I’ve been doing random shit.
Like I said in my last post, I’ve been going back to basics and experimenting with all sorts of materials, experimenting with different styles, and basically doing a load of irrelevant random shit, and to be honest, it’s really working and helping out my process!
I feel that I’ve progressed as I have a clearer understanding of what I need to do. I’ve rediscovered my love of hand drawn typography and speech bubbles, and more surprisingly i’ve rediscovered my love of stripes - remembering my heavily stripy style back in the days of sixth form.
I’ve also found a technique that I really, really like at the moment. I love bold colours, and I think that is why I didn’t really get on with watercolours, the pallet available can be so diluted and recessive, I don’t think they did my illustrations any justice. But what I have found very recently that really makes the colour pop, is creating a base layer of colour with felt tips and working over it with oil pastels and outlining with the same hue but in fine liners to add detail and the thick lines that I love. It combines texture and vivid colour, something I’ve been trying to achieve for a very long time.
I’m also trying to draw from life more, to get a sense of form, colour and light, so I’m using the venetian mask in my living room as a subject to revisit. Today I did a really quick sketch of a guy at lunchtime, and on the train home I tried my hand at turning him into a caricature, it’s not the best, but it has given me an idea to explore, to draw from life more and turn them into doodles. I drew something else from life today, which reminded me of my work in year 5 art class, something I loved doing so much - drawing aztec symbols, and now it’s planted another idea in my head.
Something as simple as drawing from life, something I hadn’t really thought much of in the past, and saw it as fuddy duddy and quite old fashioned has really helped me, even though my fine art skills are a bit rusty, it has inspired me to no end, and I have a clear plan of what I need to move onto next.