I actually meant to write this last November, but various things got in the way, some of which I might write about later. The blog isn’t seeing much update since the Nonsense Wars Youtube is doing pretty well, and I’m posting stuff there that I might have previously posted here. Art stuff doesn’t really have a good place yet so…
Way back in 2012 I wrote about learning to use ink, remarking that it might be a turning point. That did turn out to be the case, though not necessarily in the way I thought. While, I did do more with ink afterward, I also managed to streamline my pencil drawing process, which paid far more dividends in the end. Anyway, I started to get that feeling again!
Oh look, a blog post, though admittedly I’m mostly writing this for my own documentation. Back in the day I used to change my setup a lot and subsequently I used to post about it a lot. In the beginning I moved things around as I crammed in more stuff, but later I moved things around as I threw out more stuff: either way the setup clearly got better because I altered it less and less. In fact, I hadn’t really made a significant setup change since 2015 when I built my first passive USFF machine.
… and part two of the omnibus covers (increasingly uncommon) digital work.
So this “character sketch” from 2011 starts a series of digital paintings in which I implement a “hybrid” shading using pencil lines and digital color. I would not even think about doing this now, but at the time I needed a crutch to distinguish hard and soft divides in my shadows, which had been blurring into a muddy mess in the past few pieces.
When J and I joined BayLUG there was still a fairly active group of folks building Space MOCs, and the Space theme seemed to be much more popular in the community at large. One of the acronyms thrown around between the space people was SHIP or “Sufficiently Huge Investment in Parts” (I had to look that up), and this typically referred to MOCs (and perhaps not even necessarily Space MOCs) at least 100 studs in length .
Ten years ago in 2009 I wrote an NW post highlighting pieces that significantly influenced my drawing over the previous ten years. I don’t write about art much these days as it doesn’t change nearly as much, but I think another ten-year omnibus is appropriate.
I’m going to split out traditional and digital media because I find that variations in my digital painting are much more exploratory than progressive, while my traditional work – pencil, pen, colored pencil, even watercolor – does actually improve.