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Helix Industries Height Chart (WIP – Silhouettes)

I decided to make a height chart for some of the characters from Helix Industries. It quickly turned into something resembling a police line-up, which is fitting because I think only three of the characters here aren’t criminals in one way or another (and two of them are fairly amoral).

It’s still a work in progress. I decided to try a tip I was given a long time ago and draw the characters’ silhouettes first – this is something I often struggle with doing because I worry too much about proportions, but I found that a) starting with vague stick figures, and b) having the height markers in the background, helped a lot with that.

I’m not going to tell you who the characters are right now, but I’ll give you some more info when I post the final version.

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A Surfeit of Inspiration

Ever feel like you have too many ideas?

It’s not something I ever expected to find myself complaining about. A lot of the time, inspiration is fairly thin on the ground for me, and producing anything at all is a struggle. I live for the other times. When inspiration is plentiful – when ideas are coming thick and fast – that’s when I feel like I’m flying, and I remember why I love creating art, writing stories, whatever I happen to be trying my hand at.

Today, I decided I was going to sit down and work on my coursework (and yes, I did manage to get some done). As soon as I picked up my pencil, I felt full of inspiration – for every possible project except the one I was working on. Yup. All these ideas, and not one of them remotely related to what I was supposed to be drawing.

Part of my problem is that my ideas tend to come in packs – I get inspiration for about a dozen new projects at once, and have to restrain myself from starting every single one of them, since I know I’ll never have time to finish them all. There is also the fact that developing these ideas is much more difficult. I have one particular concept for a story that’s been brewing in my head for at least a year now, but it’s never gone beyond that embryonic form – it keeps coming up, in various different guises (different settings, different characters, different ideas for what will happen next) but I never seem to really develop further. It’s definitely an idea I want to move forward with, but actually doing so is another matter.

I don’t know. It feels ungrateful, almost, to complain about having too much inspiration – just recently I was moaning about having none at all. But it’s certainly distracting when you have a number of illustrations of a set text to complete and concepts for a horror/mystery story are waving their little hands at you.

On another note, happy winter solstice, everyone! I walked along the sea front today – the sky was absolutely gorgeous. Shortest day of the year; utterly beautiful sunset. 🙂

Watercolours

So I’ve been really into using watercolour paints this year. It’s an interesting medium, if a little frustrating at times – I have to be very patient waiting for paint to dry so I don’t end up with all my colours running into each other. The way I paint involves using layers of very thin paint and gradually building up a deeper colour, so it can take a long time, and if I screw up (by not waiting for it to dry, or by using too much pigment, for example) it’s very hard to fix it, so it’s a little nerve-wracking as well.

I’ve used watercolour on and off pretty much since I was a child, but it’s really become a focus lately and I think I’ve improved quite a lot. (It’s amazing what a bit of practice will do.) It’s something I’d like to continue developing – maybe get some proper lessons in using them, or at least do some reading on the subject, since I’m pretty much just learning by experimentation here.

The House in the Woods (ver 2)

Anyway, here’s a piece I finished recently. (It’s version two because it’s based on a digital speedpaint of mine.) It’s mostly in watercolour, although I’ve edited it a bit in photoshop as well – I guess you’d call it mixed media. I made some prints of this to sell at a market stall my class was arranging – no idea how well they sold, if at all, since I was sitting on a train that day, but it was an interesting first attempt at making commercial work.

EDIT: Apparently this is my fifteenth post on this blog. WordPress is flashing a little sidebar at me that says, “Goal of fifteen posts completed!” I was not aware that this was a goal.

Second Year Blues

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this thing. Just to fill you guys in, I’m now back in Bournemouth again, term has started, and I am living with three of my friends, which is cool. It’s the first time I’ve lived in a proper house that is not my parents’ house, which is also cool – and a little scary if I let myself dwell on it too much, to be quite honest.

We’re only a couple of weeks into the first term, and we’ve already had some pretty difficult assignments. (Well, it’s less the assignments and more the stupidly short deadlines.) I’m not exactly surprised by this – I knew second year was going to be tougher – but it’s kind of exhausting and scary and all sorts of other not-so-cool-things. It doesn’t help that we spent the first two weeks pretty much doing research – this is not terribly inspiring after a whole summer of reading course texts. (Or avoiding reading course texts.)

I feel like I’m starting to get into the swing of things now, which is good – for the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling incredibly insecure about my work and my reasons for being here, and while these feelings haven’t entirely gone away, I have a slightly more positive attitude. The work I’ve produced over the last week has plenty of flaws, but there’s also stuff in there I’m proud of, and things that I would like to develop further, so there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the things I want to do more of is updating this blog – I’m the first to admit I’m not great at remembering to do so, but an internet presence is important for an illustrator. I’m actually considering switching over to Blogger – I have no personal feelings about it one way or another (actually, I like WordPress just fine) but a lot of my friends and coursemates have blogs there, so it may be better from a networking point of view. We shall see.

Anyway, I’ve got a couple ideas for blog posts lined up, which you shall hopefully be seeing soon, and I’ll probably upload some more art some time next week.

I am a deviant.

So my project is finally over – much relief, followed by sudden illness but never mind that. I still have, like, another month up here in Bournemouth before I head back to Cornwall, but to the best of my knowledge I only have to be in uni one more day. Except, of course, for the fact that I live on campus and am thus technically in uni every day whether I need to be or not, but you all know what I mean.

One of the side-effects of having no more classes is that I suddenly find myself with a lot more free time. Which is good, obviously, but it does mean that I feel kind of… without drive, I suppose is the way to put it. I’m certainly not producing as much artwork without a deadline immenant.

That’s not to say I haven’t done anything – but a lot of it is rough and unfinished and I don’t really want to post it. In an effort to keep my hand in, I’ve been taking part in a weekly speedpainting contest my friend runs on deviantArt – you can find details here if you’re interested in taking part. (I encourage you to do so; it’s tons of fun.) I was considering posting my efforts here, but it’s a lot easier to just link to my dA page – so here you go. I hope you’ll all check it out and maybe consider following me or commenting on my work if you have an account yourself. 🙂

This has been a thinly-veiled self-advertisement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled internet, already in progress.

The sewing machine has taken over my desk.

Well, I got back to Bournemouth about a week and a half ago and have been seriously bogged down with work since then, hence the lack of posts. My deadline is tomorrow, and I just did thirteen textile pieces in about a week. *phew* That gives me about twenty total. Would you like to see them?

Yes, yes you would.

These are all based on my location drawings, some of which I posted in a previous artdump, by the way.

Sun, sun, sun.

I’ve been doing a lot of location drawing lately – officially it’s for my course, but in practice it’s an excuse for me to walk into town and enjoy the nice weather we’ve been having lately. (It was really hot today, considering it’s only April. I was at the beach and there were guys running around in swimming trunks.)

Just to prove I’ve been making productive use of this weather, here are some of the location drawings I’ve done over the past couple of weeks.

Church Door.

A house. Or possibly a hotel.

Bournemouth beach.

Hills near the beach.

Beach huts.