I love illustrations just as much as I love traditional painting. My illustrations are really influenced by the watercolor manga of Hayao Miyazaki, who's also one of my favorite artists. This illustration is about my pet hamster, named Bougie, who I imagined having his own hotel called "Casa De Bougie". It's fun to draw these little illustrations because it makes me flex a different creative muscle. I also love having my drawings show a narrative because I love writing stories also.
If anyone is wondering about the shower part of the illustration: Bougie goes under his water bottle and rubs his head on the spout when he's cleaning himself, so it's like he's taking a little shower. Hamsters are also nocturnal, which explains the first panel of the illustration. They also love broccoli!
I wanted to share some recent painting projects that I've done to hopefully encourage everyone to try and make something. The first thing I made was a Valentine's Day unicorn card for my girlfriend. I used blank paper, my poster paints, some gold ribbon for it. This got me thinking also about what's my definition of art. And I realized that my definition of art is pretty simple: Art is whatever I want to make. I also like my art to serve a purpose and also to have some kind of storytelling element. I don't like creating anything with rules, so my definition is pretty broad. I just like anything creative.
I had another fun project for my fish's bowl. I got the idea because I saw my girlfriend's roommate made one and thought I'd make one myself. I decided to do a panorama painting that can circle around my fishes bowl so he can look at something fun and colorful. I also used poster paint for it and just had a ton of fun.
I encourage everyone to try little painting projects like these because it's so fun to make something and all you need are really basic supplies!
I thought that I was done with this commission, but the bowling pin in the background didn't have the correct highlight on the top. It was a small thing that I had to correct, but it always troubles me until it feels right. The funny thing is that no one will ever even know that I made that small change. It's a never-ending quest and it doesn't end until I have the feeling like it's good enough.
I've been learning a tremendous amount recently by painting these watercolor scenes. For me, I've learned that I need to use big brushes, squint a lot and stand back from the picture a lot. For the brushes, I don't mean to use something insanely big, but larger than I normally use.
This works for me because I tend to over emphasis smaller details, when I should be more focused on the larger picture. The details also don't matter unless the larger composition is correct. It's an endless search for balance between the larger picture and the details; neither one is more important than the other, but I am focusing more on the larger picture for now.