‘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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There are a ton of things you can do to inject some life into a dull and uninspiring bathroom without forking out on a new
I wish I hadn't checked when I last uploaded a regular painting process video to my YouTube channel. I was quite happy with my warped memory of events; starting my '30 Ways to Fill a Sketchbook' series at the beginning of December and committing whole-heartedly to that as a stand-in for my usual content. The truth is, I was way off track before that. A whole two months before that.
In fact, while I'm typing, this is actually the first time I've actually added things up. Realising that the end of September/start of October when I last posted a painting time-lapse outside of my recent sketchbook project, was a whole five months ago!
That's five months since I last worked on a piece of art outside of my sketchbook.
Not just for filming purposes. I'm talking about real life, everyday. No wonder I found it so daunting to start. It's this feeling, this weird mix of being so not even remotely ready; not ready for the risk of committing to something on a larger scale, the plunge of sharing something to tens of thousands of new followers who've only known me for my sketchbook stuff, and the apprehensive back-of-my-mind voice asking 'Do I even know what I'm doing anymore?'.
But also so overwhelmingly ready at the same time; to break free of the confines of my sketchbook and create without borders, without limits. To return to a freer form of filming and editing. Shaking of the rigidity of the series and starting a new journey into the unknown. Something different.
I have to thank my sketchbook for everything it's given me over the last three months. I'm more confident, more adventurous. And, while I had my doubts, this latest painting has shown me that I have grown as an artist.
Am I allowed to say that I love it? Is that too boastful? Is it un-artist-like?
I know it's un-Minnie-like. To look at something I've created and think 'Hey, that's not bad. Actually, that's better than not bad. You know what, I think I might love it!'
There's always just been one thing I wanted from my art. I wanted it to be something I'd be happy to hang up in my home. Something I could proudly display to visitors and declare as my own. And somehow, 'Cranes' has managed to be just that.
And maybe, just maybe, this is the start of much more like that to come.
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