So last night i tossed and turned about how to make a nice pinup and all that stuff I read from Paul Richards hit me at the same time. Shapes. So I took about 40 different images of pinups I enjoyed and made really in depth notes on them about shape relations, overlaps, parallel lines, conjoined lines, curves of lines, lines of action, initial reads, negative spaces, etc. and it took a few hours but, hey it really has me thinking in an entirely more productive way about using shapes to create images.
You can look at literally anything and see how appealing the shapes are based on how they relate to one another. I see that the most powerful images have shapes that recur in them across the composition.
Shapes are... wow such an incredible dimension of things. I feel like since I'm now aware of how shapes relate to eachother there is just a whole new wild dimension to explore in art. Like the thing I could spend the rest of time trying to understand in how to make cool shapes. Like, drawing girls is just a thing I can draw to hold my attention. But I feel like once I hit about 100 of those studies I had done on top of photos, I could essentially go on and learn anything else quite quickly.
So much of art is just intuition, just making logical choices about what comes next, even if it's cerebral. I guess for me since I'm analytical that's how it works. It's tough to make my own style though, I feel it's very derivative of the people I enjoy. I am enjoying drawing ladies for now, since I still don't know exactly what I want to do, and it feels good to remind myself that I don't have to be sure right now.
Maybe I could very well study card art and learn to replicate it without too much trouble, I sort of would like to get some work somehow, but I'm still kinda conflicted on that. I could do it, but I want to make it my own, but idk what "my own is." So there's a little piece of the puzzle I just identified... hmm, we'll see. the daily uploads CONTINUE!
alright, here's a little more degeneracy, and some not so degenerate stuff. I enjoy doing these pinups as a way to warmup, somethin to look forward to before the grind each day. I'm quite happy with both of these, so there must be something really wrong with them lol. aight, tomorrow, I'll fix these leaf shapes, then maybe add some color, though it won't take a ton of time to paint since I've mapped out everything using a lot of things I learned from the shape studies.
Kimonas: Yea, if I had a nickel for all the things I said I'd do that I ended up quitting, I'd have a lot of money. Truth is IDK what I want to do. If that's a comfort zone, cool, but idk if I'll feel like doing pinups tomorrow. Maybe I'm schizophrenic, I have like multiple personality or something. I kinda think that because the last few pinups I did are in wildly different styles. not consistent at all. Hmm, idk we'll keep figuring it out. Fedo the old art machine!
Soooooo, I'm watching the Shining for the 6th time, if the comments I left here are incoherent, blame it on the Absolut. I had some really dumb entitled thoughts today about deserving recognition or some shit but I feel ashamed of that, because the world owes me nothing, and I am not special. Also, Tony, the finger character in the Shining is smart, but a bit of a jerk.
WE GAT DRIED PRUNEZ DRIED APRICOTS, AND A WHOLE LOTTA ICE CREAM DOC!
Don't ever buy an underwood typewriter, they're old and tacky.
Well, this new approach I have to compositional studies has been a perfect for me. I have a very analytical/logical way of learning things and I get nervous when people suggest to "just draw" you know. But when I do these writing out and finding what works in images, I feel secure and confident that I am actually learning something. And I can study multiple things at once, which really helps. I wished I would have done at least one composition/breakdown/painting analysis a day since the start, but I wouldn't have been aware of a lot of the fundamental and literal knowledge of how and why things work in paintings.
So, I did this goofy little sketch to apply the things I've beens studying; it doesn't make a whole lot of sense but it's actually in the direction of what I like, which is weird, but good. Dark Sexy Funny, hard to find a balance. It's usually either too dark or too funny, I have a tough time making things sexy, even if it's blatantly trying to be sexy, it's usually just cringe. Only thing is I wished the comp studies gave a little more to show, but I'll leave one here, but it's just an analysis.
this one's by Donato Giancola, I did about 5 or 6 today. He is AMAZING at composition btw.
Did about 5 more studies today of Ruan Jia's more Epic paintings; man they might not look like much but these take anywhere from half an hour to two hours to completely analyze to my satisfaction. It is a great skill booster for me right now however, since now, when I draw from imagination on the computer, everything seems to have a sense of purpose or direction, well, not entirely but, a lot more than it used to.
These application sketches are a lot of fun, though tough to get started. My plan is to kind of develop such a good foundation with composition that I can create cool shapes and ideas without having the slightest plan beforehand. I can kind of look into the clouds if that is the expression of the blobs of paint and pull something out of it. You just can't always have a clever idea, especially if you want to execute this every single day. Feng Zhu will tell ya that.
That's been a big source of stress for me though, is not thinking my ideas are "clever" enough, but in reality, people don't care too much for that, and they are more looking for great execution. yea basically, have my hand do the thinking is the goal here, since well, my brain is tired. It seems the more of these I do, the more I think I should do, that and study Hogarthe fingers and toes, because he's really got some nice shapes on those ;)