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Do it For the Process! Why Abstract Art?

Journal Entry: Thu May 5, 2016, 1:14 AM
Many people have wondered why I tend to create more abstract works these days. In the following, I want to share my thoughts on the matter with you :)

What I like the most about abstract works is that there is now right or wrong. If I feel like working with a green, I work with green. If I feel like working with a certain pattern, I work with it. The creation process is more about feelings and composition. The only things I wonder about during the process is "do I want color X in this?" or "do I want a pattern or line in this spot?". No one can judge whether one part of a work is properly executed or not.

In comparison with realistic pencil works (to only name one example), I don't have to find a reference first or have to put long thoughts on how to alter the reference in order to make it my own piece. This actually bothered me a lot in the past couple of years. I do own a camera that takes high quality photos, however, finding photos that made me think "Oh, I want to draw this right now" has become much harder for me. I've usually found inspiration in other people's works, but taking a reference from somebody else (with their permission of course) made me feel like my drawing/painting was never fully my own. Since I loved (and probably still do love) drawing portraits, working without a reference was not working for me. 

Furthermore, I was never really satisfied with my works if they did not fully look like the reference. On the one hand I told myself "hey, it doesn't need to look like the reference" but on the other hand I somehow wanted it to look like the reference to prove myself that I had enough skills to copy a photo. I guess I also wanted to show other people what I was able to do with pencils or other media.

What this all adds up to is the fact that the process of creating abstract works is much more enjoyable for me now. I've noticed that I tend to spend a lot more time with art and art creation as well. When I came back home from a long day at University, I never thought "Oh, I really want to draw a realistic 12 hour pencil portrait now". Abstracts and ink works do not take up a long to make, but the process is much more careless for me. I sometimes even take pre-painted watercolor pieces with me to University and then draw on them with ink pens during class, which is so refreshing. Before, I always thought that I needed all my tools and my desk ready in order to create something. Now I just carry watercolor sheets with me and if I feel like drawing, I draw- even if it's on a bus or train. I also have my little watercolor palette with me sometimes. I now paint or draw more for the process than for the product. 

This all doesn't mean that I will never draw or paint non-abstract works again though :)
My love for portrait art hasn't dwindled, I just don't feel like drawing/painting them at the moment. I understand if watchers of this page expect more realistic portrait works, it's totally fine. Creating for myself and my own sanity is simply the most important thing for me now. There is no better stress release than to express feelings through arts- and art should make you happy, not worried. I feel like I'm currently in peace with it <3

Do it for the process!
:) :hug:

Impressions Of Berlin

Thu Mar 3, 2016, 6:40 AM
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Skin by SimplySilent

Featuring Unseen Artists II

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 3:06 AM
Please check out these very talented artists and leave them a +fav or +watch.

pepita-pepper creates dream-like fantasias in watercolor
I AM DREAMS by pepita-pepper  I AM TRUE by pepita-pepper  I AM THE UNIVERSE by pepita-pepper
Aileka creates lineart-style illustrations
La Belle au Dormant by Aileka  Ephemeral by Aileka  Mein herz brennt by Aileka
Devi-Eurynome creates beautiful dark yet colorful portraits
Jellyfish by Devi-Eurynome  Lost myself by Devi-Eurynome  Beyond by Devi-Eurynome
dounyatsu is a master of detailed watercolor worlds
winter by dounyatsu  rusalki by dounyatsu  spring by dounyatsu

Edelwees creates melancholic digital art with dim color schemes.
Monster by Edelwees  Explosion by Edelwees  Extinction by Edelwees

Skin by SimplySilent

Announcing the Giveaway Winners!

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 9:31 AM
I have written all the names of the participants in the order of when I received them/read them. Each name got a number (to make it easier for me to draw the winners). I started the drawing with the first prize and ended with the 4th.

Here are the winners!! :excited:

1st prize: 3-month core-membership + handmade christmas card go to

2nd prize: 1-month core-membership + handmade christmas card go to

3rd prize: 150 points + handmade christmas card go to

4th prize: handmade christmas card

Each winner will receive a note. I will ask you to send me your address as soon as possible, so that I can send the cards out no later than the 23rd of December. I will try to work out your christmas card wishes as best as I can :)

Thanks for participating and have a wonderful day :hug:

PS: Here are the sheets on which I put your names and the dedicated numbers. I will also put proof screen shots of the drawing procedure down below ;)
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1st Winner by IsabelleMaria 2nd Winner by IsabelleMaria

3rd Winner by IsabelleMaria 4th Winner by IsabelleMaria

Skin by SimplySilent
Six years and more have passed since I have signed up on Deviantart! How time flies. I remember how I used to start off with a lot of photography submissions and pencil portraits of celebrities, which I shot with my cellphone camera. Oh well :D

Since I have never done anything like a giveaway, I decided that my first one will be a huge one, so- here it is! :excited:

1st prize:      3-month-core membership+ handmade christmas card

2nd prize:    1-month-core membership + handmade christmas card

3rd prize:     150 points + handmade christmas card

4th prize:      handmade christmas card

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Since only 7,5% of my watchers have a core-membership (yes, I actually counted them :D ), I figured that a lot of people would be happy if they could be able to win it. I see this as a way to say my thanks and also support other deviants on this platform, so they can maybe develop their page to something bigger :)
If someone already has a core-membership, he or she can also participate of course. The already existing membership will be prolonged.

PLEASE NOTE: Please only partcipate in this giveaway if you are active on Deviantart or if you are planning to be more active on this platform. If you're not active on this platform and then you win a core-membership and never use it, you deprive other participants from a membership or points they could put to good use. So please consider this before entering :) Thank you!

How can you participate?
1) You have to be/become a watcher
2) Fave this journal

3) Leave a comment on this journal and tell me what kind of illustration you would like to see on a handmade christmas card ;)

When will it end?
You can participate until the 15th of December, 6pm (Central European Time).

Thank you all for being part of such an awesome community <3 <3 <3


Skin by SimplySilent

Featuring Unseen Artists

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 8, 2015, 1:16 AM
Please check out these three very talented artists and leave them a +fav/+watch.

Tea-for-JBASS creates amazingly detailed (almost) daily pieces around the topic TEA. I am truly amazed how much imagination a person can have!
Teadle #293: The Jasmine Pearl Forest by Tea-for-JBASS   Teadle #228: Tea-wrecked by Tea-for-JBASS   Teadle #260: Heart to Hold by Tea-for-JBASS

ALASXE creates beautiful digital art portraits.
           Blair adult by ALASXE                    cute-mixted media by ALASXE

Avoice creates mysterious, dark and melancholic tension in her works.
Butterfly Friend by Avoice  Good Night Good Knight by Avoice  What May be Found, Maybe Lost by Avoice

These are only 3 people on my list of amazing artists. I will do a monthly feature from now on :)

What Music Do I Listen To?

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 23, 2015, 5:41 AM
Annenmaykantereit- Barfuß am Klavier
This band is rather unknown in Germany (and worldwide of course), but I instantly felt like sharing this with everybody here. When you listen to the singer's voice you would actually think he's some beardy lumberjack with a bottle of whiskey and a cigar in his hand :D. They also do English songs.
What song has left you speechless the past couple of weeks? Tell me in the comments! :)
(Translation below the video)

And I’m sitting again
Barefooted on the piano
I’m dreaming of love songs
While singing about you
You and I
We were quaint
I didn’t think that, but those
Who got disturbed
By hearing us at night

I sat with you lonely together saying nothing
I remember best laying lonely together
Each morning
And after that at your place
You were naked in bed and I were barefooted on the piano

And I’m sitting again
Barefooted on the piano
I’m dreaming of love songs
While singing about you
And you and I
That had been we (We couldn’t work it out)
But not anymore
You there I here

You wanted to know everything
And that dispelled me
Actually you, you didn’t stay any longer
On my side
And so I prefer to sit barefooted on the piano to keep on living

And I’m sitting again
Barefooted on the piano
I’m dreaming of love songs
While singing about you

And you and me
It wasn’t enough

And I’m sitting again
Barefooted on the piano
I’m dreaming of love songs
While singing about you

While dreaming of you

While dreaming of you

While dreaming of you

Barefooted on the piano

Also check out "Oft gefragt" ("often asked") by the same band. This song is about being home and remembering being taken care of by your parents :)

How To Draw Hair/Braids (Lineart Style)

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 1:26 AM
Due to a request of Age-of-Chronos, I decided to do a quick littlle Lineart hair tutorial. I'll try to cover the basics, adding more detail is up to you ;)
I'd suggest you start working with a hair reference, so that you are able to trace the directions of the "hair-flow". Also work on a bigger format for a more detailed look in the end.
What I work with: Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen XS, Graphite Pencil HB, Black color pencil (or any other color you like to add darkness)

1) Draw an outline of the braid with a simple pencil
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2) Outline your sketch with the Pitt Pen          
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3) Add consistent lines going in the direction of the hair on your reference. You don't have to be super accurate here. My lines are usually messy as well, but it'll not be important in the end. Just try to stick to the natural flow of the hair and it'll be fine :)
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4) This step is a little hard to explain. Imagine that the strands of the braid fold into each other. You wanna achieve the look of the hair going under the other strands of hair, so you wanna draw the parts where the strands meet a little darker than the middle parts. You take your pencil and start tracing the flow again, but only to 1/3 of the strand. You do this on both ends, like on the part I'm pointing at with the pencil (I didn't do all both ends!). Again: it doesn't have to be super accurate, just try to stay with the flow. It is actually better to have a little messiness here and just give it some darkness here and there. You can also check your refernce for where the dark parts are and make if darker on places where you think it needs more darkness.
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5) You can add any color over the pencil shading. So if you want the hair to be red, use red, and so on. You can see what I mean with "go with the flow" in this picture. Just stay with the direction of your ink lines. When adding darkness by graphite pencils or color pencils, dont sharpen your pencils too much. I think it's actually nicer to have a more smooth look and not too many sharp lines. :)
If you want to add colored hair immediately, you can also skip step 4, but the pencil base gives your drawing an overall smoother look at the end.
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I hope this helped you a little bit. I'm going to add a quick little Instagram drawing process video soon.
Please let me know if you want to see more quick photo-tutorials on specific topics :)

Ask Me Anything!

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 3, 2015, 3:37 AM
You can literally ask me anything you want and I will try my best to answer every question. Please just ask one question at a time.

I saw this kind of post on the page of the wonderful STelari<3 and I thought this is a nice way to get in touch and to communicate with you people out there :)

I'm excited for what you come up with :excited:


Traditional Commissions Are Open

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 18, 2015, 9:08 AM
I have already worked on several commissions in the past and I enjoyed it a lot, so I finally decided to open for commissions here on Deviantart! :excited: Sorry for the long post in advance ;)

Please read all of the following info before messaging me with a note.

What Kind of Techniques Do I Offer (pricing includes shipping costs!):

Graphite Pencil and Color Pencil Drawings
  A5:  25€ (Prepayment: 6,25€)
  A4:  50€ (Pp: 12,50€)
  A3:  100€ (Pp: 25€)

Surprise Work :) 
(You will give me a reference of your choice, but I will surprise you with the technique. Since I will decide on how your commission will look like in the end, it will be cheaper for you. The media I use can range between: Graphite Pencils, Color Pencils, Ink, Watercolor, Acrylics or Pastel Chalks)
  A5:  20€ (Prepayment: 5€)
  A4:  40€ (Pp: 10€)
  A3:  80€ (Pp: 20€)

Sketches (Mostly Ink)
  A4: 10€ (Prepayment: 2,50€)
  A3: 20€ (Pp: 5€)
Old Man in Ink- Sketch by IsabelleMaria  Battered Man in Ink by IsabelleMaria  Smoker in Ink by IsabelleMaria

Please Note:

- By paying the prepayment to my Paypal, you agree to all my terms written in this journal entry!!
- Why prepayment? Since I am spending several hours on your desired work, I do not want to risk finishing the work and not hearing from you ever again. Even if you do not like the work in the end, I still spend lots of time to create the best work possible and I also have other costs (such as shipping and material expenses). I will not start working on your commission until I received the prepayment.
- My artwork is for private use only. You are not allowed to remove my signature. You are only allowed to use it as a Deviant-ID if you tag it as my work.
- I do have the right to decline a commission. If you want me to draw something for you, but then you are not answering my notes for, let's say, 2 days straight, I will assume you are not interested anymore and I will move to the next person on the waiting list.
- I take Paypal only!
- Pricing includes shipping costs
- If you like what you see in the final preview, you pay the rest of the full price and I will ship the original work to your house.
- If you do not like what you see in the final preview, you do not have to pay the rest of the full price and I will not send you the original.

How does it work?

1. You send me a note with your reference photo, your desired size and technique. I will tell you if I can work with the reference or not.
2. If I have a slot open for you, I will message you.
3. You have to pay 25% of the full price (prepayment) onto my Paypal. I will not start the commission until you paid those 25%.
4. When I am finished with the work, I will send a preview (with a big fat watermark on it) via note. Again- If you like it, you pay the rest of the full price and I will send the original drawing. If you do not like it, I will not send you the original drawing and you will not have to pay the rest of the full price. I will always keep the prepayment though!
5. I will only upload your final commission to my gallery with your consent!

Please feel free to message me if you have any further questions. <3
Thank you for your support!

My Current Favorite Tools

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 30, 2015, 4:59 AM
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1) Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens in sizes XS, S and F
Since they are water resistant, you can use them to outline your sketches and then use watercolor on them. I've worked with them for over a year now and I am still in love with these pens. I still have the same pens that I bought over a year ago, so you might spend about 3€ on each pen first, but they go a long way, I promise (if you treat them right of course. Try to store them horizontally or cap-down if you can, always put the cap back on when not in use!).
2) White Pigment Ink Liner by Signo (UM-153-WHITE):
Also water resistant and can be used to add small highlights on watercolor and pencil works.Wink/Razz 
3) Aaand my absolute favorite:
The small Winsor and Newton Watercolor Palette with 12 colors. I got it online for only 13€. The pigment is great, the colors last a long time and the best thing is --> you can easily bring it with you anywhere, since it is very small Love You can also see on the second photo, that the palette also comes with a very small brush. If you put the cap of the brush on the back of the brush-stick (lol?), you have a decent sized brush to work with. This actually took me a while to figure out Sweating a little... .

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If you want to see more Journals on how I use these tools you if you want to see some tutorials- let me know :)
Also, I am planning on recording a sketchbook tour on video, so also comment if you'd like to see that as well.

Thanks for visiting my page! :excited: