A new illustration, a fairly quick one, didn't take too long. I had the idea yesterday while doing something random and thought it would make a cool image. Continuing from what I've mentioned before, Ive started to let the narrative define the art. In the past Ive just thrown up a character concept or a little sketch, which has no real narrative to it. Thats fine, but it lacks depth... I found my work was superficial, devoid of meaning. I would pursue technique without thought to concept...not any more! From now on, Im aiming to pursue both concept and technique. Its a pretty obvious thing really, but somehow, I missed that bus.
Also... this piece isn't what I would consider "finished" in terms of everything being rendered out nicely etc. But when does a piece become finished? I guess it depends on the style... a loose style, or tightly rendered. For me, Ive been caught in the tightly rendered trap, thinking that I should tighten up the image as much as possible. (Im not saying I did this, but my mind was thinking I should be doing it) However, I am trying to break free of that - Im a big fan of the work of John Singer Sargent. The last time I was in Edinburgh, I went to the National Gallery, where Sargents "Lady Agnew of Lochnaw" hangs. This is probably my favourite painting... studying it up close I realised how loose Sargents painting was, how the brush strokes could be seen, how, with the exception of the face, the rendering wasnt "tight" at all. It blew me away - and made me realise, you dont need paint every detail. Whats important is the impression. Just like Impressionism...
I think thats one of the dangers of digital art. The ability to zoom in on an image so close, means we can sometimes get caught up in the details. From now on, Im going to try a more impressionistic approach where it works. I think this piece may be a first step on that path...
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Until next time!