Posting some #Pleinairpril ( old and new ! )
I minted the artwork 'Heron' on Rarible. Find me there! My username is michielvdheuvel
These are some sketches I made for a unannounced animated tv show. Maybe I can show the finished results later this month, maybe not. Either way I had a lot of fun doing these sketches.
Last year I did a daily drawing for two weeks, which is something I had not before. ( But seriously need to pick up on again ) I live in the Netherlands, a country with a rich history in water management. I never really felt all that passionate about that sort of thing, until I saw a documentary about how we have learned to live with the water. That struck a chord, and it instantly reminded me how much I loved going to the beach with my family when I was a kid. I had this thing for drawing lighthouses when I was younger. That was the main inspiration to start this daily routine. I really learned from this little journey and admit that it opened several doors to potential new projects, both personally and professionally.
Last month I was experimenting with some nifty animation app called Werble. Below are some experiments.. Currently I'm working on a different method which I will reveal at a later time. I've been researching a lot about creating atmospheric effects in After Effects and Photoshop, stitching gifs together and trying to composite them into Photoshop.
If you're reading this it means I have decided to bite the bullet and write a new blog post in my new website. ( Find my old one here ) It's been over a year since my last entry on my original blog, where I left off on a note saying that essentially my ambitions to be a professional independent freelance artist in the digital entertainment industry were not going very well. I had made many mistakes, did not gave it everything I had, and was very much in conflict with myself. I had to take measures otherwise I would never grow and develop as a person.
That year I started working in a restaurant as a kitchen aid to pay the bills. I have been there ever since and learned a thing or two about myself and life. 2017 has flown by incredibly fast and a lot has happened in that time. So much in fact that I've been shying away from writing a proper follow-up post just because of it. A lot of things were lost to and there were also many things that I left behind. With relief, but with a pained heart.
I hope that what I'm writing will offer a little insight to my experiences and my beliefs in life. I have mixed feelings about putting certain things out on front street, but I feel that these posts act as the cartilage of my sketches and paintings. For now I think it's better to keep it to the point :
I am still working a day job and I'm fine with that for now. Yes there are moments where I despise it, but more importantly, I started appreciating my free time a hell lot more. I found out that I still have plenty of ambition and drive to become better as an artist. I have learned many things in 2017. It's hard to think of them on the top of my head but here are some of the more hardline advice I wrote down recently :
1) Don't chase the money - chase your whimsical ideas, experiments and do what you like to be doing regardless of payment.
2) Don't compete - Just 'do you' and show it to the right people
3) Put knowledge into practice - figure out what can help you speed up your process with accurate results when you're on the clock
4) Track your progress - develop a rhythm or pattern in your progress so that you may improve upon it
4) Keep an open mind - try new techniques and different software to challenge yourself
5) Determine your worth - ask yourself if *your* work done for the month is a fair result against your minimum monthly financial needs and want
I'd like to go out saying that 2016 and 2017 made a real impact on me. I grew as a person and developped my ambitions, my passions. I feel very confident that I'm headed for a positive new year and I want to thank everyone in earnest for their patience and help.
Lastly, do enjoy some of my sketches and studies from this year!
Lately I haven't been studying much, but instead I have been focussing on just making personal work and putting my knowledge into practice. I have some ideas for upcoming pieces and I'm still thinking about a potential project that involves Dutch landscapes. At the moment there are many individual dots that I need to connect. I believe that 2016 will force me to shift into a higher gear. I expect next year will be difficult, but for all the right reasons. I think I'm heading for a rough time but I believe I will emerge stronger once it's behind me.
I wasn't planning on writing a big blog post to summarize the end of 2015, but looks like that's where it's heading! I'll sign off for now and come back later to touch on some subjects from this year.