Boy, I sure do a lot of portraits!
I wasn't crazy about how the one on the left turned out. I fiddled with it far too much trying to get the likeness accurate. The one on the right, by comparison, I painted while more relaxed, and it shows. It's amazing how much better art turns out when you're not twisting yourself up into knots.
Believe it or not, some of these portraits are meant to be studies for full illustrations. It's just organizing myself to get them done that's the problem. I might need to meet myself halfway with a little mental trickery: start a portrait study, then beef it up with a background or some supplementary elements.
Got a new piece up! I'm happy with how it turned out, though I can't help but chuckle at the process. My painting methods are nothing if not dynamic; sometimes I spend hours painstakingly working my way through references, thumbnails and rough drafts before I hit that final sketch. Other times? I mess around with blobs and shapes until it starts to look like something in my head.
...So when you don't see any progress shots of a piece, assume that the piece came about the latter way. Honestly? I'm not complaining. Some of my best work has come about by just letting loose and following my intuition.
When I tell you Splatoon's one of my all-time favorite games, I mean all-time favorite. Nintendo really knows how to turn their games into some of the best therapy sessions around. One of these days I'm going to commit to an illustration rather than these fashion snippets. Until then...
Now, I did these ones back in 2017, which I still like quite a bit. It was pretty neat how, not weeks after I drew the Inkling girl below, Splatoon 2 revealed a mascot that looks very similar. I'm here for it.
I paint a lot of portraits, so I figure it doesn't hurt to multitask and experiment with new techniques, too. In this case, using a combination of color burn and overlay layers to achieve a 'burnished' effect. I use color burn layers very rarely, but now I'm thinking of pulling them out more often...
Here I post WIPs, sketches, speedpaints, thumbnails and anything else thrown into the veritable stew of artistic process.