December 16, 2009
As artists we must always be willing to face challenges in exploring our medium and our styles. As illustrators we must have a library of visual vocabulary, to be able to create any recognizable symbol at whim.
Analyzing our art is always a great hardship that we must continuously think about, else we fall to traps of false safety. Currently, I'm working on an illustration for the Fix'it Bros. series, where I'm exploring elements of nature in my style. I haven't done much with plants, water, weather, and so I want to experiment and learn what I can from doing this illustration.
After I came up with my thumb, I started wondering about mood and environment. What weaknesses can I work on while I do this piece? how can I experiment within my style while still having everything work? My friend once remarked about how experimenting was for school, while being professional, experimentation should stop so that your style is set as a product. I argued that this was like trying to stop growing at adolescence. (atleast that's the cool analogy i thought up later)
True mastery of style means that you must know how to do everything in that style, that you can see and think in that style. And though my recent pieces have all been in this style, I still think I'm learning and growing.
Just got Ragnar's Big City. Its huge, and the art inside is beautiful. I've found him a bit late, but his work is inspiring none the less. I want to bring different styles to fantasy art, and this guy is doing it big time. RAGNAR!!
My piece shipped back from the spectrum show in NY. It was the first time I've ever shipped a framed piece to a gallery. Here's the diagram that Chuck emailed me to make a cheap 'art safe' for the piece.
it was pretty fun making the box, I learned a lot about how to compromise with over-estimated measurements!
What an honor to share the walls with the legends...
Thank you to Cathy Fenner, Arnie Fenner, Irene Gallo, Gregory Manchess, and Arkady Roytman.
also! congrats to Ed and Monico! they got into the latest spectrum! have them sign your copy!