Today I went on a tour at Art Beyond Boundaries. We had the lead director and owner J.H. Boldon talk to us about the gallery. They offer opportunities for disabled artist to show year round. Instead of just dedicating a specific month for minorities and the disables they accept anybody all year. Most shows consist of multiple artist around a certain theme. They offer internship opportunities and is willing to work around a students schedule. It is a very interesting space and feels like a very welcoming environment,
First start with a sketch of thee concept of the character, usually in pencil
Then ink a more “finished” form. find out what works with what materials you have. It is okay to still add smaller details,
Find what position you want the character to be in, multiple drawings recommended until you find the one that works best,
Rough draft of the full page. Work out spacing and how much area is needed to balance the page.
After putting the image in photo shop and making some adjustments to balance the page. The final cover is done
Bill Watterson is an artist and writer. He’s most notable work is the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. Calvin & Hobbes was syndicated from 1985-1995, I admire him, not only for the making the best comic strip ever, but he took the comic medium as a art form and not just cheap laughs. The reason he stopped Calvin & Hobbes is because he felt that he “achieved all that he could in the medium”. Since then he has moved back to a more private life. His art work uses amazing balance of black and white. He perfected the way of drawing less but adding more context at the same time. Comics in general are usually smaller than average art, so to be able to add detail that does not created a mess of a panel is a hard learn. When using ink I like to keep in mind how balance is so important to a piece. Using lines to direct eye movement is a key factor into how you want the piece to read.
How long have you been an artist?
What problems do you face during your work?
(laughter) Money. sometimes my imagination can be pretty costly and will have to find a different way to get the same result.
Who buys your art?
Still working on that, i have won a couple of different contest but no one has official bought any piece worth mentioning.
Artistically it would have to be color. Finding the right color and shading is the most important thing to me. I obsess myself into it to bring the right emotion into my art.
Wining a couple of local contest nothing to big.
Any recommendations as an artist?
A lot of people are going to have opinions on you and your work, which means nothing. As long as you are happy with what you are doing then somebody will be able to connect. If you are around negative people maybe it is time for relocation.
Joe talked about how to incorporate social media to help expand your art audience. He went over sites like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and a little of Instagram. He gave us examples of good uses of the sites like having a Facebook page that can link to your own professional blog or website. Using the internet to spread your name and art work is becoming the norm now, and it can make or break your career depending on how you use it. His site joehedges.com is a good reference point.
His presentation give me a better insight on how i would want to present myself on the internet. As soon as i get a more solid body of work to present i will probably take the internet route to help get my exposure up as an artist. This blog is a good practice for the real thing and taught me how i would prefer to post.
Before i start on an art piece I would have already competed a couple of drafts and sketches in my sketchbook. I may also refer to previous sketches and incorporate them into the final. I used my lightest utensil (lead or graphite) to get a light outline of what is going to be drawn. Lightly shading in darker areas to get an idea if it works or if I will need to alter anything to make it work. I then darken the outlines of the bigger picture to make the shapes, which helps me when I start to shade and add shadows later. Finally I start to finish the piece, I usually start with the main focus on the piece and work around it. Starting there makes it easier to me that i will not over do any other area that will take away the purpose of the art work.