I’ve been practicing drawing background scenes lately. I realized they are one of those things I avoid drawing mainly because I don’t know how, kind of like when you draw a person’s hands in their pockets 🙂
One thing that is really hard to pin down is symmetry, straight lines, and shadows. I am very lazy and I don’t like to use a straightedge. As for shadows, I just haven’t paid that much attention to them. They’re secondary for me. Especially with line drawings. Usually my illustrations start out as pencil drawings, which doesn’t help as far as dimension goes.
And the amount of details! It’s crazy how much time I spent on this kitchen drawing compared to other sketches. I’m afraid of details, like I’m afraid of failure.
But the only way to improve is to practice.
I used a Country Living picture as a reference.
While driving through Wyoming, I sketched these elements that seemed to be recurring throughout my road trip this summer 🙂
My observations on road trips as a child vs. as an adult (hinted at here):
||Then (As a Child)
||Now (As an Adult)
||Lots of snacks bought by parent, waiting in the back seat. Fun kiddie snacks like Gushers, Cheez Its, Capri Sun Juice, etc.
||Pay for the majority of your own snacks, but you do get to choose everything. Pizza Combos here I come.
||None whatsoever. Your job is to say “Are we there yet?!” to the driver.
||Lots and lots of driving. Not good in the middle of the night. But also nice in its own way.
||Never get bored due to books, tic tac toe, connect the dot, siblings, scenery, etc.
||You can only do so much phone time. Eventually phones gets boring. Look out the window, listen to books on tape, and daydream. Oh, and have good conversations!
|Rest Areas / Pit Stops
||Get energy out by running around and acting obnoxious.
||Energy is sapped by keeping eyes on the road (driver) or watching the driver keep their eyes on the road (passengers). Bathroom breaks are the best thing ever.
||Eats up savings 🙂
I love this girl’s style for many reasons. Probably because I can so easily picture myself in the same outfit as her. I’m a huge lover of midi skirts, stripes, and Swedish clogs 🙂
Wyoming: lots of open spaces.
SD consists of cornfields, trucks, bugs, four wheelers, and a lot of farm equipment.
Guess what guys?!
Tomorrow I leave for a road trip! But you probably already guessed that from the illustration above.
We're driving a whopping 1,500 miles to South Dakota! 24 hours in a car going halfway across America sounds like a lot of junk food, slight irritation from passengers (mainly my sister…Just kidding, Olivia!), and fun memories!
I love road trips. It's been quite awhile since I've been on one so you could say I'm pretty excited! I wonder how different it will be compared to when I was a kid. Maybe I'll update you with that once I get back.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I know I have been 🙂
Why is there a couch up there? Good question.
Actually, that couch belongs to my brother (but it is orange in real life) and is one of those objects that sticks out like a sore thumb but you can’t get rid of it. Because it is too comfy.
I have a sweatshirt like that. My grandma gave it to me when I visited her, and of course you can’t refuse something if it is from your grandma! Sentimental value! But the sweatshirt is this ugly shade of Pepto Bismal pink, and I’m sure it looks awful on me. It’s so comfy though! I can’t give it up.
Let’s just hope I don’t become a hoarder of everything. The thought makes me shudder.
When I was on my bike ride tonight, I noticed how good it feels to have some free time for your brain. And a warm summer night is perfect for that!
Here are some occasions I’ve noticed that I’ve been “present” in the past few days:
- White water rafting with a great group of friends
- Enjoying being busy at work
- Spur-of-the-moment trip to Seattle
- Talking philosophically with old friends (haha!)
- Bike ride at dusk around town
Doesn’t it feel good to relax? 🙂