Art report 27

Hello, I’m back! The past weeks were a little bit more chaotic than usual. Some changes took place and while the Manul Project kept rolling, I took the time to reevaluate how I work and what I’m working towards.

The funny thing is, no matter what I have decided, you wouldn’t see the differences immediately in my art. It is a long process that takes weeks to transform something, but it is absolutely worth it. I invite you to travel along, let’s continue where we stopped.

I can’t let you go without a final joke. As I was experimenting around wildly how to approach art and what do do now, I decided to go offline for two weeks and to avoid videogames, music and other addictive activities, too. I did expect to suddenly do a lot more chores in the house (and that happened), but I also hoped I would become more productive in art. I did work through a vast part of Framed Ink in that time. But to my own surprise I read and wrote even more and had some bombshell revelations about how to make a story work and get them told better in the future. By now I can say, without a doubt, that my home truly is storytelling. I have written more than ever and finished two things, now it’s time to work them out further.

After careful consideration I’m also resuming my habit of ending my posts with a “daily dude”. Let me introduce you to Corvus, protagonist of a comic of the same name that I’m working on since a couple of weeks. I’m already further ahead in the process than with any comic project before. Let’s see how that one goes! I will at least fail at completely different things than usual should I still fail. And that is another step towards something in the future that is not a failure. It’s all in the process.

Art report 26

While I’ll be continuing my projects that are already running, starting tomorrow, I have also started overhauling my portfolio. For a change, I feel awesome working on it. Gone are the doubts. If it’s not good enough right now, may it be so, I’ll just keep making art until I pass that invisible and really fickle threshhold where people start hiring you regularly…and then I’ll be making more art.

I only had a short session available for art today…and I feel like I made the best of it, possibly could even get more out of it. It also seems like the portfolio pieces I did yesterday directly influenced my linework today. I sat back and thought about my process, the outcome and all the decisions. Then I made that unspectacular colored piece in the middle of this overview, tweaking a thing. Then came the Chimera piece. I felt an insatiable desire to draw this. I wanted to explore and feel every single line here. I’m aware it’s quite …abstract right now. The meaning will come, the messaging will come. Right now this artist is learning how to feel and express properly at all. I can build the rest on that.

If everything works out as planned, the upcoming week will see some very interesting art and writing happen. I’ll keep you updated! If I can manage to uphold my motivation and results over weeks there might come the time where I can give you my own advice on all of that.

work in progress of a redraw & expansion of an older piece

Art report 25

I took a break! It was a special break. I was marching on my way like I always do, and then I stumbled and fell and walked somewhere else. Only later did I realize what had happened as the landscape changed. Have you ever wandered off into the void?

If you were in a place of absolute quiet and darkness, what would you create to fill it? And how much of it until you realize that everything is perfect as it is?

I can only speculate that I was fighting off a cold and just …snapped after Rapid Viz. I was not available for any creative endeavours in days, then I could only write on my comic, only slowly the visual channel is returning.

Did anything change? Absolutely. Let’s use a rich Windows Update as a metaphor. Suddenly I’m thinking in camera angles and shot types like I always wished I would. Suddenly the thought of drawing 5 times over the same thing until it’s as decent as I can get it right now isn’t scary or tedious at all. Suddenly I like my crooked lines and enjoy that at least they’re alive. And now I’m returning to creating and it’s probably not a different world than before but some small changes that will stack over time. Why the hell am I making rapid progress on my portfolio now?

Breaks are important. If it is necessary, a two week break or even longer is valid. And every creative crisis or art block is a huge chance to unlearn things, a lot of things that you thought were natural to you or somewhat never to be questioned.

I did unlearn quite some bit. And then there’s room for new things. For me it was watching a ton of movies of different genres for getting a feeling for camera work and shots. In the future I hope to learn more about light and color the same way. And then editing. Not everything at the same time, but like 3 or more runs.

Shot studies from the movie “Scarecrow” (2013)