illustration is art

Skinbyrd WIP’s 2&3


I’m now at what I consider the middle third of my work process on this portrait; I’ve done the sketchy stuff, and established tones/values/shape/form/lighting, now I have started sharpening lines and beginning to blend colour transitions as seamlessly as I can. This is where the ‘painterly’ look begins to vanish. As much as I quite like that look, I just like the sharp lines and beautiful seamlessness of photo-realism more. Technically, I don’t think what I do is actually photo-realism, because I often make every detail in focus, even when it is not so in the photo I’m working from. Perhaps my style is hyper-realism?

This stage is the slow, methodical, plodding stage. As such, it’s the stage that takes the most discipline to stick with, because hours of work often produce only slight, obvious progress. However, I’ve been doing this long enough, now, to stick with it, because I now know, without doubt, that it will be worth it, and, suddenly (though not really) there will be this beautiful, polished work, and I’ll be onto the final third, which is the most fun, because all the hard work will be done, and it will just be me obsessing over minute details nobody would even notice if I didn’t do.


3 responses

  1. I think I probably commented this a long, long time ago on your blog, so I will say it again as concisely as possible–you gotta do what you gotta do. No apologies or trying to please someone else’s taste. I like painterly. So what? Do your thing!

    May 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    • Cheers, Alli. I’m not apologising/trying to please anyone, and this post was certainly not directed at you. I like painterly, too, just can’t do it. I’m totally happy with what I do do, which is why I do it.

      May 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      • Not to worry–I never thought it was directed at me. I am ridiculously difficult to offend…which may or may not be a good thing?

        May 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

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