It has been EXTREMELY hectic for me lately!! I’ve done something that I have wanted to for a long time; I’m an artist now, you guys!
I left my job last month. And to be honest I was pretty terrified. Actually, you can make that present tense, because I still am. With all the nonstop working and commission begging, being freelance has lost some of its luster.
If it were guaranteed it would definitely be easier. But at some point in my life I had to take a chance on me. I believe in myself and my talents.
So this picture… yeah, I’m doing characters for pay, lol. It’s not drudgery though. Actually, it’s kind of fun and exciting to do this one because its for a friend! Plus next month is Inktober, my favourite holiday.
On the face of it though is that I noticed that I still have people wanting me to draw for free. It’s weird. Do they think I shouldn’t eat or something? I can’t understand it. But being upset about it is pointless. I’m just going to keep doing my best.
To be honest, I’m another rung closer to where I want to be. My art matters to me. I’ll need to get a LOT more prolific in what is produced with no loss in quality.
Hopefully I can get picked up to do more covers and character designs. Wish me luck!
Good news everyone! My client apparently would be “much happier” with the actual digital file. I get to work on it a little longer to fine tune things I wasn’t happy with.
Of course I intend to take advantage of this. But no sooner did I begin than work became hectic. I mean REALLY busy, to the point of me having to be in three places at once.
Anyway, her face isn’t the challenge with this image; I’m okay with those. It’s the overall look. I’m still not sure who this character is. I haven’t decided how to present her or what way to tie in her background.
Two things; inpatient care should ALWAYS be proceeded by the word “voluntary”and there’s nothing wrong with getting your brain tuned up if it maintains your status on the mortal plane. If a repair job is over your head, don’t be afraid to call in the experts.
I should have more art to show you. I do, but it’s traditional art and right now it’s a little bit of a reminder of my recent crack up.
I’ll come back to it, I promise.
For now, I’m showing off a piece that I did this weekend. It was for a friend and I’d promised to do it a while ago. It was very cathartic to pull this together so quickly after my hospital stay. Actually it was amazing! Can you tell how content I am right now?
I think this year for my vacation I’m going to stay in the mainland. Too close to not wanting that extra effort to pay off. It’s not something I can put a finger on. But I will.
This is Lee Haney, 8 times Mr Olympia. I met him years ago and was impressed most by his demeanor. Here was a man who had every reason to be a narcissistic ass, but he wasn’t. He showed me that greatness that self evaluates is greatness controlled. I draw him occasionally, usually when I’m doing my own evaluation.
Hopefully you guys are doing the same. Whether in art or life.
So now we’re ready to add color to the image first I select a new layer and change it’s setting to color. I do the same for the brush, softening and lowering it’s opacity as well. I like to add color in strokes so it feels more like painting. Plus I don’t really clean up my brushstrokes. I like a little roughness to my art!
Remember to add any layers of color necessary to achieve the look you’re after. Flatten your image when needed; it’ll save file sizes from getting out of hand. I leave mine in so that you can see the steps in the photos.
The background color felt a little too dominant compared to the foreground. I use the hue/saturation tool [ctrl/cmd+u] to change the color and lighten it.
I still have a little work to do, but you get the idea. Try to choose your palette BEFORE you get to that last step. It’ll make life a lot easier. Have fun!