Quick watercolor sketch from class a week or two ago. 
As I sit here with most of my studio packed to go home for winter break I reflect on the semester. I learned a lot about myself as a person and an artist. It seems my calling is now fantasy illustration. And though I don’t want to make perfectly realistic work I want the knowledge that I can use to better portray my ideas realistically. Over the break I’ll work on junior thesis. I’ll develop a scheme for the whole series. In my head I see myself doing watercolor under paintings with gouache on top. Following a somewhat classical manner of laying down value first, then building up chroma and detail after. Will this work? Who knows. It’s just a fuzzy picture in my brain right now. It’s up to me to make it reality. To give my vision the physical time and energy of exploration that it needs to become reality. 
In truth, I’ve been through this so many times before. And that’s what’s scary. How many times can I commit myself to a project and feel like a failure? How many hours have I committed in the past and how many am I willing to in the future? My one comfort is I feel different about things now. Art and life in general. Thinking about break I feel more relaxed and less pressured. From experience that’s led to artistic breakthroughs. I can only hope it means as much this time. 
I may post some progress shots so keep a look out. I’m hoping to have fun…and make some cool looking pieces. 
If this is the start of your winter break then may you enjoy it as well…and happy holidays to all. 

Quick watercolor sketch from class a week or two ago. 

As I sit here with most of my studio packed to go home for winter break I reflect on the semester. I learned a lot about myself as a person and an artist. It seems my calling is now fantasy illustration. And though I don’t want to make perfectly realistic work I want the knowledge that I can use to better portray my ideas realistically. Over the break I’ll work on junior thesis. I’ll develop a scheme for the whole series. In my head I see myself doing watercolor under paintings with gouache on top. Following a somewhat classical manner of laying down value first, then building up chroma and detail after. Will this work? Who knows. It’s just a fuzzy picture in my brain right now. It’s up to me to make it reality. To give my vision the physical time and energy of exploration that it needs to become reality. 

In truth, I’ve been through this so many times before. And that’s what’s scary. How many times can I commit myself to a project and feel like a failure? How many hours have I committed in the past and how many am I willing to in the future? My one comfort is I feel different about things now. Art and life in general. Thinking about break I feel more relaxed and less pressured. From experience that’s led to artistic breakthroughs. I can only hope it means as much this time. 

I may post some progress shots so keep a look out. I’m hoping to have fun…and make some cool looking pieces. 

If this is the start of your winter break then may you enjoy it as well…and happy holidays to all. 

On to the next one #art #watercolor  (at 10th Street Residence (SVA))

On to the next one #art #watercolor (at 10th Street Residence (SVA))

Here’s a new picture I’ve been working on in fantasy illustration class. The teachers are Stanley Martucci and Cheryl Griesbach. The whole time Stanley was saying to put fairy juice in the bottle and I didn’t quite get it until I finally I realized to put absinthe! Happy drinking. 

Close up of work in progress. I love the texture. #coloredpencil #watercolor #illustration #art

Close up of work in progress. I love the texture. #coloredpencil #watercolor #illustration #art

If you don’t already, follow me on twitter @adardarnov and now there’s never been a better time since I’m giving away a mini-print of this rose painting! Just retweet me to enter. The contest ends tomorrow night. I’ll draw a winner out of a hat. Good luck! 

If you don’t already, follow me on twitter @adardarnov and now there’s never been a better time since I’m giving away a mini-print of this rose painting! Just retweet me to enter. The contest ends tomorrow night. I’ll draw a winner out of a hat. Good luck!