algenpfleger: I hope to not disappoint! thanks, as always, for the comment. Pencils are fun, just because you're all fancy with your tablet, doesn't mean you shouldn't still give some love to pencils every once in a while...maybe a pen too!
AsaB: Well I think that's really all I need! If I can just stay on track with one specific thing to work on during the week, I've got a clear cut defined goal, and so I can't make up excuses for myself saying. Ohhh there's just so much to do, I don't know what to start with! Because then I end up doing nothing. With this...I'm more focused. Focus is good.
Sky_Eagle: The fruit have been monumental in helping me tackle color. Thanks for stopping by!
We'll pretend for the sake of this post that it's still yesterday...because it's all finished things right before the clock struck 12~
I did some sketching with my markers first for basic shapes and then pencil over top of that. It was a neat technique that I saw in "The Skillful Huntsman" which I just received in the mail. I love it. So inspiring...anyways, just laying down the marker really makes the design process easier...because you're working with really rough basic shapes when you slap down that grey, and then you go back in with pencil for details...I find that it really helps me focus on the important stuff first and leave details for later.
I've found that attention to detail a personal problem I have with painting. I find I love the work that I do in 30 minutes, but if I start going at it for 60 and I start slowing down and get more meticulous...it starts to look worse. I think I flatten out colors when I do. So basically I have to keep up that constant energy of a 30 minute speed paint regardless of how long I've been painting, and it helps my work come out more alive. I do this by moving around the piece a lot more... I tried not to slow down on this self portrait.
Moar tomorrow, gang. I was doing some enviro stuff which I didn't get to finish tonight, that will come up tomorrow.