Art takes time.

I was flipping through my Instagram feed the other day and was just blown away by some of the amazing artwork in there. Then I got that feeling. You know the one. You see a piece of art and you can’t believe how good it is. You stare at it for a while then a little voice in the back of your head says, “You’ll never be that good.”…  You move on to the next piece and it’s more of the same. There are two ways to handle that little voice. First, you can listen to it, pack up your goods and switch careers or there’s the second. You can use it as a little kick in the pants to motivate you to do better work. I decided to go with number two.

They all had two things in common.

The art world has become so on-demand lately that I felt the need to streamline my art just to keep up. That meant cutting out some of the background details and simplifying light and shadow in order to meet ever demanding deadlines which is exactly what I did.

My work became so streamlined that I could basically meet just about any deadline no matter how crazy. That’s all fine and good but because it was so streamlined I felt it was also missing something. I decided for this piece I was going to try and switch things up. I was going to take my time and see what I could come up with.

It’s okay to slow down.

I knew my stuff wasn’t going to come out looking exactly like those pieces on Instagram but that wasn’t really the goal. Basically, I just wanted to use those pieces as inspiration and see if I could improve my work. Anyhow, here’s what I came up with. I learned a lot working on this piece but if there’s one takeaway for me it’s this, it’s okay to slow down because sometimes to get what you want takes time. Art takes time. Hopefully, my clients will see things the same way and this will  be the start of something new. I’ll keep you posted.

Until next time. Keep on keeping on!

Something Cool for Artists Who are iPad Users

childrens book mouse illustration by bob ostrom

I posted a link to this on Facebook last week but for those of you who don’t follow me there or might have missed it here it is again. You can now pick up the Procreate Artist’s Handbook on iBooks for free. I downloaded my copy last night and have not officially cracked the spine on it yet but you can be sure I’ll be going through it as soon as I have some time. If you’re an iPad user and you haven’t tried the Procreate app yet I highly recommend you give it a try. It’s one of the best out there.

Other Apps

I’ve worked my way through a lot of artists app on iPad but for the most part remain unimpressed. Last week however I picked up a copy of something I think holds a lot of promise.  I talking about Clip Studio Paint for iPad and will be taking a deeper look in weeks to come. So far I’ve only dipped my toe in but it looks like a great option. Unfortunately though it’s a subscription ($8.99 per month at the time of this post) so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Subscriptions seem to be the wave of the future which is great for the developer but not so much for users. The rates on most seem pretty reasonable until you start doing the math then suddenly you realize all those little payments quickly add up. I should mention there is a 6 month free trial period on this app if you pick it up before December 20th 2017 which I think is a smart move on the part of the developer. That should give artists like me just enough time to get hooked before the rates kick in.

I’ll post updates as I learn more but for now the art you see in today’s was done 100% digitally on the iPad Pro using only the Procreate app. Until next week happy drawing.