Finally I have something new to share. Part of the reason I don't get much modeling done is I spend a lot of time working on my art skills with the goal of someday becoming an automotive artist. I've had quite a few starts but this what I consider to be my first complete full automotive painting. It's just a stepping stone, not one for the portfolio but I learned a lot from it. It's acrylic, 12x16 on panel.
This is a composite of two reference photos. The car is one of my favorite local customs and the background is the Springville Museum of Fine Art, about a 45 min. drive South of me.
Nice work! I love the building in the background, too. The only crit I'd offer is to maybe crop a half inch off the bottom or so (under your signature). Makes me want to break out the acrylics, but I'm afraid! So used to photoshop now..."real" art is hard, haha!
Thanks. I've actually thought about cropping more than that, maybe two or more inches off the bottom and an inch or two off the right. This was just practice, an exercise that I learned a lot from but don't really want to invest any more time in.
As for "real" art I actually do consider computer art to be "real". The medium does not define what is or isn't art. Some oil painters are snobbish enough to proclaim acrylics aren't real art! I have only two issues with computer art, one is I spend all day on a computer for work, (CADD) I don't want to do computer graphics at home too. Two is that most of the time computer graphics are too clean and hard edged, I prefer art that is less than perfect. I want to see the hand of the artist in the work. Don't be scared, it just takes time and practice. Two years ago I just about gave up on painting because I was so frustrated, the last year though my skill development has really accelerated.
Thanks Duane. It's not a "gift" though, just lots of study and practice. In fact one of the things I learned from doing this painting is that my drawing skills are not where they need to be. I'm gonna ignore the easel and bury myself in the sketchbooks until my drawing skills greatly improve.
David--agree completely, computer art is absolutely 'art' if anything is! I know I've become very dependent on "undo" and the ability to adjust colors extensively after they've been laid down. Digital artists spend a lot of time and effort these days trying to make their work look more like traditional media, using custom photoshop brushes, programs like Painter that emulate real media, and so on. Most of the fear comes from how much I've _regressed_ in using real media, because once I switched to digital my other skills (marker, charcoal, pencil and pen) lapsed. Your stuff is definitely an inspiration, as is "Nozol"s art on the HAMB--some of his sketches look like they're almost in crayon, but they're dynamic, fun, and bang on the money. Acrylics can be difficult because they change color as they dry...looks like you're getting a handle on 'em though!
Chris, is "Nozol" aka "Fastlaneillustration"? Digital is a real art media too! Check out www.markkarvon.com/ his work is all digital yet it has a traditional media look. I say use whatever media you love, just make sure you can make it portable so you can sketch from life with it. For digital that means an ipad or simliar with a sketching app. I was real tempted to get an ipad when I saw a demo by a local artist using it to do these great little digital sketches that looked like oil paint, but the fact that they are not practical for outdoors due to glare killed that idea. Don't feel bad that you haven't used traditional media in a while, if you enjoy digital then do digital. It's always nice and convenient to be able to whip up something with nothing but a pencil and any old piece of paper though. The acrylic darkening as it dries does take some getting used to, but you just gotta keep painting and eventually you'll be compensating for it in your mixtures without even thinking about it.