Also I’m off tomorrow to the Global Game Jam, where you make a game in 48 hours. I’m really curious how it will work out – I do not know yet my teammates, so I hope for some luck there. This means no painting this weekend, and maybe I’ll die when trying to carry my 20 kilo PC there. But if if all goes well I can post a game here… exciting!
An image I’m currently working on – I thought it might be interesting to show an in between step:
Luckily the model wants to pose once more in a couple of weeks – so I can tweak and adjust.
Comments and critiques are very welcome. I want to work on the hair more, just giving it more time. And when I’m at it, I can maybe change the body a bit. Even if I won’t change it massively: Its good when I have like two weeks rest in between, gives me a “fresh eye” for it.
And actually – upside down it looks nice. Maybe I’ll hang it up that way if it all works out
Recently I found this talk by William Domhoff about dreams. It is always great when researchers talk about such foggy topics with so scientific methods: Just facts, numbers and logic. It’s not only that this helps to get a clearer picture of what is really going on – but exactly this dry approach leads to often very surprising and nearly magical surprises.
(Btw: I found his dream studies after looking at his amazing work about politics – his insights from “Who Rules America?” are just as astonishing.)
I love his ending remarks (watch it first, if you don’t like spoilers) – which start with a quote by Havelock Ellis: “Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life?”
An surprising idea – that maybe there is not really more to dreams than we think, but maybe less to reality. I am thinking about this a lot recently, I feel there is something to it.
There are some other things I wonder about. For example why these two worlds seem so different. It is not just replaying life. I dreamed a lot of stories recently, and while I find them amazing, none of them would work in a movie. I also aim at making my pictures more “dreamy” – but dreams don’t seem to give static normal images one could just paint down.
Here is a go at it by Arnold Böcklin (1827 – 1901) that makes me feel its worth trying. He was asked by an old lady to paint a “picture to dream oneself in”. The result is “Die Toteninsel” (“Isle of the Dead”). I took this photo in Berlin, where one of the four existing versions hangs. I can’t quite figure what makes it look like a dream, but it does totally work.
As promised yesterday – and with a nod to Jacob Maris.
Was really cold but worth the pain. Lets hope the snow stays longer (or new fluff joins in), so that I can make at least one more.
Jacob Henricus Maris (1837 – 1899) is a Dutch artist I found in a gallery in Assen (little town in Holland).
This particular image I find amazing. The day I discovered it, I’ve put it on my desktop. After that I went to sleep – and I dreamed I am there. I was in a world painted in this style – I was walking around analyzing how the light behaves. Very inspiring dream.
I’m sure it will show in my works – actually I’ll post one probably tomorrow. In any way it got me really motivated to paint outside.
The sky nearly seems to glow out of that picture, wouldn’t you say? I think its his impressive use of values (a topic I think a lot about recently, I had neglected it way too long).
For one it works because he made the contrast strong – he resisted the normal feeling to make the city bright and detailed as it looks to your eye when looking straight at it. Interestingly though, he also did not make it very dark, but uses a very narrow value spectrum – that is the important trick. He only saved those darkest darks for the figure, which gives the image a focus and keeps it warm and bright.
I’m surprised this artist is not more widely known. Anyways – here are some more – enjoy and start dreaming!