Happy Wednesday : ) We are half way through the work week, yay!! And today's inspiration for my outfit is a [Atlanta] Local- Brazilian artist, name Yo Yo Ferro. I found him on Instagram a long while back now, and immediately fell in love with his artwork + the fact he was here in Atlanta. His drawings are very colorful, full of patterns and beautiful line work.
Below I have attached a video I found on him, and it speaks a bit more to his work + why he loves Atlanta [and I have to agree with him]. The reason behind me choosing him this week, other than his great work is because Chris + I & my [little] brother are about to venture off to Brazil for a Christmas Vacation. So lately I have been researching Brazil's culture a bit, and felt it apporpriate to talk about a Brazilian artist.
It seems to be that Yo Yo often works in pen/marker in a blind contour + continuous contour line drawing. This is where you never let your pen leave the paper [not even to stop- thats the point]. A blind contur line drawing is where you literally don't look at what your drawing [on your paper] when your doing it. This can be difficult [but proves how much self control you have + hand/eye coordination you have] and makes for a really interesting end result. [I did one of Pickle + Olive below].
He recently did an Atlanta series, but I really adore all of his pet portraits! They are just so fun :)
If you look super close, you can see that my dress/skirt is not just a pattern, but actually a bunch of tiny little dachshunds! It is one of my favorites. AND if you keep scrolling, you will see my #YOYOFerro inspired blind-continuous line drawings. The pictures I took of the drawings aren't the best, but I really love how they turned out.
Also, make sure you head over to Liv's blog to see how she was inspired by Yo Yo Ferro's work for her outfit today + she also opens up a bit about personal style and what it's really all about [or should be when folks don't get it twisted with their opinions]. I love a gal [person] who can get their point of view across by just doing them 100 and not having to cut others down in the process to do so.
AND, if you are interested in purchasing any of Yo Yo's work to call your own, head here!
Hello Friends + Happy December!
Can yuh believe we are already at the end of the year?!
It has gotten very cold and back to warm again here in GA [the weather is always wacky here- that is our constant]. But with the last of the leafs falling off the trees, I was inspired to create this simple little watercolor art and thought I would share with you guys- as I have been lacking with the D.I.Y. post lately.
ALSO- I filmed + edited my 1st ever YouTube video [see below] to go along with this tutorial! This is quiet the accomplishment for me, and I was able to do so all by myself! Granted, I did just use my I-phone [and a tri-pod that I have for my phone] and NO film student would ever be impressed. I am sure though, that over time they will improve, and I may just recruit the help of a professional ;P
See the video below +leave a comment here, or on this video [on YouTube] telling me you favorite watercolor technique/if you think you'll try this/what you think of it in general and what OTHER types of videos you would like to see! ALSO, make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube channel + like the video A N D on Friday [Dec. 5th] I will randomly select one reader and/or viewer to send the rainbow leaf art papinting that I did for this post to!
Keep reading/watch video to see how I created these beautiful watercolor leafs.
You want to make sure that you are using watercolor paper for this project. Your paper is going to get REALLY wet, and wet paper rips! So using water color paper will help prevent this as it is thicker, in general- the more the paper cost you, the nicer/thicker the paper is. This is actually called the 'weight' of the paper.
The first thing you do is ever so lightly, trace your leafs. You can lay the leafs out first to create a layout/pattern. If you need to, use an eraser to make the pencil lines barley noticible. [If you look super close above, you can see where I traced].
After tracing the leafs I used clean, clear water to to paint a layer of water on to the leafs that I drew. The reason I did this is because I am showing you a watercolor method called 'wet on wet'. First you wet your paper, then you paint with wet paint in that area. It will cause the pigment to spread out and saturate into the paper differently than when painting wet on dry [try it out for yourself].
Also, before you just go for it- I sugest testing out some color schemes/plans on a scrap sheet of paper. I used warm colors for my painting in the video. Then I used rainbow colors for the other painting, but even still- I did not mix warm + cool colors. Try colors out on a sepereate sheet of paper first, to see how colors mix together.
Remember, Like I said above :
Watch the video + leave a comment here, or on this video [on You Tube] telling me your favorite watercolor technique/if you think you'll try this/what you think of it in general and what OTHER types of videos you would like to see! ALSO, make sure you are subscribed to my You Tube channel + like the video A N D on Friday [Dec. 5th] I will randomly select one reader and/or viewer to send the rainbow leaf art papinting that I did for this post to!
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