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A. L. Shelton
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United States
I am primarily a writer, but I dabble in art and music. I'm much better at the former than at either of the two latter. My main genre is fantasy, though I also write in SF and Science Fantasy; nearly all my MCs are some variety of LGBT+. I started writing back in 1989, desperate for some escape from the difficulties of my life, and I was in 9th grade (about age 14) at the time.

Yes, that is an actual picture of me. From 3rd or 4th grade, I think, clearly Before Glasses, which I got to start wearing in 6th grade. I almost remember wearing that sweater. This school photo has long been my favorite.
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No, this isn't me critiquing my own art. I do that in my commentary beneath my posts, where, in my opinion, it belongs. What I mean here is that there are times I look at other artists, who do work more frequently, and wonder how they do it. There are weeks I can't get even one drawing done, and I come here and it's Wednesday, and one of those I follow has posted no less than three drawings again today, and I sit here and think, I wish I could do that.

Unfortunately for me, my drawing is, like my writing, now at the mercy of my bipolar. I know this. At this point, it sounds to me like a poor excuse for my inability to keep up with my creative peers, either in writing or drawing, but it's the truth. I wish it weren't the truth, and I hate that it is the truth.

This has been the truth in my writing so long now that I only rarely get caught up in "If I just buckle down, I'd write more," but I'm finding that thought in relation to drawing coming up more. Not a lot more, but more often than it does for my writing. Practice with accepting my limitations in writing I guess. Drawing is something new, so I stress about doing it more. And this isn't helped by the fact that in years previous I was not the most consistent with my drawing practice. This, the past year or two? I'm far more consistent with my drawing habit this time around than I was.

On the writing sites I go to, if one of us is feeling down about how much we write, we tell each other, "If you actually write any words, no matter how little, you are a writer." I've been trying to apply a similar truism to my artistic endeavors. I have made drawings. I do draw, when time, opportunity, and bipolar permit. So, I am an artist.

It helps a little.
  • Listening to: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart
  • Reading: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
  • Drinking: Stash Cranberry Pomegranate Herbal Tea

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No, this isn't me critiquing my own art. I do that in my commentary beneath my posts, where, in my opinion, it belongs. What I mean here is that there are times I look at other artists, who do work more frequently, and wonder how they do it. There are weeks I can't get even one drawing done, and I come here and it's Wednesday, and one of those I follow has posted no less than three drawings again today, and I sit here and think, I wish I could do that.

Unfortunately for me, my drawing is, like my writing, now at the mercy of my bipolar. I know this. At this point, it sounds to me like a poor excuse for my inability to keep up with my creative peers, either in writing or drawing, but it's the truth. I wish it weren't the truth, and I hate that it is the truth.

This has been the truth in my writing so long now that I only rarely get caught up in "If I just buckle down, I'd write more," but I'm finding that thought in relation to drawing coming up more. Not a lot more, but more often than it does for my writing. Practice with accepting my limitations in writing I guess. Drawing is something new, so I stress about doing it more. And this isn't helped by the fact that in years previous I was not the most consistent with my drawing practice. This, the past year or two? I'm far more consistent with my drawing habit this time around than I was.

On the writing sites I go to, if one of us is feeling down about how much we write, we tell each other, "If you actually write any words, no matter how little, you are a writer." I've been trying to apply a similar truism to my artistic endeavors. I have made drawings. I do draw, when time, opportunity, and bipolar permit. So, I am an artist.

It helps a little.
  • Listening to: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart
  • Reading: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
  • Drinking: Stash Cranberry Pomegranate Herbal Tea
13 Feb 17 - Artist's Hand Empty #1
I've been restless all afternoon, but before that, I managed to sketch out this hand drawing. Not the best, I'll admit--there's something seriously wrong with the base of my pinkie finger from the looks of things, but I did my best to draw what I saw, and that was what I saw. I know the shading and highlights look confused on the fingers, but that's because I had two opposing light sources, and the brighter one was coming from my left (a window). Oh! And getting my hand back into the position I traced it in on the picture plane was hell. LOL

This is a sketch I did just for the fun of it.

For this piece, I used:

#2 pencil
#4B graphite stick
eraser (liberally, as usual)
Strathmore Sketch pad page
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12 Feb 17 - Artist's Hand Holding Figurine
Before you ask, yes I drew this using the Picture Plane from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I'm trying to teach myself how to do things in proportion, and, I tell ya, my first few starts with this drawing produced stunted fingers, awkwardly-long figurines, and were just generally really crappy. I realized drawing this that I wasn't paying as much attention as I should the crosshairs on the Picture Plane and those I draw on my pages. While this hand isn't perfect, I think it's the most successfully proportionate of those I've drawn recently. And that forefinger? I wanted to murder that part of the drawing, because I kept on sketching it too long. You would not believe the number of times I had to erase and shade in that particular area. I'm surprise I didn't wear a hole through the page.

This was drawn before dawn. I'm telling you this to explain the stark highlights on the hand. Most of my hand is so utterly ghastly pale because the light comes from the right, above my head. Fluorescents, and we all know how harshly they tend to illuminate everything. I left Straightjacket Bunny shaded to emphasize my hand, though his straightjacket--from his neck to the tops of his feet--is paler, even if the grey paint is somewhat dingy.

For this drawing, I used:
#4B Graphite Stick
#2 pencil
a page from my Strathmore Sketch pad
and, liberally, an eraser (very liberally)
With a couple of tissues for blending the shading.
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Found ONE stick eraser, with eraser intact. Man, I've GOT to do something with those 3-ring binders that are collecting dust. And those old cardboard file boxes I'm not using. Oh, I know one idea. I can transfer an index-card glossary that's exploding from its little plastic file box into one of the long cardboard ones. Just have to find the GLOSSARY though.

But I think this effecitvely ends the Saga of the Office Supplies.
Even being a writer cannot possibly justify the number of pens and mechanical pencils I have in my home. There is no way I'll ever write enough in ink to use all these pens. Most of them are Bics, though, so they should be good for years to come.

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