Sooo… I’ve been artistically inactive lately. For a long time. There were multiple reasons for that but I think some of the reasons are slowly going away and therefore my inspiration is also slowly coming back.
During my hiatus, I got myself a display tablet after years of dreaming about one and I’m impressed with how much easier life (as in: digital art) is now. It’s much more intuitive and less tiring than using a regular (non-display) graphic tablet since the brain doesn’t have to perform the circus trick that is processing drawing the thing in one place and seeing the result in the other. I do recommend getting a display tablet to everyone who can and is considering it. It makes a huge difference.
One of the things that helped me get inspired once again was my discovery of a very interesting website. What you do there is merge (or “breed”) 2 or more images together, to create a new one, with traits from each “bred” picture. You have sliders depending on the category that help you edit certain desired or undesired features (“genes”). My favorite categories to play with are portraits and landscapes but there’s is more categories to explore like anime and general and it’s fun and addictive to use the website so definitely try that if you need some inspiration.
And yet another thing that somewhat gave me the inspiration to create art is a new Clip Studio Paint feature that is recording the timelapse of your work (like in good old oekaki if someone remembers the thing or Open Canvas). I’ve always been a fan of timelapse recordings so I definitely love the feature but I’m still experimenting with it.
I was posting some WIP photos of my newest acrylics work on my social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for a while and now I’m very proud to say I finished the painting with two cute little girls (that are my work colleague’s daughters). I did work on it for quite a lot and I had a lot of fun with the painting but I’m happy it’s finally finished and I can move on to the next paintings WIP photos of which you can also expect to be posted on this blog in… a while 😀 For the time being please check the below progress shots of the little girls painting and the finished painting you can see in my Gallery.
Well, to be honest, only one of these works is new, but they are both new to the gallery.
First a portrait I painted last year and for some reason, I completely forgot about it, so I never uploaded it to my gallery. This commission was quite a challenge because the reference photo I got was tiny – it had a size of those small photos you put in your official documents like IDs or passports. And the requested size of the painting was, if I’m not mistaken, about 30×40 cm. So as you can imagine I had to enlarge the image quite a lot. It was still fun though and I really like it how it came out, especially the skin colour.
Of course, it’s not perfect, but then I didn’t have a really detailed photo to work with and also my canvas wasn’t really big. Fortunately, the commissioner was super happy with the results 🙂
Another update in the gallery is my newest finished work, an old fanart which I completely reworked just this week and it helped me to realize how huge progress I made in several years and how proud and grateful I am of it.
And that’s it for now but I’m working hard on more digital and traditional paintings, so stay tuned.