I've discovered the more I draw the better I get, I can see myself improve at a much quicker rate than almost any other task. Ergo, the return on investment for my time and effort in art is really high - so that's where I should be investing my time.
This weekend I got to thinking about birds and I've been really attracted to the Art Nouveu style of Alphonse Mucha, with the dreaming whimsical maidens and elaborate backgrounds. So I sat down and sketched out a lady with a bird on her finger. I didn't come close to Mucha's dreamy, soft illustrations... but it's my own style.
previous post about felting the same thing). If you are on Dribbble, check out the "shot" there and maybe give it a little like.
Things I want to work on
- Weight: My characters often look like they are floating. I think this is because I do a lot of my work from memory instead of finding reference material. Also, in this image I didn't do any shading. I might add that later.
- Poses: Once again, I don't usually work from reference. My friend Casey Robin has a line of bug-girls that I'm completely enamored with. I asked her how she got her figures to look so --- alive! She said she gathers reference pictures for how she want them to look, the clothes, the pose the facial expression; then sleeps on it. I need to start doing that.
- Details: My overall patience needs work. Being able to produce something ok in an hour is a fine skill and comes in handy working at a start-up. But I want to have the dedication to put in the time and create something exceptional.