This picture came into my pinterest feed, and looking at it from my tiny ipod screen it looked to me like some creepy creature with weird hands. I saved it.
(found @ http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/)
A few months later I sketched out a little character and this weekend decided to paint it.
My sketches are usually pretty vague. I have this idea in my head that I don't want to waste my creativity on a sketch, like it can run out or something. I make notes and decide the color palette... Then begin.
One important lesson I have recently learned:
On previous paintings I have spent ages drawing out the details of the face on the paper, only to paint a base coat over everything, loosing my ideas. New technique: I get the basic shapes down, then draw the rest of details on tracing paper so that after the paint is down I still have an exact reference of what was where, and if necessary can use graphite transfer paper to put everything back in place.
I'm a genius.
'A Bad Moon Rising'