meanwhilesghost said: Hi James, great work. I was just wondering how long it takes you to create a piece on average? and how often you discard a drawing to start again. I get disheartened sometimes when I spend hours with nothing to show.
Hi there thanks a bunch! I actually work really quick. I tend to let emotion drive my pieces and so I just want to get them done as soon as possible while I still have the feeling with me, if I wait too long I end up losing it and the piece will mean nothing. So for sketches I usually take 1-2 hours and painting is the same.
But I do discard drawings all the time. 90% of sketchbooks are just discarded drawings and doodles. Usually I just try and work fast and draw before I think. So, I most often begin personal pieces before I even have an idea in mind and just let the drawing decide how it is going to turn out naturally (like, I draw the head of a character and then just feel it out). Don’t get disheartened though — it’s all about yourself as an artist and for every piece you end up not using you are just one step closer to the road you want to take. My advice would be to just let go sometimes and do whatever comes to mind, even if it isn’t in a style you would pursue normally because you never know what might spark some ideas! Hopefully that helps some.
Doodle from the last day of ICON while some fantastic talks were going on about book covers and stuff. I wanted to color this up today to test out a new and unfortunate setup. My main monitor which I use to check color on had it’s backlight go out or something and only stays on for a few seconds at a time. Hopefully I can fix it or something soon because I don’t trust my color stuff here haha! (For reference I shot an old comparison pic here. The top is my now broken monitor with correct color but now I’m stuck without it)
Also, a big hello and thank you to all these new followers (you’re all coming out of nowhere) and same with some uplifting inbox messages which I have to reply to soonish. I just hope I can fix this whole setup and make some more good artwork to post!
Anonymous said: how old are you?
I am 23, already feeling too old though haha
the-sad-white-boy said: yoo, nice feature on artchipel.
Hey I didn’t even know that happened! Thanks for letting me know and a big thanks to the guys over there - they always feature such great work so it’s a big honor!
Hey everyone. Sorry I’ve been absent. I had family come out to visit and go on a sort of vacation and now my weekend is completely booked up with ICON8 but here are some of the doodles I managed to do at ICON while listening to some great people talk and while being surrounded by people I look up to.
Hoping I get to meet a lot more cool people and hang out with some more before everyone leaves!
Little comic about irritating things. Super quick thing.
A commission I did for MutedPineapple. I just had a bunch of fun with this piece haha!
I made a process video with a time-lapse of this painting as well if anyone is interested.
Anonymous said: you are perfect
Ah jeez thank you! That is such a nice and out of nowhere comment haha.
Unrelated to that but I’m tacking it on anyway - since I want to do more time-lapse process videos on youtube, if there are any of you who play music and would like me to promote you and put your music as the background soundtrack of future paint videos tell me! I would love to help out some musicians if possible.
Heya so here’s another promotional image for the Kickstarter project I’m a part of! I seen a piece on Behance recently where someone made an illustration with a lot of cool deteriorated paper textures and I wanted to test out how that was done.
I made a short little time-lapse video (apologies for some quality in it, some files got all messed up being imported and I’m too lazy to go back haha!) if it as well if anyone is interested in seeing that.
Also, me and Ben filmed an update video with a go-pro and some cool animation that you should go check out. It’s really short, but it’s a fun little video!