Short answer: Whim.
Long Answer: A Whim.
Proper Answer: There's really a couple of reasons why I've started doing these.
Number one is, as somebody who works predominantly as a digital artist, I've been feeling myself getting increasingly complacent over the last couple of years, ending up in a place where all I'm doing is hiding my shortcomings as an artist instead of working to overcome them. In a nutshell; my professional education in art really stopped when I left school, and I mean "school" school, not art school (and even then, I'm sure if you ask my teachers from back then they'll tell you I wasn't really any good). For various reasons I wasn't a good student as a kid, and things like life drawing and technique really skipped me by. So a lot of what I do now is basically self-taught, and I feel like I've been skipping lessons lately. I wish to improve on my brushstroke, my technical issues with proportion and perspective are a can I've been kicking down the road for waaaay too long, and the general look and feel of my work have been doing nothing for the general neuroses I already have surrounding my art, which brings me on to Reason Number Two...
Looking at my galleries and portfolios, both here on dA and on other places, I've felt more and more unsatisfied with my illustrative work. I feel I'm not challenging myself enough in that area, and that most of what I produce in that department just lacks... for want of a better word... style. This is something I really wish to hammer down on and figure out this year, especially
as I want to try and develop my work into sequential art more. I'm just finding that more often asking I'm asking myself what exactly do I want my artwork to actually look like and say about me? I want to experiment more with these sketches, and some of what I'm going to post here are probably going to be utter crap (but what else is new?), but I'll even post the craps ones here because... I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess.
(All that plus I may be doing some Artist Alleys this year, and I really
need some stuff to sell, so here's hoping I can kill two birds with one stone here...)
The way these weekly sketches will work is this:
- I'm aiming to do two A5-sized sketches each weekday, and spend the weekend inking them.
- Of these two sketches, I will do one that is a character from a pre-existing IP (characters from comics, movies, TV shows, books, etc) and one that is an entirely original creation of whatever takes my fancy at that time, or something a random art prompt generator can prod me into doing
- I'll continue to post the sketches in weekly batches.
- Time permitting, I'm also hoping to do at least one A4-sized sketch each week.
- If I'm feeling particularly confident/cocky, I may even try to do one or two A3-sized sketches (but no promises).
Feedback would be appreciated, even if it's just to say "It's crap" (though, it would be more helpful if you could explain to me how and why you think it's crap), otherwise how the hell am I supposed to get any better if nobody will tell me what is and isn't working?
Anyway, sorry for the long post here, and for the influx of sketches today. Thanks, all.
Love, light and peace,