new drawing!

Aside from a few finishing touches I finally finished this drawing. I haven’t been able to work on it very often so it was slow going but here it is! :)

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

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The inspiration for this drawing and the major reference photo was this beautiful picture taken by Hart-Worx. Visit their website by clicking here or check out their Deviant Art gallery here.

The finished piece.

I finally finished this drawing! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out in the end. I really took my time with this one and I got to try out a lot of different techniques and tools that I’ve never used before. I apologize for the huge shadow at the top, the graphite is really reflective in some spots (especially the hair and beneath the chin) and it was practically impossible to find lighting in the house that wouldn’t bring out the shine.

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I randomly found the reference photo that I used for this on this website. It’s an absolutely stunning picture, which immediately made me want to draw it as best I could.

ope you all had a good weekend. xx

Some drawings, some ramblings.

Sunflowers for the friends by Claudio.Ar

It’s been almost a week since I started the morphine and I have to admit, it’s not working as well as I’d hoped. That being said it is an improvement from before, and it’s certainly making my nights a lot more bearable. Perhaps it’s a matter of proper dosing. The fact that I’ve been getting some sleep is a miracle in itself. Spending a day with pain is a lot more bearable if you’ve gotten a decent night’s sleep. I’m tolerating the morphine really well in regards to side effects. The ones I am experiencing are the same as with codeine, only slightly stronger. But, no nausea or vomiting which is what I was the most worried about, so yay! I have another doctor appointment Friday morning to discuss how the new medication is going.

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I’ve been doing some more drawing lately, which makes me happy. I had started drawing this eye but my experiment with colored pencils went very wrong and I ended up having to throw it away. Note to self: don’t do a lot of the work before you try out something new. Experiment first so that if you screw up you don’t throw away something you spent a long time working on. That should have been a no-brainer but alas, at least I learned my lesson!

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As for this drawing, it’s finally finished! I really like to have something like this to work on when I’m bored or fidgety. I pretty much always have one on the go. There’s not too much pressure not to screw it up because it was always meant as more of a doodle in the first place. Then I don’t have to avoid it when I’m not feeling good or lacking sleep for fear that I’m going to muck it up. Muck away!

I was in the midst of a Doctor Who marathon when I started this, that may explain the robotic eye appearance. You’ll undoubtedly notice the pen smears everywhere, I’m terrible for dragging my hand through the ink before it’s dry. I’ve looked in the mirror to find pen on my face many times this week and it always makes me chuckle.

Much love everyone, hope you’re having a great week! ♥ 

10/8/2013

Bangkok Ice Age by Mike Behnken

Bangkok Ice Age by Mike Behnken

Hey everyone! Nothing exciting to report today. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately so my brain’s not too on point. Hopefully today I’ll get some more drawing done than I have been. I’m making some progress with this one, slow but sure. I’ve been trying out some new techniques, one of which is using some old unloved paintbrushes for the blending, in combination with the shading stumps and q-tips. It seems to work really well!

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I hope you’re all having a good day. The sun is finally shining here, it looks beautiful on top of the golden leaves. It makes me wish I knew how to paint!

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A drawing.

I haven’t been able to do much drawing at all the past couple of months but this is one of the two things I managed to turn out.

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I really like the toned paper I got! I wish it was a bit smoother though.

Something different.

Usually I stick to drawing portraits (they’re my favorite) but this time I wanted to do something a little different. The idea for this came from some song lyrics that I really liked (usually that’s how it starts!) and the rest of the picture just sort of evolved around it.

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The lyrics are from an old Waylon Jennings song (not the one below) called “If You See Me Getting Smaller”. They read as:

If you see me gettin’ smaller,
I’m leavin’, don’t be grieving
Just got to get away from here.

If you see me gettin’ smaller,
Don’t worry, I’m in no hurry.
I’ve got the right to disappear.

Running.

I realize why I’ve been running for so long,
Long passed my breathless lungs,
Miles further than my broken limbs would carry me.

I can’t stop, don’t stop, just carry on.
Alive, untouchable, invincible.
My beating heart and heavy breath, alone in the great wide world.

With blistered heals, and splintered shins.
The sun’s farewell on my shoulders,
The wild, open road at my feet.

Drawing what I draw.

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I love these prismacolor colored pencils, they’re so fun to use! I’m starting to get the hang of this.

Colored portrait.

This is my first attempt at doing a portrait in color (Prismacolor colored pencils). I had a lot of fun with it!

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