Last April, I landed myself in the ICU after what was probably a bad reaction to medication. As they treated me, they also took an MRI and discovered a cyst in my pituitary gland. Over the year it grew at a rather alarming rate, so it was surgically removed in December 2015.
My therapist suggested that I do some drawing to try and deal with what happened. This is the first one I’ve done.
Originally, I wanted this to be an ink pen sketch. But while I could tell what it was supposed to depict, I doubted that others could see it and when I asked people it was confirmed. So I decided to use ProMarkers to colour it, producing a neat comic book-feel which I really like.
This is my arm during my first SYNACTHEN-test in August. Crash course in pituitary gland function: it’s sometimes referred to as the master gland due to its control over a lot of our hormones. One hormone under its control is ACTH, which sends a signal to the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. During a SYNACTHEN-test, synthetic ACTH is injected and the medical personnel then draw blood to test the level of cortisol. If your body responds properly to the stimulation, you’re not suffering from adrenal insufficiency. Mine didn’t respond as it should have.
Basically this is a picture of the time I got my diagnosis of secondary adrenal insufficiency confirmed, which sucks. I don’t know if it’s due to the personal significance, but I feel that this is quite the scary image.
September 3d 2016.
I graduated this year and my mum got me this sketchpad as a graduation gift. It’s great with these smaller sketchpads that can fit comfortably into a purse or a backpack, don’t you think?
And I’ve also bought quite a few new markers, as I’ve felt that I’ve lacked certain shades to work properly. My new promarkers are not from the same occasion, but spread out on several trips.
The new promarkers are the following colours:
- Cool Aqua
- Cool Grey 2 (I ran out of it doing Merriman)
- Warm Grey 4
- Dusky Rose
- Burnt Orange
The latest trip took place this Saturday when I participated in an event where we got to draw models wearing pirates-inspired clothing. (I’ll post those sketches soon, even if the thought of doing so makes me cringe.) I managed to keep myself down to three markers that I need for a current project: warm grey, caramel, and tan. This is the project in question:
Fanart for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander-series. This is sort of how I imagine Jamie Fraser. I needed some more neutral colours for the tartan and realised that I’m horribly lacking in them. What can I say? I like bright colours.
I mentioned a while back that I reused the concept for this sketch for a ProMarker drawing. Well, this was the drawing I was refering to.
I had just recently purchased som new ProMarkers, among them “ginger” so I could finally do red hair properly. I’m so happy with how it turned out. The colours I used for the hair was aforementioned “ginger”, and then “raw sienna” and “burnt sienna” for shadowing. It turned out really nicely.
The perspective’s a bit off, as I attempted a frog perspective and didn’t quite get it to work out. I’m happy with the colours and shadowing, but really need to practice doing portraits from some odd angles.
This is sort of how I imagine Nicaise from the book trilogy Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. He’s a vicious, pretty thing and one of my favourite characters.
September 2nd 2016.
I’ve run into trouble with my own categorisations. What do I call this drawing? It’s some sort of interior drawing, but I don’t quite know what to call the category. Suggestions?
Since I was all out of ink pens, I had to go out and buy a set. That’s one thing I feel I can’t do without when it comes to drawing. I had to test them out immediately and did a quick sketch of my living room. While I wanted to do it in black and white, I decided to add a splash of colour using ProMarkers for the potted plants. But still keeping a little messy to go with the sketch-feel of the picture.
I like the shapes and shadows in the picture.
August 20th 2016.
Joining up with Urban Sketchers got me out of my rut and now I been drawing slightly more prolifically than I have been since 2015 and before I got ill. While I was down with a cold, I decided to do a quick portrait.
I originally wanted to do it in ink pen, but as I rummaged through my art gear I realised that I had used them all up and never bothered to replace them. Hmph. So I had to make do with a black ProMarker, which made the lines so much thicker than they were in my imagination.
At the time, I wasn’t too happy with it but I rather like it today. There’s something about his expression that’s really sweet and the shadowing’s quite nice. At the time I had been reading C. S. Pacats final book in the Captive Prince-trilogy and one character that was on my mind wasn’t even in the book, but I still wanted to draw him after finishing the book. So this is kind of a sketch of Nicaise. Kind of.
I later revisited this concept and did a drawing in colour using ProMarker.
August 4th 2016.