February 20, 2008
I have stumbled onto something that is really working for me. I have always been one to snatch ten minutes at lunch or thirty minutes at the end of my work day or the wasted time I spend in front of the TV at night to make something, build something or draw something.
I’ve been doing a lot of digital painting lately on this “borrowed” time. Since I am mainly just trying to get my digital painting chops down, I don’t want to waste a lot of time coming up with an idea to paint, drawing that idea out and then finally painting… by the time I do all that other stuff I am either out of time or have lost interest. When I want to paint, I want to paint NOW… so this is what I’ve done.
I loaded a bunch of pages from my sketchbook onto my computer. Now when I have a bit of time to paint I snag one of those pages, crop out one of the pictures and begin painting immediately. It’s not like I’ve discovered anything new, it’s just that this efficient little process is really working for me. It’s also fun to see images that are hidden in my sketchbooks take on life when they are fleshed out with color.