Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Animations



“Don’t ever get old. (...) The only thing to hope for is that you get so senile that you think you’re twenty years old again. That would be fun to relive.” 
Camilla Läckberg, "The Ice Princess"






I guess that all my personal works have one common denominator. Namely, they present solitary realms, environments frozen in stillness, as if life was on hold.

In the past painting such places was a kind of autotherapy or  an escape from reality. Materializing thoughts on paper made my inner world more "real", though the results were still quite ephemeral. 

Lately I decided to make something new with these environments by giving them some life. Just like here:






Bored with this introduction? In short: I made animations based on my previous paintings.

1. https://vimeo.com/130967262 - a full-length version (almost 3 minutes!) tells a story about a brave, tireless voyager who is traveling the world and looking for an inspiration (she is in the top left corner of this post actually).

2. https://vimeo.com/130965397  - a shortened version is a little bit more serious presentation of my works (a kind of an animated portfolio with a quite atmospheric music).

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I don't want to promise that I'll be posting videos regularly, but any support, comments and subscriptions to my Vimeo channel (https://vimeo.com/elwirapawlikowska) will be very very welcome and appreciated.

Friday, 22 May 2015

OLD SCHOOL



"One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it's left behind; I dare say a prisoner begins to relent towards his prison, after he is let out."

Charles Dickens, "Little Dorrit"






The title of this entry can be a bit misleading, I know. It's not at all about an "old school style", but about an old building of my high school.

When I was a little girl I really  wanted to learn there. You know that old saying: "be careful what you wish for, it might come true"?

Originally the building was designed  as a casino, but after World War II it was turned into a school. I guess that I would have much more fun in a casino...

That's how the drawing was made:





1. Trying to capture correct proportions. Sketching existing buildings is much more time consuming than sketching those imagined (at least in my case). Personally I like to use mechanical pencils 0.5 for such tasks.



2.  Watercolors - this step appeared to be even more time consuming than the previous one. A dangerous thought emerged in my head "Oh, I'll never finish it"...


3. ...so I decided to eat something. Of course it postponed the moment of finishing the work, but also saved the painting from destroying.


4. Getting back with new forces! Yes, now it looks truly idyllically... but don't be fooled by appearances ;)

Monday, 27 April 2015

3-POINT PERSPECTIVE - TUTORIAL





Time to continue the last post . We will take a deeper insight into constructing the line drawing of "Fantasy Castle". Below you can see (and download) an exercise in a super-fun subject: 3-point perspective + a slant horizon. Naturally we could ask a question: 

"Why bother about a perspective with 3 vanishing points if there's quite a lot of work with 2-point perspective?"

Well, it emphasizes an impression of the size of an object. In this case it will highlight that the castle was build on a rock protruding from the deep abyss.

Furthermore diagonal lines are more dynamic than  vertical, parallel ones and they give an impression of a speed (with which we could fall down into the lava for example...).




Hopefully this is useful somehow! The same tutorial (along with several other tutorials) is on the subpage "TUTORIALS" .

Thursday, 23 April 2015

"Fantasy Castle"



“I know only one thing. When I sleep, I know no fear, no  trouble, no bliss. Blessing on him who invented sleep."

Stanisław Lem, "Solaris"









This is a  kind of prelude to the tutorial about 3-point perspective. I'll present here how the drawing was created step by step. Whereas principles of perspective will be explained in the next few days in a downloadable tutorial somewhere here http://grimdreamart.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html. (At least that's the plan)







1. Setting a composition. Guiding lines were made with a pencil:


2. Aha! experience - it will be a castle. At this stage there are lots of constructional lines and I'm still not sure what shape the castle should eventually have. Using a pencil rather than a pen is much more safe right now:


3. When all what's desired is fixed with a waterproof pen (Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen is my personal favorite), we can get rid of additional interrupting lines. Well, it doesn't look excessively awesome, so...


4. Let's make some additions: windows, ornaments, dragons. It's immediately more cheerful, isn't it?


5. Time for watercolors. It's better to start with the environment before we'll go to the main subject. Apparently it's not necessary to choose warm colors for the foreground and the colder ones for the background. In some circumstances an exactly opposite approach can also work out well. Let's try it!


That's how the background looked like before it dried up. Grains of salt bravely absorb water and leave a fancy pattern:


6. These additions mentioned in the step 4...ekhmm, they're easier to draw with a pen than to paint with watercolors. I should have thought about that earlier...


7. Now it's time for textures made with a thin brush and dense paint. What's even more important I had to work further on overall color settings and  unify the whole painting. It required using a broad brush and diluted paint (yellow, purple and opaque gold):


8. Working on details with a pen once more. The whole drawing looks more "sharp" that way: