This will be year 4 of the Illustration Master Class for me and I am still vibrating with excitement over the idea that I am part of this amazing experience.
I never realized how inspiring it can be to surround yourself with others of like mind. If I get down about my work, there are plenty of others to share their experiences and bolster my resolve to keep going. I am obviously not the only one to go through 'hard times' or 'bad art' phases, but seeing my friends and colleagues working past their rough spots lends strength and in the end picks everyones spirit up. It becomes a 'collective' experience.
My rough spot this year was that I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what I wanted in my work, so I would do a few sketches and go right to the transfer stage and begin painting.
I read a post by someone who said - not in these exact words…
How did the masters get so good? They drew their ideas over and over again. Then they did color studies - many of them. Then they hired models and did more sketches. Some sculpted to find the correct lighting. Then they did studies of specific areas of their paintings-to-be, fine tuning the little bits - a correct turn of the hand or tilt of the head. They painted their final idea. Sometimes a second time - not to mention the undercolor painting for value.
So my next thought was..'who do I think I am to just do a few little sketches and go right to a final painting?' When I get upset because my painting isn't coming out the way I planned… guess what.. I didn't practice enough. I was too impatient. If I want to stand out, I need to work harder. No more 'crying' because I'm not 'good'.
Needless to say, my time in this fantastic art world is humbling. Somehow, at the same time, it gives me more strength than I ever knew I had to continue without stopping short of my goals.
Next week is IMC - year 4. I am ready to be truly inspired, get my proverbial butt kicked and I am ready to come out stronger.
Listening to: Rush
Reading: Forgotten Realms & Dragonlance
Watching: my computer render a 3d file