Colour. Colour. Colour
After valuable feedback on my site, I've started implementing some changes. And from more invaluable feedback from industry professionals relating to my use of colour, I'm back on the wagon - as with the line work, I'm taking six weeks to find 'my style' with colour. Admittedly, I love primaries, bright and fun, but I realize I may need to mature up my palette....
So, to the challenge. each day I will try to research and apply colour one piece of my artwork until I get the finish I want... and need. Style is always there, it's just a case of refining it, through colour in this case.
The next month's challenge is not only to do the challenges, but to get my work 'in living colour', or at least a coherent colour.
I recently had the opportunity to hear Peter Carnavas - illustrator and writer - talk about some of his books at an event, and I was blown away by the 'implied' simplicity of his illustrations. There is nothing simple about his work, and there is an incredibly strong use of form, composition and colour in his work, which I aim to achieve...
Links to some of Peter's work and words:
Changes made... the beginning of a new character
I guess you can say these are the 'afters'... I hadn't really connected with the final character for the week, but I think moving him from being a herbivorous dinosaur, to a dragon, seemed to ring true.
Final piece as dinosaur....
I had a go at redoing the character in this illustration - slightly slimmer, with less complex hair... I'm going to be focusing on character and animal turn around for the next month or so, along with colour, so this is my benchmark I suppose.
Concept to final
I put some of my photos of my process online, and I was pretty surprised at the feedback I received. More people wanted to see the 'hows' along with the final piece. So I thought I'd just put this as an example. I spend most time researching first... although it comes from imagination, I prefer to put a fair bit of thought into plants and animals etc. in my scenes... especially for much of the puzzle type works I've been putting together this month and last.
I then explore the character - often times there isn't one, but my push this month continuing will be to add a character into each big scene. This is as I move towards doing my portfolio. My final pass is with the actual line-work working from foreground to background. I'm not aiming for reality in my pieces, more a playful 'authenticity' which I really hope comes through the perspective choices (i.e. the flattening of some of the perspectives as well).
Then I scan the pieces at A3... do a little Photoshop jiggery pokery stitching the pieces together and there you have it!
Work in progress
I think I sort of over-did it. I had 2 hours, so I spent two hours on it... I should have finished when it 'felt' finished.Overworking ink means there's no real control z way out... you can't even lift any of the colour. Oh well, my next one will be better. In fact I figure I might do a 'designy' series of different cards - owls will certainly feature
I started investigating a few creatures based on a nursery rhyme drawing I did last week, for row row row your boat. One of the little characters in the boat is a dragon, so I decided to expend on the character for the next week... what this space...
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.