inspiration pictures: http://pin.it/DCyb4zn
I want to try to blend in different threads and using a few different stitches to get various textures and directions.
Kiva Ford fabricates one-of-a-kind glass instruments designed for special applications in scientific laboratories. By night, he retires to his home art studio where he utilizes his vast skillset to create curious glass vessels, miniatures, goblets, and other unusual creations working entirely by hand.
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kivaford?source=aw&awc=6073_1454347670_62131550a609e168c758092ac399b445&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=ca_location_buyer&utm_content=227305
I really like this artist because of how hard it is to manipulate glass especially within a vial. The level of detail achieved is astonishing and very intriguing concepts that he comes up with. I love the way he makes the glass look realistic and clean I really appreciate.
For this character sheet i created an alien species. They're broken up into subgroups, this character being one of the lower classes so they're much more humanoid. I wanted to keep a human figure and shape, but adding twists to make the character very recognizably alien. First i had the hands only have four fingers. Then i tried out making the legs have a different structure from a human leg. Patches along the characters skin change colors depending on their mood, the rest is varying shades of green with pink freckles on their face. The character also has an antennae like attachment at the hairline that is used among their species for telepathy purposes. I'm very happy with how it turned out, just one the side of alien but still with human basis. I definitely want to develop this character more, practice lots of poses and push what i can do with this character. I want to use them in a future illustration and maybe down the line do a comic strip or something similar about them. I definitely want to take what i've learned about pushing my boundaries as far as characters and figures in future character designs to keep growing and learning how far i can push my drawing and how i can manipulate the characters.
it was really fun to draw the skeleton to understand how to proportion the body correctly and the sizing of how different bones are positioned to make up the base of the figure.
my worst gesture drawing was the top photo and my best was the bottom photo. I think that the top one is the worst because it doesn't show movement or space, the limbs look fixed and stagnant and like a cardboard cutout. While the bottom photo has movement and mass showing a figure that could become mobile at any point.
Did you learn new techniques or processes as part of the work for this project? I learned a lot about scratch boards during this project. I haven't used them a lot in the past, it's an interesting idea creating the lights instead of the darks but I find it very hard to think about and achieve. It was a fun experience but I prefer adding the shadows.
Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project? I haven't worked a lot with anatomy so this was pretty ambitious. Trying to understand how the proportions of the body worked on a not quite human figure.
When did you step back and analyze you work during this project? After I finished the mermaid and fish I stepped back and looked at the environment, I had originally planned to put a coral reef around and in the background but with however thing else was going it seemed too dull and boring so I decide to use a kelp forest instead.
How is this artwork about who you are or what you like?
Being a self portrait it's my representation of how I see myself, so it's really colorful and out there psychedelic feel with a goofy expression. There's lots of color contrast to get the lights and darks while being light hearted and funny.
Did your work take an unexpected turn due to a mistake or did something happen that was unplanned?
The lips and mouth area in the beginning was very muddy with color and I didn't like how it looked so I erased all of it and started over being very careful to not get it muddy again and making the lips more full so it was proportional to the rest of the expression.
Did you find inspiration from another artist or culture?
My inspiration for using colors in this was came from a couple of pieces I saw by Nikos Gyftakis where he had these really crazy expressive faces with lots of color and lines, it struck a cord with me because I love using color and it was used in such an interesting way that it inspired me to have a crazy color palette as well.