Saturday, July 14, 2012

On the Hill of Dreams

Giant monster update post ahead.  At least there's pretty pictures to look at.

I. Zeal

It's been over a month since I supercharged my crusade to become a better artist and it's been an unbelievable journey.  I can't believe how much I've improved in such little time.  And all I had to do was saturate every piece of my life with art -- spending every second of free time reading art books, art forums, and art articles; improving my eye and my skill by constantly drawing and painting; and always exposing myself to new artists and discovering new works.  Not a bad deal.

This is how I feel every time I draw and paint. Can't wait to try out Meteor.

II. Figure Drawing / Sketches

I produced a lot of images since my last post.  First, here are some live figure drawing sketches from AVAA and Dr. Sketchy. (Minus the page with the eyes.)





Venturing out of my comfort zone, I decided to give charcoal and china markers a try.  (More live figure drawing, although the yellow/red drawing was done from photo reference.)

III. Oil Painting

Just like a videogame, slaying imps and goblins until I'm strong enough to face the dragons, I gained enough experience (confidence and technique) to attempt live model oil paintings.  The three portraits below took approximately two hours each.

It feels exhilarating to paint again.  I honestly haven't felt this alive in years.  I spent a huge portion of my life struggling and teaching myself to paint, so why the hell did I stop?  Below is a painting of my Father that I did for my Mom's birthday.

That gift was one of the hardest things I've ever painted.  I've still got a lot of loose ends I never got to settle with him, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  And I captured his visage as best as I remember it. That angry old man loved gardening.


So I've kinda gotten into the weekly contests.  (If your antivirus is freaking out from that link, don't worry. The site's been having problems, but I'm 99% sure there's no virus involved.)  Here's two entries I did for Character of the Week, nine-tailed fox goddess and super sexy swingin' space pinup.

Some extra concepts I threw together.

And drawings based on conversations with JUAN.
12:47 PM - Buttermonster: MARK BADOY is now lady samurai class
12:48 PM - Buttermonster: mainly to learn some skills, might put it back to warrior and put shoes in every slot because you are FAT AND SLOW

V. Style

The past couple of days, I've been struggling with style.  Just glancing over my stuff, there's two realistic styles that range from precise careful marks to flowing painterly strokes.  While those two styles are easy when I have access to a live model or good references, it's much more natural for me to create harsh, contrasting drawings like the rough drawings above.  Eventually, those three styles will meet a crossroads.  Until then, I'll continue to improve my technique and develop something inbetween.

In an attempt to explore style, I spent a few hours streaming timed studies.  And here's the results.

VI. Self-Promotion

The most tiring part of my art journey is promoting myself.  It's easy to spend the entire day in my bubble creating art by myself.  But taking pictures of that art, tweaking it in Photoshop so it looks nice, and posting them all over the place is exhausting.  Anyways, no one will know who the hell I am if I don't keep splashing the water so I'll continue to do it.

Mark Badoy dot com - My online portfolio updated.
Mark Badoy on Facebook - Bookfacin' it with the pros.
Mark Badoy on Google+ - Regular posts about art, games, and miscellaneous news.
Mark Badoy on - A sketchbook in the works.
Mark Badoy on Livestream - Gettin' my Photoshoop on.

Finally, a short video about my inspirations.

Thanks to my friends, family, and fans who have pushed and supported me during the last few years.  It has really been the most troubling time of my life.  I still have a long road ahead of me, but I'll be able to force my way through it thanks to your help.  So thank you.

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