In our latest #BehindTheArt we sat down with Tom Pazderka — “All of these works are black and white, mostly using ash on wood or on paper, referencing the recent fires. The idea is burning the image into the piece. The work started when the fires started and I was photographing the smoke clouds. That got me interested in the duality of how beautiful something is and also how terrible it can be. I made a few of those and got into others so I wasn’t constantly repeating myself.
I’ve always been interested in things collapsing. Wreckage. Now my work is getting more ambitious and ambivalent.
I’m currently interested in cult ideas conspiracy theories , dates, lists, making links between things that may or may not be related. I’ve done one of rainfall in LA county and another on species extinction. ....” Stay tuned for the next post for the rest of our interview. Visit Silo118.com to view more of Tom’s work
Another one completed, puffin drawn with charcoal and colored pencil, decorated with watercolor splatter - does anyone have suggestions on what my next piece should be of? Also, please get in touch if you would like to buy a drawing, I'm open for commissions :)
The weather in Cornwall these last few weeks have been so lovely! In between drawing I‘ve enjoyed sitting outside in the sun with a fresh cold smoothie and this new addition to my collection of art business books: Art Money Success by Maria Brophy. It‘s been very informative so far with lots of good advice. I also like that it‘s got worksheets that push you to think about your work and your business, what you want from it and what the next steps should be. I‘ll admit some of the assignments/questioons have got me a little bit stuck, but as long as I write something down and take time to think about them, I find that I‘m noticing things and getting ideas that I didn‘t have before – this book will definitely open up your mind and help guide you towards your goals. And you can (and SHOULD) go back to the worksheets later on after you‘ve read the book,so don't worry if you can't answer everything first time around. I do recommend #artmoneysuccess for anyone who, like me, has the artistic skills but lacks a bit of business knowledge!
A couple of my GCSE studies of #clivebarker illustrations from The Thief of Always, redrawn in the last couple of days. Definitely recommend Barker's stories of you haven't read them, one of my personal faves.
The bright orange beak is one of the puffin's main traits, so I added a little bit of color to this otherwise black and white charcoal-puffin. Did you know that the beaks and feet of puffins change color (or it gets brighter) from winter to summer? #funfact#charcoalartchallenge
Charcoal challenge continues, a second piece is in progress...Last week I waved goodbye to my parents who were visiting me from Iceland and in a couple of weeks I'll be heading over there to see them, so I thought I'd make this one "Icelandic-themed". Puffins are not only found in Iceland, but they are pretty big over there for sure.
This drawing isn't just a challenge because of the charcoal but also because of the subject, as I'm not used to drawing birds - I'm really trying my hardest to go out of my comfort zone these days and moving away from just drawing people - what do you guys think so far? P.S. I'd still love for others to join me on this #charcoalartchallenge x
For those of you who are new to my page or anyone who doesn't know me, I thought I'd make a short introduction: My name is Silja (similar to Celia) and I'm a self-trained fine artist from Iceland, currently based in England. I am a travelling artist, I LOVE to travel and my work is greatly inspired by my adventures. I've been to at least 25 countries but the most recent are Wales, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia where I worked for 2 years. On that topic, this picture is of me on a tour to Milford Sounds in New Zealand - I'm not always the luckiest with weather, but that trip took the cake! All in all New Zealand was pretty awesome though...Other things I love are snuggling up with a book and a big mug of coffee, watching artists and "Van lifers" on YouTube and spending time with the people I love. I specialize in realistic black&white drawings (graphite and charcoal) decorated with bright colors and text. I draw original work that I want to put on products, as well as greeting cards and I do commissions for portraits and caricatures (they are ideal as gifts, in case you need ideas!). Thank you for visiting my page and please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback x
Recently, an Instagram account for the art magazine 1340art followed/liked one of my posts, and I viewed the profile. They feature artists on their Instagram account, where to submit artwork you click on a link in their profile and follow the steps to submit your artwork. So I did this, and then later got an email two days ago (second image) that had a link leading to how to submit to their magazine, where you have to pay $20 to submit one picture, and $30 to submit four pictures. I tried submitting artwork for the instagram account again, using a different email account and found that barely even a second later (literally no exaggeration I was looking at that email acc while pressing submit,,) I got the same automated message that's in the first picture that I had gotten when I originally submitted my first picture.
So I went to submit art to an Instagram account for free, got an email (first image), got a second email that would have led to me having to buy a submission fee for a chance to be selected for the magazine (second and third images). The submission fee is also non refundable (as you can see in the picture). I don't know if maybe this is someone/thing impersonating a real magazine/Instagram account, because I have heard of impersonators for this specifically Instagram (oddly enough from the one that appears to be fake/a scam) or just an all around scam. I don't know. I definitely don't trust it. Be careful guys,, sorry this is all ramble-y and it might not make that much sense but I'd just like to spread awareness to this issue so other artists who might see this post are aware of this I guess. .
Charcoal challenge, first piece completed! I'm happy with the outcome of the face but the hair could still do with some work...but all in all I'm pleased with this first attempt at a new medium.
I'd love to have other people join me on this challenge, so if you're interested in taking part please post your drawing (any kind of drawing as long as it's charcoal) with the hashtag #charcoalartchallenge :) x