OK, so I have a whole bunch of stuff to update so brace for a big post. First, here's the first environment moodboard and sketches for the Fantastic Five; my moodboards were spot on, my sketches OK, and Cris wants me to experiment more with the suspended homes between trees rather that houses in the trees themselves.
I also have an awesome new tablet, which is a touchscreen laptop thing. Means I can now draw and paint digitally anywhere, setting up with a wacom tablet next to a laptop is a real pain when trying to paint from life, this is much more portable. So far the positives are that it's so much better for linework, but that it doesn't have pen pressure settings for painting, which means I'm going to have to change my brushes and workflow around a bit and get used to it. Here's what it looks like, and a couple of doodles from it. The character is my little brother's, we drew that one together.
And I also had something of a revelation this week, a moment of clarity, an epiphany. I was lying in bed at like 3 in the morning, and did a little doodle before lights out. This was after seeing The Hobbit with my family, which is for the record, my film of the year, and I was exhausted but happy, and really relaxed. So I did the little doodle and realised just how stressed I am when I normally do art. I'm always worrying about what to do next, or deadlines, or that I don't know how to do something, so much so that I'm so stressed, which could lead to procrastination with most people, but with me just leads to art being not fun at all. And even with my own little sketches which I do all the time, I would do quickly and roughly to get the ideas down, and then be onto the next thing in the schedule.
But this doodle, I did slowly, I thought about each stroke and yet I didn't, I was focused and yet completely relaxed at the same time, which is how I would love to be with all my artwork. I saw a Bob Ross video for the first time a few months ago, and was inspired by how relaxed he is, how he clearly loves his work, lives for the process of doing it. So that's my moment of truth, and for the past few days I've done my doodles slowly and of what I want, and really tried to relax and enjoy them. Next step will to be to bring this into my work work, things for uni and for Cris, and to really chill when working. Very much looking forward to if I manage this, being that relaxed all the time when working would be awesome.
Here's a couple of the doodles I've done, the little dwarf one was the one where I relaxed for the first time. And also some sunsets from my bedroom window at my flat. Get some great sunsets over Dundee, and I have a perfect view.