Dream Portfolio Assignment

  • Interesting study from this class. I'm always a bit conflicted with style because I feel like I am very easily influenced... when I see something I like, I try to draw it in the same style.

    These are some examples of things I currently love or that I keep coming back to.

    And these are a selection of mine over the last few years or so. I haven't done a lot of "completed" work for the simple fact that I have been wrestling with that crippling artist habit when you think you're not good enough. For a long time I truly believed that and hated everything I did.


    I've eventually learned that I am drawn to the following things in other people's work and eventually would like to incorporate them into my own....

    • use of colour... often other-worldly, or at least not photo-realistic. Contrasting either with vibrant and unrealistic tones, or very earthly ones depending on the mood and subject matter.
    • use of texture.... I absolutely love texture. I never quite got the hang of realistic rendering, it always fell flat and ugly on the page, screen or canvas. So I like to compensate with a motley blend of brush strokes, noise, scratches, spatters and other mess.
    • subject matter tends to focus on character driven pieces (my animation side coming through perhaps), doesn't always have a clear story, but does express emotion in a variety of ways, either through facial expression, expressive posing, or placement in the composition.
    • variety, I don't cling to one style or one particular media.
    • metallics (mostly gold) seems to attract me in paintings and I really love using it in abstracts and they way it can enhance a piece. It's funny because I don't like it in anything else except paintings.

    Earlier influences include Wendi Pini (Elfquest) and Albert Uderzo (Asterix). I don't necessarily refer to them, but I grew up with those comics and they have definitely influenced me in terms of line and expressive characters I think.

    Any other thoughts?

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