A highlight-real of the work I did for the “fundamentals of design” class by Tyler Edlin on CGMA. I enjoyed the class very much. My drawing seemed and sense for design seemed to be fine. Mainly need to work on my values and rendering.
Color always seemed an unnecessary extra to me. During all of my studies the main focus was to draw objects and spaces fast and effective, to then maybe use some tones to work it up a little. I did do some small experiments and made some coloured drawings for friends, which were fun, but I never really understood what I was doing.
Now that I’m taking the time to study the fundamentals of art, I couldn’t avoid this anymore. When looking for resources and lessons on this subject you mainly bump in all sorts of brush painting methods. I wasn’t comfortable with this because that would have meant that I had to learn even another medium. Instead I wanted it to support what I already could do, which is solid linework. Knowing that I really like comic book art, I ended up studying digital colouring in a more comic book way. The main tool I used for this was my iPad Pro. Which was severely underused until now.
While I could have gone over existing black and white artwork, I started from the ground up. The portraits above show some insight in the process. I usually started from a rough, to refined lines, to flat colours, to shadows and lastly lights. The video underneath shows the entire workflow that goes in to it.
From portraits I went on to figure drawing. For some reason I chose dynamic dancing poses. The main thing that became clear to me with light, shadow and color, is that it isn’t just about picking a color a bit darker or lighter. All Colors are result from a certain type of light bouncing on top of a surface towards our eyes. some elements are warmer, colder or change in saturation. The handy thing about working digital is you iterate and test out many variations.
By going deeper in to procreate I discovered a “liquify” function. With this you can make more abstract marble like textures. Something close to 2 paintings I once did. I always pondered how I could use this in combination with my figurative work. With some playing around in the app I managed to extract the interesting shadow shapes and use them as a basis for the flow of colors.
A group of friends of mine likes to come together and engage in “Dungeons and Dragons”. Having seen my work recently, “the dungeon master” came up with the idea that I illustrate their characters. After some preliminary sketches, I decided to go digital with the help of procreate on the Ipad. With the app you get the benefit of having timelapses of your process. I learned to use the app on the fly which meant a lot of iterations and banging head on the wall because of discovering easier methods a long the way. A tougher process but with the benefit that I learned what I needed to know to do what I wanted. The illustrations were revealed as a surprise at a recent house-party and the crew was very happy with the results.
After a semester of figure drawing the focus of a class I was following switched to a more experimental approach towards the perception of space. As someone who strives to draw accurately from life this was quite challenging. With a good teacher pushing me to experiment more I think I found a middle ground between interpretation and craftsmanship.
The first project was about exploring any space you want with 2 mediums and eventually making some form of a map about it. To loosen up my very technical approach I got started in charcoal and made mind-notes along the ways with my trusty gel pen.
The second project was about exploring space against the framing of the canvas. I chose to work around the comic of Frank Miller I once made and started composing the frames on top of each other. This created one big blurry dreamworld and in some ways reminded the jury about the study drawings of the old masters like Michelangelo.
The last project was about creating a sequential booklet about anything you wanted basically. Pondering about it on the train I came to the realisation that I should draw and explore that very space. The space in transition where people ponder. For me this place where I felt I had to suffer through unnecessary became the space to explore and make art.
After several months of self education on heads and faces this the result that came ot of it. Not to say that I’m a master portrait artist now, not even the slightest, but it shows my understanding of it. Like with anything in drawing you never truly master, it just keeps on improving. And that is the fun of the journey that still lies ahead of me.
After a very exhausting graduation year I resorted to peace and sleep on our family’s apartment at the Belgian coast. The coming and going of waves on many of my walks reminded me of the phenomenon of pink noise. A restful sound I wanted to capture somehow. I ended up making this duo of paintings for my parents for at the apartment. One morning waking up I realized that the color of the sheets probably influenced this work greatly.
Photo of the coast with my trusty friend Lasse on the right.
Gallery of the process and experiments. I had some canvases and paint lying around and went with that.