(Meant to post this closer to New Year’s; then the new year got off to a crummy start. Still, better late than never! 🙂 )
Time to thumb back through the portfolio and either celebrate or cringe! Or both. Or get inspired to create better art. Or get annoyed that the brand-new portfolio you bought yesterday is almost full thanks to the slough of Rebels fan art months from the last two months
and I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to bring my personal problems into this.
Ahem. I created and posted this meme last year, but I’ve updated and expanded it a bit since then. It’s a good way to keep track of progress. 🙂 If you’re an artist, feel free to snag the tag and fill it out yourself! Or, if you’re a writer, feel free to grab it and adapt it to the art of creative writing. Go nuts, and have fun!
First piece of artwork finished in 2017
This was my attempt to draw more smoothly with colored pencils rather than the”sketchy” look with visible lines going everywhere. Didn’t quite succeed…
Last piece of artwork finished in 2017
This quick drawing of Poe Dameron for Gingersnap’s birthday–because once again, I was sick and couldn’t decorate her birthday cake the way I usually do. We’re very generous people, but we draw the line at sharing germs. 🙂
A new medium/style/technique you tried this year
I actually tried two new media this year! Of the two, my favorite was…
…watercolor and gouache on toned pastel paper. An odd combination, but it worked far better than I’d anticipated. And it recreates the look of an old sepia photograph, which is cool. I’d like to try other watercolor/pastel paper color combinations soon: indigo watercolor on blue paper, green watercolor on green pastel paper, and see how those turn out!
Then I tried my hand at charcoal drawing…
…and I liked it well enough, though improving my charcoal technique isn’t my top art priority at the moment. (This character is Lennox, from Empty Clockwork.)
A subject/medium/technique that took you out of your comfort zone
Drawing faces from the front was always a challenge–to the point that I was too nervous to try, especially with characters I liked. Because there was no way I would risk making Sydney Carton, or someone other literary hero, look like a humanoid-goblin-thing thanks to inexperience. (#perfectionistproblems) But drawing Rebels fan art forced me to try, and succeed, and even improve. 🙂 And oddly enough, about half my portraits of Ezra have been from front or near-front angles.
The piece of artwork that others liked the most
Um…I’m not really sure! I guess this one?
It’s a setting from Christine Smith’s The Nether Isle.
3 ways your artwork improved through 2017
I finally learned how to draw smoothly with colored pencils! (Thanks to a book I picked up from Hobby Lobby.) The technique requires a lot of layering and blending, but the results are definitely worth it:
I also improved the light and shadow in my pencil drawings–many of my earlier pictures didn’t have enough contrast and looked too pale.
(This character is Durant, from my story Gentle Fire.)
And, as mentioned before, drawing faces from the front. 🙂
Your personal favorite piece from 2017! (Explain why!)
This portrait of Ezra Bridger. Not only did I capture an angle I’m not used to drawing, the picture turned out to look (a) very much like the Rebels character and (b) in the realistic style I was shooting for
just ignore the unfinished hands, please. So yeah, definitely my favorite piece!
3 things to improve in your artwork in 2018
- Um…probably more realistic-looking hands. 🙂 Along with more varied poses and facial expressions.
- My colored pencil technique and also my watercolor technique…the values in my paintings lately have been unbalanced and with poor contrast.
- And drawing more out of my imagination and not relying quite so much on reference photos.
3 new things to try in 2018 (such as styles, mediums, poses, backgrounds, characters to draw, contests to enter)
- Keep working with the watercolor/gouache/pastel paper combination (not exactly new, but still…)
- Painting watercolor on wood. I found some pictures of that style the other day, and it looks really interesting.
- And I want to learn to paint people in watercolor…a daunting thought, but we’ll see how the process turns out!
What do you enjoy most about creating?
Both the process and the finished product (usually). I also love being able to capture the characters and scenes from my imagination!