This week we looked at creating fantasy art,...and well, just creating. The process of creating from imagination. How to use one's imagination.
I know this is daunting when approached for the first time but it's a necessary process to engage with. We imagine things. We do it every day.
All the tutorials used in class have imagery that you could imagine yourself.
As I revealed in class, some of the imagery is not that outlandish, it's just the execution and composition that hoodwinked you.
The important thing to remember is to loose the fear of experimentation with drawing. The fear of failure. The fear of it not being as good as that artist in the book you like. If we all thought like this, nobody would be creating anything.
Lose the fear and over expectation and have fun.
Some good work this week.
Nice composition and lighting.
Nice use of perspective
by Amaya Nice imagery coming from you, Amaya. Please try to finish some of your work if possible. It will be worth your while. Good work
by Aimee This is probably your best work so far. Keep it up. I will post and review more work later in the week. My doodle. No plan, I just let it flow out to see what happened.
As promised, I will elaborate on the subject I touched upon in class, regarding music and drawing.
I don't why exactly but music and drawing has been entwined for such a long time.
It began in 1982 with the rock band The Stranglers commissioning me to design and illustrate a t-shirt which led to designing t-shirts and merchandise for Siouxsie and The Banshees, The Damned, The Cramps, Echo And The Bunnymen among others, and then later illustrations for music magazines, NME, Melody Maker, Smash Hits, Hot Press, and Record Mirror.
I have always loved music and comics. I never set out to chase music related work, but it just seemed to happen.
in 2002, I was asked to illustrate a graphic Novel about the life Of Kurt Cobain, written by Barnaby Legg and Jim Macarthy. This led to more music related graphic novels. In 2010 I produced drawing for animation for BBC's I'm In A Rock 'n' Roll Band and a hand full of of other music related tv series based on rock and pop music.
It's just the way things happened. Kind of like falling on my lap.
I am not complaining.
So when I decided to rise to the challenge of inktober this year, without even thinking about it for more than a couple of seconds, I drew a sketch of Elvis Presley
When Elvis died in1977, it was pronounced that the king of rock 'n' roll was dead. Whether you believe Elvis to be the king of rock 'n' roll is irrelevant. That's how he is remembered by many. I liked Elvis Presley's recordings but I don't think he was the king of anything. Anyhow, I drew Elvis and the idea for the next was to be another Elvis sketch with a demonic twist.
However, instead, I considered all the casualties of rock 'n' roll excess and that idea inspired me to fill inktober with 31 Dead musicians.
Rock 'n' roll is DEAD!
Here are just a handful of those submissions. You can find the entire 31 submissions on the blog.
Keith Richards isn't dead but he probably should be.
I was also just having a bit of fun with this. As tragic as the many casualties there have been to rock 'n' roll excess, I find many of these artists larger than life and sometimes almost cartoon like in their flamboyance, and so I played on that and the rock 'n' roll myths and legends.
In between paid work I sometimes let of steam by listening to music and drawing anything that comes into my head inspired by the music.
Here are some sketches I produced just for my own amusement and the music and videos that inspired them .
1. The Gathering - Leaves
2. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Fireworks
This isn't a particularly good example of a Banshees video , I was more inspired by the song and Siouxie's live performance
3.Mazzy Star - Blue Light
Whatever you are inspired by, don't be afraid e to respond and produce something, whatever it is. Creativity inspires creativity. Don'y deny yourself to be part of it.