Tides and Turns


About a week ago, a friend of mine was at my place and we were talking about my way of painting digitally. Well okay, I may have started it, but the conclusion of this conversation was, that my friend asked and suggested me, that if I’d be more patient with my paintings and give them more time, they could be a lot better. Perhaps they could, but I need to practice this. I tend to paint my illustrations quite quickly. If I’m working on some painting just for fun, I don’t know how to proceed with it after certain point – which I cannot specify. If I could somehow learn this “mile stone of my paintings”, maybe I really could be better.

Okay, I’ve taken the first step with this. I took Batman as my subject, because it is quite easy to approach and its forms are familiar to me. I’ve done few quick Batman paintings, so I could perhaps change or create better painting strategy or habit.

I started as always, fast sketching around and then created “the final result”, the form and composition for my painting. I do all this sketching with small canvas in 72dpi and paint it with black and white. After I’m happy with my result, I enlarge the painting’s resolution and pixels ratio. And then start to adjust the illustration, with painting details and coloring the image and after that it is just small fine tuning. I had six separate painting sessions with this painting, about one hour each (there is the final image after every session). I found this particularly difficult. I didn’t know where to correct or change things, how to proceed. I gave a lot of time to the wings, the movement of the body, head and chest. And again a drifted to hide all the things, that I did not have the talent to paint “correctly”. Well, also again in this composition these elements were not in the main role, so it was ok to do this.

The painting grew really well, you could see the process, which was really nice. But it lost some good atmosphere or was changed into other direction. And here comes in this small problem of mine. Every time I paint, I’m not quite sure what I really want from the painting. Speed Painting is in this situation a good choice, because the technical (from the technical part of paintig technique) result itself is not or may not be the main point. It is the feeling that it gives. It could be all non sens, but if it has even one or two critical strokes and/or colors, it may be the perfect illustration. Now this progress which I’m trying to achieve is so technical, that I’m way off from my sort of comfort zone.

This is really difficult. How could I proceed with this hobby? Or should I say future “profession”? I don’t know…

Today I said to my self that I do not know how to proceed with this, so let’s say that this is done and give it a bit of color into it. This is really different from my past illustrations, but this “ending method” that I did to this one, is pretty similar that I do always. I like it, but the end result may not be the one that I had in my mind – if I even had any of those :D

Please feel free to comment, ask or suggest something. I’d love to here some fresh ideas. I really want to be better and understad what and how to paint better :)

The final illustration.

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