Submission for Illustration Friday’s topic: Star Gazing. The images I could come up with invariably involved someone laying on a field at night, or peeking through a telescope, looking up at the stars. So I thought I could have the stars actually gazing back. This weekly Illustration Friday topic thing has become a little tradition for me now. It now seems that I’ve taken this scheduled event as an opportunity to exercise creativity on the fly. Most of the time I wait until the day before the deadline to start. Having little time motivates me to come up with something clever, instead of working on something for days, and getting too “precious” with it, or spending time exploring the digital tools instead of learning to draw and paint. I want to get to the point where I can produce something worthwhile quickly. Keeping it simple has forces one to concentrate on the idea more than on the technique. It doesn’t allow much time to explore and learn digital art skills, but its an excellent mental exercise. I don’t want the tools to interfere with my learning process at this stage. Thanks for dropping by, and have a great art time!
I had a few ideas before settling on this one, but the robots and the clock forced me to decided. Goal: Digital practice, speed, and process search. Experiment: Searching for a Quicker Digital Process (without having one).
I practiced a some shapes and compositions on sketchbook hitting the stylus. My first layer of roughs became the line layer. Used the paint bucket on selected areas for the next layer. I shaded with only up to 2 colors. Since this was to be posted quickly, I hit the background with creative brush usage. And that’s it! It took an hour or less. I’ll time it when I’m not improvising too much of the process.
There you have it. Happy with the shapes and the color balance. Also happy it made it to IF in time. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think, or tell me a story in the comments section. I love stories. Have a great art time!