Evolution of a Concept

Sometimes it’s good to push an idea a bit further, beyond the point you would usually stop– just to see if you can make it a little bit better.

Here’s a simple follow up, of the process to making my 2016 self-portrait: Dreams.

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I started this sketch back in November, with a simple idea in mind- to draw myself with a vibrant bouquet made up of art supplies, and my sketchbook. At the time, I was very confident  that I had everything figured out, and this was the final draft. I even took the time to do a clean pencil line-art in my sketchbook for inking.

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But because I simply wasn’t ready to finish it at the time, I stepped away from it, didn’t look at it or touch it, until New Year’s Eve.  After giving it some thought, It needed a little bit more…

Sometimes you have to take a step back, to see the better picture

It’s easy to run the risk of being too intimate with your own work. You could become so obsessed with the details, that you lose sight of what the bigger picture is all about.

In my experience during figure study classes,  the instructors always encouraged their students to step back, or away from their canvases every once and a while, because when working in such a large format, the artist is only able to focus on whats in their direct line of sight. When the artist fails to do this, very often when they look at the final piece, they find various problems.  For example, the eyes may not line up, the face may be out of proportion, different parts of the body may be disproportionate, or out of scale– All, which could easily be fixed by simply looking at the work as a whole instead of focusing on the finer details.

This isn’t a concept that’s exclusive to working in large formats either. The same can be said by simply stepping away from your work for a period of time, so that when you come back to it, you have fresh ideas on how to make it better, and it’s a trick used by writers, musicians and artists of all kinds.

So, when it came to working on Dreams, I certainly saw room for improvement.

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Laziness is not a Virtue: The importance of having your very own support group

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Bea: im really debating if I should color this
Zygona:  i think you should
Bea: I know I want it to have like, a watercolor look…
Zygona: that would be cool
Bea: i dunno if I just find line-art more appealing or if I’m just being lazy lol
Zygona: well, save the line and try coloring it, and if you still like the line better then you can say you do like the line better and its not laziness
Bea:  aka no being lazy lol

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Bea: lol I’m glad you made me not be lazy and actually color it
Zygona: indeed. i like it colored

Zygona– Always the voice of reason in my every-day life >_<. Justin and my friend D’andre are also two individuals who have a lot of say in my work, and their input has been essential to my growth. After-all, how do you know where to improve if you don’t have anyone there that you trust to critique you?  Thanks guys ^_~.

Conclusion

One thing that I’m happy about, after finishing this piece, is being able to see my growth in comparison to my first Constellations/Dreams illustration from last year, that featured Estelle, a character I created for the sake of marking my own progress as an artist.

As far as this illustration is concerned, I’ve always wanted to work with more vibrant colors, and play with collage like concepts, especially since both have always been very difficult for me to do. But I took the time to reflect on what I’ve learned this year, allowed myself to exercise new ideas and try new things, and challenged myself to work outside my own comfort zones with the encouragement of my friends, and it lead to a piece that I am very proud of. Going into 2016, I intend to do much of the same, with the hope that by the New Year of 2017, I’ll have another illustration to share, that not only marks my progress for the year, and my growth as an artist, but sets a new standard for the years that follow.

And with that, I leave you with a little animation showing my process to the final piece 🙂

 

 

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Hope you liked this post, and as always, till next time, Enjoy!

Monday Evening Post

Good evening folks! Or in my case, after midnight, so morning, where I am. I stayed up late after making arts all day, to share with you guys some exciting new projects– one personal and one commissioned that I was given the okay to share my works in progress for.

Like many of my posts, these will include sketches, and concepts and animations, along with some notes I’ve been taking to help me through the completion of each piece, especially since I do a lot of study while I draw.

With that said, lets start with the personal piece. I wont say much of what it’s for, because that’s kinda confidential at the moment until it’s officially released, but it is a portfolio piece, and a first attempt practice piece at doing animated illustrations. Introducing, my first animated sketch!

StrikeA few things about this one- for a while now, especially since this year began, I have been making a very conscious effort to improve my rendering abilities, my ability to draw faces, and create work that is, overall, more dynamic/energetic. Usually the end result is multiple sketches that I challenge myself to make better, more powerful, more energetic, until I have a concept I can roll with.

For example– the first sketch of this piece– while energetic it was impracticable in how weird the pose was. The dress hides it, but her legs would have to be broken for her to stand like that >_<. Definitely something to pay attention to, when drawing figures is to make sure the pose actually works, and if it doesn’t, create one that does– hence, the changes in her pose.

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In the process, while working through the composition of the sketch, I’m also practicing different techniques that I’ve been learning, to understand how some of the pros do things, and to ultimately develop methods that work for me.

One of my sources of study is Imagine FX. a magazine designed to help digital artists/illustrators, like myself, and has proven to be a wonderful resource for learning tips and tricks of the trade in almost every area you can think of. In this case, the workshop I’ve been studying is  from Vol 92’s Paint a Backlit Manga Character by Krenz Cushart, featuring the process to his illustration Vampire.

Because the main feature of this illustration is going to be the lightning strikes, which means it requires some extra ordinary painting of lighting. Understanding how to backlight  my character seemed like the best approach to bringing this idea to life.There’s still a ton of work to be done with this one as you can see, but so far, off to a good start!


Now on to the main attraction! 321 Comics Vol 2, Pinup Panorama Sketch, Commissioned by Felipe Cagno!

FelipeSpreadFirst off, Norman Rockwell! The inspiration behind both this one and the first  321 Pinup, have been his diner paintings, and this one in particular will be serving as my reference.

Soda_Jerk_Columbus_paintingThe goal is, to paint it in a way that’s similar to Rockwell’s style, and to keep the figures, energetic and full of personality while still being sexy enough to be considered pin up, sooooo prepare for cleavage!! Lol, I’m kidding….not really >_<;

All in good fun though, if there’s one thing I love about drawing women, it’s the curves, babeh!

Alright, enuff foolin’ around, back to bisness! This is going to be a stretch, but the goal is to have both of these images completed, or near completion by May 31st, which is my birthday, so, expect huge changes by time the next Monday Evening Post rolls around. Updates to be coming soon also for the Katzenworld Cats too.

On a side note, just a personal wish of mine, I do hope to someday be in a position where my work is featured in Imagine FX, or that I too can impart some of what I’ve learned  in the various studies I do in this growing process of mine. Wish me luck guys 😀

I hope you enjoyed this post, till next time, Enjoy!