All right, which one of you wrote this

(Let me know so I can shake your hand ✊)

Congratulations to all the Heiltsuk people on building the first Big House to stand tall on the BC coast in 120 years!

I found an injured bird… 

Before I slink off to bed here, have a quick Luci doodle. I guess this could count as ? :da_sweat:

It's funny how I tell myself these things every day: My worth does not equal my productivity, any drawing is better than none, etc. but it was such a relief to hear it come from him, and have no obligation or expectation of showing him the outcome or try to explain why it was hard or why it didn't work out.

Just acceptance and encouragement, without the need for a productive result. It felt so nice. ☺️

Dennis sees my sketchbook lying on the coffee table and says, "Oh! Were you doing some drawing?"

I cringe– I immediately feel a shock of shame and guilt. My initial reflex was to say "no" so I didn't have to explain how I failed, or show him the measly ten-second scribble I managed to get out. Pitiful.

"Yeah…" I say, reluctantly "But nothing came of it."

"That's okay," he says, and I feel a curious sense of relief? "The point is you tried. A bad drawing is better than no drawing."

Wow. 😭 💗

@sikkdays Oh wow, yikes. :( I think mine was less that $10…

You can tape it to anything, really, scrap wood works, as well as MDF. Just so long as it resists water reasonably well and won't buckle/warp under the pressure.

I know a lot of people tape directly to their art desks, but I didn't want to risk the gum paste residue on a permanent surface, and also it helps to have something you can move around.

I wish you all the luck! Ironing should work, but try it out on a test painting first! ^^

@sikkdays Keep in mind that the gum tape leaves residue behind and is nigh impossible to remove without ripping the paper a bit, so make sure you give yourself lots of room between it and the painting itself. Sometimes I just end up cutting the art out with an exacto knife and remove the tape from the board after to make sure I don't end up ripping the painting itself.

@sikkdays You can see here! It's a piece of wood panel meant for painting on. It has wider/reinforced edges so it resists buckling more than a flat piece of wood would. I bought it at my local art store.

I soak my paper and then tape it to the board using gum tape (the brown tape). Once it's dried, it should stay flat and won't buckle when you paint, no matter how much water your use. I then use the masking tape to block my edges. :bob_ross:

Then you just remove the art and reuse the board!

9) Honestly? I don't usually do any drawing every day anymore. I might sketch something once a week or two nowadays. When I was younger I used to spend hours a day drawing, basically any time I was home and not online or playing video games. I used to fill up an 80-page sketchbook each month when I was in High School!

These things naturally come in waves for a lot of people, and I might start drawing more again in the future… we'll see! A lot of things are in flux for me right now. :da_sweat:

8) I have done. This is actually a difficult topic for me, since I wanted so much to be able to make a living off of my art, but when it came down to it I couldn't handle the responsibility and it really killed my creative drive. I've done commission work, storyboard work, concept art work, comic work… but yeah, I needed a break.

Now I just draw for me, whenever I can. :)

6) Well, mechanical things are a big "uuugggh" for me, but so are rocks. Goddang rocks.

7) Not as much as I should, really! But if it's an important artwork and not just me scribbling around, I'll definitely use reference. Reference is your friend!

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