Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Imminent action poses and artistic shorthand

These are a couple of things I saw recently online that really struck me and I want to remember them, so I'm posting them here.

Sycra Yasin from his latest Pointy Chins episode 14:
These are a bunch of sketches he did going for a particular kind of anime thing - just floating but like they're about to spring into action. A static pose but with a great deal of tension or potential energy. I'm calling them Imminent Action Poses.

Camila Vielmond - found on her Conceptart sketchbook:

I hope she doesn't mind me posting this - if you click where it says "her conceptart sketchbook" above I made that a link, so I'm not trying to steal her thunder or anything - I just really admire her work and wanted to post this in my online art journal to remind myself what I learned from this one. It's about artistic shorthand. Here's a comparison between a specific part of hers and a similar part of one of mine that I handled very differently:

What instantly stands out to me is the way she did the strap and buckle - so simple! Just a black band and a few highlights in the right places. In contrast, mine is done laboriously and meticulously. It took me forever to paint it all out in full detail like that. I think mine looks pretty good - don't get me wrong - but the fact that it took so long and the painting has so much detail made me almost want to stop painting afterwards. In fact I think it's a large part of why I did stop for 4 months.

I do think there's a time and a place for meticulous detail, and I also think it's important to learn how to do it - but I want to also learn how to work in artistic shorthand the way she does and many other artists I admire. Also, I believe her piece is just a sketch, and if she were going to make it a finished painting she'd develop it farther. That's why in closeup the strap and buckle don't look so good, but in the context of the complete image it works fine.

Both of these things I posted about today made me think about Frazetta - he's a master of both the imminent action pose and artistic shorthand.

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