I wanted to paint the first Barry Whale, but was scared of ruining it, so I knocked out a second 5 min test Illustration last night.
When I proudly showed Daughter #1 my efforts this morning, she loved the test image (because Barry Whale was doing a big splash) and barely noticed the one I took ages doing. Typical.
So I had a bash painting it with Watercolours and white acrylic highlights. Nice to be flexing the artistic muscles again, I’m enjoying it. Got more plans in the pipeline.
Meet Barry Whale.
Barry Whale joined us one night at my daughter’s bath time. Barry Whale likes Jam Cake and small girls with clean teeth.
Barry Whale lives in the ocean, but is also a space whale. He likes lasers and going to parties with his friends Oswald Octopus, Jerry Shark, Gerald Jellyfish and Robby the Rock Lobster.
Got some new pens ready for Life Drawing later this summer. Turns out they draw weird elephant butterflies and angry octopuses.
Blimey, haven’t posted on here in ages. Massive geeking has returned after an extended hiatus.
I stopped doing this masochistic exercise in Sep 2015.
Now I’ve started again.
I’d forgotten how far I went with it. Even photographing lettering, then vectoring it.
And don’t even get me started on this little bastard. Using old software (CS3 and CS4) is stupid. I am stupid. I use old software.
No idea how far this rabbit hole goes. I’ve got a shovel and a head torch. If I’m gone long, just wait longer.
The decks picture is starting to take on its own life. Hadn’t figured on that.
I started colouring in the mixer to see what happened. Shits and giggles really.
Now I’m wondering how far this rabbit hole goes. You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy…
At this point I don’t think its worth it spending another year+ of my life translating this across into the physical world with paint and canvas. I’ve made friends (a bit…) with Illustrator now. If I can get the look I want, and get a friendly print company to be able to reproduce an image to the quality I would expect on a box canvas, why bother?
Its most satisfying building a thing, colouring it in, and knowing it looks right, because its built right.
Took bloody ages to get everything in the right order. Love it. Revelling in massive nerdery.
Finished blocking out the line drawing. Phew.
Still lots to do. Get the z order sorted and block out as white to do that. Then start colouring.
Also had a bit of an epiphany with how to test the painting on canvas technique with acrylics. More to follow.
Just the wiring and tweaking left to do
Good to go on transferring to an A1 canvas after this. Will make a nice change to start doing the physical bits while I get it flat coloured in Illustrator.
Then gradients and lighting FX. In Photoshop. Maybe.
Good progress on this thing. Managed to finish drawing up one deck… which means I’ve basically finished two decks. Bonus.
I’ve been driving myself half crazy trying to deconstruct the tone arm assembly. Building it flat and layered in a way that will allow me to easily fill the vector paths to make it look solid. Its a proper head mess.
I’m starting to learn a few bits and bobs about Illustrator now. At least it should be fairly easy to draw up the mixer. There’s still some work to do to close off the paths etc on the decks, but milestone, reached.
No more life drawing a for a while now so I gotta get my kicks elsewhere.
Making slow progress on my decks paint by numbers. Technical drawings are just not really that much fun when you’re learning software you don’t really got on with in the process… :D
Going to have another bash at the other big painting I started a few years ago but never finished, when I can muster the juices.