It’s the end of the year and Spotify graciously created a playlist of my top 100 most played songs for 2017, conveniently called “top songs for 2017.” It’s my second such playlist (2016 was jammed full of good music, some new and plenty not so new) and let me tell you, this playlist is full of songs I remember putting on repeat and just letting them play endlessly.
Sometimes a song is so freaking good, so well made, speaks so clearly to my inner being that I simply have to listen to it… over and over and over. Constantly, without stop.
Here’s a couple:
- “Let Go – Sir Sly Remix” by RAC, Kele, MNDR
- “Warrior” by Steve James, Lights
- “Strong – RAC Remix” by London Grammar, RAC
- Stranger than Earth” by Purity Ring
In other news, I painted a picture of Dianne. 🙂
Journey before Destination
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Seuess
Feels good to have another character from the story fleshed out and rendered. Veronica is one of Red’s old teammates and a main antagonist in the story.
She stands at the forefront of most of the opposition Red experiences at the academy and the two loathe each other deeply.
It’s nice to have a face to the description of the character and it’s already starting to pull ideas out of my head story wise.
Might have to continue moving forward with some of the other characters and see what happens.
“To create one’s own world takes courage.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
Life surely is some sort of journey.
Many steps taken in one or different directions – over a lifetime – will take you somewhere. But is it the place you want to be?
I’ve found myself deliberately (and accidentally) in places, doing things that if I’d asked my younger self, I would have surely laughed at the question.
Regardless, here I am.
Luckily I’m still me, haven’t lost myself or my love of art.
“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”
– Erol Ozan
Alive and kicking. What’s there to complain about? Going to do a quick art stream today starting at 3pm MST. Stop by and say hello twitch.tv/thefro3po
Portraits have always been my favorite things to sketch. People in general have always been a bit more interesting than environments and I tend to lean in that direction when I sketch, but I’d like to start incorporating more environments in my sketches…
We’ll see what happens.
Streaming has been going well, I’ve started to upload the full streams onto my YouTube channel and will be tackling some timelapse videos as well as some 1 min or a couple min clips from the stream. Doing my best to use the existing content and distribute them amongst the social media and other avenues in the best format that makes sense and allows them to be more easily consumed.
So far, being limited by time and having the pressure of recording or even having people watch me record/stream has helped me immensely. Forcing me to make the most out of my time and letting go of my ego and just continuously solve for the next creative problem.
The Journey is getting exciting
P.S. – future art plans = painting, art contests, art forums, t-shirts, blank comic covers.
“Unless you are willing to try, fail miserably, and try again, success won’t happen.” – Phillip Adams
If someone would have told me to stop using Photoshop and not draw anything digital for months on end, if I wanted to level up my art skills. I probably would have told them to go fuck themselves.
As life likes tends to do, it once again showed me that I’m the amateur in this game called life and it’s the veteran.
Well fair enough.
There is something oddly relaxing about the traditional mediums and the tactile pleasure of pencil on paper. I like it.
And then I started painting and that mother filet has a mind of its own. Like trying to calm a waterfall. It doesn’t act like Photoshop painting… But my exercises of not using the color picker was extremely helpful though.
Although, the process was quite the struggle I found patient, mindful strokes – like a slow methodical game of chess – got me further than just blindly adding coatings of paint.
All and all
I’ll definitely do again
Maybe even something serious in the not too distant future.
P.S. I miss my computer.
Strange where inspiration can come from. Got the mail yesterday and saw this small magazine for women’s New Balances. Was about to toss it in the trash until I saw the cover again and it reminded my of one of my characters.
So I kept it and today I say to draw this morning (top left corner). I didn’t quite nail Dianne’s face the way I’d hoped so I set aside my sketchbook and went about my day.
Later, feeling unsatisfied I started on the larger image of her standing. I felt I got a tad bit closer, but she ended up with a touch of Asian that wasn’t suppose to be there.
Instead of of going for a third try I instead started to draw Red, and then later added Verena and then Dianne in the background. Verena is sporting s new hairdo, which will remain for the moment, but Dianne will still need sone further exploration.
All and all happy with how the pencils are coming back to me and the confidence returning.
Until next time,
Enjoy the Journey.
It Puts the Lotion on the Skin…
Three more days until official launch.
Tackling the social/sharing bullet point on my To-Do List today. Figured out how to allow likes on each blog post. I will be working on “repress” options after work today.
Tomorrow I’ll get the RnD team to look into Lightbox options for my portfolio, because I really don’t like the look of what I have now for enlarging portfolio images. It looks tacky and doesn’t translate well for mobile devices (images are actually bigger before you enlarge them lol).
Fresh snow fall from last night covering everything. Hopefully the roads are okay, leaving early to ensure I get to work on time.
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
I’m enjoying the Inky Leak Brush set I scooped up from GrutBrushes, I have an idea for a whole series of illustrations with them, but that’ll be for another time. For now, I’m just experimenting and getting a feel for what each of them do.
When I sat down to create today, I initially started to make another series of thumbnail/paintover/explorations, but I got distracted by some of the earlier stages and just started having fun. Before I knew it I had something that was really catching my eye and I just rolled with it.
A previous version had her blowing air bubbles out of each sides of her mouth apparatus, like deep sea divers might. I’ll probably revisit the idea, putting her under water, with hair flowing and maybe some pipes/chains flowing out and around her.
Time will tell.
For now, it’s bedtime.
Journey before Destination
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
It’s been too long.
Finished up a big commission yesterday, really proud how it all came together, hope to be able to share that work soon. In the meantime I’m setting aside time to work on some personal work.
I’ve been putting off creating a website for far too long. So, it’s time to break out the HTML notes and start coding. 😀 The website will be some sort of store, blog, portfolio integration/hybrid. Right now the R&D team is looking into the best route to combine the three.
Until then, I’ll be focusing my efforts on getting the crew ready to blast off unto the unknown.
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Not sure where this came from, but it was fun to create.
So, many colors!
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
I decided to do things a bit differently this time around.
For starters I kept my brush at 100% Opacity.
Secondly, I only used one brush (the Horse Main brush from the Impasto Brushes from the GrutBrushes.com).
Thirdly, I choose my color palette prior to starting this painting, which felt weird, but I had already chosen the reference image and had some inspiration. So, my color choices were based off of those feelings and ideas.
Lastly, I did my best to think before placing each brushstroke, focusing on if using a vertical or horizontal or diagonal stroke would be best then choosing the appropriate color, then making the stroke.
All in all, I didn’t waste as much time and energy fixing mistakes or changing things and I felt like the painting as a whole came together far smoother than previous paintings. I can’t wait to use this technique again.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt