I hope everyone had a decent summer despite the weirdness that is 2020. Hope you, your family, friends, etc. are all healthy and if you happen to be reading from California I hope you’re staying safe.
SO… after a couple months working on and off, I did finish my Midsommar fan art piece. I’ve put it below 🙂
See it bigger on artstation.
There are parts of this image I’m really happy with – some of the shadowing on the face, the irises (not accurate but fun and colourful), some of the individual flowers, the vines in the background… and some bits of course where I know I could’ve done much better! I think it comes down to planning better – I started this on a whim, and could’ve done with more preliminary sketches and studies! But it’s a valuable lesson that I continue to learn.
Anyway, if you happen to like it enough to buy a print of it, I have printed some A5 ones out and popped them into my etsy shop (which by the way, had a massive overhaul!)… I have both ‘proper’ prints and my ‘seconds’ (ones that I didn’t feel great about selling full price) available. And I’m kinda happy I can provide things at different price points for people.
I have a lot more new updates to share with you all, including a bunch of commission work which I’m happy about – but I’ll keep it short for now. Thanks so much for looking!
Also known as: starting on an extremely overly ambitious painting.
Work in progress painting
I watched Midsommar – perhaps a couple of months ago. Straight away, I really wanted to paint the main character in her flower costume. I started without much planning, without a solid workflow since I hadn’t done a longer painting in a while.
Anyway, a couple months on, I’m still working on it! I have finished the face, the flowers at the bottom, the background… I just have the top section of the flower crown left. That’s… I don’t know… hopefully less than 50 flowers?
Here’s some things I’ve learned:
- Realise that a full colour, fully rendered illustration is a big undertaking and would be helped by planning, thumbnails, etc.
- Having a workflow – like a planned way of how I’m going to sketch, paint, etc. the painting’s components – this is pretty important
- I thought I knew how to draw flowers… I didn’t… reference is king
- I had to make some compromises on the realism of the floral section because my skill level wasn’t really at the place it needed to be. I could have taken time away and done some hard studying, etc. then returned to the painting but… at this point I just want to get it done and take lessons from this into the next painting
- I do not have to make these fully painted pictures in order to have ‘legitimate’ work. That being said, it is super satisfying to see how far I can push myself (even if I have to let go of parts of it looking perfect).
I want to get this finished! I am hoping that I can get some prints done of it once finished and then I can sell them in my shop – which by the way, I re-opened last week (we finally have a home printer so I don’t need to go to the post office to send stuff out into the world). Perhaps I’ll have a proper post on that later – maybe once this girl is complete!
Procrastination is mostly done now. I better go do some painting today 🙂
One of the things I keep meaning to write about (but then forgetting), is that I’ve updated my etsy shop! In October, etsy gave users up to 50 free listings to be used by the 18th, so I rushed to add some things into the shop.
I still intend to update the shop’s visuals, it still has the older banner and portrait, so at some point I will be rebranding it so it makes a bit more sense! I’m hoping to invest more time in the shop and to research into creating an income from an online shop, as it would be great to be able to create more and rely a bit less on my part time job.
But anyway, you can find a bunch of original drawings, many done in 2015 when I was living in Japan, and a handful of ones done during this year’s inktober. I have a couple more I’m hoping to add in soon.
There’s also a skein of hand spun yarn I made, only one right now, just to test the waters. I might add more as I have made some more that I intend to sell, but I haven’t yet decided if I want to put them all online or keep them for selling at a yarn fair/craft fair type event.
Thanks for reading all, and I hope that if you’re interested, you check out my shop ^^ a favourite/like or even share of the link would be greatly appreciated.
Have a great bonfire night! I’ll be heading to the local fireworks display with a few friends tonight. Bye for now!
Hi friends, this is a non-image post! Hope everyone had a great holiday period, celebrating Christmas, another festival, or just enjoying the cold weather and hot drinks… Today I just wanted to note down my thoughts on 2016 and set my main intentions/priorities for the new year. To all who visit my blog, thank you very much and have a Happy New Year!
- Improved in art – I think – learned a bunch of stuff about perspective (but need to implement this more within my work), I still have to keep pushing myself. I lost some momentum recently, initially I may have put too much pressure on myself to improve. I started keeping a time sheet since August to note down how much drawing I’ve been doing and what kind of drawing I did. Since August there have been 3 days where I haven’t drawn. I think I need to increase the amount of time I spend drawing, and try and aim towards spending more time working on fundamentals. Ideally, I’d love to have a mentor… I know there are friends and people online that I can ask. I should do that!
- Made 2 batches of soap
- Made 1 batch of body butter/moisturiser
- Learned to knit and made many hats, scarves and shawls, mainly as gifts
- Learned 3D modelling in Blender, and then quickly learned 3D modelling (and other bits like skinning and animating) in 3DS Max as it was required by my job
- Started to reboot my etsy shop – still a work in progress!
- Redid my portfolio – also a work in progress, I need to create some more specific and relevant pieces but it’s a lot better than it was!
- Art – Continue to draw every day, BUT also try where possible (not when exhausted from work etc.) to study something every time that I have a drawing session – e.g. noses, a type of animal, a material. Share with peers, ask advice, give other people feedback.
- Portfolio – work on specific projects to bolster my portfolio
- 3D – Learn zbrush and get to a level where I’m more comfortable in using it
- Japanese – catch up on my wanikani reviews and keep up
- Shop – continue to reboot my shop
- Knitting – Continue to progress and do so with a laid back, low pressure attitude.