Art brings me joy. I wouldn't be an artist if it didn't. But like everybody else in the world, I have a life outside of my art. I won't bore anybody with many of the details here, but sometimes life gets busy, and it becomes difficult to juggle life and art.
I think the hardest part about being an artist isn't the skill required to draw. That's sometime that comes with time, patience, and practice. The hardest part for me is finding a way to push past the things life throws at me and continue drawing, even when the drawings stubbornly refuse to let me finish them.
Life can get busy, especially on a cattle ranch, and the busiest time for most western cattle ranches is the fall.
Usually starting in October for us, we ride the mountain gathering all of our cows so we can send them down to the areas where we will keep them for the winter and spring when we calve. The ride runs from October into November. During this time, I have little time for art, but I make up for it with a lot of opportunities to get not only good reference material but my favorite reference material. Photography opportunities are everywhere from the fall mountain scenery to the cowboys working the cows.
A short time ago, I started hearing reviews comparing Faber-Castell Polychromos with Prismacolor colored pencils. Naturally, being the curious individual that I am, I wanted to try them out. Being the OCD person that I am, I read reviews, studied results, and ended up buying a full set for my birthday (Yay). I also had heard a lot about Stonehenge paper, so I thought it a good opportunity to try the two together (which I would find was a big mistake). Before I go into the review on Polychromos pencils, though, here are my thoughts on Prismacolor.
There is something about starting a new medium or experimenting with a new style that is exciting, exhilarating, but frightening all rolled into one. That was how I felt when I decided to take on the piece that I would eventually name, "Patience."
It began last year as an experimental piece inspired by pen and ink work that recently had come to my attention. I found the concept intriguing. It was a method that demanded patience along with intricate detail. One of my biggest challenges I face as an artist is stretching my attention span, and pointillism, I decided, would be the perfect medium for that. So I ordered up some Micron pens, found a reference, and set to work.
The original artwork for Western Artist Nichole Taylor. Located in Moab, Utah, Nichole strives to capture the fine details that abound in the western and ranching heritage.