25 | He/Him | Masc Trans NB | Certified Dumbass | Supposedly an Adult
A commission I did for a good friend of her new Pumpkin/Python companion, Samhain.
For more information about him and his creator, check out his toyhou.se page:
Shelf is great for photos in the morning.
Painting I did for my parents in watercolor/gouache.
Reference used: https://unsplash.com/photos/5egRIjSdG1w
Two and a half hours into rendering and heres what we're looking like~
Was talking with house mates and realized this was a perfect opportunity to Trans Rights.
Finished gift for my sister! Features a mockingbird and three white azalea flowers.
Worked on this a bit more. I'm hoping the next bit I post for it, I'll have decided I'm finished, but as of yet theres still more I want to do.
Previous wip state: https://stararts.waterfall.social/post/377967
Wanted to focus on creating depth within a piece and it really expanded into this study of hue and saturation. Spend only about a hour on this bc its something I did before jetting off to work.
Reflection under the cut
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So this was what I went on to do after writing the anti-capitalism post which honestly? The time constraint I think helped a bit. I really really wasnt expecting to get something far enough to show off! I had a hard cut hour to work on what I was gonna work on and for the large part did not get distracted at all.
This was all done free hand off the reference. I loved the red and purple hues in the dirt. Thats what drew me in after I realized I love the atmosphere in piece. So I kind of started there. It was so fun realizing where I needed to push the hues to get them to look as vibrant as they are. The foreground greenery with the deep shadows needed to be pushed very blue. Most of the piece gained a lot of saturation in those shadows. The warmer colors needed to be pushed cooler but not in a way I was used to? I usually just push the saturation down if I need something relatively colder but with the entirity of this piece, that usually meant wiggling the hue more often than not. And the piece imo still turned out very very warm? Green is one of those colors I can never really think of as cool since it has so much vibrancy, especially when its used in such a highly saturated manner.
One thing that I very slowly realized was how I was using contrast in the piece. The foreground is so much darker than the farther back layers and sure, now that I'm thinking about it "of course it is! thats how you create atmosphere" but when you're essentially recreating an already excellently composed piece of art (ie, decisions have already been made for you) you don't quite realize that until you're doing the thing (which is why you study like this). And i'll just be forever in awe of that process.
I could have spent probably 2 full hours detailing. I had plans in diff places to add more or do this that or the other stuff, but Im extremely happy with how this turned out. I'm incredibly pleased with the variation in tree color that ended up in there. I thought this might look careless of me (bc it spawned from me not color picking as much (which is good)) but the variety goes so far in breaking any monotony that might have settled in. I wish I would have extended this to the greenery more than I did (its all mostly the same base green with not too different shadows).
Overall this was such a fun thing to do. On a personal level i always feel like its so hard to find that place where you can objectively work on a piece. So often I'm stunted by anxiety or lack of energy. Its hard to ease yourself into that middle ground where "we are working and this is that process" in which you can let negative feelings and thoughts fall to the side if they happen to come up.
Stepping back from this piece and immediately having to go to work was weird, but honestly? I was so fucking caught up in how good it felt to have something I wanted to show off (because god am I happy with it. Im impressed with mysel and its one of those moments where you remember "oh yeah this takes skill and practice and i have come so fucking far in my life" ). I walked away from it feeling like I could breathe again? As if somehow I couldn't before? Maybe thats a sideeffect of me working on it so feverishly, but it felt way more like I'd found my proficiency in art again? I thrive off that shit, feeling capable and proficient, like I can tackle anything thrown my way. Backgrounds have always scared the shit out of me and, dont get me wrong, I'm nowhere near able to handle anything in that regard, but its like I found the path to lead me in that direction.
At the very least, studies like this are like adding a tool to your box. You can always pull from past experiences to help inform a new piece. Have enough and you can generally mix and match and create some crazy shit thats just a fussion of previous pieces. The cherry on top is if you can reach past that surface level and be even more transformative with your skills (theres absolutely no hard line between the two).
I feel like this was a kinda easy way to start getting into background practice. This was by no means a stress test. It felt more like flexing muslces I hadn't employed in a long while in a way I was mostly familiar with. Still I learned a lot and there was so much more that I remembered and pulled to the forefront of my brain (mostly color theory, composition, etc etc)</div>
Artfight submission I did of Ailyurant (https://artfight.net/attack/956598.leggy)
Skitters Reference Sheet
'Bout time this dude got some proper reference material.
Skitter Color Arrangement
Skitters can come in any color and (theoretically) pattern (though he prefers galaxies and stars). No reason not to get wild with it.
Hopefully this will end up being part of a larger ref sheet I'm building for him.
Here's the last of the work I did on this boy for tonight.
Here's the progress gif for the skitters paint, for anyone who was interested in seeing this.
WIP I'm fussing with on stream. Hopefully those beautiful galaxies will make an apperance eventually.
Worked on a couple sketches last night. I think I'm finally wiggling myself back into being able to sit down and do work instead of immediately getting incredibly frustrated when my cold hands cannot produce gold.
(previous version of Cybil sketch here: https://stararts.waterfall.social/post/344242
proof that my eyeballs are, in fact, working better)