This is my second painting for thesis and will serve as the introductory piece in my line up. Its mainly to show the viewer that the reoccurring character (Okina, the female) does in fact appear human-like and has a face. The paintings following this will show her and the kitsunes masked for the most part.
My general view towards the finished piece is mixed. I like certain aspects a lot, but I feel the foxfire and smoke was overkill when fully colored. I'm disappointed that I realized it too late. I suppose its just a mistake I will avoid in my next pieces.
+ Tea stain on illustration board + Acrylic, pastel dust, micron pen, gel pen and colored pencil + Original size :: 9x12 inches
It says you used tea stained illustration board, did you stain it yourself? I am very interested to hear about that kind of technique if you don't mind. If not, I understand tricks of the trade have to be kept secrets some times. Very very beautiful piece! I love the flow.
Hi! In response to your question, I do stain the illustration board myself This is somewhat of a photographed process of how an image looks as I go along: [link] , though it may make more sense when coupled with this written tutorial I made a while ago: [link]
Going through critiques, professor judgment and grading is enough to make anyone mental. I wound up having to unilaterally and unequivocally defend everything I did to the nth degree in private art skool because I was in a fish tank full of elitist snobs, know-it-alls and self-proclaimed experts, most of whom were half my age. It was a terrible program, but I learned to not take $#*+ from anyone. Worse, I didn't learn much outside of that. When it comes to the different education programs, caveat emptor. Education is a product. I highly recommend this article by artist William Conger on how art school has changed over the decades: [link] He postulates that art schools no longer teach people skills, just attitudes. I definitely ran into all kinds of attitude; it was very frustrating.
Oh wow :c Yeah, I hear stories like that all the time. I didn't go to an "art school" per say, but completed four years of the program. At our college, the professors bashed students who acted like elitists, saying they can't know everything because of how young they were. My illustration professor in particular would bring them back down to the student level, saying if they knew everything, then why were they at college instead of making a living?
I knew a few students who had attitudes, and from a regular artist standpoint, their work was good, but there was still plenty of room for growth. That kind of thinking can really hinder one's development and harm instead of help. I'm grateful my college didn't cultivate an elitist atmosphere, because I'm positive my work would have been looked down upon due to the subject matter.
Thank you for the article. I shall read through it shortly.
-The only thing a bit worse than Columbia College Chicago were the classmates that dropped out of SAIC from trauma. SAIC is for the really rich, maybe one scholarship per class, anyone sensitive gets eaten alive. One drop out told me there are these kids with brand new $300 jeans wiping their oil paint brushes onto them in class to show off they are rich enough to do so. O.o Columbia College, the professors go out for four hour coffee breaks and not do a thing. I had classmates asking me stuff, since I at least was there and had answers. The bottom line is, if the students' work sucks and the professors suck - get out! At least I was a transfer with an AA. I saw so many people wasting $19K - $45K a year on a crap degree.
Ah, see, go here and take a look: [link] select "illustration" and hit the search button. Your work nukes the stuff I see here. A lot of the CC work looks very high school, poor design, too simplistic. Now compare these to a real program like Ringling College in Sarasota , Florida. Look at their illustration and animation portfolios. Pixar cherry picks the top performers from Ringling; they are not hiring all from CalArts like people say.
haha I wish I could put together a full story of Okina, but I run into a block. Her story only likes to be told through illustration it seems Its also nice because I'd like others to decipher the story of her for themselves through the imagery!