$5 Reward (from my Patreon page)

 

Here is  today’s Patreon post:

As promised, I took all the separate elements of the Carrie Fisher Tribute and made them separate jpeg images.  I copied in the star field from the main painting into each image.  There are three images, Alderaan, Carrie Fisher/Leia Organa, and the Y-Wing.

Flexibility for the Heretic Mind (from my Patreon page)

I am truly beginning to love digital painting because it suits my style.  I like to experiment with layouts but I am not fond of redoing images set to paper.  Yes, trained artists are used to creating several planning sketches for layout and/or color choices but I never acquired that skill.  Although, on occasion, I have created a few quick sketches to flesh out an idea, for the most part I dive right in and work straight through.  If I later decide that I should have done things different, I tell myself that is for the next image since, to me, the image is now set in stone.  Doing massive changes in a physical painting, while not impossible, is difficult and the results, in my case, leave something to be desired.

On the other hand, since I am doing each element as a separate digital painting and placing them into a background image, I can easily play with placement, size, and additional effects until I achieve the desired image.  I don’t have to redo the whole design to try these things without damage to the canvas or other parts of the image.  For instance, in my Carrie Fisher tribute, I had originally copied Carrie’s image into the background as is, no size change.  After adding a few elements, I decided she needed to be bigger.  In a physical work I would have had to live with the incorrect size or redo the entire image to that point.  I am not big on that.  In the digital realm, I just resized her layer and boom, there it was.  Same with the size of Y-wings and Alderaan.  Plus, since the Y-Wings are copied from only two images, I can add or delete the number I place in the final painting.  Currently I have five fighters in the painting.  I may add more.

Basically, when I get an idea in my head, I like to pin it down on paper.  However, once on paper, I tend to stick with that design whether it works or not.  I do have enough of a sense of layout and format that they aren’t too bad, but in many cases, they could be better.  Digital painting, which in my mind might be a little bit of a cheat, allows me to make the changes I would otherwise not do.  For me, digital painting does for my artwork what a word processor does for my writing.  I am a hunt and peck typist at best, if I had to constantly retype entire pages of text because I rethought a sentence, there would be no stories from me.  Word processing allowed me to explore another side of my imagination.  Now I can do the same with my art.

 

Bringing Her Home (from my Patreon page)

I am in the last stretches of my Carrie Fisher tribute.  I ported her image over to the main canvas and gave her a jedi glow, while I played a little more with the Y-Wing placement and extended the exhaust trails to the bottom of the screen.  I may add a few more Y-Wings yet.  Finally, I have started the painting of Alderaan.

I never realized it from the original movie because of how brief an appearance it made, but Alderaan is an icy planet like Hoth except it still has oceans.  Yeah, I know that is how it is depicted in the prequels but I did not like how they portrayed it there.  However, looking at the reference image I am using, you can really see it was meant to be that way.  Hopefully, that will come across in my treatment as well.

Painting a Princess Update (from my Patreon page)

Well, we are now in the home stretch if I can keep my moral up.  I am doing my taxes now so that remains to be seen.  Anyway, I have been playing with where and how I want to place the individual elements and working on finishing the Carrie Fisher portrait.  I have been tweaking some areas of Carrie’s face given some ideas I had on improving the transitions.  The results were good but now I need to get to work on the hair to pull it all together.  From there it is a matter of adding her to the background and playing with some ideas I have for effects.  All in all, some of the hardest parts are done.

New $5 Reward (from my Patreon account)

For this week’s $5 reward I uploaded a copy of some fox kits I started working on in watercolor but did not finish.  I keep using the wrong paper for working watercolor because I do not like the feel of the paper that should be used.  Sigh.  Anyway, the image is not too bad and shows some potential.  In addition, I uploaded a copy of the Y-Wing image above.  For the most part it is the finished version of the ones I will use in the Carrie Fisher tribute I have been working on.  I may tweak it a little more but not a lot.

The reason I did not post yesterday was because I have not been working on my art much lately and chose to paint instead.  I let life get in the way.  I had hoped to have this on the final background before I posted it again, but I did not get that far.  However, I can say that I am ready to set up the final canvas and to begin placing the separate components (Carrie Fisher, Y-Wings, Planet).  Hopefully soon I will be sharing the complete picture.

Y Wing Update (from my Patreon page)

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Here is where I am with the Y Wing part of my Carrie Fisher tribute.  I have had to back track a few times and undo parts I was not happy with.  I finally decided to work from the cockpit backwards, which seems to be working better for me; however, this will never be an honest reproduction.  My goal is to create a strong enough image that at a smaller size will not be off so far that it is jarring.  I am glad I was able to finally add the R2 unit and I think the cockpit module looks good although I have to place the forward guns yet.

Speaking of Star Wars vehicles, I tried to make my own Imperial Walker out of cardboard from a picture in my vinyl soundtrack slip cover.  I never got further than the head but it wasn’t too bad for the time, given I was in junior high.  They are the coolest vehicles in the series.

Project Update (from my Patreon page)

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Here is the progress of the pieces that will become my Carrie Fisher tribute.  Both are on temporary backgrounds so that I can see the painting better, while Leia is further along, the Y-Wing is still very basic (mostly undercoat).  Once i get the y-Wing finished, I can add as many as I like but I am only planning on two right now.  I will add exhaust trails when I place them on the space background.