Jaunty Cat Daily Sketch #46

flapper progress

Tyra has some great progress for her 1920s flapper painting. I can’t wait to see it finished.



Jaunty Cat Daily Sketch #44


Tyra is painting over her pencil sketch of a 1920s flapper.

floating city thumbnails

And this is what my work looks like really really early into the brainstorming process. What you see are messing thumbnails of a floating city. What you don’t see is the list of ideas written out above it.



WIP digital painting
WIP digital painting

Here is todays treat as well as some musings from us.

Taisa and I do live together and as we were discussing some concepts relating to art and drawing as we were wrapping up the day.  Why is it in todays society, we expect to be able to whip out a perfect nearly photorealistic rendering of anything with little to no reference?  I am asking this almost rhetorically because human beings aren’t God.  We can’t produce everything perfect without trying at the snap of a finger.  The best pros use reference heavily.  The old masters use reference.  Most really good contemporary artists use reference, even if that reference is a live human/fruit/horse.  There is no useful reason to beat yourself up over not being able to make a perfect drawing in a perfect environment with realistic lighting, especially if you haven’t studied it.  It may play into all of our desire to be seen as an expert of some sort but really, it is counterproductive to growth to avoid allowing real life to be a guide.

Sometimes, it feels like it does get in the way to have just one more obstacle standing in the way of this great painting but sometimes it’s just best to accept it as a part of the process.



Painting of dark brown skinned young lady.
Painting of dark brown skinned young lady.

I have finished this digital painting of a darker skinned young lady with natural hair.  This was a joy to work on and I learned a lot.  I did NOT do this strictly from imagination.  I used several photo references to cobble this together a person who doesn’t exist.  I didn’t use a terribly large array of reference for the hair which may or may not be a good thing. -Tyra