Decoding Daily Deviations: Retired

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Decoding Daily Deviations is the series that aims to unlock the secrets of what it took to create these magnificent artworks and motivate others to work towards similar recognition. Each week we will present an interview with one artist who has recently received a DD and have them share the details on that specific piece, relating to their creative process, techniques, and narrative inspirations. If you've ever wanted to know more about a beloved artwork and the talented skills applied to it, this is the series to keep track of!"

FEATURED ART: Retired by totorrl
DD DATE: 2016-11-17
TIME SPENT: 7 days

retired by totorrl

Share with readers the details of how this piece came into being. Did you have a clear story idea/inspiration from the beginning?  

I started to draw the girl with the idea for steampunk, and I decided it would be better to put someone who contrasted with her, which led to the machine and background."

“Retired” communicates an uneasy mood with excellent details and rendering. Please, take us through your creative process and tell how the piece evolved from sketch to finished painting.

I usually draw the main character first, and then match lighting, composition, perspective, among other things.  It helps with more natural posing and composition as I think sometimes anatomy or perspective knowledge can result in awkward posing."


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Did you encounter any creative challenges when working on the piece? If so, how did you tackle them? Is there anything you would do differently now if you could?

I would make more details for the girl (accessories, design for dress etc...). I’m also not sure the background looks right because I don’t know what the American central city looks like. I have never been there. :D"

What’s one piece of advice that you would share with other artists hoping to reach this standard of work in the future?

Painting is similar to pictures. The most important thing is how and where to take a nice model. Do not just think about what is on the screen, but think about where the camera is. It will help you to make a good composition."

What does this DD feature represent or mean to you at this stage of your artistic development? What can your watchers look forward to next?

I want to draw pictures to show to many people, and that means for me to know who likes which one. I am going to upload rough exercises and completed illustrations. Please have fun!"

Bonus question: Can you cite a memorable reaction to this piece in the comments at DA?

From :iconancientshowers:: ‘One of the best Steampunk artworks that I've seen! x)’"

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Heidi's avatar
I admit, you fooled me with the "Decoding Daily Deviations: Retired" title -- I thought you were retiring the whole journal series!  Tricky, tricky.  ;)  Glad to see that's not the case.  An excellent feature, as always.

Thank you.