Letting Go As An Artist

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A recent Fiverr.com client commission of a horror skull illustration

Sometimes letting go as an Artist requires you to let go of all the stuff that brings you down, self doubt and all that should be left at the door and being spontaneous and experimental with your own art is what being an Artist is really all about.

Seeing other Artists work can help you with ideas, but it shouldn’t let you be discouraged if there is better art out there. Instead the flow of creativity should encourage you to create new art on a daily basis and this is the free feeling that art can give anyone.

I found this out back in 2012 when I began to do some acrylic painting which was something new to me and something that I knew at first I would produce muddy looking results, but I still felt free as an Artist because I was painting on canvases and just exploring the paint rather than doing masterpiece artwork.

Rather recently I have undertaken the black and white contrasting artwork technique of overlaying layers of thick and thin ink with various ink pens and then added over a white highlight pen to create more areas of intricate interest within the art. I suppose soon there will be something else I will try out to branch out and explore in the art world that will quietly advance my own range of artistic skills.

Creative freedom is an Artists right and it becomes a more essential element once you understand that some art you can’t control whether it’ll be any good unless you actually try to create it and push through and focus your craft and art techniques.

Let’s go through a quick list of ways to let go as an Artist that hopefully will keep you in check and not get you frustrated with how things appear in your mind when creating art.

  • Sketch first draw in detail later
  • Begin to draw without knowing what you are going to draw
  • Always use mixed media
  • Always go against the general way of doing things, experiment
  • Throw paint, see what happens (preferably at a canvas or piece of paper)
  • Challenge your drawing skills, draw something new
  • Have a break

I suppose letting go in artistic freedom is about having the confidence to say yes I’ll give that a go and try and create art that you yourself are going to be happy with for some time to come.

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My Memories Of Art At School

School for me was quite difficult as I was a shy kid and so trying to force upon me a way of trying to learn with other kids who were either loud or just idiots wasn’t exciting. (I did have some good friends though, at least I can say that!) Art class however was probably the only subject I happened to take any interest in however (Apart from Science occasionally when Space was taught!)

My memories of art at School are quite memorable in that I had a few drawings held up in class, mainly still life subjects such as Beach rocks or pebbles and felt proud of the fact that I was able to show my fantastic pencil shading to the class, even though it was in an indirect sense.

A lot of the other kids in the class weren’t remotely interested in Art however which resulted in the class getting disrupted by trouble making kids who I assume are doing nothing interesting with their lives now. Later on however we had an excellent Art teacher called Mr Fairbank who taught us classroom art stuff very rarely and let us get on with drawing what we wanted to and so I did just that by bringing in my comic books and drawing stuff from them or trying to gain some magical inspiration from the pages of art and draw my own stuff.

Sadly I haven’t really kept any of the old art I did at school as it was fairly throwaway stuff and I forgot to take home my art folder from School. I did however receive a grade C in Art GCSE level which could have been better if I had that experimental trial and error ability I now have.

I can remember artworks taking me ages to finish at School and in some cases I never ever did complete them. This has sort of carried on through my adult life with art, but I’m getting better at trying to actually finish illustrations and ideas to create some credible and complete.

After Secondary School I went on to Art College and felt quite miserable at the modules we had to learn. And of course some idiots carried on from School not really knowing what they wanted to do with their lives so they joined an Art course to cause some trouble and just fuck about.

I didn’t stay long at Art College because I felt disillusioned by the whole process of doing other art subjects within ones that I hated such as Textiles or Fashion. And so that matched with students that just wanted to mess around or be the centre of attention ruined my days at college.

Of course I did have some good memories of art college as there were some great Art Teachers there and are probably still there now.  And there was some ace work I created there such as a clay sculpture that was inspired by the art of Hieronymus Bosch and some free hand illustration I used to get away with drawing in class.

At the time I guess I just felt I needed to be honing my illustration skills myself instead of being taught other things that wasn’t really me as an Artist.

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Drawing Service I’ll Draw A Horror Skull For $5

Over on Fiverr.com I have created a gig were you can order a horror skull image of your choice for only $5. Now what’s special about this is that because I can create and draw lots of various skull images quite quickly I thought what if the person that buys the skull design could then have the right to use that design as an image on a t-shirt or print on demand product.

You will receive the artwork as a Jpeg or PNG digital file.

So that’s what I did. I’ve been a member of fiverr for a few years now and thought about only having this one gig for now to promote and focus on.

So if you need a horror skull image drawn, then please check out the link and the video and see some examples of the black and white skull designs I will do. Drawing Service – I’ll Draw Horror Skull Design For $5 

Eventually I may do another gig that will compliment this one with color horror skulls.

Post Updated 31st March 2015 – I have added some gig extras that you can buy together with the original order of a black and white skull design and they are as follows:-

  • $5 commercial license that you can purchase if you intend to sell the design on t-shirts or anywhere else commercially.
  • $5 I’ll color each skull design with Letraset Promarkers.
  • Draw any horror skull designs of your choice for an extra $10
  • Draw an original A3 sized horror illustration of your choice and ship it to you for $40
  • Draw and color anything else horror related for an extra $10
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The Strain Is A Great Horror TV Series

The Strain is a horror TV series that I have got hooked on recently. I remember seeing the advert on Television for it and I actually gave it a go and watched the pilot episode and what was fascinating about it was that it started off quite slow and then built up the tension and gave you subtle hints about what was going on.

Further on in the series you see what’s really happening and that the Virus is spreading fast. This series is one that is right up there with The Walking Dead and it keeps you gripped from start to end. Co Created by Guillermo Del Toro ( Pans Labyrinth, Blade 2) the Vampires in this TV show resemble the ones that featured in Blade 2. Based on a Novel Trilogy By Guillermo and Chuck Hogan.

The best thing about this horror show is that it’s unpredictable (well unless you haven’t read the novels) Who lives, who dies? It certainly is a great show to watch.

So as a little homage to the show I thought I would show a progression of a work in progress of one of the infected Virus like Vampires.

The tongue I got wrong in the first pencil draft,but before I ink it, I’ll change it to look more like it should in the series. I wanted to draw lots of the Vampire Virus worms raining down in the background and this hopefully will pay off in the final drawing as I go along. When I come to color the worms I hope to give them an Ultra Violet color (at least, that’s the plan!)

It’s interesting how the finished illustration differs from the initial pencil sketch right at the beginning. Sometimes I completely change a drawing and ruin it on those rare occasions, thankfully though I saved the drawing and was able to finish it off.

See the gallery of progress as I went along.

vampire the strain

Finished the inking completely now ready for coloring

drawing vampire from the strain

I’ve started to color in the mouth and tongue as that is the most important element

the strain tv show

A bit of ice grey promarker colored around the face

the strain art

Colored the eyes and teeth in yellow and red colors

horror art the strain

Colored the worms in blue and highlighted with a white pen as well as other details


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