“How are you able to create your artworks?”
I usually get asked a lot by people, especially during exhibits and art talks, on how I go about my creative process as a painter.
I know, I know, I barely paint these days–but I figured that maybe writing about it will get me back on track! So here goes.
Lets take a look at this amazingly accurate visual representation of how MY creative process actually works:
My thought process, in all honesty, can be compared to the thought process of a 3-year-old. I should know, I’m raising a 3-year old.
First things first, where do I get inspiration from?
- TV series
- Life Experiences
- THE INTERNET (dun, dun, duuuun~)
Ah, now we’re getting somewhere.
You see, my thought process would go from just doing things and then a EUREKA moment, its almost always that sudden. The need to jot down ideas is just heart-racing, so I always keep a pen and paper close by.
What do my sketches look like when I just want to record my EUREKA moment, you ask?
They’re pretty messy, I know, but this works for me. This is a study for a painting I’m working on, inspired by a book I’ve read written by Neil Gaiman.
So then I get the layout, character expression, and usually there are notes on the side or just anywhere around the sketch that I made, pretty much like this comic strip I made for Mama Kaiju:
This is a comic strip based on my life experiences. Pretty much the things I want to remember, this is my way of preserving things.
Another sample would be inspiration from the Internet. One time, I was browsing through random quotes for work and I stumbled upon a really good one, by Neil Gaiman. So this concept sketch happened:
Still on the works, but I hope you get the idea.
So with those laid out for you guys, I then process the manner I want to render them.
I ask myself the following questions:
- Do I want to realistically render this?
- Can I pull it off nicely with heavy lineart and just hints of color?
- Is it good to animate?
Once I’ve decided on a certain approach on an artwork I am working on, I indulge in the hunt for pegs.
IT HELPS A LOT.
AND, I mean, A LOT.
Just looking at pegs online inspires me to try new things, to test new brushes, painting styles etc.,
My safest painting style, or go-to painting style, is usually the realistic ones and I never go wrong with those; they usually get mistaken for photo manips, but nonetheless, people still appreciate those! So its still a good thing.
Here is a sample of a painting process I made a few months back, its one of the Zodiac Sign Series paintings I did last 2016 for Asia Pop Comic Con and I really enjoyed making these!
I also forgot to mention that my creative process involves a whole lot of crippling self doubt episodes and a few self loathing here and there, and thats normal. I’m not gonna deny that I do also have episodes where I just give up and pick up a pen again after the feeling passes.
And you know what?
Just keep drawing, painting, writing, what have you.
“You start growing at times when you feel uncomfortable.”
I hope you picked up a thing or two about my creative process! 🙂