Happy new year!
What follows is a semi-depressing but optimistic life/art review. Read at your peril.
My resolutions this year involve becoming less of a hermit, doing more exercise and above all more illustration work. I feel like I'm finally settled in my post uni-life and half a year in the big smoke has shown me that I am a proper adult totally capable of realising these goals, I just need to balance my life better and work harder. Leaving uni was a bigger shock to my creative system than I ever expected or knew how to deal with but I feel like I'm getting back on my feet, if slowly.
I've been struggling to reconnect with my illustration and style for a while now, I didn't even notice until it was made aware to me. My reaction was panic and so things went to shit. I'm still trying to build my skills back up to a level I'm happy with. Its very hard to not be blinded by your own work, you spend too much time on it and it lies to you about what it is.
Thus I am doing more experimenting and playing. I'm using my inks more and trying to get them into my digital finals. It's changing the way I treat my lines but I'm still anxious to give it more of a presence. I think I'm scared to leave a process thats worked for so long but its just not any more. But thats life and its okay because I can see it now and do something about it. Onwards and upwards and ever exploring.
SO, These illustrations are from a little zine I made in about 4 days. (I was going for 3 but my housemates had a buffy marathon) I need to test myself, train myself back up and mostly regain some of the fun that stress has been stealing.
I've combined inks and pencil here for my lines but I still need to find a process to show their personalities better in their digital state. I'm thinking layers and multiply. I haven't had a night out with them in a long while.
The b&w element just allowed me to focus on the lines and process more as well as getting closer to the ink feel. I am a big fan of crazy contrast b&w fun.
I had a bit of a 'face ban' in my illustrations for a while as my face styles are influenced by anything and everything and differed drastically but I feel like the mask kind of bypasses it by not letting you see the eyes.
Below are a bunch of initial sketches and the inspirations involved.