GUYS! Did everyone back Pascal Campion‘s kickstarter and get his awesome book?! I mean the images are stunning as always, but he has notes scattered on just a small handful of pages that are SO WORTH READING.
I mean it’s nothing revolutionary but matched with amazing examples of emotion-invoking images just makes you think “…well why don’t I just try something. For goodness’ sake you can’t get worse from practice.” So I did:
I wanted to paint buildings in sunrise… but I drew a person… and then I drew a couple more… then a beach. No planning, no reference aside from looking at a few sunrise pictures to pick two colors to paint in and I went for it. These are comic characters but this scene never happens. I didn’t use reference or worry about anatomy (…or composition…) because that would make it into a “real” painting and I would have to care about how it turned out. From first pencil stroke to final brush stroke this took and hour, ink and all.
Parts of it are very ugly but I couldn’t be more pleased that I was able to loosen up and do this! From now on, I will try to make more paintings this freely as warm ups. I think it will really help my artistic growth. Really want to go back and add more blue and shadow on this one though… I always wimp out on the first pass…