notes - studies
Enough technical exercises for now.
I found plenty useful painting tips on youtube from professionals and amateurs alike.
Good resource -- the videos are saturated with technical advice.
I can hardly find anyone talking about visual storytelling though.
Sounds like it's time to start cooking my own meals, as it were.
Time to change the rules a bit.
Time to play.
I thought I would start with this formula:
Familiar environment could be a sketch from life.
Like this cafe sequence, in Payne's Grey.
The imaginary detail is easy to make up once I've set my familiar environment.
In this study, I discovered another utility in Google's street view --
I needed this specific viewing angle from a particular street,
to 'complete the story' as it were.
I also played with this combination:
With a little music playing in the background,
I could stumble upon peculiar juxtapositions.
Eventually tried all three:
I was practicing a skill that'll be useful for comic book panelling,
but I intentionally avoided word balloons and captions in these studies.
Wanted to practice the 'show don't tell' aspect of visual communication.
Emulating a similar experience when I listen to a piece of wordless early music.
Word-thinking makes me focus too much on what I'm thinking,
or worse -- what I'm wishing.
I know now this is not desirable when creating art.
Comparing my past works -- I cringe looking at sketches I did that were based predominantly on
what I was thinking (or rationalising) at the time.
The more desirable approach I thought was to look to nature and the world outside my head.
That tends to produce visuals that are convincing and substantial.
The imaginary detail I insert could be what I'm thinking,
but it would be recognisably figurative.
Well, I enjoyed this exercise.
Ready for the next step.
The short story...
Winsor & Newton Artist & Cotman watercolours
Synthetic and sable paintbrushes
Clairefontaine Paint On Mix Media kraft paper 250 gsm
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