More exploratory sketches for my college project to do with Baba Yaga, that wonderfully wicked witch from Russian fairy-tale land ... Here I'm working on background and the details that surround her: the forest, the fence of bones and skulls encircling her hut, and the hut itself, sitting as it does on a pair (or one, or three, depending on which fairy-tale you're reading) of chicken legs that dance around.
I'll talk a bit more about why I'm so fascinated by this crone on another post, as here I'm concentrating on experimenting, and on loosening up my drawing hand. Playing with random lines and even, as above, with using feathers to bring to life the idea of the forest that I have in my mind. I'm getting away from my past need for a precise, realistic style and instead just going with the flow. It's not easy but I'm beginning to really enjoy the whole process.
I'm using different mediums and papers to just 'feel' the subjects for the moment. It's not easy getting away from needing to be exact, to know every line and shade of my drawings. So it's all a bit awkward as yet, but things are beginning to flow easier and I'm hoping that playing around with lines will eventually become my default foundation so that I can let loose and truly just have fun with all of this. Bit by bit, I'll get there. Cheers.