Tag Archives: sidewalk crack creatures

It’s a Matter of Orientation

Ask any kid — things look different when you stand on your head or roll on your side. So, it is with artists. But, we’ve learned it’s much easier just to flip our subject (and a lot kinder on our bods).

Try it yourself. Study your subject matter (say, a reference photo). Now, rotate it and observe it again. Your eye will decipher the relative shapes and negative spaces very differently depending on orientation. This is true for more than art!

Here’s a recent example from my sketchbook: “Bunny strut” becomes “Fish arabesque.” No magic. Just a matter of orientation.

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or, with a 90° rotation

(5.5 x 5.5″ ink and watercolor on std. sketchbook paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


Dog Daze

Two different mongrels spawned from the same sidewalk crack shape.

Dog Daze
(each is 6″ x 6″ pen and ink , watercolor)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Balancing Act

Ever on the verge of losing it? Feeling watched? Something’s about to happen?

Blog followers:  Recognize any of these characters? I promised you’d see this one again (slightly altered, maybe his brother).

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(11″ x 11″ graphite & watercolor on 140# hot press paper; digital gradient background)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

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1.  Graphite drawing of four sidewalk crack creatures—all from the SAME sidewalk crack photo. That’s a record!
2.   But, it needed something. Graphite cat predator added.
3.  Watercolor next to punch the foreground creatures and rocks.
4.  Completed watercolor.
Still needed something to push the cat back and pull the creatures forward. That’s when I added the digital gradient background.