Happily Arting Away

I forgot to post on Friday again, dammit!

It’s super close to Christmas now, but since I’m still in Leicester the Christmas spirit is failing to reach me yet. I go home tomorrow, and I’m very excited to see my family. In the meantime I’ve been doing lots of lazing around, CV and portfolio fiddling, and painting. I kicked off the week with an all-night all-day Halo: MCC marathon with Jonah. One of the rare times I’ve played games this year. Falling asleep at the ‘wheel’ of a banshee at 7am is a strange experience, but overall it was awesome. And best of all, it didn’t completely ruin my sleeping pattern!

Yes, I did finish that pizza.

My portfolio on Behance is starting to come together now. I’m still not sure how I feel about Behance, but for now it seems to be doing the trick. I guess one day in the distant, distant future I’ll have to get a proper grown-up website. I signed up to Sketchfab at the recommendation of several people, and whacked my two most recent character models on there to embed on Behance. I say ‘whacked’… what I mean is I spent the best part of a day uploading and re-uploading them, re-texturing bits and detaching others to make the transparency work at least slightly. It’s still a little bit broken on my female character’s headdress.

Here’s the link if you don’t want to trawl through my portfolio; https://sketchfab.com/anyaelvidge

Now I just have to get up the courage to ask around some companies for potential internships. I hope I’m not too late… I’ve ended up a good three weeks behind schedule on this.

Art wise, I managed to produce more paintings than I anticipated for this week, though I’ve still procrastinated a lot more than I should have. Shame on me. Firstly, I sat myself down and finished that oil painting;

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I’m happy with it, but I learned a lot that I want to act on for next time I paint with oils, which, like I say every time, is something I want to practise more. There are some artists I follow on Facebook that paint the most amazing traditional stuff, such as Paperblue and Ron Lemen. It makes me very jealous.

I’ve also done a few digital studies, as I feel like I’ve lost the confidence to try painting from imagination. At the end of the day I am no where near good enough to do it without being laughed at by the art world, so I’ll stick to the occasional doodle and lots of studies until I feel better about it again. 🙂 Here’s what I’ve done;

TorsoForest House RockyRocksI find environments so hard, particularly getting the atmospheric perspective and textures right. Man, textures are so so tough. I’m sort of focusing on environment studies for now, but I’m dipping into other things too. Currently I’m working on a study of a horseback archer, as I want to see if I can get the movement of the photo into my painting. Also, I think it’s going to be a real nightmare to get the differentiation between the background and foreground, as there is a lot going on behind the horse. The mixer brush is a new tool I’m trying to add to my arsenal, as there are some lovely effects you can get with it, so I’ll see if that comes in handy for this study or if I’ll just fall into old habits.

For the ten days that I’m home I’ll have no Photoshop, so I expect I’ll end up either not painting/drawing at all (cough Animal Crossing cough), or I’ll do lots of still lifes and drawings of family while we all vegetate on the sofa. We shall see, we shall see…

I can guarantee I won’t post next Friday, I’ll be food coma-ing. But have a lovely Christmas, and see you on the other side.

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2 thoughts on “Happily Arting Away

  1. tyebradley89 says:

    omg – these are so good! I especially like the one that looks like a Japanese grotto ❤


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