Holy Smokes I Love What I’m Doing

Yes, dear friends, it’s been along time since I’ve posted. Moving is such an all consuming task for me. I’ve figured out that my insides don’t feel right unless my outsides look just right. Hey, I’m a “visualiste”. I see things visually. So I have been spending the last four months getting things to look right in my world and finally it is. In the midst of this setting things right I was tapped for a local job. A church needed some renderings of proposed changes to their altar and would I be interested in making those views for them?  Of course, I said yes. I need the bucks and boy howdy do I. It was a fun project though. Not like a creative project though. This was a illustration project. Here’s the difference: A creative project starts with oh my god am I going to be able to pull this off which segues into it’s not going so well am I going to be able to save it which segues into hmm it’s starting to look pretty good and next thing you know it’s hey this looks okay. I like it!

In illustration the challenges are this: keep the colors the same with each view. Keep the proportions and drawing the same in each view. It’s much more technical. It’s much more meditative in a way. I turn on the music and zone while I draw. I refer back to the previous for adherence to the “look” and I go. I’m not so “intense” as when I’m doing a strictly creative project.

Here are the drawings. Very, very different from my creative work. My dad always said I’m going to go build a painting. That’s pretty apt, I think. Illustration is really like that.

view #1
View #1 with “planters” the same size as they were but without stone façade.


view #2
View #2 with left “planter” shortened. Stone façade left on.


view #3
View #3 with both “planters” shortened. Stone façade removed.

2 thoughts on “Holy Smokes I Love What I’m Doing

  1. Linda July 23, 2016 / 1:18 am

    Glad you’re back! I would love to stand over your shoulder and watch. Nice work!

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit July 23, 2016 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks! Hey come on down if you’re ever in the mood for triple digit heat. You sure as heck can watch over my shoulder.

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