I've been doing a lot of drawing and watercolors recently and I'm always reminded to let go of any technique. Just do the best I can and let creativity and feeling guide me.
"When an artist begins to count strokes instead of regarding nature he is lost. This preoccupation with technique, at the expense of truth and sincerity, is the principal fault I find in much of the work of modern painters." -Joaquín Sorolla
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 made some good progress today on this portrait. I've always loved painting reflected surfaces and I'm having a lot of fun painting Peanut's eyes and the lamp and bowling pin in the background; the bowling pin was added because Peanut's owner is an avid bowler. I should be able to finish this work in a couple more painting sessions!