June 27, 2011
“Of A Chain”
©2011 Tatiana Suarez
Chain of events… Chain of survival… Chain of reactions… Chain of flowers… Chain of Life. Somehow, somewhere, we are all “of a chain.”
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June 21, 2011
©2011 Tatiana Suarez
Nathalie is one of the most beautiful free souls that I have had the pleasure of meeting. She is a long time high school friend of my boyfriend and his best friend Henry, and is an artist as well as a yoga instructor. Every bit of her being radiates pure light and it is a joy to be around her (I hope to see more of her soon). I didn’t have any bit of trouble selecting colors to paint this watercolor – her aura radiates like a rainbow and it was a pleasure to manifest that essence onto paper.
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June 17, 2011
Wow, I’ve been slacking on posting this week. I have the drawings done though, I swear it! =) Tuesday was very hectic with going to watch the live auditions for X-Factor down at the Bank United Center here in Miami. It was really cool to be able to see everything that goes on behind the cameras, and there were some pretty amazing (as well as amazingly awful) acts. Drew is considering getting vocal lessons this year and auditioning for next season =)
Anyhow, the topics for Day 3 and Day 4 of the Draw Yourself Challenge are: (3)Draw Yourself as a Hero and (4)Draw Yourself as a Villain. Well, I didn’t want to go the conventional super-hero route with this. Instead, I present to you:
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June 13, 2011
“Draw Yourself as You Want Others to Perceive You.”
So I have to be honest. I made a quick sketch, started to ink it over with pen, and then realized I had completely misread the challenge – I had read “draw yourself as you think others perceive you” – Oops. Oh well, I went ahead and finished it anyway. It’s this first one here, a mouth spewing rainbows. This is because I can be pretty talkative and a lot of the time it’s about rainbows and happy hippy things. As you can see with these sketch book drawings, I see myself as a very weird, wacky and colorful person – and I think my friends do, too. Actually, a few weekends ago Drew (my boyfriend) and I went out dancing with his best friend and some others, and his best friend complimented my all-black, very composed outfit of a simple dress, tights, and boots. I think his words were something like “I really like what you’re wearing tonight. Normally your outfits are more… well…” and I chimed in with, “You mean my rainbows and tye-dye?” and he responded with something that sounded like, “Yeah, off-beat I guess.” (I don’t remember the EXACT words, because we were all a little…well.. drunk lol)
Regardless, I finished that drawing and also did another quick doodle with the actual prompt. Yeah, off-beat. lol. I’ll leave this one up for interpretation.
I know what you’re thinking – and that’s because I’m thinking the same thing. What is with these latest three colorful, messy, weird drawings? They are nothing like the cohesive, whimsy portraits I paint… To be honest, it’s really hard for me to keep up a sketch book. Aside from middle school anime doodlings in a sketchbook during class, I’ve never done it. Ever. In fact, it was absolute torture for me in college when my art professors assigned daily sketch book drawings (and left it up to interpretation, so there really was no assignment aside from “draw. daily.”) I’d never come up with anything past a doodle, and when I had really given up I’d just draw a cartoon of myself. Or some eyes. Which they really hated, because it was cliche. It was also torture when I was told to plan out my next few paintings or drawings with sketches – whether they were sketches in the book or sketches on a smaller canvas (a total waste of time and money, in my opinion). I just don’t do planning. I just DO. And the art comes out however it chooses to come out.
But as I was searching through my art supplies for an unused sketchbook (I have 2-3 that are literally almost empty), I came across something I’d scribbled down in one of my last college classes (most likely spoken by a professor):
“Fight with ideas. Certain ideas need to settle down.”
And I really, really like this concept. Not necessarily fighting with ideas, or even changing or refining them (“settling down”) but just getting them ALL OUT THERE ON PAPER. And seeing what happens. And then moving on. Maybe I’ll stumble upon some genius art idea from deep within my subconscious. Or maybe it’ll clear away all of the clutter from my mind that occasionally causes artist blocks. Either way, my sketchbook will become a random dumping of information in artistic form. And I think I’ve finally understood the lesson of keeping up with a sketchbook that those sketchbook-nazi professors tried to teach me, even if my interpretation is a little different. A dump of ideas, instead of a place to hash them out.
Maybe I just like the word dump. [cue Beavis & Butthead style snickering]