IG Process Videos – Jan 1, 2019

Here are a few progress doodle videos I posted on Instagram last week, in case you don’t follow me there.

These are all just quick color sketches. When I sit down to do these, I really have no idea what I’m going to do. I just start drawing or blocking in colors and whatever happens, happens. Sometimes I like the results, other times it stinks. But it’s an effective and fun way to practice getting fast at conceptualizing.

The thing about working professionally is that you can often get stuck working on something that only focuses on one aspect of art. If you don’t practice other things, you don’t grow. So, for example, if you’re doing a lot of coloring, your figure-drawing skills may fall to the wayside. Or if you draw a lot but don’t paint, your color sense may suffer.

The thing is, no matter how good someone is, I notice that they aren’t great at everything, which is fine because no one is great at everything. But in those limited areas at which you want to excel, you have to constantly practice and keep growing. It’s difficult to stand still. You tend to either move forward or backwards. And I don’t even mean moving backwards relative to others whose skills have exceeded your own (though that will happen as well). I’m saying you either use it or lose it. If you’re good and you lose it, you may regain that skill with practice, but it’s frustrating to have to go through the relearning process every time you ignore some aspect of your skill-set. So I figure if I keep practicing, at least I won’t lose it and hopefully I’m moving forward, even if it’s at a glacial pace. Maybe by the time I’m dead I’ll be really good at what I do.

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London Lizard

A bit of nonsense I illustrated for no good reason…

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Here’s a color sketch for today.

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Time now to prepare for this week’s drive down to San Diego for the 2015 Comic Con. Hope to see some of you there!

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The Necessity For Thick Skin

I was recently asked by a young reader to visit his blog and offer comments on his art. I encouraged him and let him know that he ought not ever be discouraged because of criticism or rejection.

The reality is that, in this business, one can expect rejection over 90% of the time, so it’s nothing with which an artist should concern himself. I had to point out that getting work is like fishing; there are a countless number of fish in the sea, and out of all those you’re only likely to catch a handful. Those handful, however, make for good eatin’, so it’s worth plugging ahead.

The following is a design which was rejected because, while the client originally had asked for an alien creature with a lion’s head, he later changed his mind and asked for something different. I’m no prima donna, so I happily followed my marching orders. In my mind, the client should get what he wants (within reason), and it’s my job to revise things accordingly until the customer is happy. In any case, rejection shouldn’t be taken personally. It’s all part of the job, and anyone wanting to do art professionally ought to have the thick skin to handle criticism and rejection.

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A Little Imagination..

Another Monday morning color sketch.

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As usual, I’m exercising my enjoyment of creating characters, so I did this for this Monday morning post. Enjoy!

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This is just a color sketch for today’s blog. Nothing special.

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