My painting / WIP / sketch dump
Hi all, I'm pretty new here, but looking forward to digging in and learning as much as I can, as time allows. :)
I thought I would start up a "sketchbook" thread here, where I can post pieces of work - hopefully motivate me to keep practicing! I haven't had a chance to enter any 3rd Thursday contests in over a year, as life is very busy with a new baby, but I watch the videos and try to take on board as much as possible.
Just lately I have picked up my watercolour paints again, in an effort to create something. My digital style tends to be quite highly rendered, which takes a long time, and at least with watercolours I can get a piece finished in a day or two. :)
I've always struggled with drawing, and felt like my lack of drawing skill stopped me from doing any painting or art - cos it all has to start with a sketch! But I've been trying to push through that and....just do it. Drawing what I see, slowly and carefully, trying to observe shapes and negative space etc. The other thing that I always have trouble with is background / environment / scenery. I like painting the main focus character or item, but have trouble with backgrounds. In my latest painting I forced myself to paint all the background and leaves first, and only work on the main flowers when everything else was pretty much finally rendered. I watched Will's "10 steps to digital painting" course, and he mentioned that - working background to foreground so as not to mess up. It really helped, and I'm happy with how this turned out, though I can see a LOT of areas of improvement - in watercolour it's hard to go back and fix though, and I tend to get caught in a cycle of overworking the paint, until the paper pills, so I have called this "good" and will apply what I've learned to my next piece.
Hopefully I can share more digital stuff and WIP as I go along. Thanks for stopping by! :)
Hmmm... so I posted this on the sketchbook board, but it's appeared in the wrong spot. @aaron Is there any way I can move a topic? :)
Nice work, absolutely beautiful! I would say you have learned a lot!!
Very nice... I also liked your Spoonflower stuff, my wife is also on there...
beautiful work! love the color!
beautiful! realy beautiful!! :)
Great work! It really looks like you know how to draw well and the time you spent on this shows! I too am trying to start with the background now after watching Will. Did you find it helpful over all, or was it difficult at first?
Can't wait to see more!
Should be there now.