Hey folks! I'm pushing myself to update the blog more often, and once a week should be a good start.
This week I've been doing a lot of figure sketching, keeping up with the goal I set out in my last blog post, been at it pretty much everyday, and It shows very much when I do a figure sketch with no reference. Before I did these the balance and proportions of the figures were way of, but now they are more realistic, so this I will keep doing hopefully for the rest of the year.
I'm also planing some art supply purchases till I get some money back from tax. I will know more which kind of money I have to spend at the end of next week, and hopefully I'll have enough to purchase the things I need. This will go twards color, markers, gouche and some canvases for oilpaintning projects.
The daily sketches I've done the last week has been concentrating on shapes and faces, will try to get some figure drawing in there soon, but I still need some more practice with the figure sketching. Here are my top 3 dailies from last week.
This face has a snakelike feel to it, it's fat and happy like it's just had a treat! Been using circular eyes as a red thread in my latest portraits
It's great to give the portrait some weird treats when your imagination is lacking, after the initial design you just go with it to find an interesting character.
Due to the intense work with shapes on the figure sketching side of life, this one got a bit inspired by that where I extracted the forhead shape and made it come out more with a sharp outline.
I also have some updates on my social sharing, previously I've been sharing to facebook, tumbler, pinterest, twitter, google+, deviantart and instagram. After a couple of months of this I've found it bothersome to keep every place updated as it puts a lot of administrative work on my shoulders, having a dayjob and puting a lot of time into actually creating art I feel that I have to prioritize the networks that are easiest to share to. These will be tumbler, pinterest, instagram, deviantart and facebook. So if you've been following my feeds on other networks, please check out one of the active ones for daily updates!
I've also reaquainted myself with an network that I've been active with to and fro since the dawn of time, namely Conceptart.org! You can check out my sketchbook by following this link
That's all the news from this time, have a good one!
Sunday, 15th Mar 2015 14:00 GMT
Been a while since I last posted a blog post, but I've had a hard time finding peace of mind for such activities, but now I have a pretty chill afternoon on my hands, so it's time to break the pattern and get some updates out in the open.
In my last post I presented you with my Consulting page here on the site, and since then I've also added a CV, not into the public though, as I don't know what I want to do with it yet, but more to get it started, to have it there in case I need it in the future. So see it as a work in progress for now
I've had a change of hearts when it comes to my economical perils, I will continue to concentrate on my art for now, I hope to get some money back from taxes this year, and I will use these extra funds to futher my plans in the art department. What I need is to purchase some more canvases so that I can produce additional oil paintings for exhibitions later this year, and if the funds are sufficient I will try my luck att selling prints, these will probably be postcard sized or in A5 format, but more about that when I have the money.
I've recently started working more and more with figure drawing, and gesture drawing. This is a skill that I lack, so I will try to put aside as much time as possible to train on this, I can't promice anything, but I'll try to sit down at least 3-5 times each week and draw a set of 20-50 gesture drawings. It's to early to show anything off but when I get better I might pick out a list of the most successfull ones during the week, maybe this will make it easier for me to update my blog more often. Anyways, let's do a retrospection since last blog post!
This drawing stared one of my miniseries of drawings that I want to explore more, one more in the series will be in this top 5, I've drawn figures with birdheads for a long time, and I won't stop here, that's a certain!
Happiness indeed. this piece was an experiment that I felt panned out pretty well, was a treat to stretch that face out to an almost 2d surface.
This one really hooked on to me, I think it's one of my absolute favorite figure studies, one the rocketed me into doing more figure studies. I also feel that this marks a real progress when you look at the first daily sketches of this year.
Similar to the sketch above, this one I used for last months sketch competition over at sketchteatre and it landed me a 3:rd place, thus winning me no less than 5 DVD's from The Gnomon Workshop! Yay WIN! :D
I've been working a lot with my portraits as of late, I think this piece represents progress on this part. I need to put down a lot more work to get things right, but I'm getting there at least!
I've seen the daily sketches somewhat as a microblogging platform, this can be one of the culprits for me not posting more real blog posts, but if you really want to fallow my artsy life from day to day, this is the place to be! I try to post to a lot of different social networks, so just follow me on one of these and you'll get daily updates on my journey into the lands of the surreal.
That's all for now! Cheerz!
Sunday, 08th Mar 2015 13:50 GMT
Hiya folks! I've been a bit lazy on doing blog posts for a while now, I've been meaning to do one for several weeks now, but life has gotten in the way (and the need for sleep I'm guessing). But now is the time for some random announcements and ramblings!
I've kept true to my promise when it comes to the daily art and posted at least one piece a day since the start of 2015, you can see them all over at the Artwork database, but I'll post my favorites since the last blog post here as wel1 :)
Also, as the post title tries to say, I'm looking for work! Not full time work (as I've already have one of those) but the odd-job web consulting kind of work, to fill out my budget some, after the holidays I got pretty much broke, so I need to put some extra effort into life to balance things out.
I'm not making any money on my artistry at the moment, and I'm unable to produce prints and such until I have some funds to do this with, so this is the main reason for me to seek out other jobs to do on my free time, and for this I've made a neat looking consultant page to list my specialization areas. You can find this page in the menu, or go directly to it: Web Consulting.
So if you're in the position where you'd need help with anything that falls under my proffession, be sure to give write me a couple of lines and we'll take it from there!
Back to the artsy stuff then. I've been a busy badger when it comes to my charcoal sketching. I've even managed to squeeze a watercolor piece into the mix, so I'm feeling happy with the daily accomplishment so far, here's 5 of my favorites since the last blog post
Started a week with some portrait drawings, really need to work on facial features and foundation techniques.
Corvus Corax! Such a beutiful bird, need to do more sketches in the same style! It was fast and dirty, and charcoal tend to look great when working sloppy!
Wanted to do more conceptual sketches for a while, it started out with this fellah, a ghoulish cosmonaut!
You should pretty well know now that I'm a hellbent Hellraiser fan! Needed to give this fellah some love! :) Butterball made his way into the lot to!
After realizing that my economic situation was bad I had to make a happy sketch to contemplate my situation, and this guy is the result :)
I've managed to do so many pieces since last post, so I beefed up the top list to 5 instead of 3, hope it's okay. And be sure to hook me up with work if you have it!
Until next time, Cheerz!
Saturday, 31st Jan 2015 14:31 GMT
A week of the new year has gone past, and the daily art promice has been kept, I've gotten some sort of a routine on this now, and I'm confident that I can hold this up for the rest of the year, with some missteps from now and then of course. I even managed to squeeze in two sketches on day 5, so that's
a good sign.
I'm working on the site as always, but right now it feels like a great base where I can post my art, and spread it around. So I'm starting to think about what to do next. It feels like I need to get some sort of products up soon, I want to sell my art, and things containing my art, so I will look into
ways of doing this asap, it'll probably start with something simple as postcards. I have a couple paintings done that would do good in that format. So I need to check pricing and such for printing a batch and see if it sells. I don't want to use any 3:rd party solutions, so I'll look for local printshops
and see if I can get a nice price for doing a batch. More about that when I know about the possibilites.
The daily art is up for sale at a fixed price of 250:- (that's swedish kroner, approx. $32 or €27). So if you're interested in one of them, just send me a mail.
Here's a rundown of my favorite 3 pieces of the week!
First face of the year, I've been experimenting with charcoal for a while now, and I'm always pushing it a bit to far most times, but now I've taken it a step back and keep myself to one layer (earlier I've been working in a lot of layers, fixating the charcoal each round to be able to work in a levels
of darkness to pump up the contrast).
You can never draw to many figure studies, this first week has had this as a main theme. Talking about themes, I will try to concentrate on specific themes each week, this week was figure drawing, next week I will try to keep to portraits as much as possible. (started that some this past week though).
After seeing the latest Hobbit I just had to do some creature sketching. This one is some sort of troll. First graphite drawing of the year as well!
Well that's all for this weeks roundup, be sure to keep an eye on the artwork page for daily updates!
Wednesday, 07th Jan 2015 22:19 GMT
Heya folks! Happy New Year to all of y'all from ol' Glenn! Hope you're all having a great time and that the holidays have been nice to ye and yer bellies (I've surelly put on some weight during these past weeks).
As you might have notices, I've been putting down a whole lot of work on this site during the holidays, kickin' it up to shape to take on what's coming this year, and it's a lot, at least from my perspective. I've promised myself to keep busy at the art side of my life this year as well. It will really
be the year when I put in the high gear and get my art stuff on the road. I might have mentioned the exhibition that is planed later this fall. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. I will keep an active presence at the major social networks. And I can thank the website for that as I've been really
focusing on getting all the needed functionalities to share over different networks.
You can see the fruit of my work on blog posts and artworks, as I've added sharing functionality for all the major social networks.
I have also come up with a great new years resolution that I will try to hold on to as good as I can manage, and this is that I do at least one sketch a day for the whole year, bringin in 365 sketches all in all. I will probably cheat sometimes, but I'll try hard to get square when I do and double the
effort when and if I skip a day.
That brings me to todays daily sketch, starting out the year with a figure sketch. I really need to do more reference work and get my hands up to speed. These buggers shouldn't take as long as they are doing at this moment, so there will be a lot of these on the daylies.
Site Update: As I mentioned before, I've been beefing up the sharing on the site, but I've also done some work on the backend, getting some sweet google analytics data directly to my administrative dashboard. Hopefully I can get some insightfull information from this that will help
me to manage this site even better. I'm also experimenting some with google adword to get the word out to people that might be interested in my kind of art! And saying that, don't be afraid to spread the word and artworks around! There's lot's of sharing options available. And if you think somethings
missing, be sure to give me a hollar and I might fix it!
That's all for now, but I'll keep ye updated with more daily sketches, and major works when they become available.
Have a great new year, and keep it awesome!
Thursday, 01st Jan 2015 23:38 GMT