Week 27 of this year. This means half the year is already gone by. Time to chill a bit.
I purchased a license for Affinity Designer quite a while ago and recently decided to actually try creating some images with it. It’s not perfect and I experience some very weird quirks when working with it, but it’s very easy to get into.
It’s been a while since I posted a bird. This one wasn’t based on a specific bird, it’s one of a few sketches I did exploring further simplification and abstraction of general bird shapes.
This page was in some ways harder to draw than last weeks’ page. From the start, I had a clearer idea of what I would draw and how it was supposed to look, but I enjoyed the process a lot less and also look at the final result differently. I noticed while drawing this that I started to compare myself to others; not specific artists but rather against my expectation of “professional, good market quality artwork”. And as soon as my mental focus wandered from the value the artwork has for myself to the value the artwork might have for others, my enjoyment of the process lessened. It’s quite challenging for me to not think this way though since all professional work rarely held any personal value and was always primarily created based on the value determined by and for others.
After doing the influence-map two weeks ago and remembering that sequential art and storytelling are important to me, I figured I try it myself. I haven’t done any storyboarding since November 2017, unsurprisingly I felt stiff going into this. But I enjoyed the process. So however successful or unsuccessful this one-page comic is, I had fun doing it. That’s a step in the right direction.