This year I took part in Inktober for the first time – an annual tradition for many artists, in which one is encouraged to draw something in ink each day of October. As someone who relies almost entirely on digital now to create ‘final’ artworks, it was more difficult than I thought it was going to be…
With thanks to my bud Georg who reminded me – while deep into a session of obsessing over study for studys sake – that I said I was going to try and not obsess over studying forever and actually do something more ‘final’ more often. He also gave me the prompt –
“Dracula who is angry [ /upset ] cause amazon is out of stock on blood“
Yo! Past couple of weeks have been a steady drip of little bits n pieces as I try to get my head around the Late Jurassic environment. Part of me has been wondering if I’m going a little too deep here – like does it really matter if I get the ferns right if I’m making a lot of things up either way ? On the other hand, even if I’m not going for 100% paleo-realism, back then the plant life was like…80% ferns and cycads, so exploring different approaches to showing those is something that will come in handy as I move forwards.
Took a small scene to use as a base for style exploration. I have a rough idea of what I want, but I want to get away from being too derivative with it and develop my own approach. Also don’t want to come at it with my default style, so these are also studies from other artist’s works. The last one is one of my default approaches, not too dissimilar to the rock concepts I did for TWB:Shogun .
Still got some work to do here, I won’t add the plants back in until I’m happy with the base – a couple of these I’ll push forwards, but I want to explore more as it feels like i’ve barely scratched the surface.
Booting up the ol’ Dinoproject again, huzzah.
This time I’m mostly focusing on environments, which also kinda turned into exploring potential story beats, because the two are linked ( or should be ! )
Bit of an image dump this one, and they’re all quite loose, so I hope y’all can read em.
Whoops yes. Things got pretty busy in July, more busy to come. Get home kinda late now, (…thanks Southern ) which has been effecting how I approach my personal work.
I’m posting a fair bit of random sketchbookey study stuff over on tumblr , the plan is to steer myself back into doing something more blog-worthy – this includes Dinoproject – going via the general kinda confidence/self esteem boosting that I need to focus on to be able to concentrate without beating myself up constantly etc.
Time to add a little structure to this and define some direction. The other week I wrote down a number of core points that I wanted to cover with this – points that would also apply to how I would see it playing if it were a game –
- Awe at the beauty of nature
- Dramatic scale
- Joy ( The joy of soaring through the air doing cartwheels, for example )