Sunday, July 29, 2012

Inspiration and reference

Now that we have established that we must be inspired by our own work, I must include that is also very important to be inspired by your favorite artists and everything else around you. The artists and styles you enjoy and appreciate are what got you interested and will help you to improve. Sometimes doing studies or just learning from your favorite artists will help you learn their techniques and style which you can adapt in your own way. Same goes with nature and the world around us. If making a new original creature or monster, take a look at the creatures that live on this planet, insects, reptiles, and sea life especially carry an enormous amount of weird and strange creatures, very odd and alien.

When I use reference, I use if for inspiration more than duplication. It is very important to make the work your own and not just a copy. Trying to reproduce a masterwork has its benefits, but I much prefer to take pieces and ideas to learn what they are thinking and doing rather than the end product. Creature designer Carlos Huante said that when he is creating a creature he will study different kinds of animals and creatures and then when he creates he pulls all that info from his mind rather than copying.

I will be doing a couple warm-ups in a style inspired by some artists I have recently discovered and been inspired by. Pictures will be posted next post. Hope this blog helps out and inspires you to try new things and push yourself further outside the box.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Personal inspiration

Inspiration is important for any artist and will encourage and motivate us to create our best new works. Although looking towards your favorite artists or beautiful creations from nature are essential, I believe it is important to be just as motivated from your own artwork. Look at your own art and get inspired to stay with it and strive for better. Looking towards other artists will always leave that doubt in your mind saying to yourself that they are more talented or have more years of work under their belt. When you look at your own piece these doubts don’t exist, the inspiration is something that you created and will motivate you in a positive way. Delete the “I can’t do that” term form your mind.

We are also doing our art because we enjoy and love doing it, you should get inspired and excited as the piece starts taking shape.

Stay positive and keep creating.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

back on schedule

Trying to get back into a schedule and update regularly. 

I will have new posts up every Mon. - Wed.  - and Fri. ranging more than just my work and progress, but rather more in depth with some how-to pieces and my inspirations. 

I have a few ideas and stories coming up so stay tuned.