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Self sabotage-Art Edition

I have realized that I have been sabotaging myself, more particularly my art, by not getting out of “try mode”. What I mean by that is, at some point, past Madelyn wanted to try a new technique with her watercolor and ink. And when she did, she was having so much fun that she kept using it, even on important projects. Well, because I didn’t find ways to perfect new said technique, I remained in the beginning phase of it and my art slowly started looking sloppy.
Well, thanks to my delayed realization, I am now getting back to creating art the way that works for me without forgetting the new things I learned from the new technique (which by the way was just applying watercolors first and then inking, nothing revolutionary)

Basically, from now on, or at least most of the time, I will have a lineart down with micron pen before I paint or color with any other medium. This really does help me stay on track with the coloring process. And what will change or improve will be in the end of each piece, I will ink in the darkest shadows and any other details I missed. That is what has been working for me before and I will continue to use that technique with the hope of improving as I go and not trying to relearn something all together.

In the meantime, enjoy this sketch of Storm from Xmen. She’s so beautuful.

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Oh… digital art..

I have mentioned several times in the last month that I will be publishing a webcomic. Originally it was supposed to go on webtoons.com but I have since changed my mind on that because the layout wasn’t something I cared for. Of course, maybe one day I’ll change my mind but for now I will publish right here on my own site.

I have worked on this web story for about 2 months now and it’s going great. I’m feeling confident in story line, character development,  setting, etc. and the only thing left to do is the artwork. Well, that’s lucky considering I’m an artist. But, I’m also an over thinker and thanks to my brain and unnecessary anxiety, I sent myself down a path of self destruction and almost gave up on this project.

Almost.

Looking at all the successful comics out there I noticed one thing, they were almost all done digitally. From sketching to coloring, start to finish, it’s all done digitally. No big deal, I’ll study and watch tutorials everyday and improve on my digital art knowledge. And I did just that. I improved my knowledge of digital art, just not my skill.

Oh, the wasted hours. And i do mean wasted. Because everytime i sat down to practice another new digital art technique, I dreaded it. I wasn’t excited even though I tried to be. It’s like trying a food you know you don’t like but maybe after a few years of not eating it, you’ve changed your mind about it. But then you’re disappointed again and are left with that horrible taste in your mouth and a pang of frustration.

 

That’s digital art for me.

I want to so badly like digital art and I really think in time, I will.  But because I’ve put so much pressure on myself now to finish projects, I can’t spend the necessary time and enjoyment to learning the medium.  And I hate just sitting in front of a screen with a drawing tablet feeling lost and defeated.

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So I have decided to stick with what I know and ink and color my comics traditionally.  The artwork is still good and I will enjoy the process.  Especially since I won’t be comparing my digital comic to someone else with a total different style.  But that doesn’t mean i’m giving up on digital art all together.

Even though I can’t really stand it,  i’m still going to practice digital art, just on a much smaller scale. Like my phone.  I am using the sketch app and a stylus to practice small doodles like the one I posted in this blog entry today.  I’m not allowing myself to compare it to others (although I want to) and instead just going for it and seeing the outcome.

I will also add that I have a new found respect for digital artists. Not that I didn’t before, but now I can have an idea of what you guys actually have to do to get your art done.

My webcomic will be posted Tuesday and I’ll be updating my Instagram stories all weekend to show progress of the pages!

Do you put unrealistic expectations on yourself?  (I can’t be the only one!) What did you do to get past it?

 

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New Online Gallery

After about a year of focusing on my art, I have finally created an online gallery! To be honest, I didn’t feel the need to do this because when I started this blog it was to push my writing as well as my art. Well, I don’t write as often as I draw and I am applying to be in conventions for the next few years and that means I need an online gallery. So here it is, give a look and make sure you check back often for updated images!

Official Online Gallery of Madelyn Janelle

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InkTober day 3&4

Here are yesterday’s and today’s upload for InkTober 2017. They are pretty much filler drawings since I’m not following a prompt list. I didn’t want to include too many drawings of scenes or characters designs because of time. I will say that after drawing out the Octopus tattoo, I want one on my arm now!

I created a playlist on my YouTube channel specifically for Inktober 2017, so if you want to just watch them in a row (highly recommended!) then head over to my YouTube channel and check it out!

 

Day 3 Octopus Tattoo

Day 4 Treasure Chest

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InkTober Day 2 – Searsa

I have a voice over in this video explaining who Searsa is. I am really excited about introducing the story line more.

I also didn’t use white ink like I wanted. It didn’t work as well as I thought yesterday so I am a little hesitant to try it again. But I will have to force myself soon enough because I really like the way the black and white inks look on the parchment paper.

So take a look and let me know what you think.

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InkTober anyone?

Its getting to be that time of year again for artists around the world to partake in a fun month long drawing challenge called ‘InkTober’. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it was started by Jake Parker as a way to improve his inking skills every day for a month. Since then, its taken off and spread all over the world connecting artists together and showcasing some very amazing work.

Last year was my first time ever hearing of it. It was last minute when I decided to participate and I didn’t make it through the month. I followed the prompts that were provided from InkTober.com but I found myself at a loss. Instead of using it as a way to improve my inking or just to commit to the challenge, I felt inadequate and out of my league. So I gave up when I shouldn’t have.

A year has past now and I have more confidence in my skills to successfully complete the challenge. I don’t know what my inking will look like but I know that I can take my time and do what needs to be done and keep pushing to move forward.

I plan on posting a video every day of InkTober, which is another challenge in itself but hey we’re all a little crazy from time to time! I encourage you to take part in something like this, it doesn’t have to be an art challenge, just find something to improve on. Challenge yourself for 30 days. See what your results are in the end. I bet you won’t regret it!

Here is the 2017 InkTober art supply haul I made!!

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RIP Camera (you annoying piece of….)

So I decided it would be a great idea to record today’s YouTube video this morning. I am fully aware of my equipment’s age and lag, not to mention the new slower speed of WIFI I now have in my thanks for being in the middle of farm lands. Even with all of that plus set up time for the camera and art supplies needed for the video, I still thought to myself, ‘what the heck’. Well, that’s just what I got. Heck.

Not only did it take me forever to get the makeshift tripod to stabilize, I also had a time with the paints. Once I got through that, I took my literal 10 year old digital camera off the charger and began recording. It took me roughly 2 hours to complete the painting, I sketched it out the night before to save me time, and I took a look at my camera. I noticed the battery was already dying so I saved the file and put it on the charger for 30 minutes.

I went back to take a look at the camera and use it one more time to film the end result painting and right before eyes are the words ‘corrupted file error’. What in the world am I supposed to do with that. And I even put the memory card into my computer and nothing showed up. Nothing. I was told to reformat my card, meaning that everything on it needs to be deleted.

Oh I know what you are thinking, my husband probably saved the day with a cup of coffee for me and what you are about to see i another ‘Cup of Coffee for today‘ comic.  But that didn’t happen either. He was busy being super dad outside with the kids after making their lunch.

I am not going to lie, I felt terrible. Utterly disappointed. I couldn’t believe it was happening and I really just wanted to cry. The picture came out nicely, which I posted below, but I have been working my butt off to keep up with a YouTube posting and it just wasn’t the time for it. Of course, when is there a really good time for everything to simply fall into the toilet?

So now I am working on my kickstarter campaign a little bit faster to help me with a project I have and to get some extra money for better equipment. I will post all of the details for it when its nice and polished! In the mean time, enjoy today’s beautiful painting that had a botched video recording!

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Maybe I should just go and color in my own coloring book!