Sunday, March 27, 2016

Recent work and ramblings

It's easy to say, from an academic standpoint, that illustrative artwork needs to be more than just a picture, and that it needs to depict a clear story for the viewer to become immersed in. It's another to really develop a painting into a scene that immerses the viewer in the world you pictured from the beginning.

Lately I've found myself experimenting with different environments to push the narrative a bit further. I found that every painting brings me a bit closer to that illustrative feel that I've been aiming for, and the tiniest bits of information I acquire along the way really start to add up. That's not to say that there haven't been some terrible paintings that will never see the light of day, but I no longer feel that overall level of dread with the arrival of that ugly stage.

The ugly stage is nothing to be feared. It is an inevitable part of a painting that signals progress. It will always pass.

Here are a few of the pieces I feel showcase my own personal achievement in the past few months. The pieces that didn't fall behind after reaching that ugly stage, and went on to become personal favorites. They may not be the best work, or the strongest individually, but they represent points in my own path forward that stand out to me.

Canyon Crawler
Oil on panel

Ocean Charm
Oil on panel

Murk Prowler
Oil on panel