Archive | May 2014

Thoughts on fan art

I sell my art at a several science fiction and fantasy conventions around Florida. These type of events are very fan centric and fan art is a major component of them. I have always been resistant to fan art for many reasons. I felt like it was selling out and I was not being true to my own art. I felt like I would be ripping off another artist or just repeating someone else’s idea. Mostly it for the most part didn’t interest me. I have so much of my own stuff in my head why should I redo others ideas.

Then I put some more thought into it. How can I make fan art work for me in a way that will help me grow my own art? Well what are some of my own artistic goals? One of my recent focus areas has been to improve accuracy in drawing and be able to better execute my faces and figures. Then it hit me. Rather than looking at the huge world of animated fandom (comic con had me thinking about cartooned characters), I would focus on movie and screenplay characters. Using movie stills as reference and try to be as accurate as possible. Viewing it as an opportunity to refine my skills and increase my accuracy. Emotion and facial expressions are characteristics that I want to master.

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Currently I am watching and reading Game of Thrones, so I decided to start there. I have just finished the first in the series with Cersei Lannister. I am very pleased with how she turned out. Yes there are things I am not happy with. But if I were ever truly happy would I ever finish anything.

Now who should I draw next?

Cargo Backpack.

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Here is a project I did a few weeks ago using a pair of old men’s cargo pants and making a back pack. I used some leather scraps from around the house and a contrasting fabric for the straps and trim. But this afforded me to reserve the other leg for a future project.

First cut up the leg and pocket.

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I used the back pocket as in inside pocket.

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Sew up the bottom and run a bias of contrast across the top.

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Moving madness.

For the last several months I have been happily sharing my living space with my love. But it has not been with out its challenges. My place was perfect for an artist, or a couple. But not for a couple of artists. One artist has a lot of art stuff but too artist live in the madness of creation.

Soon I am looking forward to once again having a dedicated space to paint and a home to properly store my jewelry supplies. But for now I have to put creativity aside in lieu of packing.

On the up side my cats are ready to go.

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