Ha! Ha! Haha! Hahaha! I ALMOST just turned my alarm off and went back to sleep, but I DIDN’T! I think my brain is really liking the idea of getting up and having a set art routine because while normally I would’ve lost this battle, I couldn’t fall back asleep because I was too excited to get to work!
I’m a happy bird! ^_^
So! Here we go!
Learning Time! (30 Minutes)
So, I think my Learning Time is going to focus soley around portraits, at least for this seven day challenge.
Face proportions is something I’m really trying to get better at, so I watched 2 out 3 of Proko’s videos on the Loomis method:
And I followed along!
Learning Time ended up being slightly longer than 30 minutes because one of the video was 12 minutes and the other was 20, but still. Good to have a minimum
Commissions (1 hour, 30 minutes each)
I started painting my private commission, but there wasn’t a whole lot I could do because I painted the wash (where you paint the whole canvas a single color), and since I’m going to be painting whites on it next, the wash has to dry. I spent the remainder (and then some) of my time watching a video about making art from bad reference photos (which is the situation I’m currently in, and will not be the last time, I’m sure).
Then I spent 30 minutes working on the final sketch of the World of Warcraft portrait before starting the actual painting. Personally, I don’t think I’m super pleased with the placement of the pauldron (though the client did want to have it accentuated in the piece), but when I showed it to him, his eyes lit up and he said, “Woooow!” So, he’s happy with the progress so far, and since this is his character, his happiness is slightly more important than mine. So all is well. ^_^
Business (~1 Hour)
Now this is the part where I dedicate time, not to actual drawing and painting, but to the business side of art. Whether that would be the website, merch, applying for grants, etc, etc).
I decided to finish uploading my Source of Strength series coffee mugs to RedBubble (I know, it would have been to get that done BEFORE Christmas, but hindsight, 20/20 yadayada.)
Uploading the rest of them took significantly less than hour, but it was something that was nagging at the back of my mind that I’m finally done with, so yay!
They are here! https://www.redbubble.com/people/ashmeyerart?asc=u
I got two of my coffee mugs last week. They’re really great! The printing turned out splendid, they don’t heat up too hot when you pour coffee (as is a problem I’ve run into with cheap coffee mugs), they’ve gone through the diswasher a few times already and the images are still crisp and clean, and I just love them! I only have two, might get the rest of the set at later points, but I’m happy with I have for now. ^_^