A beautiful disaster - I named it like this because to finish the new artwork
I had to go quite a difficult path. Or more paths. Maybe a journey. I worked
on it since january, and during these months I went to the other side of
the world, attended 4 conventions, experienced a 7-day art festival and
finished writing my bachelor thesis. But (Besides studying) all these activities
were highly motivating and inspiring.
The main reason, why it took me so long to finish this painting: I struggled
with absolutely every technical aspect. In this Blog Post you get an insight
about my "disastrous" process, the different sets of inspiration and some
hinches regarding what it's about.
Music is one way to show you the vibe in which the painting was created, so I invite you to listen to this tune while you continue reading.
Of course Travelling is an Inspiration. On my trip to argentina this spring, I found some interesting trees and
places that definitely influen-ced the artwork. On the right side I made
a little collection of photos
for you. When you look at the artwork and then at the photos you might see where certain elements originated.
Title: -not found yet- (makeshift: "The Plague")
Medium: Procreate, Ipad Pro
Time: January - June 2018
First of all, I think it's very difficult when an artist explains everything
about their artwork. On one side I want to share my story with you, but
on the other side my words might keep you from imagining something
for yourself. Your own interpretation is very precious to me.
We are not in school anymore where only one answer counts as "the
right one". I might not have the same opinion as you, but the fact, that
your synapses start to create something from what I painted is, to be
serious, a pretty amazing thing!
So I thought showing you some details would be a good way to present
the parts that deserve a special focus.
I will leave you alone with the images for now, and I hope you have a
great time Exploring!
The very not professional, disastrous Process
Step 1: Sketching
Looking back I have to say, I feel like I failed
with it. If I had put more effort in the shapes
and values, the amount of problems would
have been minimized.
Step 2: Ambiance
Based on the Mood I want, I Created a color Palette.
I also started painting Details (The Mountains)
Way to early....
Step 3: Thoughtless Painting
A phase of changing elements began. I made the mistake of painting first and then think. It works sometimes but in this landscape it didn’t. You see it’s way too dark and has a weird "out of the frame" movement, that made no sense to me or the viewer.
Step 5: Beeing stuck
after a break fortunately new Ideas came up.
See the note and genius idea to add flying fish?
Not all ideas made it to the end...
Step 6: slowly enhancing a story
...by adding more elements to the landscape.
spontaneous not planned.
I still disliked the composition as well as the stupid
"Salmon" color, that spread over everything.
Step 7: Asking for Feedback
At this stage I was stuck again, because I saw that so many things were wrong but (maybe because I looked at it for too long) I couldn't figure out the errors. I'm still so thankful to the artists in loish's digital art group, that helped me improve the piece.
If you are interested in what brushes
I'm using, here's a summary. I don't use many. One for sketching, the
"Nikko rull" for painting, the airbush for... well that should be self-explanatory and some nature brushes
to save time.
"Patience is the art of concealing your impatience." - (Guy Kawasaki)
this quote sumps up my 6 month-
process pretty well...
But even after that amount of work I STILL wasn't happy with the result.
Something was missing. So I did what I often had often done in my older
artworks, and added one element that changed the ambiance of the painting.
Then I asked the internet which version they preferred and the one on
the right won.
Painting needs time, Printing as well.
The amount of work I put in the creative process was similar
to the hours I spend in front of my computer to adjust the Print.
To be honest - sometimes i was so close to a mental breakdown,
because the first prints didn't fit my standards at all.
Just Imagine that: you work for month on one artwork and
than you have to wait another bunch of weeks until you
finally can hold it in your hands. It's a cruel world.
Now I'm very happy (and relieved), that I can finally present you
the new Artwork in a few days at my favourite Comic Con in Stuttgart!
I hope you found this blog post interesting and
learned something about my creative process.
Goodbye everyone and have a fantastic Summertime!