This week I really felt I was making progress. I’m never 100% satisfied with a piece (ever!) but this week it came much closer to 75%! :D
A goal of 1000 Hours of sketching/digital painting practice to improve my skills
Back after Easter, but a long dental appointment meant a small dent in my available hours this week.
I took a step backwards on my ‘Cherry Blossom’ piece this week. I wasn’t happy with her hair / wrists. A friend suggested that her wrists were elegant and that I needed to show them again and I completely agree. I also made her hair more flowing.
No updates this week as I was away for the easter holiday. Its good to get away from the screen and…
This week I spent most of my spare time in Photoshop. I’ve been using it for years and years, but not really to paint in, so I’m picking up new tips and tricks on every piece I work on.
21 hours – 938 to go. Here is what I worked on this week:
Week 1 – a good start! 3 sketches and 2 converted into Photoshop.
21 hours completed – 979 hours to go.
Experimenting with just a limited number of brush shapes. Majority of both of these pieces were using a ‘Ragged hard round brush’ set to different opacities and switching between a round tip and a more precise tip (just checking the ‘shape dynamics’ box under the brush settings.)
Hi! I’m Wendy Stephens, a self-employed graphic designer and artist and I’ve run Dark Iris Design in Hertfordshire, UK for the last 6 years.
I’ve been struggling to find time for creativity lately. Quite tough when your job and lifetime hobby are the same thing. And when I do find time, I’m so burnt out from looking after my beautiful 20 month old little girl, that I find it hard to kickstart the next self initiated project. Paid client work? No problem at all, no deadlines missed there (I’ve never ever missed a client deadline, a fact I’m incredibly proud of).