Cloud cover

Plugging ahead and working on the next Magic Box assignement.. Epic Skies..   This little scibble…

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is gradually turning into this:

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I’ve been attempting to get up extra early and get an hour or two of painting time in before work, and it has been….mixed results.  Some days things have been great and some days, the lil 5yold seems to have adjusted his schedule as well…

 

Ah that post painting funk

Ok after a little breather It’s time to get back to working on things that are fun.  Finishing a painting is both exhilarating and exhausting and I find myself having to take a couple days and recoup my creative energy or I’ll find the need to go back and fix, and tweak and tweak irrisistable.  But taking a bit of time away lets me just be proud of what I’ve done and let it be.

After a couple days I had a little fun playing with skin rendering and trying to get a sense of translucency. One of the many attempts actually turned out to become this guy, which has a nice tone to it that I like.

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Followed by a couple silly monsters following my son’s obsession with pokemon all of a sudden.

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And then this thing.. .. this might become a thing.. it’s still rough, but it’s speaking to me.  It started out as a perspective homework.. then became an epic skies homework.. and now it might be something else altogether..

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On an art related note, I cracked some oil paints open for the first time in 7 years (it was a disaster then) and … holy cow…I’m loving them..

Something about the transparency and the need to go slow really just works for me.. maybe it’s because I’m getting older and not in as much of a hurry.  Not sure exactly what it is, but I’m doing some test pieces and maybe finishing/reworking the initial disastrous attempt and who knows maybe they’ll be worthy of showing on the inter-tron some day.

 

More Make-a-thing days end of m1

OK so i lost a few days to kids, illness and a mini-vacation to PAX South (which was awesome!)

But none the less, scribbles were made, but i’m having a hard time ‘finishing’ even these things. So I’ve been making myself to more and more thumbnails to just start being able to see the composition before starting on the actual drawing. And i feel that it’s been improving my sense of wholeness of each thing, if that makes any sense.   That and watching The Hair lessons on the Magic Box there was a total ‘ah-ha’ moment, where talking about visual rest and the need to NOT render something felt like it clicked. ( see the goblin girl’s hair below)

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But finally I’ve watched a bunch of other artist talks and one struck me as particularly poignant,  essentailly you should be able to describe your painting in 5 values.  Which I did below and a couple of them are fairly successful.  Now I used the full range and the same 5 values across the board instead of selecting high key / low key values specific to each thumbnail which was probably a mistake, but I’m actually pretty happy with the graphic result.

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Other misc thing a days, that were more of a mental check out rather than focused on actually learning something.

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Ok Failing to grasp cloud structure was kinda fun.sketch-17 sketch-18 sketch-19 sketch-19b

Other than the overworked face and broken neck structure.. this was actually much nicer looking 45 min earlier. sketch-21

Perspective forever

 

 

Took another pass at this, and made a binch of thums and eventually came up with perspective I liked.

Then I tossed into the perspective view maker http://drakkheim.com/perspective/grid.php?image=2a811acb319a27b462e6185e36aa491d.png&save=2 and saved out some guides.

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Then a little bit of time blocking out some of the shapes and it’s something I’m beginning to think works.

 

perspective-3But now it’s time for some holiday cheer so perhaps things will be a bit slow for a while.

 

Digging in to the final painting

Okay.. heeere we go.  Picked a color comp.  Scaled everything to final print size. Masked individual components of the piece.

Lets see if it all goes to crap 🙂

First up the background mountains

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Ok that wasn’t too bad.  next up. Getting started on the background hillside, forest and lake..

turtle-final-1-2Still not hating it.. so that’s a bonus.

It’s amazing how much easier it is if you do a truckload of prepwork.  It’s all playing with shapes and colors since the big decisions have already been made. awesome!

 

color roughs…very rough

man these have been kickikng my butt.

I’m leaning towards #1 or 4.. but the challenge of the limited palette of 3 was actually a lot of fun…

let’s just pretend #2 didn’t happen… turns out me and vivid colors aren’t that good friends yet.

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New WIP

The doldrums of summer and start of a new school year is like a parasitic leech that sits on your forehead and drains motivation and inspiration right out of you.

 

But what do you do?  You plow through it.

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thumbnail / color rough for a new painting.

Pretty excited to see where / how this one goes.