Thursday, January 12, 2012

Spontaneous Productivity & Traditional Redemption

Here are some personal works I did a few months ago entirely out of boredom:

2-3 years ago, my friends and I went to this Warehouse Sale of a certain mall. Basically, the stores were putting a lot of things for sale that would most likely be phased out already. What interested me most was one of those Japanese stores that sell random handy (or not) stuff.

Here are some of the things I bought:

Left: flat wooden pieces used to make faces. (pieces already taken out)
Right: wooden paddles for badminton??

So the time came when I had a free day and had nothing better to do.
I found these again just lying around somewhere collecting dust.

"Dammit man!" "This ain't trash! Ingredients of Productivity!"

I had to make use of them. But how?

"Well, I haven't been drawing anything lately." And an idea comes to mind...

It's been a while since I touched my watercolor set from school.
You can even say it turned back to a virgin after years of ignoring it.
And viola:

Gave these paddles some faces.

How I amused I was from making them and just looking at them when I finished. They look silly! I can even imagine what they would sound like if they had voices.

There were 2 round pieces left so I had to make use of them too. And since the way I painted these were quite simple, I thought I'd challenge myself by putting more detail on these final two pieces.

And here they are:

Tried making the Sun and Moon with some references from the net. 
I have to say I was quite pleased with what I did.

And honestly, I couldn't believe how much ignorance I had towards traditional painting since you know, there are so many digital works out there that have a much faster workflow with the help of the Undo Button. I really believed going digital all the way was best.

Yes, very superficial of me to think digital is better. But in fact, all methods do have their pros and cons, I realized. I'm really stubborn that way to realize stuff like these late.

Well, I did have fun with this spontaneous project. It actually helped me reacquire faith in my capabilities in traditional art. 

So, I decided that I'd put my Digital methods on hold until I improve my foundations on traditional art. That's right, I hid that Wacom Tablet of mine until I believe that my traditional skills have reached an exceptional level. "He who is deemed worthy, shall posses the power of  Thor  Wacom." Haha.

And that my friends, is one of the reasons you've been seeing nothing but scans from my sketchbooks in the earlier posts. I'll keep this progress up. As one said, "You'll always find yourself learning more."

P.S. If you stare at the Sun and Moon for a few seconds with one eye closed, you might see this spherical effect that they make. See it? I did.

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