Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This should be getting easier...

...But it's not! Here is my portrait of my friend Maggie, which may conclude this series of elemental portraits (I suppose I could still add earth and/or wind, but I'll have to wait until I find something inspiring to run with on that one.)


As I'm teaching myself to paint with Photoshop, I'm trying to learn from all of the mistakes and missteps that I took on my last project, but it seems that rather than doing that I'm just trying to find shortcuts. With the past two pieces I've painted and repainted areas with numerous glaze-like layers and a lot of complete redo's and rethinks. With this one I wanted to get straight to the source with a more "direct application" approach. Unfortuneatly I spent more time trying to fix my errors from this approach than I did really enjoying the painting process. Perhaps my method is long and tedious, but maybe that is the road that I have to ride to achieve the level of success that I want. I guess I'll have to see how the next project I do turns out!

4 comments:

-David Poe said...

It looks GREAT, Adam!
I think that while the process might take a while (done right); the more you do it - the more you streamline your thinking. it's not really a shortcut as much as it is confidence.

Good luck on the next one!!

Tina Vaziri said...

Adam, this is my favorite piece of yours to date! Your style is maturing so quickly, I am really excited for you. There is so much movement in this composition and concept, it doesn't look posed as most of your other figures do. Not that posed is bad, this is just different and new (and fantastic)!!

Adam Osgood said...

Thanks Tina!
I see what you mean about the movement and posing now that you say it. I definitely agree that it looks more mature in terms of movement and play, but I'm still not as content with the "paint application" as I am with my previous two. Oh well, it's all for learning (and none for pay! Eat that financially stable freelancers!)

Aaron Drath said...

Your an inspiring illustrator. I respect your work greatly.