digital sketches

Painting the nerves away

It's been pretty crazy at home with my dad being admitted to hospital, and my grandmother being admitted to hospital for the third time in the last two weeks. I think I have to thank my muse for sticking around in this time and allowing me to get painting and practising. (It's a lot easier to imagine a muse being present so it eases responsibility off myself on the days when I have a complete onset of artist's block. It's been a very useful fiction).

I fully recommend doing a little bit of drawing or painting if you're a bit sad today.

30 mins, from reference. I noticed that all of the figures I draw all look pretty samey so I'm making a conscious effort to try different skin tones and body shapes!

20 mins. From a picture of Cheddar Gorge. Man, nature is really complicated. Really, really complicated. For a first time effort at landscape painting it's actually not as bad as I thought.

And finally a warm down doodle, 20 mins.

Digital Figure Drawing. Oy.

Well i for one feel mentally exhausted but strangely satisfied. That sounds wrong.

My new resolution to progress to digital as much as possible has resulted in some strange blotchy looking digital sketches and paintings.  I think I'm starting to understand that I have to switch from looking at things like outlines and structures and more like blobs of colour in order to progress more in digital painting, and have a healthy balance of switching between the two if that makes any sense.

These super quick digital paintings are not quite 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' but I've got to start somewhere, as they say. Who's they? I don't know. You can really tell where i'm lacking in the difference between the purely outlined sketch and the actual paintings. Just click to embiggen.