Category: Opinion

What’s your Art Process?

The art process, the thing that sets us apart from one another in the art community. We each have our own unique ways of achieving our goals. In this case, an artwork, a masterpiece, or even just a random sketch. Oftentimes, we easily find an effective process, that yields consistent results. We all crave for that “perfect” art process, that we can use throughout our art career.
A sample art process by Rene Gorecki
Example art process of “Collar” by Rene Gorecki
As a self-taught digital artist with no formal training, I have to change my process from time to time. I tell you, it’s not something you discover immediately, In fact, my current approach is not yet very efficient. In this post, I’ll talk about the evolution of my style.

Lineart to Base Color art process

Like a lot of artists, my inspiration came from anime and cartoons. I also never used coloring materials after a couple of years.  As a result, it was easier for me to do the lineart to the base color technique.
A sample process by RandomEpicAlex from DeviantArt
Example art process by RandomEpicAlex
However, this style gave me a lot of problems. I often end up with 10+ layers, (I use Photoshop CC btw.) that end up lagging my computer. So after studying other artists’ works, I decided that this was not for me.

The “Painterly” process

There was a short period, where I tried the “painterly” approach. This meant, that I had to use lineart to a minimum, and focus on blotting the colors as soon as possible.
My "painterly" process
‘No Lineart Photo Study” by Astralberry (Me)
Though faster to do, I found myself struggling to create livelier artworks with this technique. I guess I didn’t have enough watercolor experience to pull this off.

The Mixed style process

I realized that I needed lineart to help me create more anatomically correct pieces. So I combined the two techniques.
A mixed painterly art process by me
‘The Aviator’ by Astralberry (me)
Finally, I am getting more efficient. This remained my style for a while. However, after a few months, I realized that I was struggling with colors and values. I also had issues with the backgrounds and overall mood of my works.

The Grayscale Approach

To fix this problem. I started my paintings in grayscale. This helped me establish my values from the start. It also made it easier for me to fix the image’s anatomy, and shape earlier. As well as play with many color variations. I was beginning to have fun! (I wasn’t able to save the lineart for this piece.)
Grayscale approach by me
“Lights, a Study” by Astralberry (me)
This is my technique to date. Though, like everything else, There are still issues with it. I find that it’s too time-consuming. Because I’d have to paint the image three times! (grayscale > colored > final retouches) The third time, because of the common problem with the grayscale approach; Upon adding color, it would always appear muddy. A lot of retouching would need to be done, to counter this.
One of my latest artworks
“Autumn Summer” by Astralberry
In Conclusion, we just have to learn how to be patient with our craft. It takes a lot of time to build the “perfect” technique. Make a lot of drafts. Learn from the pros, by asking them, or watching their videos, etc. You can check out this link for some awesome techniques. How about you, what is your current art process?
GET OUT: LET’S DISCUSS ITS GENIUS

GET OUT: LET’S DISCUSS ITS GENIUS

The scene where Chris sinks into a void called “The Sunken Place”.

I love Horror Movies. If you don’t know, Get Out is a Horror Movie that was released in 2017 that was written and directed by Jordan Peele.  I know the movie is a bit old, considering that it was released 2 years ago. However, I do want to share my thoughts about it and why I have included this to the list of my favorite Horror Movies.

I’m quite sure most of us have seen a couple of Horror Movies. So what comes to your mind when you think of the Horror Movie Genre? For most of us, a Horror Movie includes spirits, ghosts, and demons. That’s where Get Out gives it’s viewers (especially the Horror fans) a different experience when it comes to the Horror Film Genre: It’s not your typical Horror Movie.

Here’s a short description of what the movie is about:

The film is about an interracial couple, Chris Washington and Rose Armitage. The couple goes to Upstate New York so that Chris can meet Rose’s family for the first time. This is a big deal for the couple because Chris is Rose’s first black boyfriend. The horror starts unraveling for the couple when Chris notices some strange things about Rose’s family’s black servants and their friends after being hypnotized by her mother. (I won’t go into detail about the movie’s plot so that I won’t be spoiling anything to those who haven’t seen it yet.)

Here are 4 Reasons Why I Love the Film:

 

4. A Comedian’s Successful Horror Feature Debut.

The shocking thing that you might find out about this Horror Film, is that it was written and directed by comedian–Jordan Peele.

I am a fan of Keagan-Micheal Key and Jordan Peele. I watch their show on Comedy Central and, I sometimes watch their old MadTV skits on Youtube. So, I am quite familiar with Peele’s career as a comedian. I was a bit shocked when I found out that his name would be included in the horror genre. Considering that this was Peele’s directorial debut, I was pleasantly surprised that Peele has crafted a perfect horror satire with knife-edge humor and genuinely chair-grabbing tension.

Keegan-Micheal Key (Left) and Jordan Peele (Right). They have a show called Key and Peele which airs on Comedy Central.

3. Symbolism and References.

 Get Out also contains numerous references to the current and past socio-political climate of the United States. The most obvious example of this is the garden ‘auction’ held for Chris by the Armitage family for their guests. While this links into the story, it is impossible for the audience to not think about slavery.

Auction Scene from the Movie, Get Out.

2. Not Your Typical Horror Movie.

          As I’ve previously stated, Get Out contains no ghosts, spirits or demons as one might expect to see when watching a horror film  And yet it is scary in a way that it manages to build its suspense that I’m sure a die-hard horror aficionado would appreciate the chilling content of the film. It’s funny, it’s tense, it features two great performances from Chris and Rose and Jordan Peele, expertly creates a web of odd tension where you actually don’t know what is happening for the majority of the run time. The movie elevates to a “Holy Shit!” level when it is revealed about what’s actually happening at the family’s estate.

1. It Will Make You Squirm.

A horror film is only good if it is one thing: SCARY. Most films have a core theme or message they wish to convey but an audience still needs to enjoy a film whether it’s thrilling, funny or scary. In the case of Get Out, the film ticks all three traits. The film’s mixture of horror and comedy creates something entirely unique. The mixture of these genres also compliments the story as it aims to confuse the audience. The audience is constantly thrown off by the film’s sudden shifts. They have no idea what is happening and what will happen next.  Get Out removes all the safety nets and even the most experienced horror aficionados will be unable to sit still.

 

Overall, Get Out is witty and scary and fun. It’s also rattling with outrage, and, in its peculiar and prickly way, a bitter sadness. I haven’t seen a horror movie like it in quite some time.

 

Here is the Movie’s Trailer: