Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

"Tea-Rex"

Because even dinosaurs appreciate a good cuppa.

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Illustration Friday: “Survival”

Illustration Friday: “Survival”

Say hello to Tea Rex

Say hello to Tea Rex

Just for fun, I decided to revisit this old sketch and turn it into a digital painting.

Above:

  1. The original sketch was something I drew in colored pencil way back in 2012. I scaled it up to something like 2800px x 4000px before starting work on the painting.
  2. I began by laying in values, and paying no attention to color at all. I’m fairly new to digital painting, but this is a technique that Sam Spratt uses to amazing effect, so it seemed like it was worth experimenting with. I worked with… uh… I think it was 4 or 5 different values, including white. Started out with a simple round brush to block in major value areas, then switched to one of Gimp’s chalk brushes to create some texture and blend the edges of some areas.
  3. I finished things up by creating an Overlay layer, and applying colors to that. Almost entirely with a soft round brush set to 100% opacity, although I did add some patches of color using lower opacity in a few places. I also went back to the values to tweak those in a few places.

Start to finish, I think the whole thing took about 3-4 hours. Great way to spend a Sunday night!

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"Whatever, dude. I was into that band 65 million years before they were popular."

"Whatever, dude. I was into that band 65 million years before they were popular."

Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice for a new artist who is feeling hopeless?

Don’t let that stop you.

Are you feeling hopeless because you think what you’re creating isn’t as good as what other people are making? Don’t let that stop you. Everyone has to start somewhere. And there will always be people better than you. I know that sounds like a cliché. But it’s also true. Seeing that there are people out there producing things that are better than you shouldn’t discourage you, it should inspire you—with enough practice, you could make that stuff too. It should also provide you with a goldmine of tricks and techniques if you look carefully at their artwork, and study how they achieved particular effects. Then experiment with applying the same techniques yourself.

Are you feeling hopeless because you think that what you’re creating isn’t as good as you want it to be? Don’t let that stop you. Give yourself permission to suck! Especially when you’re starting out. You need to create bad stuff as well as good stuff in order to learn how to make more good stuff. And don’t be over-critical of your own work. The things I draw almost never end up looking like the image I had in my head. But they still look good enough. And while I see all the little imperfections, most people looking at the drawing don’t. Which doesn’t mean that you should ignore the imperfections. Far from it! Being conscious of the imperfections, and striving to understand what you did wrong, is how you improve. You also need to keep an eye out for the things that didn’t go as planned, but actually turned out better than you expected :) That happens a lot, and can be a good way to learn too.

Are you feeling hopeless because you’re not 100% happy with anything you create? Don’t let that stop you. You’re probably never going to create something that you’re 100% happy with. I’d be surprised if any artist does. But you can get better and better at making things that you’re 99.9% happy with. And the best way to do that is just to make a lot of art, and learn from your mistakes. I look back through my Tumblr archive and see lots of stuff I’m not 100% happy with. But I also see a clear progression in style and technique that has come from just making sure that I create stuff regularly. And I know that if I keep on regularly creating stuff, I’ll keep on improving.

So, the basic takeaway message here is:

  1. Make lots of art, do it regularly, and try to learn from your mistakes. Practice makes an asymptotic approach to perfect.
  2. Don’t let feeling hopeless stop you from making lots of art, doing it regularly, and trying to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes aren’t the end of the world, they’re how we learn.

Actually, that’s probably pretty good advice for anything you want to get better at in life, not just art. But now we’re wading into much deeper philosophical territory than I really want to get into in a Tumblr post. So I think I’ll stop there, and get back to drawing dinosaurs.

Allan

Illustration Friday: “Sizzle!”
(I wouldn’t mind some weather like this right now)

Illustration Friday: “Sizzle!”

(I wouldn’t mind some weather like this right now)

Anonymous asked: ever thought of drawing the T rex getting really mad at something

I’ve just posted a picture of a T-Rex getting really mad at a sloppy software developer. Life impinging on art…