Okay. So. @ipaintjily has really inspired me with their digital painting. Like I look at them everyday, hours at a time, trying to figure out how I can do what they do. It’s a bit obsessive. Kinda creepy. But I don’t even care. Their work is stunning and I have to learn how to paint because of it. It’s an itch I can’t scratch. So. The last few weeks I’ve been watching and taking in all the digital painting videos and advice I could get my grubby hands on.
Every. Single. Video. Said the same thing. DO NOT FOCUS ON DETAIL.
Like. For whatever reason I could not grasp the “no detail” concept and my perfectionist, virgo ass was like “Oh yeah. I can skip that advice that every single video I’ve watched has given me.”
I spent nearly two hours on this monstrosity. Like. It looks nothing like the ref. Which I provided above.
And stole from Ipaintjily’s pinterest which is full of amazing refs you can find here. I don’t know what I was thinking. That’s a lie. I was thinking that if I add more detail the better it would look! Logic.
Then I finally accepted that detail was NOT working. So I was like. Well, damn. Maybe no detail will work.
Imagine that. I was super skeptic. But I zoomed out till it was a thumbnail size then just blocked in colors and shapes. Then suddenly there was a face? And values? And it was kind of working? ?????
30 minutes guys. Like. What? It’s still awful. But compared to the other??These were done the same day. One right after the other.
So. Moral of the story: Detail = Bad
also. how does anyone draw without lines?!