Creativity is an interestingly wonderful thing, especially when it takes the form of a mindstream. This last Monday I decided I wanted to do a still life of flowers with slight indications of mechanical parts. So I started doing a bit of sketching. Part of the image would be little implied mechanical bees flying around it. First I created an outline of some flowers, then the bees.
Hmm. I liked the bees a lot so figured it would be fun to see what they were up to. The first one was rough, focusing more on the metal flowers with the bees appearing sketchy. The bees started getting more and more interesting. So yesterday I created a more polished image that focused on the bees. As I drew them everything had a story and meaning using a found image of a honey bee as reference. Bees have very small wings; almost impossibly so considering the proportion to their bodies. So I made back part of the bee a blimp structure to hold it aloft, the wings acting more as rudders. The for the wings themselves. Bees hover while they do their pollination so it made since these should be VTOL propellers. Finally a bee carries pollen on it’s legs, so I placed containment pods on them.
Next was the flower itself. A mechanical flower probably doesn’t have pollen so I made them fill stations that the bee hooked into.
Shown here are the two images I created. The first was that initial concept, then the second was the result focusing on the bee. Materials used to create it were Faber-Castell brush pens, Copic Markers, and a white-out correction fluid pen for the highlights. Other than scanning it in this was traditional work start to finish.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip down the creative process. Hopefully soon I will post a few exercised for building up creativity that I use.
TWO POSTS IN A SINGLE DAY – AAAAA!!!!!
I’m getting more and more interested in abstract work. Now to be clear – I’m not a big fan of slapping a canvas with some baby food, giving it some precocious meaning and labeling it art. However I do think there is a place for simply picking up a brush (or stylus in my case) and seeing where it takes you as a story mentally plays through itself in your mind. Below are a couple paintings that came through that way.
I’ve never been much of a caricature artist so I thought it would be fun to work out some type of style that would play to my strengths a bit. Last weekend I did a couple – not of real people, just a couple I thought up. Like most things I now have this entire series of portraits in mind. Again, like most of those thoughts I probably will file them under the “things I think are really cool but won’t actually carry out” department. But they were fun to do, and that’s what is important
I feel like I’ve been all over the place lately. After not having much artistic creativity flowing for a while it feels like it all came in at once. As a result I seem to have about 5 paintings going right now. Not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing. Good in that I am feeling all artsy with my bad self again, but bad in that I am not sure if I will finish any of it….
Anyway, here are a couple sketches from my latest “WHATACOOLIDEAIGOTTAOPAINTTHAT!!!!!!” notion
After doing the realistic landscapes I decided to pull it back a bit. Ok, more of a 180. So the image here is more of an exercise. Whereas on the realistic pieces I spent hours of time on proportions, color, etc, meticulous photo referencing, on this I, well, didn’t. There was no plan on this, no reference. It was what ever seemed to work on it at the moment I was working on it. Also I limited myself to 3 hours.
Its not technically the best thing I have ever made. However it was not only a lot of fun but a pretty solid exercise. Up next will be something in between this and the realistic work. thinking that’s where I will find the happy point from which I inevitably want to work. The question then will be once I find it will I still want to? Thats the cool thing about art. Not to sound to cheesy, but often getting to your goal is more fun than arriving there
Did this on a rare (ok, common) Saturday night home alone. Just a character I came up with and decided to design a comic book cover with it.
Did this around Halloween. Evil Toys. think I will keep this one away from my kids…
Decided to have some fun with some pencil drawing. Came up with this Miner bot concept. Sometimes it nice to turn off the computer and go old school.