How have you guys been? I can't promise I'll be very talkative because I admit I really suck at writing these..
So.. I've been trying to really challenge myself. I really want to get better with my work. It's sort of frustrating when you're never quite sure if you are improving or how to better fix the problems you already know you have. I've been rather frustrated with my progress to be honest. I keep looking at my art wondering how to fix various parts.. I know I am getting better, I can go back through my gallery and do the cringe-fest towards the back.. I still sort of feel like it's slow going. Currently, my biggest problems are blending and light sources. I'm pretty sure that I could fix all those issues if I wouldn't try to speed through a piece.. I average about 2 hours per artwork and I am pretty sure that's me being too fast... At the same time when I do sit down and try to take the time it ends in even more frustration. When I start a piece it's always "Oh this is going to be the best piece I've ever done.." Towards the middle I hate it, by the end I want to stop etc *sigh* dunno if the rest of you go through that but that's pretty much me in a nutshell lately. I admit, I've been trying to learn speedpainting which might be why I'm rushing through my manips a bit too fast.
When trying to do a speedpaint that's the general idea, 2 hours max. I'm currently learning how to do skintones and to be honest, I still suck at them. I've improved mind you but I swear the majority of the time I'm just staring at my work wondering why I'm even trying you know? It's a lot easier to do on a sketchpad then on my tablet. Still, I refuse to give up. I keep thinking that if I keep going it will eventually become easier and easier *grin*. If I'd quit when I first started manipulating I would have
Yeah, my work back then was "ok" we'll go with that.
Anyways, the speed painting is coming along at a slow, snail-like pace. I am working my butt off though because I want to be able to draw. I made a promise to myself not to say "I can't" anymore (as best I can anyways... Some things are habit and I will be biting my tongue a lot). So, the "I can't draw" is being replaced with "I'm still learning to draw" and hopefully to be replaced with "I'm getting better at it" etc.
As for the manipulations? I guess that's where I get more frustrated. I've been doing them for several years and part of me feels like I've gotten amazingly better (I feel much better about myself when I go through the cringe-fest at the back of the gallery) but I still feel like I'm not there yet.
I guess there's also a part of me that wonders if I'll ever get a DD ya know? I guess we all wonder that at some point or another and I keep wondering what I need to improve to get one. (No, I don't want sympathy *pokes* I want to know what I can do to fix the parts that are driving me crazy). So, if you guys know of any really good tutorials I would be very grateful if you could share. I know it's a silly thing but my current goal is to get a DD.. Just one, for now anyways. I've bought several books, unfortunately all of them are on painting and not really on Manipulating.. While they are helpful to a degree, there's another part of my brain going "Not helping" *grin*.
So, enough of my silliness I bring you artworks that have inspired me this week..
Stock that I found to be absolutely gorgeous: