I LOVE living in Phoenix, Arizona. It's sunny, the cacti are cute and always waving at me, and the sky stretches forever. But I'm also a homebody, so I experience most of Phoenix from my apartment, balcony, and apartment complex. So I decided to focus there. I think it's sort of funny that instead of making postcards that represent the incredible sunrises, sunsets, mountains, and desert of Phoenix, I'm representing my basic (but cute) apartment. Here's the life of my project:
G E T T I N G I N S P I R E D
Blown away by the simple marks that make up these rich scenes.
All three of these images represent a contrast level that I'm really drawn too. I also love the use of brush work and thoughtful highlights
These three represent an energetic and character-filled line that I'm really drawn to (no pun intended)
I'm surprised to see that my inspiration, for the most part, is either all pen work, or all brush work, with only a few featuring both. I especially love when soft brush shapes are aptly describing a shape, without further detail needed, bu then again, I love a blank page with a bold line blobbing across it.
B A S I C T E C H N I Q U E S
I really looked at my basic techniques time as a warmup to get things flowing. The only things that I noticed were my findings from above (values being painted in with thoughtful strokes OR energetic line work being my favorite) were reinforced. The apple in the middle with the thoughtful value brush strokes and the apple in the bottom right with the energetic lines are my favorites from the bunch.
I also enjoyed adding to my texture catalog. In the image below, in the upper left there's a texture where I started drawing tiny little x's and quickly realized it looked like a flock of birds flying away.
R E F E R E N C E P H O T O S
Wanting to keep the pictures authentic to my story (kind of boring homebody), I walked around my apartment complex and took some pictures. I tried to consider composition, while also looking out for interesting use of value, or things I felt I could accomplish with my ink techniques. Reference photos clockwise: shot from balcony, shot of balcony, shot of sign from front of complex, side shot of our building, front door, Roger my cactus plant, my studio shelves, my desk, the stairway leading to our door
T H U M B N A I L S
I'm glad I took the time to explore some thumbnails because otherwise I would've realized too late that some of the reference photos didn't really work as well as others. The side of the building shot ended up being way more boring than I thought, while the sign of the building and roger in front of the window ended up winning me over.
F I N A L A R T W O R K
I ended up redoing this postcard and am way happier with the one on the right. It feels less tortured, and fits better with the set now