Way too happy going on adventures with @jelinecatt. Flashback to our trip to Wetland Park.
Anonymous Q’s will now be redirected to this contact form. If you have any questions in mind, feel free to ask them here!
There’s a link there that’ll take you to a page where all queries are answered as well. I feel like this is more organized and clutter-free - just a single place where all Q&A’s are found. So I decided to go ahead and close off anonymous on my Tumblr and instead make a separate one for it, specifically on my site.
It’s all owls and mischief here for the past few days.
There’s no “effect”. Just place two images in a single one, then resize the shot that’ll take up the front a bit smaller. That’s basically it. I usually use the same photo so that there won’t be too much of a difference when I render the other one as a background.
Yes, of course! I’m into studying and practicing portraits as well. But I don’t feel like I’m in that level where I can start using them as a subject of my paintings just yet. I do rough sketches or sometimes a quirky illo (like here and here), but nothing too serious like when I do animal pieces. x
Yep, just my iPhone!
Definitely! It’s hard for me to visualize a subject (particularly animals) and simply put it onto paper, especially since I have to make sure that the proportions are correct. I need a reference to see if I’m on the right track so it won’t look like something is off or awkward. I believe that it’s also important to have one, because if you have a basis (and it’s better if you have plenty) you’ll be able to study the form of a certain subject in different perspectives. When I do an illustration, I normally search tons of photos and study them. From there, I’ll be able to decide which one I’ll use. More often than not, I always have more than one reference for a single piece, depending on what I’ll be doing.
Although if I’m leaning into a surreal outcome, something that just came straight from my mind, then I normally don’t use a reference. An example would be this, this and this. But I haven’t really done that in a while.
Oh that! I just post-processed it through Photoshop.
Winsor & Newton! I bought that single half-pan of Daler-Rowney at Artland (Hong Kong) because they didn’t have Winsor & Newton in stock. I love it though!
Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch!
I digitalize my works then have them printed. I used to do the prints myself but I found that taxing. So now I just turn to a reliable local print shop to get the job done.
Developing your own style can be hard, especially if you’re just beginning. It won’t come to you easily, since your still learning the ropes of this and that. For the most part, it can and will always be subject to change - just like everything else in the world. It’s not something that is fixed because we go through a lot of phases as an individual and as an artist, most of which are guided by our own experiences. This is what makes each of us unique and different. Later on, it will become notable and eventually develop into your own manner. Personally, I believe it’s fine to study other artists’ works and process because you’ll get to grasp an understanding of the medium their working with and learn a lot from them. Although, it’s always best not to let it influence you and your work immensely. It’s better if you try and learn from various people instead of just one. That way, you’ll be open to other techniques and styles .
You say that you’re not using their works as direct reference, rather you’re just influenced by their style. As long as it’s not something that you’ll stick to, then it’s okay. It will take a while to train yourself to learn from others without it having a direct impact on your work. Some people go through this and it’s a process for them to navigate their way to finding what works best for them. So if it’s something that you’re going through, then by all means do so until you’ve exhausted yourself with it. Just keep going and keep creating.
If it frustrates you so much, then put a distance. Just stop. Stop looking at their works and just take a moment to connect with yourself. Pinpoint what you do best. Make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes. Because from there, you’ll get to find what makes you distinct from others.
As for sharing your works online, it takes guts. A lot of it. If you believe in yourself, and you should, then nothing others can do or say will waver that belief. If you are confident enough that the works you produce are great, then what else is stopping you from hitting that post button? As Sean McCabe noted, “Don’t let the fear of what other people think keep you from putting yourself out there.”
Oh gosh, thank you! 🙈
I’m not sure what photos you’re referring to?
Fooling around with my tablet and scribbling a couple of signatures this morning. Apparently, I’m that bored - and in a creative slump since the other day. Supposedly, I should be working on a commission but I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Consequently, I can’t brew up a fitting concept for the piece. I think I’ve exhausted myself enough for the week. So here I am, fixing my downswing with a good ‘ol novel and tweaking my blog just a tad.
To all local fellas out there, stay safe and dry! The weather is such a glum.