The more I learn about, art the more I see the importance of using reference images and doing studies of them.
For my first illustration in Project JKF-1, I need to paint a kettle so here are a few studies.
I also took the opportunity to develop my painting process a bit further by using a hard brush to achieve a more painterly style.
I’ve been refining my process for painting a human figure.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
So I’ve been getting back to anatomy study with this écorché painting of the back muscles.
Écorché paintings are where you try to paint the arrangement of the muscles beneath the skin.
They’re a bit painstaking as you have to research each muscle as you paint them (unless you already know them inside out – which I don’t).
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been burning the midnight oil working on a submission to an art challenge called The Crimson Crucible.
Specifically, Crimson Crucible 6: Halloween Companions.
The brief was basically to design two Halloween themed companions, one had to be humanoid and the other, non-humanoid.
I used my comic project and picked out a couple of the supporting characters to flesh out in this challenge.
Spiderborn is one of the Acolytes Of Mymosule and Ravenred is his flying steed, a giant raven. I gave Spiderborn a mutant spider arm :).
I did not expect to win and indeed I came nowhere close but it was a very useful experience:
- I had to do studies on subjects that I would not have otherwise studied.
- It highlighted some gaps in my skills – namely I’m no good at environments. Although to be fair I had to rush the environment to meet the deadline.
- I began studying environments and found a great free online course which I will dip in and out of over the next year or so.
- I had a go at using a tilted horizon line and really liked the result.
But most of all, it was great fun :).