Boy did this year go whizzing by. I’m hoping to finish up the year with one last acrylic painting. It isn’t looking like I’ll hit the 12 Paintings in a year that I hoped for. On the other hand I did blow that goal out of the water if you measure it by surface area. I was originally planning on 18×24 being the default size until I fell for the box 30x40s.
I’m still hoping to do all of next year in oils, but I may delay the start of that until the Jeff Miracola oil videos are launched, that would let me experiment a bit with acrylics before then.
Still having a hard time letting go of the feeling that everything has to be the most complete piece that pushes skills to the limit. I may do a bit of a mini quickndirty Painting challenge.
But for now the end of the year looks to be coming fast and that has all sorts of repercussions to ‘free’ time.
Finished another painting, tremendously happy with parts of it, but I think I need to take a break from these larger pieces for a while. It’s been very exciting to work big and loose but the surface area size and the quick drying time of acrylics are working against me at this point. But on the upside, it really feels like that’s something that’s been hard to get to the point of noticing,until recently. That has to mean that I’m getting to the point of making the mental shift from working to just get paint onto canvas in the right spots to the point of having a feel for the paint itself and having the working time to execute the mental image.
And that, is an improvement artistically.
Added 2 not so new (Nov & Dec 2015) paintings to the gallery.
I’m sure they’ll be replaced fairly soon as I hope to be cranking out newer and better pieces over the year.
The 2nd painting of the year (now almost a month behind schedule) is getting it’s final lines and color comp this week and Hopefully will be done shortly thereafter so I can catch up by the end of March.
been doing a lot of these.. Definitely feeling more comfortable doing it.
Still at it. Wow, it’s amazing how much of a difference repeated practice makes. Just in the pure eye to hand motion of being able to capture things in the right size / position.
Additionally I’m making excellent progress on the thirtydays.club website. The whole thing is coming together and I hope to have it ready for a late October launch.
On the downside.. the 3TB drive went belly up and a bunch of not essential but useful stuff went byebye.. All the really important things were of course backed up.. but there were a couple huge folders of painting videos that I’m going to miss having around. (the backup stopped working in June when I had to re-install the OS)..
Continue reading Gestures Galore
And to wrap up the second week, updates 9 and 10.
Still working on getting the badges system put into the whole thirtydays.club sit, and defining the suggested ‘rules’ But essentially I’m leaning towards enforcing it to a minimum of 5 updates per 7 day period (ie work days only) so that will allow for weekends off or vacation etc. Also you’ll be able to post images for the current 7 day period all at once, that discourages cheating and encourages returning to the site regularly. Still need to look into scheduled emails, or a 1 click create a calendar entry to import to your ical or google calender, to help keep the user focused on the task.
Looking back to day 1, I can clearly see that the basic 1 minute gestures are feeling much more confident.
So I’m giving myself weekends off, so 5 exercises a week for 4 weeks.
I’ve started building out the thirtydays.club a website for letting artists do this same thing and share the results and earn badges for completing a challenge. I’ve got a good 7 or 8 different challenges already planned out and the core guts (forum, social integration) is pretty much there already.
I hope to have the core platform up and running by some time in October.
Anyway here’s the next 3 studies. Continue reading Gestures days 6-8
So I discovered that the focus of having a real imaginary (??!) deadline helped keep me focused even when the epic skies image was wearing me down. So I made a list of all the things that I know I really need to work on and came up with a list. Then I organized that list based on a. how fundamental it is, and b. how much improvement I think i can get froma month’s worth of focused study.
And so it came to be that the next 30 days will be spend doing 1,2 and 5 minute life drawing gestures (using a wonderful Youtube channel called the Croquis Cafe)
Continue reading What’s Next- 30 days of drawing
Still just plugging along. But it’s getting to where the end is in sight.
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.
Followed by a couple silly monsters following my son’s obsession with pokemon all of a sudden.
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..
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.
Ok missed a few updates like updates 24-32.. they’re there, just not gotten around to posting them
However on sketch 32 this little guy popped out.
and then I decided he needed a chance to get a world to live in. And by 37 it was looking like this:
Then pulled in some rough textures and and blocked things in a bit more.
By update 40 the trees were looking flat and the overall color was beginning to be a bit washed out.
And that puts us here at update 41, time spent pushing back the stone some and final rendering of the character and more minor details.
Still need to touch up the bear, abird and pants, but we’re 99% there.
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)
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.
Other misc thing a days, that were more of a mental check out rather than focused on actually learning something.
Ok Failing to grasp cloud structure was kinda fun.
Other than the overworked face and broken neck structure.. this was actually much nicer looking 45 min earlier.
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.
Then a little bit of time blocking out some of the shapes and it’s something I’m beginning to think works.
But now it’s time for some holiday cheer so perhaps things will be a bit slow for a while.
So the next homework assignment in the Magic Box is 3 point perspective and basic environment drawing.
Start off with a sketch.
And then go back and really nail down the perspective.
Which I’m in the process of doing …
Still have a long way to go.