This week's prompt was Garden. I used as source of inspiration an image from my thesis presentation, which in fact was an aquatic scene. I really loved the color combination from there and even though it wasn't the "right" one for an "earth garden", I still decided to use it in the image. So the result was a bit of surrealist color combo...
Here are a few work-in-progress images for the 2nd picture in the series of Seasons, namely Summer.
For some time now, I was thinking about creating a series type of project, containing several pieces linked together through a theme. I like having something to look forward to, when it comes to creating.
So I decided to have a theme centered around seasons, one painting for each of them. But how to represent a season? With a landscape? Specific colors? Flowers? Animals? People? Then I thought: "How do seasons affect our emotions, and towards what kind of activities do they guide us? What do we feel the most in each season?" And the answer was "freedom" and "open space" in the spring, "lazy contemplation" in the summer, "melancholic inner retreat" in the autumn, and "childish happiness" in the winter. So I tried to capture those feelings through the illustrations.
Today is the work in progress for Spring.
The inspiration for the piece came literally from the street... A few days ago this cute girl passed by me and I couldn't take my eyes off her stockings, so I decided to make a drawing of her (actually more of her stockings than her). She looked quite "springy" with her little pastel flower skirt and the bunnies on her legs.
Here are a few snapshots of the piece "Bunny stockings girl", while working on it.
Some of you might find it interesting to see how an illustration (in this case ASMR Escape) is colored. For this reason, I have scanned the image several times while working on it.
The first thought was to post the images themselves here, I then realized it would be much more fun to animate the entire workflow so the changes can be seen as an organic evolution from one phase to another.
Note: reducing the image resolution was a necessary compromise in order to keep the file size reasonable.
Taking advantage of the beautiful weather we have here in Tampere (which usually is quite temperamental in its mood swings)... So I went sketching some of the buildings of the former Vapriikki factory (now a museum), situated on the Tammerkoski rapids.
Just a heads up on this: I have taken a lot of "artistic license" on the sketch, as I decided to simplify things and draw the buildings pretty much in the water. Rest assured though, all is high and dry in Vapriikki!
And here is a reference taken that day:
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