What is happening?

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I am messing with new knowledge..how to actually USE the portfolio-app to this theme on my website!! I have been struggling a bit but I think I might be on to something.

I want my stuff to shop as small pictures, so all of you watching can get a better overview of what there is to see. In comparison to before when everything has been like blogposts and you have to scroll for ages to actually see what there is…

I will probably have the new view of the portfolio done in a few days…I am not sure if I have to re-add everything….probably…..

 

~Leia

Finding that small crumb of motivation

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Am I the best to speak about finding your motivation?

No, probably not, I procrastinate quite often, more often than I want to or really want to admit. But what really get me on track again is thinking about how nice it would be to finish up pictures laying around, or just start doodling around…all of a sudden I am just into it and a few hours has gone by. At the same as I draw sometimes I have a film or something in the background as well.

Also, I somewhat find it inspirational to watch or read about motivation and procrastination, just to recognize it when I experience it, and through that see ways of avoiding especially procrastination.

One guy who has started to post short but motivating clips are Bobby Chu, you now the guy behind Schoolism:

In the video he go through a few steps to fight procrastination and find motivation in the morning. I thought I would list them below in a short version so you know what you would spend 10 minutes watching 😉

  1. Prepare you workspace the night before and why not start something you can continue in the morning.
  2. Punch laziness in the face…You are in charge of yourself prove it! Draw for at least 2 minutes and see where it ends up, Bobby means that you will probably sit for a few hours..and my own experience tells me he is right so, try it out.
  3. Go through your time schedule. Bobby does not mean your daily schedule, even though that could be an idea too, no, more like see to what you want to achieve throughout your life. How many films, or children books, or gallery shows can you achieve in one year? and how many will that be in a life time. I personally find this inspirational, but maybe a few might feel a bit panic.
  4. Don’t wait to start, just start. If you want to do something don’t wait, just throw yourself into it.
  5. Visualize your goal. What do you want to achieve? concentrate on end goal.

 

I can also recommend the book “The War of Art”, where you can read about the different procrastination types there is and how they work. I wonder where my ex are….I think I borrowed it to a friend…hm…I wonder which one….

 

Anywho, time to throw myself into finish up the last page of “Sleeping under the stars”, what will you be creating tonight? Do you have and good tips for motivating yourself when you feel at your lowest?

~Leia

Evening coffee

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Drinking coffe with my bearded man, thinking about finish up a few pieces I have laying around. Like having a daily goal to finish one, and then the next day another.

I also have to start framing my art, I have an exhibition coming up in september ❤

~Leia

Digital painting

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I recently uploaded this piece.

So with music in my ears and in the middle of the night a few thoughts have popped into my mind.

I have always used Photoshop when drawing digitally, but since my best friend works with digital programmes all the time she gave me a tip to check out “Clip Studio Paint”. I always thought Photoshop was a bit tricky with so many menus and stuff, well Clip Studio Paint is really easy 🙂

I did a few digital paintings back in the day (I sound really old, but we are talking 10 years back!!). I owned this really sweet wacom, which I later gave away to my sister when I drew and painted more traditionally. What I first get quite amazed by is that I draw in very relaxed way in the prog. I remember I was very tensed before and really had to/wanted to follow lines and stuff, I worked with curves that I could fill in lines in. And now it just….is easy. That is really nice.

Painting traditionally have felt really nice, working with acrylics and water colour, the light has felt good and I have been thinking I got this…and then I turn to my new wacom and I am going to create light through trees…I have to redo it a few times to figure out how to get it where I want. I really need to work in the light, my idea here is to use references to copy light performances in different woods, everything to catch the right feeling.

Painting tree tops traditionally have been….well it has been going ok, I have mostly just tried to go around it. And then digitally…I cannot go around it……damn! So I guess I really have to deal with it and actually admit….I suck at tree tops!!!

I watched this video this morning when I was still in bed, it was a short one from schoolism about painting rocks digitally. I think my rocks I have made traditionally have been ok, sometimes I have really gotten the right feeling and I have just felt YEY I got the right stony feeling…and then I watched this video…I need to practice how to make rocks, there were are few really good tips from this video, check it out below.

 

If I turn to the piece I recently uploaded I played around a bit tonal corrections, I usually just alter those when I work with photos, so it felt a bit off. I think it feels like that because I have learned that you should mix your colours and find the right mix and then apply. Take for example if you work with oils, well you cannot go in afterwards and play around with tonal corrections. And perhaps a thoughts about what is right and wrong is still in my head. But I have to get used to that when I work digitally, it is just another tool to work up the best picture I can make….perhaps I been thinking it is cheating…but I am changing my mind into thinking it is a tool (since it actually is), every technique has its pros 🙂

One last thing…I need to come up with an effective way of building up my painting. I think the solution is to actually watch artists when they paint and but up their videos on youtube or something, to see how other build up their piece of works.

 

To do list

  • Practice light pretense in woods
  • Practice how to make awesome tree tops
  • Practice how to make the most awesome rocks
  • Come up with an effective way of building up my digital painting

 

Time to hit the bed, and on to my other digital painting tomorrow ❤

Night!

~Leia