Friday, December 27, 2013

Developing Style

And now for something completely different.  I noticed that when I'm inebriated, I have a tremendous urge to draw very stylized, even "anime-ish".

While the first image isn't really anime, it was an attempt to draw/paint in a stylized manner.

I know what some of you are thinking.  Anime is a "lesser art", styles are a crutch, and developing a style comes with time.  I understand these things, and even lecture them to burgeoning artists, yet I still crave style myself.

Here's some recent fan art I did of Frankie from Broken Skies, which was also an experiment of style.

I don't know why I'm trying so hard to force a style, because as I look through my sketches, I realized that I already have one.

When I draw from photos or life, this style often emerges.

And when I draw from my head, this style surfaces.

Both styles of which I am totally okay with!  So I guess that ends that.

Every so often, I'll continue to experiment, but I'm still very happy with the styles I've developed.  If anything, I have to start drawing more men, and more people of different races.  Those actually sound like good 2014 resolutions.

Here's one final drawing, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing.  Instead of stressing a specific style, I just drew.  And I tried to incorporate the painting techniques that I learned from my Bierstadt landscape studies.

Creating art has been extremely stressful for me lately.  But the more I do it, the more pleased I am with myself.  So I guess the trick is that I gotta keep doing it.

Anyways, my sickness is finally gone.  You can expect more updates to come.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 26

Day 26 of my terrible illness.  I'm feeling good today, but I know better than to trust my body.  Every time I've felt "good" these past couple of weeks, I was later racked with pain.  So while I'm enjoying this temporary tranquility, I'm also numbing my body with pills and preparing for the worst.

Here's a couple of digital sketches I created for an oil painting that's in the works.

I'm not entirely happy with the color choices, but there's still plenty of time to adjust it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Day 20

Day 20 of my terrible illness.  My head still throbs and I continue to cough up unimaginable horrors, but my symptoms are slowly fading and I finally have the energy to get some work done.  I've got several paintings to finish in a week.  Instead of jumping at them, I'm procrastinating by doing other art-related things.

Here's some final digital painting practice before I jump into the real thing.  Albert Bierstadt studies with different limited color palettes.

I'm at my best when the odds are stacked against me, so I'm expecting fantastic things to come from these paintings.  I'll log the progress on this blog.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Welcome to the Jungle Gym

I've been sick since Thanksgiving and today's one of the worst days.  But I thought I'd struggle through the aches, coughing, and the blanket of haze brought forth by NyQuil to post something and help regain my online presence.

Teaching myself to paint again with this untitled study of a young woman.  Click here for the animated work-in-progress.