It's been a really long time since I made a thread. There are a lot of things I could write to preface this but suffice it to say that I have been feeling very introspective and listless lately. I haven't progressed as much as I feel I need to or should have, both artistically and in my life in general, but I'm not going to spill my guts all over and make a big mess here.
Okay, angst out of the way.
Mostly I'm making this thread because I want to invite some more focused responses to what I'm doing now than what I would get just tossing work up in the doodle thread, and also if I'm honest as a way to help motivate me to more regularly create and post stuff worth remarking on. My computer desktop is a graveyard of half finished PSD files containing works in various stages of completion or total abandonment, and pushing things through to the end seems to be a thing I struggle with.
I also have some sort of vain general questions about my work as a whole to pose to anyone who feels like answering them. I feel like I've been in a vacuum and wrestling with some of these things for too long and I'm at the point where I might as well just ask people directly. I know I don't post a huge volume of work, so some people might be more familiar with my stuff than others, but I invite anyone with an opinion to respond. Don't feel like it's a questionnaire, a casual response to any or all of these is fine:
-Is there anything about my work that you especially like or dislike? (Big picture or very specific. Completely subjective gut responses are valid. Don't feel the need to give a "crit sandwich" if there's a lot you dislike)
-Do you think any of my skill sets are especially strong or weak?
-Are there any recurrent technical fumbles that show up in my work? If you have a notion, how would you advise I approach fixing them ?
-How would you describe my "style" to another person? Is there even a consistent style that you're able to clearly articulate?
-What kind of composition or subject matter would you like to see me tackle that I'm not currently doing enough of?
To answer my own last question, especially after glancing over the images in this first post, I'd say I need to push myself to try doing things that aren't just character renderings-- more environments, anything non-organic, and full blown illustrations especially. I've been grinding away so gingerly on all my various individual technical stills, only daring to combine them in the most tepid ways, that sooner or later I need to just throw myself violently at creating more ambitious work. I struggle with a sense that I'm not ready and have too much more to learn before I start firing on all cylinders, and it's holding me back creatively and professionally.
Okay enough text, make with the pictures.
Here are some master studies. I should do more of them, they feel educational.
Some photo studies. A common thread between these, the master studies, and the character work below is trying to better understand color. It seems I am perpetually grappling with color, and only now just barely beginning to feel like I'm getting a handle on it.
And creative work from imagination. It has not escaped my notice that these are basically all portraits. Part of that is I think I've been deliberately focusing on it lately, but it's also true that I need to branch out a bit.
Anyhow, thanks for looking.
Responding to a specific piece or the entire thread are both equally welcome. It's my intention to get some more things in the fire and try to keep updating this thread, we'll see how that works out.