Creative Habit: Week 2 (part II)

With the Thanksgiving holiday here, I’ve had to go home to be with my family. I have done some more wolf sketches, but do not have access to a scanner or camera at the moment. So more visual developments are on the way and will definitely be here by the end of the weekend. I also am close to the Akron zoo so I would like to go to their facilities and draw their red wolves. I think that having live models is very beneficial. When you’re viewing an object in reality–in three dimensional space, you’re able to really perceive the volume of the object or organism on a much more advanced level then when viewing a photograph. Animals can be difficult to work from because they move unexpectedly, but I’m looking forward to that challenge.


Here’s my second digital painting of the week that I completed in 2.5 hours in photoshop. Again I used a photo reference because of my lack of live resources.

The creative habit project has been wonderful for me so far. Allowing myself a constrained time limit to complete digital paintings has increased my ability significantly in these few weeks. I would really like to incorporate this habitual process for other things I would like to learn. I would definitely like to continue to do digital painting each week (one painting at least). By allowing myself only a small amount of time, it allows me to really complete a piece, release, and then actually move on. Before, I’ve found myself starting a digital painting and saying “oh I’ll finish and post that later.” I never do. So now I’ll allow myself two hours for a painting. Whatever is done is done and it will be shared and posted. As someone who works best under pressure, this is getting some good quality work out of me.

It’s also very satisfying. I can’t tell you how strong my urge is to paint in photoshop whenever I sit in front of a cintiq. I find myself trying to paint in the middle of my animation class. It’s something I’ve needed to make time for and exercise–not having time and sneaking it into my class time has been disrupting my learning, and has been frustrating. Sometimes I forget how important it is to allow myself time to purely create.

So by the end of this weekend, I would like to present two more completed digital paintings. I think that next week, I will move on to color work, starting with limited palates and then moving on to completely local color. Color is difficult for me in digital painting, but with more practice I should be able to get a better handle on it than before.

Until next time,



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