I've been meaning to get involved with the community here for quite some time now... meaning to get started on monthly challenges and have conversations on this forum. It didn't quite happen before.. My first and last challenge entry was one year ago in october. Now I hope to have the time and energy to go through this...
So I decided to get started on this month's challenge.
First up I wrote down a couple of ideas and associations I had for the word slow.
Snail, sloth, koala, tortoise, a school room with kids watching the clock, slow dance, slow down!
A park scene with an old man walking a tortoise, kids rushing by, playing with a dog...
A character walking on a tightrope...
I made a few sketches, but nothing really grabbed me.
Today I was sketching for other things and as I made about the 3rd sketch with a kid and it's toy friend an image landed in my head... A skyturtle, swimming through the clouds with a kid lazily dipping his toes in the clouds...
Then as I made a few crappy pencil sketches I decided that I wanted to go for actual water instead of being up in the sky, and as I brought the process over to the computer I came to the conclusion that I want it to be nighttime, making it a second piece of a series that I was meaning to do...
I have a painting that I made 2 years ago and that was not quite ready to make a followup for before, but maybe now is the time... This is the mentioned piece:
I want it to have a similar soft and dreamy feel.
For now I was just trying to put down the values... I'll probably adjust that throughout my messy process of sketching back and forth and figuring out the structure of things if I manage to keep at it. We'll see. Anyway, this is what I have so far:
Thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.
I haven't been able to work on this (or anything really) lately, but today I allowed myself to paint with watercolor for the whole afternoon and then came a round of digital sketching, after which I decided that Now its time to finally make some progress with this as well..
So here's the next round of sketch. I'm slowly figuring out what kind of objects do I really want him to have on his 'boat'. I might give him a few more things later after I checked back on my value plans.
I think there is no universal answer for this. It depends on your personality, your current skills and goals.
I'm struggling with this a lot too - there are soooo many things I want and need to improve in.
I don't have the capacity to laser-focus on one thing at the moment, so I picked a couple of different things that are in the foreground of my mind and I try to always work on the thing that I find the most entertaining challenge.
I know that this way I make progress way slower than I would otherwise, but this is something I can keep doing within my current circumstances. As I'll have a different rhythm of life I want to adjust it and be more strategical and mindful about how I study.
If you are the kind of person, that works better within a structure - take on a class or find a mentor and have them dictate the pace and the structure.
If you want to self-manage your time, you have to measure up both your art goals as well as study capacities.
For figuring out what to invest time in, take a look at what kind of works you want to be creating and what fundamentals are you lacking for that (asking for the insight of artists with a well-trained eye would be helpful for this) and building on that analysis, you can set up your priorities on What to start practicing first.
When it comes to how to divide your time, again, know thy self. Patience can be achieved with training, but I think there's a threhhold of frustration that doesn't help you I think, so make manageable stretches.
If you start doing a study of something and your attention clocks out, but you want to keep drawing, switching to something else can be a good idea (may that be another kind of study or drawing for fun). Don't abandon the first thing though - get back to tackling the beast the next day.
If you work best by getting completely immersed and tunnel vision on one thing - learn that way.
If you need to jump around among a few different things not to go crazy - do that.
The latter might take longer to advance as, but anything works that keeps you going and not growing to hate the learning process. In my opinion anyway.
Get started and keep going - it takes time no matter how you go about it. But you can course-correct and switch strategies later if your current one doesn't seem to work.
As for the process - this is not quite how I normally work. I usually just start doodling around until something forms on the paper that I like and I take that where I can. Notes, thumbnails and values are usually not part of the process for me but I know that'd be the smart way to work, so I thought for slowvember, I'm going to give that a go Been awhile since I stretched myself this way.
Thank you so much for everyone for the kind words and encouragements!
@Judy-Elizabeth-Wilson - The "story behind the piece" is a bit vague in my head. I have this floating concept in my head of kids being carried on the land of dreams and stories by their imaginary friends / toys / pets. I have many unspoken, unformed feelings about this and I'm just exploring the idea as I go on with the painting, so there is no set story yet.
@JeaneBean and @robgale Thank you for your thoughts. For touching the bear piece, I should get my screen calibrated first, cause there is a treshold of greys where I just cant see the difference, but then I get to see it on other screens and its totally weird... and then I get it printed and its all awfully dark... so it's a challenge I'm postponing a bit now, but I hope to get back to it someday and I think you are absolutely right in getting the shapes more under control and I shall play around with that a bit further at some point.
It's been a busy week, but I haven't been able to paint/draw up until today and even now, not so much time and attention could go into this, but I made some progress so I thought I'd share that with you all.
A few rounds of sketching to start figuring out what I want with the structure of things...
@Eli Hahaha, well I don't know if that's discipline or not. For me that's the normal thing... Sure, I'm dreaming, my postion keeps switching from character to spectator and such depending on the story, so it is just normal for me that I don't go around doing all sorts of things. I go with the way of things.
I don't feel almighty and powerful, I'm just aware, that I am dreaming.
I'm almost always aware that I'm dreaming, but i still abide by the rules of the dream, it doesn't make me want to change and twist things. I'm going through the dream as if I'm running through a script and being the actor and the spectator at the same time.
There was a time when in my dreams I was thinking 'oh this is a good idea, I want to remember this, when I wake up' and I kinda went around in the dream, wanting to take notes, but that obviously never ended up happening
I very-very rarely have nightmares and even in those I only break the 'script' when something horrible would happen to someone I care about and my 'character' could do something to alter that. Then I would rewind the dream till a point where there was a possibility to change things and act differently at that specific point.
I have never learned about lucid dreaming though...
@sophie-lawson Wow, inception tiiime! That does sound confusing.
Well to be honest I really enjoy dreaming as I do now, so I think I might pass on the conscious attempt on changing things in there. I have to monitor and control so many things while I'm awake and going about in my life, I'm totally fine with not having to be all-powerful while dreaming too, haha
So how does your quest to meet your character go so far?