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Unlabeled Vision

Posted Jun 2020

I don't respect Caricatures that are just kinda stereotyped eyes, nose, and mouth on a face shape. That's like 3rd-grader's artwork (please Excuse this generalization). 3rd grad is a time when, because of their comfort with Reading alphabet symbols, their artwork gets symbolized. Symbolic. Certain lines represent certain sounds. And other lines represent certain Pictures.

So just go forward or back. Trying to break away from that, I try to focus on what I really see (but oh eye-function is also connnected to the brain, but that's another story). I try to focus on either See what a Camera would see, or I try to let myself get back to a pre-reading mentality ~ to draw like a 2-year-old. Neither sybolizing 'the face', nor symbolizing the Shapes that we'd see in a photograph. But getting back to that nebula of pure unlabeled vision.

I find this sort of fine-featured face difficult to Cariature ` especially in the Front View. But that's all I saw as I watched this woman speak on YouTube. I guess I could have emphasized the op-shape of her nostril ~ because it's 'different' ~ but that didn't really affect me. So I didn't force a 'funny' by doing that. Unnecessary. I don't have to make anyone laugh.

There I was, pen moving as usual. While watching YouTubes. I tried to 'save' my first picture by adding in a little Color. The Artwork is so Plain ~ almost as bad as the Caricaturists that 'fill in the blanks. But good. It looks like her. Then I tried the simplistic approach differently in the 2nd picture that I drew here. Giving up, Not Outlining. Not setting up for 'the blanks', and I felt like this 2nd drawing is so much more organic. Evolved. Confident. Not bored.

But eeeks. When I look at the final Results, the 2nd one doesn't necessarily Look Better than the first one. Only different. Complicating my life to Be a Real Artist ~ is just making my job harder. It was to just draw the first Caricature.

If I could REALLY get back to the Pre-Symbolic Brain, that would have been worthwhile. For me. If I ever felt like taking the Tiiiiiiime and Effort for it. But the Result would not have been Saleable. And it would not have been usable at a Party ~ when I have to Produce (how many can you do per hour?), and I have to connect with my audience (can't only focus inwards). So I wonder ~ why bother with the 'better' vews that are usable commercially ~ ~ when I could just as well 'just do it'

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Keep It Simple

Posted May 2020

Wow ~ Through the Past ~ back to the Beginning of my Digital Artwork.

I felt like last night's 'Gold' painting looked more like shiny colored Glass. I felt like giving in to some simple, not based on seeing, formula to paint Gold. That needed a Gradient.

No gradient in Fresco. I don't think there's one in Procreate either. So where was that? Where did i used to make Gradients? Photoshop? No ~ I never got in to really Painting in Photoshop. Aha! Back to Art Studio. The very first app that I used to use ~ haha ~ get this ~ i actually used to suffer through Art Studio At Gigs! with those rubber tipped balloony pens.

So now, not only all the choices for Colors and Opacities and other Properties and BrusheS, I realized that we can also jump back and forth through apps.

I pulled last night's background into Art Studio, and I made the simplest Gradient with the simplest hilights and shadows ~ nothing about real reflections ~ and it looks Gold. What I was aiming for.

Lesson? If I'm making stuff up out of my head, Keep It Simple. On the other hand, if im Really Looking at An Object, then I can really notice the surprising nuances that are Really there.

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Can anyone give me a Krugerrand please?

Posted May 2020

Just messing around in Fresco tonight. Figuring that i really should actually See some plates, walls, bannisters, whatevers ~ made of Gold ~ to know how to paint them. But i don't have any.

im guessing that they would be very reflective ~ showing the colors of the things Around them more than showing some innate yellow color.

so i don't know what i painted

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Aeesha

Posted May 2020

I did it! After yesterday's post, I went back into the Gold Painting tonight. To really make it Glow. I feel successfully accomplished. I applied my studies about making the Gold glow, and it worked. New Digital tools for traditional Art Skills. I painted it with the Fresco app.

and while I was at it, I also fixed the Likeness. I was only focused on the Gold last night, but i figured that Likeness is important too. Afterall, I am a Caricature Artist.

Following is what I had written yesterday. I'm really looking forwarding to seeing this Post because I'm planning on posting yesterday's unfinished Painting right next to tonight's finished one.

Yeow. Could this b too hard for me? Frustrated when I started this Painting.

I felt icked out by all the Gold. And her deadpan expressions (Aeesha from Guardians of the Galaxy). But worst of all, Not my favorite type of Lighting. She's practically always Backlit. Who wants to paint That??

and, not having been set-up to make things easy for an Artist, she also has 2ndary lighting. From The Top!! Don't we always use Rembrandt Lighting?

But i did it anyway. Just started getting good, I feel like I can paint anything. I just started to be able to impose my previous Gold Studies on it, when i said "Why am i staying up all night doing this?"

Maybe I'll work on it again someday.

I even made the Lit Up throne behind Aeesha. To account for the aghk back-lighting. Wow ~ I am feeling so accomplished. This feels so satisfying

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