Kenichiwa! Greetings from Green Bay Wisconsin! I’m here on business, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show you guys a personal project. Let’s begin!
To be honest, this project is part of an overall series of sketches. It started innocently enough…
The more images I’ve created, the more the character has begun taking on its own life and memories. In a strange way, it feels like I’m bringing an actual person into being.
Even though its great to enjoy the process of creating a character, sometimes you have to be prepared to let them go. When I was really young, I us to try to make creations that weren’t meaningfulstay.
They were mine after all; a bit of my ego and effort went into each one. So I held on and in doing so held back my growth.
Even when I learned better technique, I was still obsessed with applying them to failed creations! And because they wouldn’t work, I believed that they weren’t for me.
Well, now I know better. You can’t just let your imagination stop! Grow a character, give them something to say, but when it’s over don’t be afraid to hug them and let them walk away. Sometimes they’ll return more mature and better actualised. Often they’re gone forever. But the growth they’ll give you will never be forgotten.😊
Yay! I actually got permission to post my digital art! Maybe I was wrong to give the choice, but I feel that portraits are kinda personal.
I’ve been so busy with repairing my home. It’s a little over one hundred years old and it’s last update was in the 80’s. I’m not trying to go too modern, but things like floor sag and bad rafters come before the pretty stuff. Foundations first!
Maybe I should just enjoy this period of my life. After all, it hasn’t been this quiet in a long time. No impending doom, just everyday things. I should be content.
Ha! Who am I fooling? Even though it’s true, that’s just not my nature. After a decade of nothing but one emergency after another, there is no way I could fully believe that calm waters are ahead. But is that experience or paranoia?
I gave up on happy. It abandoned me. My world has been mostly grey with occasional flashes of color. I’ve come to accept it, even appreciate those rare instances.
Was I wrong? Could it be?
Here’s the truth; I WANT to be. I really do. I know it’s a little like giving up on life the way I live. But I’m not sorry. It’s my way of… I’m getting my affairs in order. That’s all I’ve been doing. Stalling in the hopes that it isn’t necessary, but keeping my distance from life so that I won’t mind parting with it.
Okay. I need to start doing more than getting by. I need to find joy in little things. Like my art. It doesn’t need to be complicated because now I know what I want!
I want to be.
My time for art has been rather tight lately. If I’m not doing stuff like the image above for clients, I’m editing videos and doing photography. It all adds up, so I try not to think of it as work. That would kill the vibe, lol.
In the meantime, it’s always a joy to find an hour or two for my own personal projects. This weekend was such a break. I went to my local Starbucks, sat down and begin this picture. Actually had a guy get upset when he was informed that the person in the picture was a girl. Silly dude, strong girls rock!
So since this is the month for it, expect a few more strong women 😉
I was going to remark about the wonderful weather we’ve had recently, but since the cold came back, why bother? Instead I’m just trying to do my thing and put some art together. Is that cool with you guys?
Sorry the photos for this don’t start at the very beginning. I was so engrossed in what I was doing I almost totally forgot! I’ve decided to break out the pencils occasionally, just to stay fresh. Plus I’m intrigued by Crossfit right now, so I decided to draw one of its athletes.
I have a request for a rush project, with no concern for my price!! So happy!! It doesn’t mean that I’ll gouge the client; that’s how you get a bad reputation, something I intend NOT to cultivate. Still, it’s a signpost letting me know that I’m heading in the right direction.
What a horrible year! Or at least January was. February has a lot to make up for. Luckily the check I got from one of my old credit cards was a nice start. So let’s get rolling…
This one is purely for fun. I bought this tanned paper notebook a while ago and have rarely used it. Plus my prismacolor pencils have been languishing at home, so it was time to dust those skills off.
The usual tactic here is to use the shade of the paper as one of your colors; it’s a pretty cool effect, but I could care less about it.
I’m after time on this one. Not as a sketch, but a complete picture.
Honestly, I do images like this to keep the fun aspect of art alive. People always want to see their ordinary lives in art and I could never understand the reasoning. Why? But now I feel that what they’re trying to do is capture a feeling visually.
So each layer of color adds emotional context. And if you miss that then there’s a good chance that your technically sound picture can feel dead.
No artist wants a disconnect in his images. The thing with being self taught is that you have to realize this yourself; otherwise you’ll draw a lot of dead faces and mannequins, lol.