In half 2013, I completed more projects then I attempted in 2011 and 2012.
April 11th, 2013
: This little peice is actually a kind of animation I did. There isn't a whole lot to say about it, other then It took forever. In the future, I may do more things like this. A kind of visual story telling using static pictures accompanied by a brief period of animation. It was honestly a fun project, and now that I'm better at drawing I may be able to do things like this much more quickly...
Date Completed: April 12th, 2013
Comments: This is my return to drawing and coloring the human body, and sort of the point where I started using digital tools to draw. I love traditional art, but paint is expensive, and the constant idea that whenever I paint something I am wasting paint really discourages me from touching a brush anymore. At least with digital art if I draw or paint something and don't like it, I don't feel like i've wasted anything. Plus I spend a lot of time on the computer, so that fact that all I have to do to paint is open a new application is pretty awesome.
Date Completed: July 6th, 2013
Comments: I love painting flowers, and I was actually quiet happy with this piece. The fact that someone bought it for a hundred bucks was pretty sweet too. I also think this peice shows my color composition skills improving a little.
Date Completed: July 16th, 2013
Comments: I'm actually quiet fond of this piece as well. Comparing this piece to the train wreck of a landscape I painted a year earlier and you can see some pretty obvious improvement in my handling of colors.
Date Completed: August 26th, 2013
Comments: This was done because a guy wanted someone to draw their character. While the piece itself isn't really a strong one, the fact that this was literally the first time I was able to draw and paint someone in a pose from my imagination was a huge milestone for me (it showed that I was beginning to learn the body in it's form, and had moved past the point of just being able to copy what I could see).
Still on my easel, but I started this one before all the images after it. No comments really until I go back and finish it. Like I said, I find traditional painting to be very daunting and a painting can take months because I'll only work on it every other week for a few minutes at a time. With digital art, I've found that I can do FAR more drawings in the same amount of time, simply because a bad digital painting isn't nearly as discouraging as a bad traditional one (to me).
Date Completed: August 30th, 2013
Comments: This the first piece I really did completely from my imagination. I'm proud of it, and it's certainly a step up from the platic looking skin I did back in April.
Date Completed: November 16th, 2013
Comments: This one was painting from a reference, and up to this point this painting is deinatley one of my strongest ones. Not so much because of composition, but beacuse the skin is deinatley taking on a much more organic feel.
Date Completed: November 21st, 2013
Comments: My color management skills were improving, my ability to draw people was improving, but my compositional skills was clearly falling behind. This painting marks my first steps into learning how to better compose my paintings, and no longer paining people against a solid colored background, but instead painting entire 'scenes'.
Date Completed: November 25th, 2013
Comments: This is another one done purely from my imagination. There is an obvious discrepancy between my human paintings done from references and paintings done soley from my imagination. This shows that my skills at coloring the human body need some work.
Date Completed: December 5th, 2013
Comments: This is my second attempt at painting a 'scene', and my first attempt at doing so not using any reference whatsoever. My ability to color the model shows nice improvement since my last piece (color variation helps). Honestly, I'm quiet content with how it came out. Of course there are obvious errors here and there, but nothing I couldn't go back and fix if I truly wanted to. Furthermore, there's a very important distinction between this piece and all of the other works. Emotion. Her face is showing emotion. I decided that my ability to draw the face had improved, my ability to draw bodies had improved, Coloring had improved, and so the next logical steps is to learn how to give my models some life. I'm still a long ways from where I want to be, but i'm getting there.