Some Photoshop fun using Kyle Webster’s amazing brushes.
A present for my girlfriend Ester. A memory of when I raced her dog here in Spain.
Boring Saturday + tiny hangover = this.
Like night, I made this live stream:
I consider it a failure But, like all failures, we have an opportunity to learn something. When something doesn’t work out, it’s always best to take a step back and reason out its shortcomings. Otherwise, you’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.
So, let’s commence the flagellation!
- Composition was not solved.
- Very early on in this painting, I arrived at a composition that I liked, but I settled too quickly. The buildings on the hill were not solved early on, the sense of scale could be pushed further.
- No Reference.
- Civilization does not start abruptly. A town does not just begin all of a sudden, there’s a progression of buildings on the outskirts of any town, which lead into a denser packed city. If I used reference, I would have figured this out sooner.
- No Reference!
- The desert sort of looks like a desert, the town sort of looks like a town. The lighting kind of looks correct. Not good enough.
- Did not solve color or light.
- Before I jumped into painting finer details, lighting and color were not solved. I fought with it in the beginning, but never quite figured it out before I moved into painting if further. This led to a backwards approach, where I’m trying to fix my mistakes as I move forward This is a bad workflow, because it does not allow for what Bob Ross calls “Happy Accidents.”
I could go on, but this is a sufficient scolding of my efforts. Looking at the painting now, I should have stopped 20 minutes in; that at least could have served as a decent sketch.
It’s the Backwards Approach that always gets me, and we all encounter it in our work. We push too far ahead and leave a mess in our wake, only to have to back track and clean up after ourselves. I’m quickly considering this to be the death knell of a painting in progress. If you’re detailing a painting but it feels more like a punishment that meditative pleasure, maybe you should set it aside and work on something else.
Cow Abduction – 2017 -> Photoshop
To see the first half of this painting’s creation, go here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NDId26lRHA
I present the aftermath of yesterday’s 2 hour event – A Giant Leaping Through the Clouds.
Always reflect on what you’ve done, and try to look at it with a fresh pair of eyes. Sometimes that means coming back to it in a day, or looking it at backwards, upside-down, etc. If you don’t like what you’ve done, don’t beat yourself up about it. Whenever we draw, we’re improving. If you want to improve, then draw.
I’ll be painting in Photoshop, live, starting at 12 PM EST. I live in Spain, so that explains the time.
I’ve been inspired by the mountains and wide open landscapes of Spain. I have an idea of a giant leaping through the mountains, which I’ll try to execute this afternoon. I’ll post a link when the time comes.
Show up if you can, and tell your friends!