3. Show us your oldest piece of art you have on hand.
This one is from 1998. If I remember well, I drew it during a very boring class at school.
8. What is your favourite piece that you have done?
Hard to say, because even when I’m pleased with a piece by the time I’ve finished it, I can’t help but see mistakes and things I could have done better. I’m more lenient with my quicker pieces, though, and perhaps my favourite is Medea:
I would love to see you do some planars! Or a dryad, or something else that’s all “branch-y”. :D
Planars! Actually, I replayed a little of Planescape: Torment while recovering from a nasty bug last week. (What an awesome game!) I had been thinking some time back to complement the portrait of Fall-From-Grace with one of Dak’kon, whom I liked as a character very much.
But I might end up doing some fire genasi, instead, which is more fun and easy. XD
I’ve been very silent since the cover for The Other Half of the Sky I posted in end November. This is due to a house move in mid December (and continuous efforts since then to make the new place somewhat habitable), then having spent a good chunk of the holidays away (together with my good friend euphorbic! ^_^), then my mother having had a knee surgery. Things have somewhat slowed down lately, but I still lack a place to park my PC on. I hope this will be remedied by the end of the week, and new art should follow!
Since my muse is rather mute after such a long hiatus, do you have any suggestions? Something you’d like me paint? I will also be opening up for commissions soon; so let me know! :)
“Ever hear of the three P’s? Perfection. Procrastination. Paralysis.
1. Force a deadline. I give myself a deadline. Could be a week, a day, an hour. For example: ‘I must put something on the page by 3 pm or I will get “those feelings” back.’ Feelings of inadequacy. A pit in my gut that suggests that time is passing and I’ve nothing to show for it. Life is full of distractions. That’s why I clear a path, make room, and show up on time for my own deadline. I begin whether I want to or not.
2. Seek stimulation. Lots of times I look at others’ work. Studying the paint, the color, the shapes, the ideas of other painters stimulates something deep inside. I want to feel the same strokes, I want to understand the same feelings for myself. I can barely contain wanting to experience that quest.
3. Make it urgent. I’ve always been in a hurry. I’m not sure why, other than I have a very heartfelt impression of life being very short. Always have. I hate wasting time on worry or hesitation. (even though I trip over both) I know that every effort I make now is rewarded down the line by saving me future effort.
4. Use fear. There’s nothing to be afraid of. In fact, I should be afraid. If I feel fearful, I know I’m on to something. I am about to discover what makes me tick. I want it to be authentic and real, and I fear that I might be an imposter. Everyone does. So forget that junk. We’re all afraid of discovery. At first.
5. Fail first. Sometimes, I have to fail first. I don’t want to fail because it’s irritating and painful, and absolutely no fun. But I know that failure leads to interesting combinations, better solutions, success. We’ve spent thousands of years evolving, learning, testing. There is no other way. Yes, sometimes things come quickly, but only after tons of effort. Make that effort. Rinse and repeat.
6. Share the struggle. I listen to and watch other painters talk about their struggles, their form, their techniques, research, and discoveries. The patterns are similar and the principles are always the same. I glean enthusiasm and inspiration from watching other artists penetrate the same travails that I encounter. And I steal their magic powers to push on through.
7. Just begin. There is ONLY this. Prepared or not, begin. When I write, I don’t get writer’s block. I know from painting what is needed. I must start drawing, immediately. The writer must start putting words on paper. Doesn’t matter how bad, a writer will break that hesitation by throwing words on paper. Same for me. I put thumbnails down. The sooner the better. It breaks every spell. I can start to understand the problem, build the mood, the expression. Nothing is solved or expressed until I throw down a perimeter and draw within it. Nothing.”
A few changes: I found out that eilidh.tumblr.com became (unless it always were and I had failed to notice before) available, so I switched eilidheln to that username to keep it consistent with my other art accounts. Normally any of you following that blog shouldn’t have trouble with this…
In short: made a new blog (almaisan.tumblr.com) of a more personal - and probably silly - nature. Follow at your own peril! I will be using that one to reblog you from now and on anyway. :)