Our captain is very particular about his mechanics. Due to a rather 'special' condition, he is frequently in need of repairs and limb calibration. He's tough on new crew members. Few can withstand his scrutiny for long, and in this time of war it has become very difficult to find qualified engineers. However, the new hire seems to be a good fit so far. The captain has given her a hard time, as expected, but she is confident in her abilities and holding her ground. I think the captain is really quite pleased with her performance, especially after his squeaky arm socket was fixed. He's just bit reluctant to express gratification too openly.
Can you describe how you approach a new painting? Do you do a drawing first before painting?
Great to hear! This one was a fun challenge. Looking back at it, there are a few areas I would be tempted to refine a bit more, but perhaps the looseness is part of it's appeal. Better I focus that energy towards the next image.
I want to do more illustrations that focus on the interaction between characters. It's an interesting dynamic when the design and pose of one character influences another.
I always get excited at the thought of new pieces from you.
I love the looseness of this image, actually, it has such an earthy, real quality to it. The subjects feel alive.
Would you mind if I used this as an inspirational laptop background? (it's okay if you'd rather I didn't, thought I'd ask)
I actually just started on commissioned illustration that I couldn't pass up on. It involves a lady, a large brown bear, and tiny armored mouse in the same scene. I don't think I can share it publicly for a while, but if it turns out any good I'll send it to you.
Oh my word I would absolutely love to see it! That would be amazing! I'm very interested in how you're going to tackle those various elements in an image. Good luck!
The artwork is amazing, btw. Lovely!
Anyway, I love it. Looking forward to seeing more from you! (Your gallery is lovely, by the way).
Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create art like you? How did you learn and become so amazing?!!
Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings?
People just say 'Practice.' But I do not know 'exactly' what this entails.
Can you maybe make me, like, a list or something?!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time so I can get as good as you?
If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials you can recommend that totally helped you get better, that would be so freakin' incredible!!!
Thanks for the help!