Friday, June 7, 2013
Dwarves and Their Shenanigans...
On my mind lately has been not the smallness or largeness of a dwarf's creations, but the bumbling nature of the earth dweller in contrast with a task that requires great stealth and quiet. The top image is the one I started with, but it wasn't working for me. I explored the idea somewhat because I liked the feeling of the image, but, in the end, it went nowhere (at least for now). The second image captured more of the feeling that I wanted. It wasn't too serious, though you could tell the kind of danger the dwarves were in. I laid down some basic values to show what I might consider for a final value structure.
One thing that should be made clear about my sketchbook. It is a notepad. I explore ideas in it. I figure out problems. I don't care how pretty things are. As long as I can read the notes to make paintings at a later date, then I am happy. Some people use sketchbooks as an art form. That is not me. In fact, sometimes I like to shock people and erase whole drawings that I laboured over for a half hour to a couple of hours. I feel like if I am unwilling to destroy what I have made, then I am not really in control of it. I should be able to recreate what I have done (or make it better than it had been. Which is usually the case). This practice helps me let go when I draw so I can look at drawings as a whole rather than as a collection of small parts. This, in the end, frees me up to see things I would not have noticed if I were stuck noodling for hours. details are a final step. For example, the chest the dwarves in the first image are carrying will have a strange face as a lock.