• Nicole Griffin

Cows in Love

Cows in Love was created for fun. This project has allowed me to be more comfortable using Procreate as well as documenting and analyzing my creation process. I have completed other drawings using the Procreate app before this; however, Cows in Love is special because of the story behind it. Allow me to start from the beginning and share my thoughts and interpretations of the piece:

At first glance, this really isn’t an impressive piece to me. Two cows in a field with heart emoticons above their heads. As I stated earlier, I am still new to using Procreate (and digital art overall) so I am not really worried about the technical parts of this drawing in particular.

The idea of Cows in Love happened when my boyfriend had mentioned working on a painting together in an effort for him to better understand the process and, you know, do something fun and different. Prior to this, he had suggested I paint a cow since he apparently really likes cows.

We were texting one day about a painting we could work on together, and I believe he had suggested we could paint 2 cows. You know, like a cow for me and a cow for him... He then sent me this very rough sketch on Snapchat:

Immediately when I saw it, I pictured the Cows in Love drawing. Me and my boyfriend… but as cows. I really love this drawing because I included details unique to us, mostly just the piercings.

I did give my cow some cow bangs though and I think it’s adorable, topped with yellow bows because yellow is his favorite color (wow so cute, right?).

Oh, also there’s obviously a brown cow and a white cow. Now, I didn’t really think about the message of interracial love at the time I was creating the piece but rather just turning my boyfriend and me into cows. And look at his curly hair! Who wouldn’t love a curly-haired cow?

So that’s the short story! I wanted to share this for a couple of reasons. First, I have been pushing myself more to document my art. Also, a lot of my pieces don’t have deeper meanings (and how can they unless I, or anyone else, assigns those deeper meanings). With that said, I think it is important as an artist to analyze and critique your own artwork. I haven’t always been the greatest at it. I’m just going to try.

I'll leave you with the Procreate time-lapse for Cows in Love:

Thank you for reading, let me know what you think!

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