Sooooo tired right now, my eyes feel like they are swimming in acid.
Had a long day at work, with lots of matte painting by hand and racing against the clock to get stuff done. Even then I left 2 hours later than usual…and really, I probably should’ve left at the proper time, because once I hit a certain limit I just don’t make good decisions anymore. Once again, I thought I could create something faster by drawing and painting it (digitally) than if I 3D modeled it. And once again I was wrong! Or at least I think I am. It has to be made in 3D anyway, I should’ve just started that.
My New Year’s Resolution for 2013: Learn to speed paint.
Seriously, I would be so much happier being able to do this!!! It wouldn’t have taken me so long to finish work today if I could speed paint. I’d be able to fulfill my desire to draw and paint more personal stuff if I could get it done, in full color, in 10-30 minutes. Right now it would take me hours, possibly days to get a painting where I want it. I’m not even that experienced in shading and painting, so I go extra slow with that too. My Coworker, who’s extremely generous, is going to bring me some tutorials on speed painting tomorrow. If he remembers. We all have fried brains today from the rush work.
On the bright side…
My boyfriend saw the “Big Hands Sketch” from the other day and said, “Oh wow, that’s looking awesome. You’re so god damn talented. I can’t believe I never knew you were a real artist”. It’s a little insulting in the sense that..well…for 2-3 years he thought I was some hack who could only draw stick figures!!!! But very very flattering that he gave me the label of a “real artist”, haha.
I can’t really blame him….there’s a lot of CG artists that have no idea how to draw past a stick figure. When I applied for art college, I threw together a portfolio in a month and got in. I was deathly afraid I would be the worst artist in the class, because in middle and high school we didn’t have an art program (it was combined with P.E. and called ‘Dance Class’). But then we had our Foundations Figure Drawing class….I looked around the room at other people’s work….and lo and behold, there were the stick figures. Only 2-3 other people had some proficiency at drawing, and out of them I was the worst, haha! There are some truly amazing illustrators out there. It just made me so curious, what did everyone else’s portfolios look like? What did they put in there to get in to art school, if they can barely draw a face?
I don’t mean to build myself up so much, though. There’s a vast difference between my skill level and what the hundreds and thousands of artists who make a name for themselves through their art on the internet can do. Color was never a strong point for me, and consequently lighting as well….I think painting will really force me to confront this weakness.
So that’s two drawings uploaded within this week so far! Good progress for someone so lazy. I’d attribute this motivation to reading comics on my commute to work for this past month. Great art is inspirational. Everytime I flip a page in the Invincible series, I keep thinking about how I would draw these characters, how I would pose them, or layout that particular shot to convey more emotion. I may start trying to do that for practice….take a scene from the issue I’m reading, and draw out “my version” of it.
New Header Image
I uploaded a really simple new banner for this page…it’s the same thing that the text header used to say (Jelliefishie: The Ongoing Saga), but now in a different font. Just got tired of looking at the boring, plain text! Since this is a free account, I can’t take out the stupid drop shadow on the header image, nor can I put it above the menu bar =___= Lame, right?! I’ll probably spruce it up more when work is not so busy, so it won’t look so plain. Also, the crop tool in WordPress for the header is AWFUL!