It’s somewhat ironic that exactly a month after feeling so pumped I am now feeling that I am reaching a near-burnout point.
It is nice to talk about the happy things – you know, those times when you are making progress and everything seems to go well – but I think that it is also important to acknowledge that there are also moments when I feel creatively drained and when I feel kind of lost.
I am in one of those phases at the moment and it’s not good to stay in that zone for too long so I decided to take action.
I am starting a new personal project that I will be sharing with you step by step.
Maybe something will come out of that and maybe not. Maybe I will love it and maybe it won’t be my best piece of work. Who cares? What matters right now it to give myself something to focus on. Something that I can have fun with and that will hopefully revive my ‘creative spark’ in the process.
I wanted to paint something to do with space because I had a lot of fun working on my last space painting and I felt that I wasn’t completely done with the theme yet.
While having a quick flick through the pages of my sketchbook I found those very rough sketches from early February this year.
So that’s it! Put on your space suit people because we’re going into space!
First thing first…
Space means A LOT of dark blue. I naturally started painting the background first.
Here is a quick hyperlapse:
Then I painted some placeholders for my little space guy and his spaceship, and for planets. I can’t wait to add the stars – it’s a really fun part! – but I think I will wait until pretty much the end for that.
By the way, if you think that you are seeing some shapes in the background you’re not mad: I painted the background over an illustration that I didn’t like and redid on a different sheet of paper (yes, I am one of those people who doesn’t like waste). Hopefully those shapes will disappear as I start adding details to the painting.
Aaaannnd… that’s it for today, but stay tuned as I will keep sharing my progress on this painting!
Until then, take care!