Illustration Master Class 2011: Part 3 – A Good Sky
So IMC was a very different experience for me this year than last. I still had a blast and learned a lot, but the lessons were harder this time, and it took me about a week to recover. I’ve received quite a few messages from folks wanting to see my painting and asking how the week went. I want to thank everyone for keeping me in their thoughts and for all the interest and well wishes.
However I’m sorry to report that I will not be posting the revised painting. There were a lot of factors, but ultimately I failed. This of course was quite a blow for me, but I think I learned more from this experience of failure than from many previous successes. What I will show is the sky from my IMC painting. I really nailed the sky and throughout the week I got compliments on it. In particular I will quote Julie Bell, “That’s a rockin’ sky Sam, now just bring the rest of the painting to that level.”
… and that is exactly what I plan to do. Due to the complexities of oil painting I feel the best way to do this is to start over again. So that’s what I’m working on now. I’m taking all the feedback I got at IMC and I’m going to do a piece that I hope is as “rockin’” as my sky!
But enough about my painting. Here are a couple of the things I struggled with and a few of the things I learned:
– Before starting a painting, write down the single word emotion that a piece is about. In a 2D image it’s difficult to capture more than one emotion. If you don’t have an emotion, viewers will feel nothing when they look at your piece. Too many emotions and viewers get confused.
– Paint the things you love. My own take on this is… if you love creepy/funny/gory monsters and zombies, don’t be afraid to paint that sort of thing. It doesn’t matter what your passion is, but you have to have passion. This is true in all fields, not just art. We humans are drawn to other people’s passion and confidence. Figure out what your passion is and pursue it with confidence.
– Clients don’t hire you to do everything well. They hire you to do one or two things because you are the BEST at those one or two things.
I hope all of you can find your passion and your confidence, but remember to STAY STRANGE!