Drawings that festered part #4

Part 3 of this series caused my blood to boil at my own lack of finesse, creativity and ability to finish a job.

So today I’m bringing it back with a picture that I think might have some merit.

This time I’d been inspired to elaborate on a drawing I’d already created of some raindrops on a window.

I loved the first attempt, simply thanks to my clever use of the erase tool, which came directly from my brain. I’m certain it’s a trick many other Procreate users have found and used successfully long before me, but I SWEAR I worked out how to do this on my own.

As I say, I loved the first attempt, but I felt it was missing something and after staring at it for some time I realised that it might benefit from some background items.

Fast forward to today, when I found the second attempt, with trees and birds moodily added to the background of what I think is a window looking out of a haunted house (at least that’s what I imagine I meant).

Let’s go ahead and look at some sweet, sweet pros;

My imagining of the raindrops on the window is almost 🔥. It’s a skill I’m trying to hone without any external help and I genuinely think this attempt is an improvement on the last.

Adding the shadows in black of some blackbirds and trees makes the picture richer and allows you to really build the scenery behind the window in your imagination, not just what you can already see facing forward.

The colours are dull, and I like it that way. It’s necessary to use almost a grayscale palette to create a feeling of unease and fear.

Overall I’m left thinking that I’d hate to spend any time behind this window. There’s creaky floorboards, spiders and rooms that are empty except for old broken beds and empty wardrobes lurking in this building.

Let’s dive in with the cons;

More background detail would have helped. At the time all I could think of was birds and some bare trees. Maybe a cat, some floating leaves or even a dimly lit street lamp would all have added an extra layer of interest.

More recently I’ve been using colour to help portray a spooky feeling. It doesn’t have to be blue, grey and black. In fairness this is something I’m only just starting to realise, but again, I think I could have thrown in some orange or purple for extra effect.

I wish I’d remembered to make some of the raindrops look as though they’d drifted down the glass. It’s a cool effect that is highly realistic and would have looked great. Not sure what I was thinking or why I missed it, but I did.

So overall, although this is a drawing that ultimately festered, I’m not upset to be posting it and (for once) I don’t feel too ashamed.

I will, without question, do this again in a new way and taking on board the ideas I’ve mentioned above. Who knows, maybe there’ll be an improved version for halloween 2022!

Have a great day and believe in your ability!

Published by stephc2021

Hi! I'm Steph, an amateur writer and illustrator specialising in Mental Health and being a self-confessed Spoonie. My website is home to any successful fiction I create, with stories that have won so far covering difficult subjects such as baby loss and mental health in grief as well as some funny and heart-warming tales when I get the inspiration. Every drawing and picture on my website was created by me. I spend a lot of time coming up with illustrations to accompany all of my posts and pages. I try to create original content across all of my channels, whether I'm writing about my own fiction or just generally musing on mental health or my own issues. I want to be part of the change because I believe the understanding of MH in the UK is getting better, but has a very long way to go. By being honest about my own struggles and symptoms I think others will relate and hopefully it will encourage them to talk to someone and get the help and support they need. Long term my goal is to help children too, help them understand their own mental health and how to help with the mental health of those around them. I live in the UK with my partner, daughter and dog, I swear frequently and I adore a well made, traditional, gooey, chocolatey, delicious brownie.

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