Once upon a time I exclusively drew non-figures. Some time ago, many things happened and everything else took a back seat. There’s been some resurgence in non-figure stuff, but that’s all they’ve been – resurgences. Despite some recent paintings of which I’ve been fairly happy, there’s something that’s quite lacking.
Well, that’s all the other stuff that’s kind of been sitting on the back burner for the last many years.
The quality of figure drawing and painting has, despite all my gripes and all, gone up over the same last many years. A good quick comparison from d280 spans 2003 to 2009. On the other hand, scenery is still scenery. Admittedly this isn’t quite as fair a comparison since quality in the comics is somewhat lower than the local max, the last time I painted something non-biological was never (well, I suppose there’s that traction engine, but I can’t find it), and the last time a ‘resurgence’ happened was in 2006.
It’s not like there’s been no gains whatsoever, but it’s been paltry compared made to the gains in figures.
What I want to do now – and this really is a want; I don’t actually know how far or how close this is from happening – is to get rid of the divide between figure and non-figure and just have ‘drawing’. I don’t really know when this divide happened – it wasn’t always there; I think there are old paintings that do a good job integrating everything – but I haven’t really been able to do anything recently where both the foreground and background both don’t suck. I’ve been using ‘background’ and ‘foreground’ and ‘figure’ and ‘non-figure’ kind of interchangeably largely because I’m not even that sure myself of what I’m talking about (as usual).
Anyway, I’m trying to go back to my roots – non-figures with a focus on the details. This is the second in what may or may not be a series of many. This is probably the first full-pencil job I’d consider ‘finished’ that I’ve done for a long time now – the first such piece that wasn’t for a class (I’m discounting the work I did in ART140/141 in 2009) in even longer. I actually don’t think it’s half bad.
There’s also a paintchat.
I dunno wut J’s doing, but I’m trying something new again. I’ll talk about it next time. Also, still need to cover powerline networking.