Welcome to my first official Art Feature Friday! This is a new project that I’m doing, where I feature art on the last Friday of every month. So if you’re looking for some new artwork to admire, or for a new artist to follow, you’ve come to the right place!
I’ll also be featuring some of my best artwork that I’ve made during the month, so stick around if you’re interested in seeing that.
Now let’s get into the art!
The first artist that I’m featuring for my Art Feature Friday is Djamila Knopf. If her name sounds familiar to you, it may be because I mentioned her quite a bit when doing Inktober in 2018, as I was following her prompt list for the month.
Djamila’s work is a huge inspiration to me, and part of that reason is because she so magically captures aesthetics in her work. The way she uses color, lighting, and composition to convey specific moods is amazing, and her artwork has me constantly striving to improve my own skill levels.
If I had to choose a few words to describe her art, I would go with mystical, comforting, and enchanting.
Portrait of Princess Anna Ivanonva Bariatinski by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun
I saw this beautiful piece of artwork at a local art gallery in the summer of 2018, and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Each time I look at the pictures that I took of it (which don’t even do this portrait justice) I feel such a surge of inspiration to create art.
I don’t know what it is about this piece, whether it’s the soft lighting, the beautiful features of the princess’ face, or the delicateness of the fabric, but something about this painting keeps bringing me back to it.
Whenever I look at this piece I want to do nothing more than to sit down and practice portraiture, in the hopes that one day I’ll be able to reach with skill level that Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun had when she painted this portrait.
As for art videos, lately I’ve been wrapped up in the YouTube videos made by Sinix Design. The videos that he makes are super informative, and the way that he presents information is intuitive and understandable.
Best of all, his videos are really fun to watch, and I love it when people make learning both informative and fun.
You can also check out his artwork on Instagram, if you’re interested.
Lastly, here’s some of the artwork that I’m most proud of from the past month. I haven’t had the chance to do a lot of large pieces, as most of my art time has been spent working on studies for my art course, but I’m getting into the rhythm of things now, and I’m looking forward to creating more art in the coming weeks.
First is this really cute bullet journal illustration I did to try and learn some more about using stronger aesthetics and more cohesive colors in my work. I’m really proud of the soft and warm look that I ended up with, and I’m looking forward to trying to turn this aesthetic into a more painterly style.
Next are a couple pages of bunny speed sketches that I did. I had so much fun trying to draw each bunny in under a minute, and I think I really nailed the cute and fluffy looks of some of them.
Lastly, here’s a little study I did for the third week of my art course. I did this completely from my imagination, in order to test how much I had learned from doing a photo study, and then using a reference in the previous two weeks. While the perspective could be more interesting, I am happy with how the shading and lighting turned out.
Unfortunately I don’t have any other work to feature from my art course, since no one else has participated yet. If you’re interested in joining my art course, the week four assignments come out this Sunday. My course isn’t very heavy on tutorials, but instead gives you lots of opportunity to do hands-on art experiments, so that you can develop your style and skills over several weekly projects.
If that interests you, you may want to check it out, as I want to be able to feature students’ artwork at the end of the month.
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you got some inspiration out of it! The next Art Feature Friday will be on the 22nd of February, and I also blog about art every Friday, so check back later for some new content.