It is time for the tutorial, I wanted to post something mine but in fact I´ve been too busy these weeks. So for completing the blog´s task I decided to post a tutorial of one of my favourites cartoonist, Jason Seiler.
Here it go!!
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Wow I'm late with this, I had written this for the last themed week since it was my suggestion. Then my computer had a hissy fit and I've been on file recovery until now. I hope you guys find it interesting!
My family background is almost universally sciences and Medicine, I'm the odd one out, however most of the family members who had a strong influence on me as a child had strong creative streaks.
My history with art started when I was six or so and my Grandfather started to teach me how to use watercolours. His preferred medium was oils, however given my then preference for exploring the world primarily with my mouth, he felt watercolours a safer bet. Due to him being a professor of anatomy, he liked to make sure my sister and I grew up with an understanding of how things worked, particularly the skeletal and muscular system.
I suspect he thought that we would also go into medicine at a later date.
That basic understanding has been immensely useful when it came to drawing in general as I was able to work out how the muscles and bones assisted and restricted each other in poses and in movement, both for real and imaginary creatures.
My secondary school while it was more keen for you to follow the more mainstream subjects still had a very good Art department and the teachers while having to follow the curriculum for GCSE and A level loved discussing any areas of the subject if you were interested (The assumption was you weren't interested so You had to ask them) I do feel that while the teachers were lovely and did what they could, the curriculum somewhat shackled them.
My general drawing skills are mostly self taught with assistance from various lovely Teachers. I learned a lot from art books and strangely even picked up tips from Dick Francis novels, Read 'To the Hilt' it's actually got some very nice tips on how to handle Acrylics sneaked into the narrative.
I Completed GCSE and A-level Art, I suppose from that I learned how to follow a brief as the assignments tended to be quite restrictive when I did them. They had a strange fascination with the theme of 'Food & Drink' it was an Irritatingly regular topic in the exams.
After that It was a Foundation in Art & Design in the UU Belfast. anyone who isn't sure where in the field of art they want to be, do the foundation year. We got to try nearly everything and Personally I fell in love with Illustration and Animation from the modules I completed. That in turn prompted me to apply for an Illustration and Animation degree in Southampton. (I was under the impression that getting a Degree was what you did.)
From the degree I learnt about those pesky things 'project management' and 'time management'. While at the time these seemed like horrible concepts, I have come to rely on them heavily to balance a fledgling freelance career with 'pay-the-bills' work.
That 3 years I think made me a better person, I learned to manage money (admittedly badly at the beginning) deal with running my own life and balance work with my coursework. Not to mention that I met some of the best people I know there. The course was a 2D animation class as 3D was only just becoming a mainstream thing (2000) so while we looked into 3D we all believed that 2D would never fall out of favour. We covered all aspects of the 2D animation process and had more life drawing classes than you would ever believe, from static poses to children running about with a dog. they was even a day that an eagle came in for the day. while I am sure we complained about the Life drawing, I can honestly say it's one of the most lasting and useful skills to have.
I have to say that I don't actually think it matters if you have a degree or not in the arts. Its more what you do with your skills. Some of the most talented and successful people/artists that I have met in the last 10 years had no official training and were so good at what they do, that it was somewhat of a challenge to try and be as good as them.
I think that as long as you are enjoying the way you work and the things you create, keep doing it. If it becomes a chore and a hassle maybe it's time to try something else.
Currently I do a variety of things in my practice, I work on commissions, I teach, I run a Web comic, and I draw purely for my own enjoyment.
I am always learning new ways to work both practical and digital I don't think I will ever get Bored with a pencil and paper handy.
My comic is a collaboration with a writer John V Clerkin and normally is posted weekly. He writes issues at a time and we plot out characters and storylines together, this is a project we do for enjoyment and because we love the characters. it's been ongoing since 2011 when we thought of it and launched I believe in 2012.
You can really tell when I changed jobs when reading through it, as the styles change greatly depending on the amount of free time I had available. Currently I hand draw, ink & watercolour the pages before sending them to John for dialogue to be added, previously the pages ranged from just pencils to completely digital. It's been a lovely learning experience and I plan to keep drawing it as long as I can.
I range from a specialty in watercolours and illustration to vivid cartoon inspired acrylic paintings which can be rather large, so far 8 foot by 4 foot was the biggest, commissioned for a show jumping event as an attraction in the ring and a distraction to the horses. My commissions range between the two, paintings in acrylic selling well over the last year, with illustrative commissions in watercolour and inks also being popular. I like drawing and painting attractive bright images with a story to them. From my childhood in a farming community, animals feature strongly, mischievous sheep, with a tendency to attempt Houdini like escapes, aloof horses, inspired by my sisters small herd who always saw humans as beneath them and a pantheon of high energy dogs and cats, all begging to have their story told.
|Kilmartin Upper Stone Circle, Cork- Gouache on HP paper self toned using ink, coffee & gesso|
|Ryu: Japanesse ronin|
|Balrog: Mandinga brawler taken to america|
|Blanka: Guarani indian warrior from Amazon|
|Quing Dynasty soldier|
|Dhalsim: Malabar warrior from south india|
|Guile: Sea Captain|
|E. Honda: Kabuki Samurai|
|Ken: Outlander Ronin|
|Sagat: Khmer Warrior|
|Vega: Spanish fencer|
|Zangief: Outcast warrior from Russia|