Monday, September 29, 2014
Chronicling the Making of Dawn Secrets (a digital painting by Nicole Piar)
I was also excited to try a new technique that I learned from Cory Godbey that combines pencil drawings with digital painting in photoshop.
Here is my visual diary of making this piece:
|Pencil drawing scanned into photoshop. I also drew the letters with pencil but they are not shown here.|
|I painted a watercolor background and then scanned that in as well. |
I painted in a solid neutral color behind the girl in photoshop
|I started painting the different elements with a flat color.|
|Blocking in flat colors across the whole piece.|
|Adding highlights and shadows. This is the more painterly stage. Experimenting with color.|
|Adding more highlights and shadows. Making some final color choices.|
|Playing with the saturation and the light. Adding the hand-drawn type. Tightening the color overall.|
What I Learned and Another Layer of Meaning
So, this was a completely new technique for me. Something I never tried before. About halfway through, I was very unhappy with this piece. It lacked a luster and a magic. It felt flat and dull to me and I have to admit my inner critic was getting annoyingly loud. I considered quitting and starting it again as a watercolor in hopes that as a real painting it would have more life.
However, I decided to push through and keep struggling and experimenting. Eventually, the piece started to flow, a little spark entered, and it came to life. I could feel the energy of that first vision starting to emmanate through the piece. Yes!
All of sudden, the quote had new meaning for me. While making this piece, I was wading through the darkness of night. I couldn't see where I was going and I was about to lose faith but I didn't "go back to sleep." When the light finally broke and the dawn came, I had learned so much - so much more than I would have learned if I had just stuck to my tried-and-true methods.
To reach the "secrets," you have to trust in the existence of the dawn even when there is not a hint of light in the sky. Yes, I think this definitely extends far beyond art-making but the process of creating can be a little microcosm - life condensed.
What bits of wisdom you have learned through your creative process? I would love to hear them in the comments. Please share.
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