Looking forward into the Year 2011
In a few days the year 2010 will have come to an end, and it’s time to – no, not to set goals. I know a lot of people do at this time of the year, but I am not ready for doing this yet. I am at the stage of jotting down some thoughts, some results of learning processes and some intentions.
- I want to and I will keep up with my creative activities. They have become an essential part of my life.
- Those creative activities consist of doing traditional and digital art. The focus may change–there may be a time when I will concentrate on doing the one or the other, but in general I will do both. I feel joy taking a colored pencil in my hand or a copic marker, or simply doing a pencil sketch; but I also feel joy and am totally taken away sitting at my laptop, trying to create a digital sky.
- It is important to know my tools. This applies to traditional art as well as to digital art. How do you work with a watercolour pencil and with colour pencils? How do you shade? What happens if you wet the paper first and then apply the watercolour pencil? Same with photoshop: what can you do with the smudge tool (blend), the dogde and the burn tool? With the different brushes? In 2011 I will continue to learn more about the tools, and maybe a bit more systematically than in the year 2010.
- It is important to use my eyes. One of the essential questions is: “Where does the light come from?” because the answer to that question decides about light and shadows. I’ve got a lot to learn here. Using my eyes also means looking at nature or whatever I am referencing very consciously. How does a sky look like? It is not simply blue–it changes its colour regarding to whether it is in the distance or the sky above me. How does the bark of a tree look like? On which side of a tree can you find moss? Which colour does the bark of a tree have? brown, grey, blackish?
- It is important to practice. I’ll try to use every day–to draw, to see consciously, to jot down what I see.
- Note to self: Have fun! have fun! have fun!