I've just discovered you and I love your work! Would you mind sharing your approach to composition and thought process on it? Are there any artists you reference? Thank you!
Hey! you found me! Thanks!
I reference from photos for stuff I can’t visualize on my own, and artists like bouguereau, rockwell, leyendecker, mucha for mind fuel
Whenever I do a piece, the objective I have in mind is to not get bored, because once I lose interest, I lose the piece.
So for me, the composition has to be distinct enough to avoid echoing an early piece, and to immediately be recognized due to its layout. It’s gotta be new for me, and new things are fun and exciting, right? (yes they are)
I think about the subject, the action, the actual format (whether it’s allegorical, objective, subjective, i.e. is it a symbolization, a certain scene, would you find it in real life? I tend to avoid the latter, because I find it dull and uninteresting and I hhhhhhhate that) I place priority on the human form, it’s versatile and expressive more than anything else, in my opinion.
Here’s an example. Normally I don’t post my sketches since they’re just glorified chicken scratch, but this is the best example I could think of at the moment. It’s St. George (for my series sanctus), and normally, you’d see him like this
(Saint George and the Dragon by gustave moreau, 1889-1890 )
(Saint George and the Dragon by raphael, 1504-1506)
It’s a pretty common depiction, since it goes back to medieval times. The similarities are that he’s on a horse, he has a spear/lance, there’s a dragon, and he’s attacking it.
The big picture (haha pun) is that I wanted to also have my subject be st george (side note, it’s kind of the theme of the series), but different enough from past artworks where I’d know it wasn’t enormously reminiscent of the traditional depiction. So I aim to keep the basic idea, and see what goes on from there.
This is the first sketch I did, it was okay, I knew I’d never drawn anything like that, which is good, but composition was lacking. I wasn’t so hot about this, so I dropped it. I kinda like it so I might revisit it . Additionally, though, it strayed a little too far from the main idea.
Above was the second sketch, after I’d finished roughing it out, I knew immediately it wouldn’t do. I was satisfied for about 2 seconds, then I got disappointed and stayed that way.. If I put it side by side with the other million or so paintings of st george, I doubt I could tell it was mine. It was practically the same: horse, lance, dragon. The action was too similar to other portrayals.
It’s not as similar as the previous one was, but I didn’t like it. That’s a good indicator too, whether you like it or not. I’d tried to fuse the first and second sketch because I did like the first one somewhat, but it didn’t really work for me. It’s just so awkward …
So I left the piece for a while, and came back and did this. It was different, simpler (which can improve a piece more often than not), and I liked it. After I did most of the sketch, I said great job u idiot it only took you a week to come up with a sketch the hell is wrong with u, went to bed, and woke up happy, and normally it doesn’t take me 3 actual sketches or something to come up with a good piece, and I was getting pretty fed up before the last sketch, but good thing I didn’t give up (this time. hah) This is basically how I go about my pieces for now.
tl;dr Don’t give up! (haha I lied, go back and read)
It’s been two years since their break up and Harry still hasn’t been able to completely move past the day that things ended between them. When he gets a chance at a big fat “I told you so”, his reaction isn’t exactly what he expects. He finds himself hard from some inappropriate thoughts and, well, sometimes even the best of us succumb to the darkest emotions.
This fic was written as part of an ongoing challenge. We each select random numbers and are given a specific emotion from the book 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names. To read the other fics written in this challenge, click here, or you can find the masterpost on tumblr here.
dear eggplant, i hope you can rest now during the off season! I want to thank you for all the beautiful photos, clips, and keeping us informed onallthings S! (w class too!)I'm afraid i take it for granted; it's my life's routine to check in. for me, if i was only allowed to see 1 skater for the rest of my life, that skater would be Shoma i adore him in absolutely every way,He is an example of excellence in f skating,meaningful in and of itself, but sheer satisfaction to watch. MorePower tohim!
Thank you! It was great to share this season of Shoma’s career with everyone. He’s signed up for a lot of shows this summer though, so no rest for the wicked, haha.
I really dig your Subaru. Can you tell me more about it? What are the mods you have done? If you've written about this already just share the link. Your photos are super as well. Thanks.
thanks so much! check out this link and also feel free to ask any specific questions. Also I am currently overhauling a 2.2 liter engine from a 92 legacy and will be putting that in soon! thanks again!
In between all the Marvey…I don’t know how you manage it!
Yup I’m still watching it! It’s a very cute anime. But I’m super delayed, episode 04 is coming out today and I literally just posted the gifs from last week’s episode lol. I didn’t have much time to make gifs on the past week :(
And sadly there’s not much Marvey left for me to watch! I’m about to finish the 6th season, and then I have to wait until July for more D: I’ll have to find some fanfics to endure the wait (;﹏;).