I felt pretty inspired today - did a whole bunch of doodles based on shapes I came up with - always a good way to start a character sketch, because you don't really know where it's going to take you. It's a game I've played since I can remember....
I went to see Despicable Me II today and I was pretty inspired by the character design in the film, hence me coming up with a few of my own ideas... next to paint them up! Perhaps I'll even have a go at making them in 3D!
It's been a while since I sat down and did my own character designs, so hopefully I'll get back into the routine of an hour a day....
After using the trial version for my 30 days, I have to say, I'm hooked. Corel painter version 12 has incredible wet brushes and with me exploring my digital styles, I can't think of any other way I'd rather go.
I have been using Photoshop for 8-9 years, and I'll continue to use it. There's a cross over between my use of Photoshop for it's photographic and effects qualities, but I think in terms of where Corel has taken painter, I'm going to try to move over to Painter for loose, more textured works. Of course, originally I was going to stay 100% hand painting, and I fought for this, but what I've started finding, is there is no way I can complete the hand painted works in the deadlines I've been given for work... this software is bridging that gap between what looks too 'digital' and what is not. There isn't a great deal of Painter tutorials on the web, so I'm sort of grabbing what I can, and experimenting much of the way, so watch this space...
"After 10 weeks the Doorways Creative Writing Program has produced a wonderful collection of stories from local community members. Join us to celebrate the launch of the booklet" http://newfarmneighbourhood.org/
About twelve weeks ago, I found myself at a loss, thinking about creativity and how to progress with my works and ideas. I looked at the time I had available between teaching and freelancing, and decided what could be better than taking the time to learn to write creatively. Writing seemed like a natural progression in creativity, because much of what I want to do, relies on having ideas and stories to go with the themes of the illustrations. And often times, it works the other way around - the illustrations develop the story or character.
So, I researched and found (what luck?) a creative writing program had just started in my area, with a great bunch of seasoned, as well as not so seasoned writers, along with a great facilitator go guide me (and edit). I was a little thrown, because 'creative' writing comes in many forms, mostly flowing, abstract and emotive. Not my style at all... so I found out. Children's writing - like all forms of writing - deserves a dedicated course on the 'how to's" (how to engage a young audience, how to write clearly and concisely without over embellishing...) etc. I did find over the months, I was able to bring a few pieces that I felt were more adult, and abstract. But kudos goes out to the beautiful writing of the creative writers in the group - through them I learnt the value of listening to others.
Anyway, 10 weeks later, I found myself doing the design work for the book and marketing material - my way of repaying the center for a great course. I was given a drawing by another creative writer in the group to use, so that was what I worked towards. This worked out well because of the vibrant use of colour and line on the person's painting (Moments front cover above)..
We attended a launch for the book in the beautifully fitted Albert & Constance, and with a little wine, I felt comfortable enough to be able to read some of my pieces out to a small audience, which comprised of friends, families, NFCC members (and chairman) and the odd politician and publisher.
This was a very different experience for me - one I will look back on, and feel satisfied to have learnt what I did... as Rodin said, "nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely", and at the end of it, I have made a few good friends, had short stories published, which I will develop on, and seriously think about spending more time thinking about where to take my writing from there....
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