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Hardship

I got a little further on my Silver Surfer image today. Laying down all the base reflective surfaces in his chrome, with the clearing work to come. I’m happy with it, but I actually had someone ask me about the color swirl he was looking at.

“It’s a blackhole’s event horizon.”, I answered.

Then ended up watching them Google it as they tried to argue with me. I just put my earphones back on.

Okay… this is my third drawing of the actress who played GoGo Yubati in “Kill Bill”. I need to get her out of my system. She’s like Amy Winehouse that way, lol.

When I draw her, I try not to make her appear demure. Too much of that going on among artist as is. It gets attention, but then so does a stick figure with circles for boobs. You never know what people are REALLY into when you sex it up.

My style causes me trouble occasionally. Like when I mix genres.

I started this out in the usual way, but I knew that I would ink over a lot of it. No biggie.

However, when I started to do so, I realized that the tones weren’t dark enough. I had to go back and deepen it.

So it worked out, but not the way I wanted. There’s a lesson here.

Do your homework.

Recollect

    All of my favorite people seem to be either dead or out of my life in any meaningful way. That’s the kind of observation that can ruin your holidays!

I’m sure I’ll be fine.

     So last week I decided to do an online tutorial, live on Facebook. It was pretty successful; I had no idea so many people were interested in Prismacolor shading process for markers!

    A couple of people told me I had a unique look and wanted to know where I learned it. The school of trial and error was my reply. Sure, I’d like to be able to have the style of an Artgerm or Warren Luow, but I’m proud of coming up with my own solutions.

   Having said that, I often find myself inventing a wheel that already exists. But the process of finding and implementing the solution teaches me a lot.

     This will never end for me. I’ll always be learning something new and exciting in art. Always picking up a new technique. When I look at my old stuff all I see is what I did wrong! 

Rather than get discouraged, I take it to heart. If I wasn’t growing in both knowledge and experience, it would still seem fine to me. If your stuff from a few years back still looks great to you, you’re stagnating.🙁

     While I’m content with the praise I received last week for this image, I know that next year I’ll cringe a little looking at it. 

      It’s only natural.

TGIM

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         Ok, deep breath.

        Hey guys!  It’s going to be an awesome week for me. I took up the challenge of creating a color image with multiple themes. Since I haven’t done this before, I figured, “why not?”. Yes I’m a dumbass. Oh well…

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         The themes were a servant, night lights,  reflection, perspective and a landscape. So the kid in me figured Silver Surfer on his board looking down on the nightside of earth, staring at our cities. Bam! Combo!

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         So far, I’d gotten most of the way when I was reminded (well, told) that I needed to finish the digital piece I’d started. Makes sense.

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For an added bonus, the hand of Galactus!

       After a little more work,  it turned out pretty nice.  Of course, the talent is the real arbiter of it’s value, but sense I almost never draw background stuff,  I was pleasantly surprised. All this while listening to enough Evanescence to kill almost anyone. I worked harder at playing this weekend than my actual job!

        Man, I miss work.

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TaDaaaaa!