A recap from Part I:
Step 1: Brainstorm
Step 2: Research and Collect
Now to reveal the real magician’s secrets!
Step 3: Dissect & Rebuild
This sounds a little bit like Dr. Frankenstein, and in some ways it is! Once I get a good collection to work from, I start to pick apart what I like and piece them together in order to actualize my vision.
Step 4: Sketch
Now, I sketch all those bits and pieces together taking proportion into account, making alterations along the way so everything fits together smoothly instead of looking like a photo collage. Unfortunately, I forgot to keep the sketch of this current project, so here is an example of one of my earlier works, before and after:
You can see I did a lot of cutting and pasting of roses, rearranging them until the fit nicely around the figure. One of the benefits of digital painting is that you can move bits around half-way through completion.
Step 5: Start Painting
There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called Imposter Syndrome… It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.
Guess what? None of us do. - Austin Kleon
It’s true. I have no clue what I’m doing, and there is no sense pretending like I do. But, it seems to be working for me so far. I am completely self-taught. I just dabbled with a few brushes and stuck with what worked. I am sure… no, positive… that I have picked up some bad habits; so I hesitate to give you any impressions that I know the right way to do things. I just do my thing.
Because I skipped the sketch of my current project, I will share with you the work in progress to date, so you can see how all the dissecting and rebuilding comes together as an original piece of art. Here it is; a premature unveiling of “Hunter’s Moon:”
There is still a lot of work to be done on this piece. Her hand, mask, feather accent and the front of her shirt are still incomplete. Obviously, her owl companion needs to be painted. I haven’t even sketched the background yet. All in all, I am pretty pleased with the progress so far. I’ll be sure to post her again as soon as she is finished.
Last but not least, I want to take the opportunity to share with you a great article and resource for aspiring artists of any medium. You may have noticed how I have intertwined my blog with quotes by Austin Kleon from his inspirational blog, How to Steal Like an Artist and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me. This is a must read! In fact, I might just have to buy his book!