(Art) Experimenting With Various Media

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One of the funnest things about art is trying out different media. Taking a good drawing class is a great start—and the best drawing classes not only teach you to draw but encourage trying out different things to draw with.

Some examples follow from a couple of great art classes that really inspired us students to experiment and find media that worked for each individual artist.

Graphite Drawing from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comThis piece was a final project for a first-semester drawing class. We had to choose a hard subject to draw—something complex—and this scene from the movie fit the bill nicely. It took some time, of course, but the end result worked out well.

Interestingly, the night of final presentations, the teacher asked how I felt about the final. Hearing an answer of “okay,” the instructor then said that it must have turned out really well—that usually, the artist says, “I wanted to do this with it and that with it.” She was right, actually; for once, the final drawing was not cringe-worthy. 🙂 (It does, however, look a bit warped in the photo, because of the angle at which it was photographed.)

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comChalk Pastel Piece: Model in Ad

This is a piece done in chalk pastel, which is unfortunately not quite as blendable as some might hope; then again, some people swear by it, so there’s living proof that what works best all depends on the person.

The image was taken from a magazine ad showing a model sitting on a couch with some sort of fashionable purse.

Charcoal and Conte Crayon Drawing: Sheltie

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comMy first sheltie was the subject of this drawing, and unfortunately she didn’t receive any justice at the hands of my lack of charcoal skills at the time. Still, charcoal is a beautiful medium. It has been used for ages and has the most amazing look that just draws the eye in.

The only bummer about charcoal is that it smudges so easily that it must be set with an art fixative. If there is plenty of ventilation, that’s fine; but it’s something to be aware of.

Chalk pastel also requires fixative for the long term.

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comChalk Pastel Piece: Violin on Top of “Memory” Sheet Music

This was another final piece for a drawing class, this time the more intermediate level.

This piece was done from a photo I took of a miniature violin and lute sitting on top of sheet music (though the lute does not show too much in the final).

At least as of this writing, this piece is shown in the main header.

Ink Drawing: Seashells

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comSeashells are popular ink drawings, and it’s easy to see why. Their shape and the patterns on them can really be brought out by ink.

If you are using an ink pot and nib, it can get messy. Just be careful. If using a “regular” pen, this can be avoided, but it lacks the fun and antiquity of using a nib.

"Experimenting with Various Media" (blog post) | artisticallywriting.com | authorbrennapierson.wordpress.comOil Pastel: Collector Barbie

This is the first oil pastel I ever worked on after learning to draw, and a piece like this can get you hooked on a certain medium—not that it’s perfect, but it definitely is one that’s a little more artistic. This Barbie is actually from a group of collectable dolls: the Midnight Tuxedo Barbie from the 90’s.

Another collector doll oil pastel is in the works…to be posted at a later time.

The only bad part about trying out various media is the cost; but if you can do it, it’s totally worth it.

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Sort of…Lembas

Lembas...Sort of (Blog Post by Brenna Pierson)

Food in literature is actually a valid topic these days, and since September 22 is officially Hobbit Day, it’s only right that the topic at hand should be a piece of Middle Earth cuisine or at least a Middle Earth snack: Lembas.

At some point after reading The Lord of the Rings, I ended up eating water crackers (pictured above). If you’re not familiar with water crackers, they’re a very light type of white cracker that immediately brought Lembas to mind. It’s difficult to explain, other than the fact that a fictitious food that never actually existed had imprinted itself in my head so that when I found a “real” version, I immediately knew it.

But all LOTR fans have their version of Lembas, don’t they? 🙂

Anyway, years later, it’s interesting to note that Lembas and other Middle Earth foods are so important to readers and fans that there are actually books about these recipes. There’s an official site where people can submit recipes of what people might eat or make in Middle Earth, and there’s also a Tumblr, among others.

Being a LOTR fan, I was interested to find Middle-Earth Recipes has a recipe for Lembas. Being someone who can’t cook, I was bummed out that the recipe—which is actually fairly easy, most likely—was still too hard for my cooking-challenged self.

So for now, I’ll stick my “sort-of” Lembas in the form of water crackers.

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