They say you can master a talent after having spent 10,000 hours working at it. Ten THOUSAND hours. That's over four years of working hard at something every single day, and in my case, well over 10,000 bad drawings for me to fit in.
The past few years have been the best and worst times of my life (in terms of mastering art). I still feel like I am in my infancy with it, which is both exciting and frustrating to me all at the same time. The Journey of a creative is all over the place. It's a lot of trial and error, frustration, breakdowns, and only-so-often am I content with the work I'm producing. Some say this is because 'the mind of an artist is never truly satisfied,' but I say I just haven't hit my sweet spot with it just yet. I'm still finding myself in it. I'm still studying, and learning from people before me, and trying to perfect the processes.
This week was a 'frustration' week for me, but in the best way. Frustration weeks are the weeks that I push myself the most, and although I hate the anxiety from fear of missed potential that comes with a frustration week I always learn something new. I had been struggling with the values and colors in my work. So, I found a process video by David Ardinaryas Lojaya (he's an inspiration of mine), and tested the process he uses for his digital work out for myself (the product being the above image).
Here is how I worked it!
The process was messy for me at times, but I really loved how it unified the two aspects I was having trouble with (color, value).
It's always great
to get good critiques by people in your field of work!
Even with frustration weeks, I still love my job with all of my heart and have a blast creating custom pieces alongside the Visual Development portfolio work I do. Below are some custom commission pieces that came out of the past seven days! Thank you all for making my job so terribly enjoyable, and bringing my artwork into your homes.