Short Stories Art Project

Until recently, I have been neglecting my digital art.  I got it in my head a few weeks ago that I wanted to paint the Doctor from BBC’s Doctor Who.  After that, I was inspired to paint some more.  In less than a month, I ended up with four Doctor Who portraits, a painting of Bob and me, and not just one but two characters from my (still unfinished) epic masterpiece.

What’s funny to me is that even after I spent all of my free time this past weekend pretty much doing little other than paint, I still wanted to paint some more… only I had run out of ideas of what to paint.  I was inspired to jot down some notes about my epic masterpiece in the meantime, and suddenly and idea occurred to me for an art project.

Although my method of painting largely relies on using photo references, and I find great difficulty painting something “from scratch” without it looking disproportionate (anatomy) and flat (lighting), I’ve decided that I would like to paint some illustrations for the short stories I’ve posted here.  While I know that I’ll struggle with such a challenge, I’m hoping that it will help me get my mojo back.

So, here are my proposed perimeters for this project:

  • At least one character portrait for each of the three short stories currently posted.
  • At least one illustration of a scene described in each short story.
  • Update the pages for each short story with the portrait and illustration(s).
  • Focus on one story each month, for the next three months:
  • Each painting has to be unique and not look like a series of paintings (meaning, not like my Portraits of the Doctor, or my character portraits for The Pillow Game).
  • On each painting, I have to try something I’ve never tried before.

After completing each individual painting during this project, I will post it here on my blog, and to deviantART.  At the conclusion of the project, I will update each of the static pages for the three short stories to include the paintings.

I think this project will be a wonderful form of mental preparation for continuing work on The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends.  I’ve delayed it for a long while now, partially because I haven’t had my collaborators there to help me out.  It might not be my epic masterpiece, or even the novel I need to re-write, but it is a story I’m very passionate about.  If I can feel confident of my ability to illustrate The Pillow Game moving forward, I might be that much less disparaged at the idea of writing it alone.

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