Thoughts About Art Style | Drawing Diary

Thoughts About Art Style | Drawing Diary


hey! this is Teallite. I’ve been wanting to do
in art diary for a while I already screen record a lot of a painting
sessions digitally obviously not my actual painting that wouldn’t be a
screen just so I can look back at where I was a few months ago honestly even a
year ago I have some pretty old ones that will never see the light of day but
I figured out I figured I might as well start now I’ve always wanted to kind of
listen back to where my head was while I was working I guess I don’t know is it
weird to just want to listen back to your own voice I’m not one of those
people who hates my recorded voice so I’ll live I’ll live even though it’s
probably still a little cringey just so today I’m taking a break from my
homework to do a piece for myself for the first time in a while I’m in my
fourth year of art school and it’s gotten super hectic since the first
semester is just about coming to a close so I thought I would take a break from
drawing to do some more drawing you know give myself a little bit of a breather
this piece has been pretty interesting to me
to work on and kind of eye-opening it looks super far away from where my
classwork is right now I’ve been in a bit of a rut with my style I have a few
different ways of working that kind of cycle through like how here I’m working
all in grayscale to begin with I know that’s not everyone’s favorite method to
do since if you don’t know your values well it’s a bit tricky and inconsistent
but I like it it works for me so you know we’re we’re doing it shut up so
I sort of decided at the beginning of this semester where I wanted my art
style to be and how I was going to work for the whole entire semester and then I
got my first narrative assignment and I threw that out the window but I so I’ve
been a bit of a hot mess like where I guess what I was you know envisioning
was this really poppy graphic and textural style and you know something
that’s kind of goofy and fun and playful but not it particularly refined or
delicate just loud and brash I don’t know if this makes sense I’m sorry I
talk really abstractly about my work it’s probably a bad habit and you know
I’ve been kind of pulling that into my thesis this semester where you know it’s
a bit of a storybook the main characters are just shapes like one’s just a
triangle with arms and legs the other is a tin can kind of like cylinder with
arms and legs you know kind of bringing it back to place basics and made a
really fun playful world for them and I’ve been having a super good time
working on it too like time of my life but at the same time something kind of
feels missing when I look at the pieces now versus when I look at even just my
sketches at the beginning the mock-ups I made at the beginning like it’s not
where I want to be I think I’m missing a little bit of refinement that I really
am searching for right now so I think this piece was interesting because it’s
like it’s the first thing I’ve done in a while that I really liked and it didn’t
take me long either like it only took me maybe three hours tops it was a super
fast simple easy thing for me to make and I liked it more than you know the
pieces I’ve been making for my thesis that I’ve been working on for since
August maybe even July so yeah eye opening just to see that you
know maybe I do want to be I don’t know this isn’t really anime I was gonna say
anime trash but I wouldn’t consider this that but even just I think what’s
missing is kind of a delicate sensibility that’s is I don’t know I
didn’t realize that’s what I was searching for so I kept making it
harsher and sharper and weirder without considering like where those pieces
relate with the actual world and experiences I’m trying to reflect in
that imagery so I think over the holidays I have a lot of work to do both
like making you know exploring this sensibility for a little bit and looking
back at the pieces I’ve done over the semester and you know my first thesis so
I can really spend the holidays drafting my next one and have a lot of work to
show my professor and about how so you can see that even though this isn’t what
where we thought I was going it makes sense and it’ll work and it feels like a
natural progression instead of I have completely changed my mind and I have
zero identity with my art so hopefully that works out for me in the long run
and it’s gonna be tough it’s gonna be a tough one I don’t I wanted to be farther
along in developing my style I know that’s something that a lot of people
say will kind of come naturally until you don’t need to worry about and I
understand that sentiment to a degree and I do know a lot of people who’ve
like their work has come to them they haven’t come to their work but at the
same time like there are things that I do or I used to do that I hate and I
just trained myself out of them because it wasn’t working and I don’t know if me
consciously doing that counts a natural progression or if that’s me
deciding where what my style is going to look like so yeah I don’t know I’m gonna
do a bit of crafting and work shopping and finding a good middle ground between
everything I’ve done I guess I do want to do a flip through of my first
semester thesis so maybe you all will see that yeah stay tuned or follow my
Instagram like please I’m doing a really cheesy wink right now I know you can’t
see it it took me a minute to realize that you can see this I have no
understanding of how audio works clearly so awkward on microphone yeah I guess I
went way past it but you’ve seen the kind of the progression of my
working in greyscale to color process there that it’s something that’s like I
guess one unique technique that’s stuck around for a while I’m just waiting for
myself to get bored for of it but it works for me and it’s super fun where I
don’t know if everyone who knows how to use a gradient map but it’s it just kind
of you know places a blank layer like remapping you’re white like you’re
black to white spectrum to like say I want blue to yellow then everything’s
going to follow naturally in that gradient and it’s just super easy way to
get a lot of color down fast I have never been a color by number kind of
artist where like you do the line art and then color it and I find it really
frustrating to do even if I’m working traditionally I’ll usually like a more
of a painter where I’ll do a flat wash over everything and then build the color
as I go I find it really hard to what – I guess know where my colors are going
and if I’m just coloring them in one at a time like I find that quite
frustrating to work with and so for me it’s easier just to do it all
at once it also keeps me focused on a piece because I get bored so bloody
easily like insanely easily so I guess I switch to color not what I feel like my
grayscale is complete and I think this kind of issue people fall into with
greyscale where they’ll make a finished image and then then color it and I find
it looks like you did like it looks like you just colored in a grayscale thing
because the values are wrong but I switch over when I get bored of working in
gray’s and I love colors I’m like I’ve got obnoxious neon hair you know I’m one
of those those people those art students so it really keeps me interested in my
work and it’s super exciting to me every single time and I’m glad I haven’t lost
that like nothing makes me happier anyways I don’t think I’m working with
like any particular meaning with this piece I know like that’s one of my
really bad habits where I don’t think about what any of my work means I
just throw whatever nonsense I feel like I need in the scene like I put those
fish there just because I felt like the composition was missing something to
kind of loop back around like just the way the dragon was flowing and it was it
was a whole thing a whole affair but that’s something I really want to work
on over not just the break but just in general for my future career it’s just
considering things like that more usually I kind of rely on putting odd
elements and then waiting for one of my art profs to be like ooh I like what you
did there that’s so smart what a metaphor but it doesn’t usually happen
because I’m just throwing nonsense together and slapping it on canvas or a
print or a digital file or whatever and I want to be more considered and work on
creating better metaphors and what things mean and not
just I want to draw dragon and I mean there’s nothing wrong with like just
wanting to draw a dragon we’ve all been there we’ve all just wanted to draw a
dragon but like I think just working as an illustrator rather than just drawing
for fun or even if I was just doing Commission’s or whatever it’s very
different where I need to think about what like an art director would want and
what clients would want not what I want to do because they probably don’t want
dragons like you can’t be doing an advertising campaign or a political
newspaper article and be it can’t be a dragon every single time
that’s just not how life works and it sucks and maybe I’ll pride myself off of
super good dragons this is a really bad dragon like he’s just he’s just noodle
boy like he’s a little he doesn’t even have like a good texture to him but you
know what I love him he’s my special noodle baby son and that’s all that
matters but regardless so yeah I do want to consider meaning more my work and I
think that still comes in the style and what I’m doing stylistically like
because I I just don’t know one where my direction is going and it’s scary
it’s really scary to not know where I’m gonna be in five months six months I
October wait that’s backwards December January February March April I’m
graduating five months like nasty nasty so gotta get that shit together I have
so much to get get together like portfolios nonsense so right here I’m
just making a brush it’s super easy to make a brush like if you ever don’t feel
like you’re on something over and over again just make a brush I’m not gonna
explain here how to do it there’s so many tutorials online
such as like easy way to just cover all of your dragon scales in your super cool
dragon because you’re only drawing dragons for the rest of your career I’ve just been on a dragon kick for the
last month like I’m really bad with obsessions like that like all summer I
was like robots robots I went up to my prof. and I was like my thesis is gonna
be robots and he was like no you can’t well I actually he’d kind of liked the
idea of it but it wasn’t quite finalized enough like maybe I’ll bring that into
my thesis for next term since we do two in my program or actually three cuz he
do it in a different class but that’s not really the same thing um robots it
was like this cool like and see this is where I was trying to bring meeting in
and where I didn’t work out because I didn’t think about what it actually
means I just thought it would look like a metaphor where I wanted to draw like
robots but like robot not necessarily humanoid
but like robot flesh mashups and they’re gonna be gooey and metallic at the same
time and you know what that’s a niche and it’s hard it’s hard to roll with
metallic robots all the time same with dragons yeah that’s kind of I
guess the overall big hot mood that I’m going with right now with my work is
just how to not draw just one thing because of your portfolio it was just
one thing that’s all you’ll be hired for and even it out and just find a
direction in general you know like it’s fine we’re gonna pull it all
together it’s gonna be smooth and polished and I’m actually gonna figure
out how to draw sometime soon let’s hope and yeah I’m just about done here
just fixing my colours and fixing my levels and like
don’t be afraid of your digital tools like you can colour dodge shit you can
you can get in there and mess with levels or hue and saturation like make
your colors look better it’s not cheating it’s sort of cheating but like
why wouldn’t you use it it’s right there so yeah I’m just polishing it up and
there is the final piece I might have made a few changes in between that and
what it ended on screen there but whatever it doesn’t matter
I just stopped recording I don’t know anyways they can be very much for
listening if you did yeah I’m Teallite you can subscribe here if follow me on
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thank you bye

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