Troublesome road, as well as a long, eventful one.
This is my last entry for Escape From Illustration Island‘s Illustration Friday contest. The topic made me think of nature, at first, but I had this robot heart idea in my head, and adapted the concept (Propagate). I decided not to make this a “deadline rush” type experiment because the last one taught me that one has to estimate well how long it will take to finish a piece based on its complexity, and number of definite elements. I started a couple of days early. Alas, events conspired, including software/tablet problems, as well as hardware failure. I almost lost the work two times, if it were not for some saved files I had managed to copy. At the last moment, I had about 2 hours to go, and decided not to keep battling the machine.
I switched to the analog approach, which turned out to be fun, using a set of Faber-Castel PITT pen brushes my wife had gifted me recently. Love the feel of the line produced, and I still can’t get over how fast India ink dries. Very enjoyable experience. After the linework was in, I scanned the piece, and proceeded to color using GIMP on a netbook (although a bit slow, it behaved well consistently).
I wanted to do this with time, and really explore the use of the tablet some more, but software freezing up, and other computer trouble, forced me to go “analog”. This turned out to be great! Never ever should any artist rely solely on machines as art tools. That was the big lesson this time. And the experiment was more of an exercise in quick decisions in the end. I still want to draw a big old robot heart, and get precious with it.
Lots of hatching attempts. I know I need to learn the basic technique. I’m sure those lines are not all facing the right way. Forget about minding light and shade. And colors? never mind about that… I had to use a mouse!
Next, I’ll try to incorporate the pen brushes because they were so much fun. The other big thing out of this experiment was the realization that my hardware is outdated, although I still believe in squeezing all the value you can out of what you have. And I did!
The biggest lesson for me here was really not to rely too heavily on technology to create art. Content saw me through this time. And as much as one likes to get precious with something, there is great value on ditching old precious. It is better to have a finished piece now, where folks can see it, comment, and enjoy, than it is to have something halfway done, waiting for its time to be seen.
I hope you like it.
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Have a great art time, and never stop because of technology woes!