2017 is coming to a close- and I decided to go back in time and open up the old 2016 folder and see how I did!
I am overall pretty happy seeing the progress. I’ve been focusing on two different elements of my work- strong, detailed lines and painterly values.
2016 was a rough year. I didn’t finish most of what I started and lost focus. The work shows it.
I was smiling to myself at how the 2016 painting on the left took longer than the one on the right- and it was nowhere near acceptably finished. Hope for Westfall was a big step in a value/painting direction for me. I learned how to use gradient maps and really started to think in terms of value. I am putting all of that knowledge toward my current painting in progress, and learning a lot along the way. Hoping to have that one finished to wrap up the year.
My detailed line work made me smile too. Now, the 2016 on the left was not my best line work to date in 2016, but it certainly was indicative of my work that year- and anatomy was certainly not at the forefront of my concerns. That is another issue I would like to continue to address in 2018.
I am finding that my work has become COLORFUL this year. I don’t know how it happened, but I would like to embrace and continue to push my own style, whether it be through detailed line or value. It wasn’t until the #bestnine hashtag came about that I realized it actually happened.
Near the end of this year, Patreon decided to start charging patrons an extra fee. While they did reverse their decision, the damage was done, and I decided to close up shop with Patreon for now. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated all of your support while I was open.
For now, I will be accepting tips through Ko-Fi.
So that’s that! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and wonderful New Year. Let’s make 2018 count!