My goal was 365 consecutive days of art being dedicated to getting better as a Fantasy Artist. I was on a roll. Not only was I on a roll, but I lasted for 173 days. Including the 100 day anatomy challenge on conceptart.org and 2 levels of certificates of gesture drawing on quickposes.com and other private corporate projects, I definitely had a lot going for me.
I was kicking ASS! Man, I was pumped! I was creating art every day, I was inspiring others to make art every day, and I was advancing at a very noticeable pace. Then my mother took ill, she ended up in a Hospital and I dropped everything to go and be with her. I had my art supplies with me and I truly wanted to work on it while I was there, and actively sought opportunities, but it just wasn’t possible. Nine sleepless and highly emotional nights between the ICU and another ward sapped every ounce of energy and creativity I possibly had.
It was depressing and I’m depressed now because I got back from that trip ready to work, and eager to make art, but I just couldn’t. Between my level of exhaustion and the guilt that I felt for having let this goal slip, I just dropped everything and slept. I slept and slept and slept. Anyway, while this sounds dramatic and like it could be the end, but it’s not,
I am planning on relaunching my 365 goal as of the first of August and intend to see it through.
I might have failed my initial goal, but I succeeded at so many other things.
Your Turn: Have you ever worked so hard for something and were sure that you were going to make your goal only to come up short? Share your story in the comments.
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Hey everyone, just wanted to drop a note. First, let me tell you I am on day 148 / 365 in a row of doing art. I stopped blogging everything, because it was all just gesture studies and a lot of people seemed to be getting bored with those. On top of that, the rest of everyday has been devoted to two corporate projects that require art, illustration, and design work, so my days are completely packed with art and art related study every single day. So that’s great news; the sad part is that I cannot share any of it because of NDA. Once the NDA is lifted and the projects go public, I intend to show some of the process pieces as well as the final products themselves.
I know there were some folks that were worried since I hadn’t blogged that perhaps I’d failed my 365 challenge to myself, but rest assured, I am definitely on track!
Also, there are only 5 days left in the 100 day anatomy challenge I signed up for on Conceptart.org and that is pretty friggin exciting to me to have gotten to this point. After I complete the challenge, my daily blog should be back up in full steam and you guys will be getting to see some new and exciting art from my crazy imagination and perhaps some of the projects I have (and will be) working on.
Your turn: No big philosophical art question or hypothetical art situation this time. Just want to hear back from you guys in the peanut gallery. Anything at all you’d like to share?
Ink on Moleskine Sketchbook: Acryllic ink and pen nib
Spent half the day studying how to draw foxes for a commercial project I am working on. It was pretty fun since I never draw animals and through a series of form studies, I was able to draw the fox above. Below is a variant that I turned into my Facebook cover photo.
Also I’ve been drawing everyday as promised, but since most of it was anatomy studies and gesture drawings, I figured I’d hold off on posting until I had anything substantial to share. I also drew some gestures for today and in keeping with the challenge from myself and Cousin Keith, they are all female.
Delayed Posting from 4/25/14
Today I studied the TFL (Tensor Fascia Lata) and other muscles of the hip region, I felt that it was one of the things that I was missing in understanding, the connection of the torso to the lower limbs. Then I went on and drew some more legs to fulfill my challenge requirement with Cousin Keith.
These may look simply shaded but I struggled with each one trying to figure out what to show and what not to show, particularly when they were muscular. Continuing with day 3 of the all female challenge I figured one thing that I should know how to draw is a sexy pair of legs. Turns out, I need a lot more study time to get to that point. However, much like with anything else I’ve dove into and studied, I know I will progress and that I needn’t worry about how my legs currently look. In due time my friends, in due time.
Day 2 of the all female challenge between myself and Cousin Keith. Today I sat down and watched some of Sycra’s videos on Proportions of Females and some of his other videos in succession. I did a few sketches of proportions and his approach on laying out female bodies. Then went and did some warm ups and finally executed a unique character concept as seen above. It’s not finished and I’m not sure that I will finish it, but it was fun to work on and now I must be off the interwebs and go spend time with my beautiful wife.
Delayed Posting From 4/21/14
Cousin Keith and I have decided to do a female only drawing challenge after a conversation we had about how difficult it is to shade female characters and not overdo the shading, thus making them look mannish. So for the next 10 days, we’ll both be posting female only studies and characters. The goal being to render one unique character per day. So far we both have been able to knock out gestures easily but not a full on unique character (mainly due to time). In the coming days, we anticipate more time and more ability to focus on the task at hand.
As always, we both love feedback and if you see something you’d like to point out that will help us grow, we’d be more than happy to hear from you.
Delayed Posting From 4/20/14
A young fellow by the name of Dylan has been messaging me a bit lately and asking all kinds of questions about where to start with art. Having no background in teaching the subject, I am relying on general experience and my own inexperience to lead him in the right direction. By focusing on some of the things that I know I missed, and working with him from basics he’s growing steadily and continuing to explore art on his own. Well, I started him off with line, specifically taking him back to my post about how I went through learning to draw a straight line. He worked through that a bit and started messaging me for other things to work on.
After a bit, he started shooting me pictures of cardboard boxes he’d been drawing in his off time, then he mentioned to me my post about where I’d learned to hold the pencil, this was very recent, so I sent him to that post and to Proko’s video about “How to Hold and Control Your Pencil”. So he keeps checking in periodically and today, Cousin Keith and I decided we’d have a little drawing session. I thought, “Perfect! We’ll invite Dylan and let him hang out and draw and ask questions.” Well, Dylan was all too excited and Keith and I were working on gestures, which he’d seen me work on before. So we figured we’d encourage him to learn a little about gesture, but suggested he stick with stick figures for the moment and just try to get the poses.
When asked what emotions he was feeling while trying to capture the poses he responded “Dude, I’m feeling pretty good about getting some of these poses.” I couldn’t be more happy, helping another young person find their way toward art and encouraging them to have fun whilst doing so.
Dylan, I know you’ll be reading this post. I’m really proud of you man, keep up the practice and keep exploring. I can’t wait to see what it yields for your future buddy.