Wow! That looks fantastic! Great job, All the hard work you put into this has really paid off. Keep going with these, the more you do the more you learn.
It's all about addressing and resolving the emotions that brought me to the low place. Granted I have cPTSD (among other things) and thus am more "screwed up" than many people, but I still think that to get far with art study we all have to have something supporting us emotionally. What that looks like will vary from person to person but for me it's laying out a clear path to follow, knowing what "good enough" is so I know when to move on, being organized and knowing exactly what I want to work on when, having somebody approachable to critique my work, and probably most important having somebody safe that can lift me back up when things get rough and I fall apart. This is what sustainable art-study looks like for me. How about you? Have you considered the emotional side of things? Figured out anything yet about what helps or hinders you?
Your daily art log is an impressive journal, @Christopher Beaven, and I'm especially amazed by the writings in each post - you've not only been making art, but also taking time to reflect on your journey day after day. This certainly shows how much you care for this path you've been creating for yourself. In this particular painting from March/22 which you've attached here, I found it interesting how the brushwork on the figure seems kind of "Van-Gogh-y" when zoomed in, with the small strokes following longer wavy gestures across the forms. Also, I'm intrigued by what you've written here: what exactly do you mean when you say you "put a purpose behind your work"? Why was that only in 2018, not before? And how exactly do you figure it helped you reach a new level in your art skills? Just curious! :)
What I do is put a new sheet of paper or layer over my drawing, and sketch over it until it starts to make sense why it sucks. I learned this working in animation, whenever something wasn't working, you just keep putting a new sheet over your drawing until it works. If that doesn't work, I give it a day and look at it with fresh eyes. Often the answer slaps me in the face like it was obvious the whole time. Also, I cry a lot.
For the past 9 plus years I've been doing art every single day. Today is day 3541. I'm approaching 10 years straight and I'm looking back at how my art has improved. The biggest improvement I've seen is with my figures because I've focused on that most. But it reached a whole new level in 2018 when I put a purpose behind my work. It's the purpose that has given me more passion and drive to go beyond the traditional and come up with my own voice. You can see my journey here: https://chrisbeaven.com/daily-art/ I've logged all 3451 days so others can benefit. Enjoy! :) Especially the hundreds of really bad drawings and paintings, haha!
I forgot to add what I do... This happens to me a lot! When I'm so frustrated with my art and the inner voice says how much I suck I either switch to another piece I'm working on for a bit and come back to this one later or I remind myself that all my art has these points when it sucks. When it doesn't look quite right at all. Soon it passes through that stage in to better territory. But I always keep moving forward and doing something. Even if I hate my art so much that I paint over it. That has happened quite a few times as well.
Thank you for the reminder regarding your website and your art journey. I have visited your website on a handful of occasions. Each time, I have been greatly inspired by both the project and by the art itself. It is certainly a worthwhile place to visit, for anyone starting out on, or restarting, their art journey. This time around, I was admiring your digital environment paintings particularly.
So i am very curious, in addition to choosing to focus on progress, are there any other “secrets” or “truths” that are revealed now… and if you had a way to advise your younger self with old hypothetical time machine…
I'm feeling really proud right now and I just want to share. In 2013, after 5 years of not doing any art I realized that if I didn’t do something I would regret it forever. I couldn't let that happen! NO! So I vowed to do art every day for the rest of my life. Then I got practical. What about the worst days? Those will happen, what can I do then? 30 minutes of anything. Drawing, painting. Whatever! Make the commitment and put a plan in place for the inevitability of life. FOCUS ON PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION! Now I can look at that number and feel proud. 3,537 days! It has been a wonderful journey of self-discovery and growth, and I've loved every minute of it. See the log of all 3,537 days on my website.
Hi, here is my fourth Tarzan drawing. It took 5 h and 15 min. Conté (b & 2b) on A2 printer paper. My main focus was to have an interesting shape and value composition. I wanted the shapes to interlock more, like a puzzle and I wanted the shapes to feel less clumsy. I'm very happy with it :) Feedback appreciated! The composition I had in mind when I started was a triangular shape splitting the canvas in two, with cool active shape design and a lot of energy. I think my brain was bringing up a Frazetta drawing. But the drawing didn't end up that way, because I had trouble coming up with something in that composition where the story was clear. The drawing I did illustrates Tarzan, proclaiming his victory over the lioness he's just defeated. He's yelling and pounding his chest. He has his right foot on the killed lioness. It's a full moon and the jungle lies dark. I think the fight took place out on a clearing in the jungle. The dark shape in the background is supposed to be the tree-top skyline. What do you think of the composition? The shape design? The value design? Do you think the story reads? Thanks in advance :)
Hi everybody. I hope you don't mind if I post this work here since there is no specific section for this kind of illustrations. This is a work I realized some months ago for an illustration contest. The contest theme was "Summer". The results have not yet been disclosed. I hope for the best. Thanks.