I will definitely try bigger sizes – this one is only 21×15 cm. And I think I need a lot of practice with colour mixing. Having an idea in one’s mind and putting that idea into practice on the paper is something different, methinks…
It has been almost two years that I bought my first set of acrylics, had a go with them, decided that I didn’t like them and gave them away to my lovely neighbour who was only too happy to paint with them.
I don’t know what happened, but suddenly I wanted to have a second go and bought a small set. I’ve still got a pad with acrylic paper, with a small piece of paper left over. So I sat down and did a rough thumbnail with a ballpoint pen. I wanted to tell a story with my painting, resp. I wanted to make the beholder think of a story, inspired by the song “islands in the sun” by Belafonte.
There’s still a lot to be done – the hills in the background need some contrast, and I also want to add some white to the waves in the foreground. But the first step has been made.
I did this fish quite some days ago in a phase where I focused on oil pastels. I had no photo reference, just a vague idea and a lust for slinging colours.
Now that November has gone and the end of the year is approaching very fast it is the time to look back on 2013. The first half of the year was dedicated to prepare my first group art show, which not only meant producing the paintings I had to show but also thinking about frames and mats. All my exhibits were done with coloured pencils.
In October I bought Neocolors II, the watersoluble crayons from Caran d’Ache and played around with them. And I rediscovered my oil pastels, as you can see in the painting above. At the same time, however, I went digital again with Inkscape and did some vector pieces. I learnt a lot about gradients, opacity and blurs, and how to make a drawing look three dimensional.
In the end, I found out one thing: Whether I draw and paint with pencils, crayons or oil pastels or whether I do it digitally I want to tell stories with my art, and I want to do this in a way where the beholder looks at the piece and invents his or her own story which can be very different from the story which another person looking at the same piece will see in the painting.
I might be tempted to not only draw and paint but also tell a story going with the illustration. Maybe this is something I could do in 2014…
I downloaded the outlines of this skull from http://www.vectortuts.com, but I took my artist’s license with it, focusing on shading and creating a painting which is not flat. I worked with gradients, opacity and blurring, and with the pencil tool as a kind of brush.
And, yes, I gave the skull that crooked smile – or is it a leer? I know, Halloween has been almost four weeks ago. But sometimes inspiration does not stick to certain dates…
With this digital painting I focused on trying out some photoshop filters and on creating a background with a photoshop brush. I did not want to create a realistic digital painting; I was interested in the contrast between the very clear lines and shapes of the vector chrysanthemums and the soft, blurry background in various shades of green.
I have been creating some notepads lately. Here are two of them:
And here are two made by Simone Gatterwe:
I had a photo reference which showed lots of chrysanthemums, and I decided to create a stylized piece with inkscape. Up to that point I hadn’t much experience with gradients in Inkscape, but applying gradients one petal a time taught me a lot about it.
The final step was to export it as bitmap which created a png file and combine the flower with the appropriate background in photoshop. I finally chose the colour black because I wanted the flower to pop out.