An Arty Quest.
Whenever I stumble against an arty difficulty, I step into an arty quest. I don’t have a real road that I travel, but then again I guess that’s the whole point of a quest right? You have a map and some tools and you go on an adventure to find the ‘ancient treasure’.
I want to go on a real quest now…
That aside, in a way everything is a quest, because you’re never done learning. However, every now and then I’m on a specific quest that hopefully brings me to a new level so I can create even better art. The first arty quest I stepped into was for painting skin tones. When I look back now, I’m not sure why I was so scared to paint skin tones though. Probably because I was scared to mess it up, but since I wanted to add another dimension to my work, I had to face it. And you know, once I started painting them it wasn’t difficult at all. All I did was study pictures and checked what subtleties of colors were hidden in my references. Skin tones aren’t flat colors, at least not in how I want to paint them, next to the basic overall color there are blues, pinks, browns, yellows and greys hidden in there. Sometimes you don’t see it right away, but when you take a closer look you notice several colors. This also enhances the depth in an illustration.
The quest this time is flowy lines. There is a certain touch of life in my pencil drawings that I not always re-capture when I re-draw and paint my work. I wondered why and I think this touch of life often gets missing when I create a clean line-art. So again I look up references and simply stare at them. I read up on art techniques, watch videos on YouTube and ask around. While I’m doing this, I quickly try out small drawings to see how I like the outcome and what I find difficult and then I do more research and practice. Because eventually that’s what it all boils down to…practice, practice, practice! Oh and not being afraid of the paint. I do have to give the watercolors even more free range if I want to achieve more flowiness. When I have a soft pencil base and I’m not too strict with my brush strokes, I notice that I do get more of the flow back. It’s a different type of flow than in my pencil drawing though.
So I have a start, but the quest isn’t over yet and until then I’ll just keep bombarding you with quick sketches and ideas!
Tags: art material, arty quest, flowy lines, illustration, painting, TJ Lubrano