LAURA JOHNSTON

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The Lost Girls 1-5

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Today is Malina, a small, quick forest dweller who owns 1,278 pairs of socks.

Today is Malina, a small, quick forest dweller who owns 1,278 pairs of socks.

Two weeks ago I started The 100 Day Project as part of my 365. I finally decided on 100 days of paynes gray because I like the idea of becoming very familiar with specific colors. It's so opposite of my normal approach - like much of this project has been so far. I'm going to do different sections of combinations or techniques, and right now I'm in the middle of working on a subsection of paynes gray + permanent rose in a set of 10 portraits called "The Lost Girls".

Today's lost girl is Kylo. She's proud of her journey and keeps this cool salamander as a pet. He makes her feel at home when she's on the road performing.

Today's lost girl is Kylo. She's proud of her journey and keeps this cool salamander as a pet. He makes her feel at home when she's on the road performing.

These portraits are experiments in different angles and lighting of the face. I planned to do them all from my imagination, but I decided to use a reference on one of them to see how it would compare to the others. I wonder if you can guess which one?

This is Shirly. She's a warm-hearted writer who loves rocky beach vistas and literally can't survive unless she eats a donut every 15 minutes.

This is Shirly. She's a warm-hearted writer who loves rocky beach vistas and literally can't survive unless she eats a donut every 15 minutes.

These ladies are the first half of the set - numbers 6-10 will happen this week! Follow along on Instagram to see them come to life.

Today's lost girl is Raielle - another forest dweller who has the voice of an angel and friendships with many a firefly.

Today's lost girl is Raielle - another forest dweller who has the voice of an angel and friendships with many a firefly.

Another objective with these Lost Girls is to find my sense of random, limitless imagination again. As I mentioned in previous posts, it used to flow so freely and now feels like it's lodged behind screens and rocks. I'm attempting to just let it flow with these - whatever comes up, comes up without question. Sometimes nothing comes up and I don't even think about it until I've finished the sketch for the day, and other times it's a little more like what I remembered in the backstories and misc. added elements.

Lost Girl Samora - today she had a spicy taco indeed.

Lost Girl Samora - today she had a spicy taco indeed.

I am having a lot of fun with this subsection of The Lost Girls, but it has another subject on my mind lately. It is a little disheartening to know there are certain things I can go off and draw that will garner a lot of praise and attention regardless of how much heart I put in, but then things with more heart and imagination sometimes are passed by so easily. I think this is a struggle many creative folks face. Why is it that we just want to see what's popular all the time? And not something different? Perhaps the something different has to be done so well that it can divert attention from the things that are easier to like and digest. Perhaps it has a lot to do with finding the right audience. I have found, though, that regardless of the outside attention something I create receives, I always feel best about the things that I really enjoyed creating and can feel proud of my efforts on.