Colour Revisited-Plant People


Flower Queen. 03.01.17


Above is a quick digital painting where I decided to experiment a little with colour. I am particularly happy with the face, even though the whole thing is a little cartoony and blocky. When working digitally, I find it hard to add in as many tones as I would if I was painting a portrait traditionally, as well as finding it tough not to use straight lines. I am happy with the atmosphere pf the painting though, and think it gives off the vibe I was looking for.


8.11.16-Colour Week Feedback

8.11.16- Loaded with the cold, fever, dizzy. In class. Presenting. I didn’t exactly have my hopes up.

BUT! My team came together wonderfully in the end, and everyone had a little something to show and talk about. Worries about the world aside, we had begun to work better as a team-organising a theme, a colour palette that we all liked, and a general aesthetic based on some reference images that we had found online. It is easy to start panicking about not having as much work done as you normally would, but when you are working with completely new ideas and tools, I think it’s allowed. We settled on an oriental kind of theme, using rich jewel tones to create a fantasy looking world. We wanted to steer clear of traditional earth tones of brown and green, and replace them with deep navy blues, vibrant pinks and soft sunset tones of ochre and burnt orange.

Based on the last groups sketches, we had drawn up some of our own takes on the creatures, adding colour and playing with warm and cool tones. We had also used this image as a reference to create some landscape concept art.

Artist unknown, found on pinterest.

We all loved the scale in this picture, and the organic feel to the land. We had also talked about having pillars of nutshell material holding up the exterior shell, which this picture represented pretty accurately.

Beata had her beautiful, fine art styled paintings to show. She has an awesome understanding of colour. And…well…everything she does is just looovely.

Ryan had used his digital skills masterfully to create some landscapes based on our groups imagined ideas-making use of other photographs as colour references (stealing that idea).

Claire had her little thumbnail sketches, which each gave a little look into the ideas that the group had.

And I had my more illustrated style drawings, trying to capture some character while including a little bit of colour and tonality.

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^few more to be added!

I’m seeing this colour week as a continuous project, and will of course keep working on my colour and tonal skills as the course progresses. Lets hope the digital paintings get at least a little better…





9.11.16- For my plant world project, I gave digital drawing a go, and was fairly happy with the end result. Although I would have liked to have done more. As always, you think that after watching a few online tutorials that you will be able to paint just like them. Eeh no. I found that making an object look 3d is quite difficult for me when I paint digitally, whereas when I paint traditionally, it isn’t always such a struggle. I also work with a lot of detail when I draw, which can be time consuming to add in digitally. But here it is!


After chatting with Conánn, I have realised a few faults which need fixing. Hopefully things that now I will be able to spot and get rid of myself. He is not a fan of X’s within drawings, and thought that my rider character should be arced a little more forwards, in a position of control. Initially the idea had been that the purple creature was rearing up, and so the rider had lost control, but I now see that it creates an unappealing line of action in the drawing. Otherwise, I am happy with it! If i had more time on this project, I might add some nice textures to the purple creature to avoid the flat look, and would like to add in more shadows and highlights. I would also place it in an environment, or a simple background.

At this stage, it is quite daunting how good a lot of people in the class are. Many paint digitally with ease and it looks awesome, meanwhile it takes me an age to figure out how to do something relatively mediocre. Hopefully with a lot of practice I will get there soon! From tutorials I think that I just have to be more confident with my work, and produce more of it! I like to do my research first, but for a while I think I’ll try to just dive in. Also…buy a bloody sketchbook! My work is on a million different pages and looks far less awesome than a busy lovely sketchbook.

1.11.16-Getting Somewhere!

1.11.16- After a week of feeling very daunted by colour and tones, and basically anything to do with concept sketches, I was finally able to get back into the swing of things by just going for it. These are by no means my best work, or even what I think is needed…but they are a start! I have included little bits of tonality as well as colour as I missed that week.

As a group we decided to try completing an A3 page of thumbnails each for Friday, and to push past the confusion to just create something worthwhile. Far more colour work to come…I’m being a little cautions at the moment…probably time to crack out the coloured pencils and go nuts. Work in progress I guess!

dsc_0713Little flower warrior riding on a bark creature. Could be the workers/open the nutshell? dsc_0714My take on one the last groups plant people designs. A little more lively and curious. Perhaps not so intelligent? dsc_0716dsc_0717dsc_0718Unfinished^

We were all talking yesterday about themes and colours we would like to work with…and have pretty much decided on a kind of oriental looking landscape, same as before with the pillars etc but with more little elements to that as well, i.e. water, caves, cliffs. We like the idea of a burnt orange/amber and navy tones with little hints of pink and red.

We were also trying to give our people a little bit of culture to make them more meaningful. I think we should forget about the physics of it all and how it opens/closes and just focus on creating little snapshots of what looks like a nice landscape for these people to live in.  Plus giving each of our own twists on the characters.
For example I had the idea that maybe the people have festivals to celebrate the sun coming back around…kind of like Christmas or Easter…They could decorate and have feasts etc…just little things to help build character and story! 

24.10.16- Oh Dear.

Following a pretty tough and disastrous week for myself and the team, we are all back and working hard to create something lovely for colour week. This week we have the addition of Ryan, and I am back in the country to help out as much as I can. I think last week we all got too involved in research, and in trying to work out the logics of the world, and so didn’t have enough time to actually draw up our plans.

We were finding our new world very difficult to understand, and due to that were just lacking in motivation…I now feel that if we had just dived into creating some kind of landscape, perhaps a story would have emerged with time. This whole process is about learning and exploring new things, and we had all got too caught up in imagining a perfectly logical world that not much real work was done. The frustrating thing is that using your imagination and constantly thinking about something can be exhausting, and can also take forever. So we all came out of the process a little dejected and wilted.

Nevertheless, we are back, and hopefully with a vengeance. Let’s see…