Here’s a progress shot of my work for the current Art Order Challenge: Nymphs. One of the subcategories of nymphs are dryads, for woodland areas. When I saw that Jeremy Cranford was going to be one of the judges, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this challenge: the dryads of the Ashenvale Forest. In other words, World of Warcraft themed
fan art (and this falls in accordance with Jon Schindehette’s portfolio building guide; to do the work I want to be doing).
Funny thing, I got further on this painting in progress in the course of 2 days, while the two artworks I planned for the Warcraft Tribute book by Udon Crew took me two to three weeks to get to half of this point. Amazing how much time you can save with a good composition thumbnail. Those two other artworks aren’t going to be finished by submission deadline for the Warcraft Tribute, but that means I’ll actually be able to share them since I won’t submit them. I might go back to try to finish later on with better planning, since the themes and subject matters of those fan-arts are quite close to my heavy metal heart.
I apologize for not having been as regular on the updates. I will do my best to resolve this.
In charismatic Christiandom, preachers and teachers will sometimes remind the congregation that instead of asking God for more power infusions from the Holy Spirit, they ought to take an account of how many gifts and how much power has already been given (and to then properly apply those) rather than to take what’s already been received for granted. In my art education, I have made the same mistake, of underestimating how much I have already received from my teachers, and instead of trusting God’s faith in me and using what I’ve been given, I had placed my faith in the art education system. This isn’t to say that art education is bad, but I had made an idol out of the system, believing that if I could just complete x amount of courses or programs, I would be able to get a job from it.
Taking my tiny portfolio of 3 whole pieces to Illuxcon was a good test of faith and skill, rewarded with good feedback and encouragement from many artists much better than I. The above images display a fan piece I began back in August in anticipation for the release of Mists of Pandaria, but was delayed in finishing due to school (TAD). Jeremy Wilson impressed on me the importance of having stuff to show around for feedback at Illuxcon, so I ditched all my classes to grind it out (maybe not the best decision from the educational standpoint, but I needed to do it). The top image shows what I thought was the finished product when I brought it to Illuxcon, and the bottom image is the finished version after applying a lot of the feedback I received at Illuxcon.
Illuxcon itself was a wonderful event, and I do not even have the words right now to describe all the cool and awesome things that went on, and the cool and awesome people that I got to meet and befriend. Anyways, I’m going to get back to my drawing so as to apply everything that I’ve learned from the portfolio critiques. Thanks for stopping by.
I had the best Tuesday of my life.
It started Monday night, waking up at 4pm. I took my sister to see Expendables 2 (mozzarella stick, delicious and full of cheese).
Afterwards, I worked on my cube for Linear Perspective while listening to some powermetal.
4AM rolls around, and now EPS Berlin Open is on (European SC2 tournament!) I tune in, as I continue to grind on the cube construction, while updating the Liquipedia (starcraft 2 pro-scene/tournament wiki) and monitoring @sc2quotes on twitter…
5AM rolls around, it’s time for GSL Season 4 Code S, Group B! sickest games all morning! time to dual monitor to watch both events, while continuing to build my cube, update scores on LP, and retweet funny quotes.
6AM, get my coffee and turn on OSL round of 16…
at this point, 3 concurrent esports streams, art homework, LP, and sc2quotes… I feel like i could sing Totalbiscuit’s “I am more esports than you” song
anyways, i push on after all the broadcasts end. eat a quick lunch, and keep on drawing/cutting matte boards for my cube— pull out my 3M Super 77 and spray adhere everything together.
and to top off an excellent day, my reference cast for Cast Drawing arrived in a box. AND a check in the mail for $100 USD, and also the M:tG cards i ordered last week arrived too!
and now here are some block-in practice i did for cast drawing (I GET TO LEARN FROM THE FAMOUS MINDCANDYMAN!):
New TAD semester is starting in a week, I hope to finish this full painting (this is a small cropped segment) before then. Pandas are coming!