Creative ADHD?

So my husband has said it before and really I can't argue with him... I think I may have creative ADHD. Seriously, I don't think I can stay focused on one medium for more than a couple weeks. Does anyone else have this problem? Its like my creative juices are having some kind of war with each other and I'm wondering if I'll ever find something that makes me happy enough to stick with. So anyway, onto my latest... drawing with charcoal.

Some people may look at the above picture as trash, I see it as progress. Lots of sharpening goes on when I'm drawing and just as my photo is focused on the details, it is much like my style of drawing... detailed. I've enjoyed drawing for quite some time and drew commissioned portraits for people during college for a little extra cash and have continued to do a few since. It's been a bit too long since my last drawing. I think its been about 5 years since my last actual charcoal drawing! Wow, time flies! Anyway, what encouraged me to get my pencils out again was Kelly Berkey's Stretching to Sketch challenge that she has going on at her blog. Kelly is gorgeous and very talented herself. You can read a lot more about her and the challenge HERE.

This is my charcoal drawing. You can go HERE to see the photo I drew from. It was definitely fun seeing Kelly come alive on paper!

If you're curious on what I used for my drawing, I used charcoal pencils 2, 4 and 6, a blending stump and my finger for some extra blending. :)

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Busy working on an illustration project and getting stuff ready for a children's consignment sale. New windows are also being put in our home by handy hubby... so excited about that, but lots of cleanup is also involved. Crazy, busy!


Diana said...

Love, Love, Love this Jodi! This is really beautiful. I'm with you on the ADHD. I know its not a good thing, but can't help myself.

Christie Cottage said...

Great drawing!

I switch around from medium to medium. I think it keeps me creative.

Persoanlly I hate seeing a shop make 500 of the same thing, different color! LOL


Jackie said...

BEAUTIFUL << Can you please give some drawing and working with charcoal tips. I find charcoal so soft . I struggled with it when going from pencil to charcoal .

Kelly Berkey said...

jodi, your likeness is shocking to me! i too have adhd, but i'm thinking most artist do?? i think you blew us away on this week's challenge, please, please play along with us again!

Jodi Ulschmid said...

Thank you!

Jackie~ I'll try to give a few tips in my next blog post... just need a little extra time.

Tammie said...

this piece is incredible!
I also enjoyed your pencil sharpening scraps ;-}

Cathy Bueti said...

Hi Jodi! I found you via Kelly's blog! I was also in the sketch challenge. I just wanted to say how AMAZING this sketch is!! I LOVE it! It looks so real as if it were a photograph! It blew me away when I saw it!

I hope you continue along with us for the next challenge! I look forward to following your work!


Giovanna ♥ said...

Just came across your blog from Kelly's blog and I'm so amazed by your talent! You're such a great artist, Congrats!!
I love charcoal, I feel it gives more freedom in the lines and the blending is just so natural...

Much love,

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jgr said...

Hi Jodi,
Wonderful drawing--WOW! Also, thank you for following my blog, I'm glad to discover yours and to see your beautiful family. I'll be back for sure.