#98 – Make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting

by Elizabeth on September 6, 2014 · 4 comments

in 101 in 1001, Art


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Item #98 on my list of 101 Things in 1001 Days: make a time lapse video of a drawing or painting.

I spent Saturday at my dining table, surrounded by brushes and watercolours and paper.

With just 21 days to go until my deadline (eek!) I have a stack of drawing to get done, and by the end of today I started to feel like the lady in this drawing looks.  Over it.

Serves me right for procrastinating, I guess.

This facepalming lady was fun to make.  I’m starting to learn how to use water soluble graphite which, when paired with canvas paper, is magic.  You can pick the colour up and push it around the page until it looks just right, which is harder to do with traditional watercolour paper.  It’s nice to be able to hit it with the eraser to pull out the highlights too.

So, on with the rest of my drawings.  My main hurdle right now isn’t the number of drawings I need to complete, it’s that drawing is no fun at all when you have to quickly move on to the next thing without making it perfect.

If you’re interested in seeing my progress you can check out my hands, figures, faces, still life scenes and trees.  Whose dumb idea was it to draw so many trees?

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Meg September 7, 2014 at 2:37 am

I’m so impressed with this. Watercolors are one thing that I’ve always thought looked amazing, but actually making something above a five-year-old level completely eludes me.


Elizabeth September 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Meg, watercolours still elude me most of the time! I don’t know what I’m doing, but with trial and error I’ve discovered some tricks that seem to work. Drawing is my weakness so it helps to work on a surface that will let you push paint around the page for a while before it dries for good.


Victoria September 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I actually found your blog shortly after you started your 101 in 1001 (I was looking for ideas for my list) and I think I’ve commented only once or twice since then although I check back in quite often. I just wanted to tell you that watching that time-lapse video brought me a lot of pleasure. As a non-artist, I was amazed to see the painting come together, and I’m quite surprised at the emotion it brought out in me while watching it. Thanks for sharing it with us.


Elizabeth September 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Thank you so much for this comment, Victoria. Blogging can be a bit of a lonely business, and although I mainly keep this going for the sake of my own record-keeping it’s always so great to hear from people who enjoy what I share here. It’s extra special when it’s something I’ve made!

How is your list going? Is it online somewhere where I could take a peek? Snooping on other peoples’ 101 lists is a guilty pleasure of mine!


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