I have lost momentum with Aloy, and may never finish her. This is as far as I got with her. I’m pretty happy with her as she is, I’ve certainly captured her awesome, indomitable, warrior persona (:
All my creativity is going into Maria at the moment, on whom I have done 6 hours work, so far. Because she is my first physical painting in four years, I keep forgetting to clean my palette/brushes! I also tend not to push things as far as I should while the paint is still wet… something easily fixed digitally, painfully not easily fixed physically! The biggest difference between digital & physical painting is not about the actual paint/surface, which are remarkably similar, but it is this: you need to be brave when painting physically, you need to commit yourself, not play it safe, otherwise you don’t get the results you want, and you often get results you didn’t want!
As I seldom say no to Seraphim, I let her go back to the Raglan Shire Artwalk and buy the more expensive works she wanted for the gallery…
… somehow, this buying trip also included a visit to The Dark Style Fair, where Seri had her hair done, amongst other things…
… can’t say I mind, though (:
Seraphim went to the Raglan Shire Artwalk for the first time, today. She presented me with a list of the great art she hopes to purchase for the gallery. Some were very reasonably priced, and the portrait on the right was free, which we thought was amazing, as it is one of the best SL portraits we’ve ever seen, it is by Sparkie Cyberstar Ingersoll, who has a fabulous name. I let Seri buy the more affordable ones, and we’ll have a think about when to get the more expensive ones.
Maria continues to develop… this is about 5 hours of work from the start. This (the one on the right) is the first time I’ve bothered to take the canvas somewhere I can get a decent photo of it, hence the constantly changing values of these updates, but this one is what the colour actually is. The way I paint black & white is very slow… I seldom mix the paint, even on the canvas, I apply ever thinner layers of black and white, probably, eventually, only microns thick… so thin I can accidentally wipe it off if I apply the next layer too soon. This technique gives me shades of black & white you don’t get when you blend it… I guess it’s sharper/more monochrome. You can see, on her jacket, and on her nose, I’ve actually blended the black & white and have grey, but, on most of her face, I have not, and there is no ‘grey’, as such… don’t know why I blended the colours, rusty, I guess, because, now, it’s going to take ages to get them looking consistent with the non-blended stuff. Still, loving doing this, and she is definitely getting there (:
Maria progresses (:
Loving working with physical paint/brushes/canvas again, after a four year break. Strangely, it feels like I’ve not even been away… everyone I have ever talked to about the fact I do digital painting (everyone who has never done it) thinks that digital painting in Photoshop is some kind of trick/gimmick, where the software does everything for you, these are the same people who think Photoshop ‘magically’ does everything it does; they do not understand that painting in Photoshop is almost exactly like doing physical painting, especially when you use a Wacom and stylus, as I do. You still have to physically, by the use of your stylus on the tablet, blend the paint, even if it is digital paint, the reason Photoshop is so damned expensive is because it is amazing! Your hand gets tired, just like doing a real painting, only it’s more your arm that gets tired doing physical painting. Anyway, I think thats why I am not the least bit rusty, now. The only rusty aspect was my forgetting to clean my gear after my first few sessions… you don’t have to clean a stylus!
Both these photos are crap, but, you get the picture (:
Some of my most regular, recent followers, know nothing of my first-born baby, Creaturina, or of my second-born, Alice. One, in particular, recently said she would read Creaturina’s story ‘when she had time’, but, I know, like everyone else, she will never ‘have time’, so, it’s up to me to force my incredible girl down her throat… Meri, I know you will love Creatuie, she is totally your kind of girl! So, read this … it’s my Honours thesis precis, and, if you read nothing else of Creatuies story, will tell you who she is, what she does, how she does it, and place her in time. Believe me, there has never been anyone like my girl, and, yes, I genuinely love her… I know she’s out there, and I love her.
Creatuie has evolved hugely since I first developed her as part of an illustration assignment in 2011 (I had to create a ‘creature’, I did this acrylic painting… got an A+)…
…here she is in 2014, a digital painting/drawing…
… here she is, now…
… Creaturina is my baby, I have invested a huge amount of love into her creation, and she continues to evolve. She is the coolest, toughest, most enigmatic woman ever to walk the Earth… she’s not human, yet, somehow, she’s more human than any of us, and we really, really need her.
I did an illustrated Creaturina book (made it, bound it, etc, myself) for my end-of-degree project, as well as an exhibition of Creatuie paintings (real, physical ones)… I got an A+ for it, as I did for almost all my illustration work ( I got a few A’s)… one of the criticism’s the book/story got from the judges, was that Creatuie had an impossible story arc, because she was indestructible, hence, no story arc. They were, of course, right. So, I introduced Alice to the mix… I’ll do a ‘brief Alice Intro’ next (:
Oh, and if you are still reading this, here’s another Creatuie story (:
I know many of my current followers have never bothered to peruse my older work, so have no idea who Creaturina and Alice are. This is who they are (: