Art by Vethysnia

Traditional & Digital Art by Tasha Shropshire

Watercolor Studies & Concept Work

It’s a simple enough sketch, right? Simplistic and rough, not to mention a bit crappy in general, haha! But that’s the greatest thing about concept artwork, the more you build upon it the better it looks, and early mistakes actually contribute to giving your piece a far more organic look than if you had strove for absolute perfection from the beginning. Artwork needs passion, and freedom. It doesn’t do well under certain kinds of pressure and oftentimes being overly critical of your work is super debilitating of the creative process. We all have that problem as artists, don’t we? Being too hard on ourselves. It’s fine to be ambitious; but when those ambitions leave little room for error or thinking outside of the box, there’s really no point.

Another study I did of the same woman but with watercolor cakes and watercolor pencils. I explored the possibilities I could create with the background on this and I chose to do it in watercolor, because not only is it a medium I’m least familiar in and I was curious if I was still terrible with it (which…I’m really not, I’m definitely a novice but I’m not terrible LOL), but I know that some artists can make some brilliant works with it. My human anatomy and accuracy still needs a lot of work therein my traditional mediums, but I was very pleased with how the watercolor study came out.

Art is such an intimate, and personal thing. It speaks volumes to others and with godlike introspection unto ourselves. As artists we’re constantly learning, constantly wanting more, honing the marble of our skills until we are brilliant, shining, limitless, but still not perfect. And to that, I say screw perfection. The very concept of perfection defeats the purpose of doing artwork, and infects the imagination with negativity that just really screws with the synapses. Don’t ever continually entertain low self esteem when it comes to your work, and if you do please seek help, or accept that the more you work at it, the more layers you add, the more paint you slosh on there, the better it’s going to look regardless because it really does have your soul imprinted in those strokes. Be kind to your mind, body, and soul, especially when it behaves. 🙂

And above is my hooded woman being transferred to a 10 x 20 canvas with water mixable oil and acrylic paint.
For the record, this is my very first drawing ever done in watercolor pencils. My very first attempt. Please witness this and celebrate with me! LOL No but seriously, I was insanely proud of this, and learned a lot about water soluble paints and their reaction to paper.

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