This painting was definitely an experience, and I’m so happy that I was able to finish it!
I was inspired to paint Sylphrena after reading Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, which is the 3rd installment of his Stormlight Archive series. (Seriously, so good. Read it!) I did the initial sketch and fell in love. I -needed- to paint this. It needed to be good.
She seemed so perfect! Coloring her, however, revealed some inherent problems with the composition. It’s something that seemed un-fixable. In the image above, you can see that it is very divided. Each section of the drawing goes in a straight line horizontally and really breaks up the picture. I wasn’t sure that anything could be done at this point (I’d gotten pretty far into painting) without starting over.
I was extra bummed, because this was my first time using a new technique to create a color palette. I’ve always struggled with colors, and this video made everything seem so easy and clear:
So what next? I headed to a new group I joined on Facebook and to Tumblr, and asked for help. I didn’t expect to get so much. Some strangers even went so far as to paint examples of what they were talking about. It was pretty heart-warming! I was not expecting so much help.
What a difference in composition and color- all without changing the actual painting itself. You can see between the storm and trees that instead of a harsh cut off, the color gradients into the distance, adding some much-needed depth to the painting. My original piece was a little too purple, and some color tweaks followed by some hardcore detailing turn what felt like a recycle-bin practice piece into something finished.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, guys. We all need it to grow!
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It was a slower week in art- partially because I took some extra time on one of my drawings and partially because I was uninspired for the last couple of days. What inspiration I did have, however, stemmed again from Brandon Sanderson’s writing.
A Boon, A Curse
Based on a seen from Oathbringer. I will refrain from explaining too thoroughly to avoid spoilers. Either way, I was happy with the outcome here. It had been a while since I’d worked with lines.
Flower of Idris
Sitting quietly, looking out the carriage of her window, Siri realized something intimidating: her people had no idea what it meant to be ostentatious. Flowers weren’t ostentatious. Ten soldiers protecting a carriage was not ostentatious. Crying in public wasn’t ostentatious.
Some hand practice while reading Warbreaker, inspired by the early chapters of the novel. I’m about half way through and am really enjoying it so far.
I did have a couple of other rough sketches, but not anything that I’d like to share. Maybe some other time when I’m feeling silly.
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It was such a great week of art! I pushed myself to draw ideas from the media I was consuming, and came out with some really fun work from Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer. (no spoilers). I also started putting some of my daily work on Redbubble. I think some of them make pretty cute products.
Seriously, for a “speed paint” this is one of my favorite pieces in a while. It’s really different for me, but I could get into this whole graphic poster style. I tried going a long with it.
Not as clean or emotional, I think, as the first one, but I did like how my little spren on the ship look. They’re cute!
I won’t describe this scene- it’s not so much of a spoiler, but if you’re going to read the book it’s more fun to hear about it yourself.