This is my blob ship
Hey Bodhi, first of all let me commend you on taking part in this round. It is not easy to take part in contest like this because there is always a chance that you won't win. Heck! I've been at the bottom of so many polls that I lost count after the first 20. Haha! But the lesson I learnt was priceless, its not that I wasn't working hard enough but more so the attitude I had at that time. I was trying to make everyone like my work but I wasn't putting enough hours and thoughts in improving my own skills. Why I tell you this? Because I want you to make a commitment to yourself to keep improving no matter what.
The best suggestion I can give you at this point would be 'To Cheat'. That's right, I know its wrong to cheat but trust me in this field you don't have time to be original. Loomis, Picasso and other great artist endorse cheating one way or another.
Some suggestion on this piece:
- If that is a photography you've used in the background, may I suggest not doing that in the future, not only is it not allowed by the rules but it also distracts from the main focus of this piece 'The Ship'.
- If you don't already know about Feng Zhu, I would strongly suggest you watch ALL of the videos on this channel www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL
- I can bombard you with feedback but I don't want to discourage you from painting. It does get better over time, I promise but you have to keep at it.
Now about how to cheat:
First thing I do is search google for 'Blob Ship' and see what comes up, second thing I do is browse Pinterest and DA for good concepts that I can extract from. By that I mean that the work you like is good and that is why you like it right? Have you ever stopped and wondered why that particular work is good? Is it perspective, composition, materials, rendering technique, contrast, mood, value range or silhouette? All these elements when combined make a great piece and without firm knowledge in these you will never beat the average crowd of artist. So when I was doing my research I pulled out elements from a lot of different sources. As a matter of fact here is the sheet I used for my piece imageshack.us/a/img593/4664/dq… and if you compare the two, you can see clearly what I've done. This is not cheating. Everything already exist in nature and we're simply using what is available to us. Tracing the work or using someone else's work is wrong, that is the only rule you have to respect in this game. The 'Mood sheet' is something I don't share with anyone, that is just for me and if I don't share it with you you'll never be able to figure out how I came up with the final concept, such is the power of using reference in your work. The tricky part is to extract the information you need and then put it together in a way that makes sense to you and your audience.
It takes time and commitment to get better at art, to the level where you are happy with what you have produced. Most of all have fun and paint often, at least 2-3 hours of painting everyday if you're just getting started and slowly increasing that as you gain confidence.
There's something wrong with this blog ship ... its diseased ... or paranoid ... or has a mind of its own in my brain. Very nice