I'm also doing a lot of commissions, which involve mostly fan art. Somewhere I read that in order to be a fulfilled artist you need to do paid work but also dedicate some time making your art. In my humble experience this is true. It is not that you cannot enjoy drawing or painting a paid job, but you have to remember that you do this because you really love the craft and what better way to show it but by drawing something from your heart. I recently saw a pic of a cosplayer dressed as Bane, I was inspired by the pose and started to paint him in the way I see him in my head. I also did a tutorial on how to create a comic cover for the Comic Con Ecuador. I decided to do a homage cover of The Flash #1 (volume 2) released in June 1987 featuring Wally West as the new Flash. Now that he has another costume I wanted to showcase him in this fan made cover. Somehow I do not like the painted job as much as the previously inked one. I enjoy teaching and I have always considered it as a viable complement in my artistic endeavor. Sadly, when you are an artist what you may lack is the time to spend doing just that.
|My tribute to Stan "The Man" Lee (1922-2018)|
Painting portraits is hard and time consuming, but luckily it comes naturally to me. Some artists have this natural ability to draw perspective, to understand and apply colors, to paint abstracts, or to create poses and action scenes. For me painting portraits is like second nature. I know I have a lot to learn regarding this area, but I've seen successful artists who can't paint a face or catch the essence of the subject. I did most of these portraits digitally. For me digital painting is just like painting but with other set of tools. It would be the same difference as comparing oils with watercolor, you know the principles and know what you want for the end result but the tools are just different and you have to learn how to use them correctly. Saying that, you may feel more comfortable with one tool rather than the other. In my case, I'm very comfortable with my digital brushes (for the entire process on how I approach digital painting you can watch the time-lapse painting of my daughter Juliana on youtube. You can check all my videos at my website by clicking here