I’m not sure if I’ve done any painting quite as relaxing to do as these goldfish. I’m going to miss painting them, but I also feel myself getting anxious for the next phase of this project. And to also get some color in my life instead of all of this black and white!
I started a new job last year, my first big-girl, all-day-every-day, grown-up job. It’s been challenging, figuring out how to manage my now much more limited free time. I feel like I’m constantly dropping the ball on something, but I suppose there has to be some give and take. And if I’m giving up my free time to be able to afford my apartment, well… that’s just a no-brainer, isn’t it?
But my job has a great perk- I’m still in a creative environment, and I get to see new, beautiful things made every day. These goldfish I’m going to start working on will hopefully be a marriage of my artwork, and the new resources available to me at my day job. We’ll just have to wait and see what shakes out!
This one ended up being a bit of a tribute to my dearly departed fish, Sirius. He was a Black Moor goldfish just like this (although he started to get a little orange in his old age). He lived for nearly a decade, and was a good ten inches long from the tip of his nose to the end of his long, flowing tail. He was a jerk who didn’t tolerate company in his tank very well, but we all want alone time sometimes, right? He just wanted alone time all the time. I got him the summer before high school, he came with me to college, and he spent his final days back at my parents’ house with a girlfriend fish he deemed acceptable. He was a helluva fish.
I’m a bit late with this update, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way sometimes.
Last year, I was invited to participate in Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show. LGAL has quickly become one of my favorite galleries to produce work for; they always have incredibly creative ideas that I would be surprised to see elsewhere. This is the third show of theirs I’ve had the honor of participating in (the first two being the Macro & Micro and GIRLS: Fact + Fiction shows), and this one was a doozy! The artwork for the show was all done with one goal in mind- to be used later in a series of four interactive dating games inspired by the Meyers-Briggs personality types.
For the games, I had the chance to provide two background locations; a classroom, and a theatre prop room.
In order to save myself from some massive headaches later, I did both scenes in black ink to make a greyscale image first, then scanned them and added color later on Photoshop. I think working like that made it easier for me to find cohesive color palettes for images with so many little bits and pieces and stuff going on.
I was a bit worried about how the backgrounds would gel with the characters painted by other artists, but the team at LGAL did a wonderful job both with the plotting of the story and with matching characters to scenery.
All in all, it was a great experience to work on such a cool project. Here’s a link to the first of the four games put out; I highly recommend you take a look and play it for a while, it’s a very engrossing choose your own adventure style game! Just remember to save every once in a while so you can go back and explore other endings.