Where The Wild Things Aren’t
20-25 minute speedpainting, strictly ArtRage 3 Pro:
This is a great example of where I'm experimenting, and where I don't like where the piece is. It's also a very good example of when one has decided that they're done fucking with something, and that they're walking away from it.
With this piece, I'm going to take a few moments to give you insight to my mindset on it.
Overall, I just don't care for the piece. I played with it a bit, messed around with some basic layer manipulation, a bit of distortion, etc. However, it just didn't get to a point where I started to like it. That alone can often end up being the death knell for working on something, especially when it's an artist working with their creativity. Some will overwork it and overwork it. Others will (often just half-heartedly) go through the motions, hoping that something will eventually come out of it. And then there are times like this one, where it's just done.
Don't get me wrong, the piece does have it's strong points. It's got a somewhat balanced aesthetic to it. The colors, in several spots, are very lush, and contrast with each other in a good way. There are some parts of the creature's face that I like, but some of that is also where visual matrixing is filling in the blanks in my mind's eye.
Am I completely done with it? Who knows. I might come back in a week, a month, a year, or whatnot, and decide to start noodling about with it again. Perhaps I'll use it as a template for a new piece, or perhaps I'll even integrate it into another piece via some form of blend layer. Only time will tell.
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