In Procreate with the studio pen. (For those who have never seen an animal based fairy, this is a m...ink fairy, a little animal fairy who loves the inky blackness of ink because it matches its fur.)
Illustration has been a life long hobby that competes with music for my spare time. Looking forward to retirement when I can devote more time to my passions.
Those who joined the forum only recently may not have known of the sad death of one of the forum members, Richard Cartwright. When we heard of it on the forum, people wanted to express condolences to his family and our appreciation of him as a fellow artist and so we sent "flowers" by creating artistic interpretations of flowers done in his memory. I volunteered to print them off and send them to the funeral home in British Columbia on everyone's behalf.
Today I received a card from his family in the mail addressed to the SVS forum. It has a picture of a butterfly on a flower with the text "A simple act of kindness has a beauty all its own. Thank you for your kindness." Inside, the family has written:
"Please thank your fellow members for their beautiful flowers that you all sent for us in memory of our son Richard. He was so enthused about your organization and we were so proud of him and his art. He passed away so suddenly, leaving a large hole in our hearts but unfortunately, we have no answers as to why it happened yet - maybe in a few months we will know more. I hope all your members keep up their beautiful work. Sincerely, Bill and Sharon Cartwright, Nelson BC Canada."
When @Jake-Parker @Will-Terry and @Lee-White asked on their last podcast, "What impact has your art had on the world?" I couldn't help but think of the outpouring of caring toward Richard's family from the forum. Images can often say more than words.
I’m posting this so that I’ll stop fiddling with it. After I drew it, I thought, “This would make a good start for a book — The Adventures of TinCans.” I did it in Procreate and thank you @ArtofAleksey and @Braden-Hallett for your process videos that taught me some Procreate tricks.
I don't know if it's cheating to use an already completed painting but I did this in February as my own exercise after watching Will Terry's Draw 50 Things. I had fun researching colonial instruments and luthier tools but there were times I'd wished I'd done his suggestion of a candy shop instead!
Here is mine. I did this in traditional watercolor on cold press and inked It (and tweaked it) in Procreate. I could spend another week on it but given that I also did a pen and ink version of this and another version on hot press that I tossed, i’m ready to be done with it
Several people have made suggestions of doing paintings in the memory of Richard Cartwright, and I had suggested another possibility was doing drawings or paintings of flowers (using that prompt as creatively as you would like) which we could send physically or virtually to his family. I don’t know if there is still interest in doing that but I thought I would start this thread and see what happens.
I’ll volunteer to figure out how to send them though depending on the quantity, I might have to do it virtually since he lived in Canada and I’m in the US.
Here is mine. It’s a study in pen and wash that I did recently which I wish I had more time to improve but I’d rather send it as is than hope to improve on it and then never end up sending anything.
I noticed today as I was painting that even though my execution continues to need improvement, my thinking as I’m painting has drastically changed in the two years I’ve subscribed to SVS and been a member of the forum. I want to thank SVS for everything I’ve learned including these mantras that now reside in my head.
Values, values, values. If the values work, the whole composition will benefit
Lines are formed by value edges. There are no lines in nature.
The last 20% of a painting will take 80% of the time, so when you think you are finished, you probably aren’t.
On the other hand, at some point you have to say, “Finished, not perfect,” and move on to the next
You should not compare yourself to others but compare yourself to yourself yesterday.
Thanks SVS for this and more. I’m curious about what others have you learned from SVS that has become part of your internal dialogue as you work.
I have been thinking a lot about Jake, Will, and Lee's answer to the question from the woman who has three pre-school kids and is wondering if she can start a project given her limited time. I love the podcasts and I think Jake, Will, and Lee try very hard to not bring their bias into their answers but in this case their answer felt just a little off and I wondered if they would have answered a man differently (and my memory from past podcasts may be that in fact, they have.)
It seems like the best way to cope with these kinds of questions is to remove specifics and say, for example: "A and B have three school age children. A works at a full time job outside of the home. B is an illustrator who is tending the children during the day. How can B work on projects and advance B's career in illustration while not negatively impacting the children?" The gender of A and B is not specified and so A and B could be respectively a man and a woman, a woman and a man, two women, or two men. The genders of the participants are really immaterial to the question but when you specify the gender, it's hard for any of us to let go of subconscious bias.
Thinking of it without gender, however, it seems like the best approach would be for A and B to discuss their arrangements and try to find a way to provide B the time B needs to work on a project. This may involve reducing A's hours so that A can be at home some of the time, or seeking child care/daycare for at least a few hours a week, or having A take on child care duties in evening or early morning so B can have an hour or two a day for a project. The size of the project B takes on would depend on A and B's discussion as to how many hours they can together carve out for B's work. The important thing would be for A to recognize B's needs and as partners prioritize one another's needs along with the children's needs.
There is no question that pre-schoolers require a lot of time and energy but the adults' lives don't have to stop completely if the parents commit to a real partnership with one another as well as to the children. I raised three kids as a single parent and worked full time while doing it (not as an illustrator but still full time) so I'm thinking that two parents must be able to work out a way for "B" to do some illustrating before the kids are in school.
Just my two cents.
It would be fun to use the people on the forum as personal researchers if someone needs to write about a location far from them. For example, I live in a rural part of New York state (US) where there are a lot of farms and would be happy to drive around for @xin-li and take photos of something specific she needed to know, although right now everything is buried under several feet of snow. The internet is great for reference but sometimes when you aren't from an area, it's hard to tell if you are choosing the most appropriate photos. (For example, barns in one part of the US are stylistically different from barns in another part.) There is a lot of geographical representation in this forum and people could use one another's local knowledge to help make sure things are illustrated correctly.
I, too, got my copy and am thinking I should seal it in plastic because it might become a collector's item some day. But I'm enjoying it too much to seal it up.
I hope you all get yours eventually and I will add that I bought Alphonso's Dunns books a long time ago and now that I have Jake's and can compare them, they are very different. The controversy should never have happened.
@Braxton Both. I painted the watercolor so that it was more saturated and added a lot more pen work but then after I took a photo of it, I also did a lot of adjustments in my photo software, mostly to try to get it to look closer to the original.
I find watercolor difficult to photograph, even when I have the lighting done well, because I think it loses its luminescence when I photograph it. I have the same problem with pencil work -- it looks good to my eye but in the photo it washes out. I adjusted the photo with photo software upping the saturation, the contrast, and the clarity a little, and I adjusted the tint to match the original as best I can. I did some of that on the first photo but without the additional paint and pen work, it didn't help much!