Wew, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. Had some deadlines to meet.
Started Term 2 now. Not much to show from the first few hours. Lots of information to soak up. The most significant items I've learned are about the elements of art, and how applying them can really enhance an art piece.
I tried to apply some of these points in mind when doing the following piece.
1) At first, I considered a composition in triangle, but I quickly noted it was not working out. The angle was hard, there was barely any "space" on the bottom. It just felt... "piled up". Too many dots competing with each other. The verticality of it wasn't really helping either.
2) So I switched up and tried to focus on the simple structure first.How lines, shapes and dots of interest could be used better. The girl is clearly the focus, but other dots compete with her. There is just too much competition when I really want to make a more tranquil piece.
3) I started from the ground up trying to space lines, dots and general shapes. Note how dots are now of different sizes, and theres a lot more use of diagonal lines, which I feel give a more relaxed feeling vs fully vertical. There's also more space between dots and there is more intention behind the use of space. One main theme being "Sunny fall" (for the colors)
I like to think it's the same idea as the first one, but improved.
4) I then started to add the sketch, the characters. At least now I know where to focus the detail, where I can get away with some texture stamps. This would eventually also help me decide on colors and such.
5) There is, of course, a lot more than went into it. But you can see how the basic structure now drives the composition of the piece.
6) Skipping a few hours of work, I finally finished the piece. I think it's easy to appreciate how the basic structure affected the final picture:
It was kind of a rushed job as well. But I feel like applying some simple principles at the beginning helped improve the final ressult much more.
That was a lot longer than I expected. I just finished the term 2 for photoshop. I'm excited to try out vector drawing and gradient maps. I want to experiment with them a bit and then do the exercices.
Also, bonus for today, a few more sketches and drawings of stuff in progress
Term 2 for photoshop was packed with a lot of info. It might take a while to finish all exercices. But I'm enjoying all of it so far.