Monday, July 7, 2014

Following through, and Social media

*I’m going to keep updates once week, at least for this month as I try to get some big stuff off my plate. * 

For now, I’ll share with you a work in progress I've been piddling on after viewing a lot of YouTube
videos and reading about using the smudge tool in Photoshop.
Also, I took some time to start thumb nailing on my Fourth of July getaway/delivering commission weekend trip. I am working out how to illustrate a couple, not having sex, but retaining that essence while considering the context of the book scene. I won’t go into it just yet, because I’m still exploring. I’d like to find a composition that says what I want without words. 

Lastly, and although it isn't within the parameters of my schedule, I worked on a landscape oil painting for my family while I was out of town. I bring this up as an example that I couldn't/didn't want to stick to my schedule around family, but I found ways to practice the craft with my time. Which is the over arcing thing that needs to happen for progress. 

I wanted to share with you an interesting poll and journal by one of the concept artists I follow on Facebook, Suzanne-Helmigh. I participated in the poll, and was eager to see her conclusions about time management, practicing the craft, and having a professional career as an artist.

I want you to check it out, so I won’t spoil it here, but go read it:

Personally, I have spent a chunk of time refreshing Facebook while I’m ‘thinking’. This does two major things that detract from my art focus. First, it floods me with influences both good and bad, which in turn I feel forces me to think about things one way: the way I’ve seen it done. Secondly, it creates a comparison bug, and I can’t help but think about my age and where I am in skill level. This is something that will completely drain you if you let it, and the only fix is to limit time wasted on silly tasks like browsing websites without a defined purpose.

As I leave to figure out all the wonders of moving into a new apartment, I will leave you with a couple links that I have recently found while brainstorming for this next painting.

Gurney’s Journey: On gamut masking/mapping:
He expands on this greatly in his book Color and Light

And amazing Armor Tumblr:

See you next week!

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