© Amanda Jolly
It’s a WIP, but it’s almost done!
So I was groaning about what I wanted to do for November, artwise, because I’ve needed some serious outside-of-work arting motivation. And I think I just hit the nail on the head:
It’s not a matter of characters or themes or whatever. I just wanna try things I never do. Well, maybe never is a strong word. How about things I shirk constantly because just sketching a character is way easier? Yes, that sounds accurate.
I basically get 8 hours of practice a day for characters at my job, and while I wouldn’t trade it for anything, I always want to be MORE than I am. I miss painting and color and scenes. And my production designer is full of bizarre amounts of faith in me to be able to be bigger than I think I am… so I should probably start betting on myself and improve my other skills.
So, yeah, I’ll dedicate myself throughout November to try artings outside of my comfort zone - things I want to get better at. It might not be a new piece everyday, but I promise to progress pieces till they’re “finished”, whatever that may be. I need to create that outside discipline for myself.
I’m starting with the above piece: Again, it’s like I never go near color anymore, and when I do, I don’t try anything simple or graphic, despite how in love with the style I am. Also, creating a cohesive color scheme amongst different characters - NOT something I’ve done in ages, either, sadly. Also also, for everything I just said about characters a couple paragraphs ago, the stuff I do at work is a lot safer in its shape language, so I really need to keep limber when it comes to interesting shapes.
I should be able to finish this guy today.