Art Elements Challenge: Eyes

Art Elements Challenge: Eyes

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October Art Elements Challenge: Eyes  Although some jewelry designers are making wire-wrapped dragon eyes, I did not have the necessary items to attempt it, and I didn’t want to buy anything new. I almost passed on this challenge. And in hindsight, I think that would have been the right decision. But I told myself, I should push outside of my comfort zone. And I did have this rather creepy eye related picture in my head. So I signed up.

Sometimes there are good reasons to remain inside your comfort zone. In this case, it’s because I can’t draw. So with no further adieu, I give you “If Mushrooms Had Eyes.”

Art Elements Challenge - Eyes

I do apologize for inflicting this on you, dear reader. I can assure you that the other participants will do better. See them at the Art Elements Challenge: Eyes reveal on October 31st.

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  1. I love the idea of mushrooms with eyes! It has something very “Alice in Wonderland”, anime, fairy tale to me (I know this is no real sentence, but you’ll know what I mean).
    I can’t draw either, but now I have an image in my head of what I’d like to do with this idea (no, I’m not going to steal it from you ;-)). Thank you for sharing!

    1. You’re too kind, Cat! And if this drawing inspires you to do something further with it, by all means please do so! I’d love to see what you come up with.

  2. I really like your if mushrooms had eyes drawing and we should push out side of our comfort zones more often! Don’t give up on the drawing the only way we get better at things is by practice.

  3. You made an attempt which is a good thing. I know what you mean about not buying anything. I have so much stuff. I am forcing myself to use what I have. So far so good!

    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! Yeah, with jewelry items, it’s so easy to say a few more beads or cabochons won’t hurt. But I have so much stuff, I have trouble finding I need in my stash. I need to use what I have.

  4. It was the right decision to stay because I think it is important to push oneself a little bit. Even though you don’t like your drawing skills, these idea and image was in your head and you let it took shape and maybe it will also result in more piece in the future. The process (at least for me) is far more important than the finished piece. I hope you will keep on drawing because there are mushrooms with eyes in your head and I love that! (yes, it could be I am a weird person ;))

    1. Claire, thank you! As “If Mushrooms Had Eyes” shows, I am a weird person too! But even more importantly, you gave me a new perspective; process versus finished piece. I am going to hold onto that and keep pushing that comfort zone. Thank you again!

  5. I love them!! of course toadstools have eyes, how else would they see the magic that surrounds them…. thank you for joining in you made me smile 😀

    1. I am so glad my inexpert rendering of these eyed mushrooms made you smile. And yes, B movie is exactly what I was going for! Thank you for your kind comment!

  6. OMGosh! I love “if mushrooms had eyes”, I really, really do! I wasn’t sure what to expect as you seemed kind of deflated, but as soon as I saw it I just thought it was the most clever and whimsical thing. The reason I do these challenges (well, I’m new to AE, but other ones and now this one) is because they do force us outside of our comfort zones and make us think in new ways which is such a great way to learn new techniques and improve our skills. The other reason is that they are fun and I love the camaraderie to be found among other artists.

    I think I know where Cat’s little brain is going and I think it would be great. Michele, I’d suggest that you think about pursuing this idea further…perhaps try making a wire mushroom with a coin bead eye. I’d just love to see what you come up with and whimsy in designs can be a wonderful thing.

    Anyway, don’t stop drawing and don’t stop challenging yourself. You absolutely made the right decision by choosing to participate in this “Eye” challenge.

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Dawn! Today, when I rearranged and reorganized my work space, instead of putting the drawing pad back in the cabinet, I made a space for it. Ooh, I love the idea for a wire mushroom with an eye! That’s awesome! Now to put my thinking cap on!

      1. Good going, Michelle! I hope you’ll share your wire mushroom when it’s done, cuz I would love to see it. So happy you left the sketch pad out!

  7. I agree, the Alice and Wonderland feeling AND you should be glad you pushed outside your comfort zone. That’s how we grow! I’m glad you still posted!

  8. Speaking as someone who can draw, but not at all well, I’d say you definitely can draw, and that you did very well. Love the mushrooms with eyes. They’re adorably whimsical.

  9. This is what is great about these challenges – they can push us to try something new.
    I think your drawing is amazing – I love those eyes coming at you from the mushrooms. I like the one mushroom in the back – laid back and taking it easy.

  10. We are all about trying new things, and pushing out of one’s comfort zone over at Art Elements! So glad you stuck to it and joined us! Mushrooms with eyes feels very Wonderland-y to me! (Sorry I was so late to the hop.)

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