‘Red Planet realness. Sparingly outlined in ink with the occasional intricate detail to her minimalistic-futuristic space suit, this astronaut is isolated against a stark, glaringly-red background. Where is she? Will she ever get home?’
This painting was a heap of fun; one of those rare occasions where absolutely nothing went wrong in the whole entire painting and inking process! When does that EVER happen?! So the outcome is exactly what I had hoped for! A really striking illustration and a pretty nifty video to go with it.
This is my first time using my new Canon 700d (since the disappointing malfunctions and ultimate death of my Sony A5100 that I experienced a week or so after purchasing it). With my new, so-far-problem-free camera, I’m using the stunning 50mm 1.8 lens and, oh boy!, it’s so flippin’ amazing. I’ve always struggled with lighting when I’m filming in my room. I prefer natural light, with my north-facing windows, I only get direct sunlight for the first few hours of the day. This lens allows in so much more light that I don’t even need to make adjustments to brighten up the footage at the editing stage. Which is UNHEARD-OF for me, I can’t tell you. That over-exposing in the editing process, just to take away the dull, greyness that always came with my old footage, used to also wash out colours and render pencil lines and other more subtle tones invisible. Now the detail of my videos is so true to life, I feel like I’m really sharing my painting experience in full.
I cannot wait to get filming again! If I had the time, I would make a video every single day!
Wouldn’t you lot love that?! Lol, well I would anyway…
Also worth mentioning is the Strathmore Mixed-Media board I painted on. It’s my first time using any kind of board, and I have to say, I wish I had tried it sooner! I love that, as a finished piece, this painting can standalone as it is, mounted on it’s own sturdy backing. Plus, the surface handles gouache beautifully and the ink of my brush pen, which I’ve found to feather on some mixed-media or watercolour paper. Fab, fab, fab!
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