Yesterday,a after a weekend of cosplay and muscle cars, I decided to take a little time to relax. There aren’t many places in my small suburb where a person can do so; Starbuck’s being one of those. So I found a corner table slipped on my headphones, Irished up my green tea and got to work.
Since I am a fan of auto racing, I begin to draw. I heart radio was playing American top 40, but I had a problem.
People kept interrupting me.
I get it. I’m doing something you find interesting and you have questions. But headphones are the universal sign for “do not disturb”.
One guy in particular was a complete ass about it. Finally came and stuck his hand right in my face while I was in the middle of doing line work. Which caused me to mess up. Which caused me to freak out on him.
That’s me. I am not a small man. So me standing up and telling him “if you stick your hand in my face again, I’m going to break it in several places before I return it!!” had the effect I wanted. But I hated it because my mood was completely ruined. Worse, I was angry and it’d take awhile to relax enough to be in my groove again.
I went outside. Just sat at a table and stared into traffic until I calmed down. I started drawing. My only happy place.
Okay the flag looked a little clunky. So I got rid of it, which meant I had to do something with her other arm. Plus I had to consider her light sources, so in the end I came up with this. Now to add a color layer and check it all out…
After a LOOONG work day, I came home and finished up some of the coloring for the bodywork. For me this is easier than everything that came before. The hardest part is knowing when to stop adding detail. Sometimes I go too far and can’t recover, but an artist named Warren Louw explained it to me.
Ha! Warren. If you had told me in the 80’s that one of my friends and mentors would be a white South Afrikaan, I would have laughed at you. I’m glad my world has grown. I was never prejudiced, but apartheid didn’t seem like a friendly environment to me. In many ways though, its a version of my beloved South.
Any time you can get a moment to yourself, you should try to indulge yourself. At least that’s the way I feel about it. Next week I’m going to be out of town for a week with a lot of downtime involved. Well, you KNOW I’m taking my laptop and some digital art will ensue, hahaha. So from Monday on expect multiple posts from me!
Today I managed to finish my line work! It was not as bad as I thought, so I decided to Export my image into Photoshop. Sounds easy right? Well, it wasn’t! First it didn’t want to take my resolution, then it tried to merge my layers. I finally got what I wanted and started to set it up in ‘shop.
Once I had it there, I decided to clone the “detail” layer (ctrl J) then merge it with the line work layer. I also decided to add a color background in order to make sure no gaps appeared in my colors. I chose gray.
Having combined the layers allowed me to make selections that I could color anyway necessary. I chose a black and dark gray layers to add those colors in appropriately.
That’s it for tonight. Not only will I finish this soon, my muse for next month has already said yes! It’s so good to be me…