Thursday, 21 August 2014

Keeping the creative flow going

I missed a day yesterday... and got I've hit a wall because of that! Might be because I'm tired as well....
I've been painting (well trying and not succeeding) this evening. I was struggling to see form and shapes and get into a relaxed flow. I was definitely agitated and it showed this evening! 

I tried to move on and this is the result of a twenty minute art vomit. My brain is going scatty and I need to drive more focus behind this journey!I wasn't comfortable this evening and it shows. I feel the texture of my painting is working better but need to implement this in a more controlled manner.

These things take time and perseverance. Forget about today's struggles and channel them into tomorrows attitude.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Speed paint - Crushing power

I joined the digital spitpaint group on Facebook a while back but never had the confidence to post anything up. I found the standard incredibly high which warded me away from it from an irrational fear of embarrassment. 

The 30 minute time limit was extremely pressurising and definitely dragged me out of my comfort zone. While the piece is very far off from what I wanted I'm happy to have pushed myself into something new and work within time constraints. Taken from a still from Evangelion 2.2 - 

Have I found the Achilles heel?

Today I have started off with a couple of lose sketches. Just some nice portrait line studies which I'm thoroughly enjoying. They have definitely got some exaggerated and stylistic characterisation which I tried to pick up from the original references.

Moving on to working on my actual painting skills I decided to jump in with a value study. I watched a tutorial before hand and heard the guy mention about taking off shape dynamics on his brush. I started to try and outline but was getting slightly frustrated with my weak and shakey lines and dove straight in to applying block values. I took of the shape dynamics on my brush and started to feel much more comfortable applying blocks of value. I felt much more relaxed and flexible in applying myself and was really enjoying the piece. I feel a more laid back and experimental approach to the brush tools is knocking down a wall of insecurity that I've had with painting, which I'm thoroughly excited to continue to explore.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Getting back into the swing of things

So after a little hiatus I'm back... I've neglected my blog and I'm looking to get back into the swing of things. I recently bought a Cintiq 13hd and have loved the upgrade from my tattered and worn Bamboo.

Not too long ago I took part in a 30 day figure drawing challenge which was extremely insightful and I learnt a lot about proportion. I've tried a few times to gain the spark of creativity at home and failed. Every time I went to begin anew I would become frustrated by my rustiness and would give up (probably due to work time stress).

After a few attempts at kick starting my motivation I've had to come to terms with the fact that I am going to have to go back to basics. Practice! Practice! Practice! And I shall see the results much like anything else.

This evening I have timed a 40 minute speed painting from a cliff landscape reference. The foreground is definitely not as strong as the rest of the image, but it's definitely a start in the right direction.

More progress to follow. I want to "level up" and I'm in a very good place to do so. I have the time, energy and positive mood to do this now.