Deviant since Jun 25, 2003 | Core Member until Mar 5, 2017
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Looking back at my ig history of 2016. I hope this sketchbook I'm working on reaches the end during 2017!
I have so many sketchbooks that I just abandoned for no reason. I hope this year has started well for you all
Personally I'm feeling a bit lost in few areas of life. However I'm putting at least good effort into fixing myself. It's a process and I'm sure I'll use art as means to look at my life, because that seems to always work.
After the exhibition I'm more free to experiment with different levels of crazy visually and that's freeing too. The sketchbook has really worked wonders as a low stress level kind of free space to get weird with it.
The experimental nature of my art has always been something that has been a TERRIBLE marketing move. However screw that! \o/
I hope I can keep surprising you with creative things you didn't see coming in 2017. (suggestions are welcome)
I hope you all have a great new year. I think we can all feel happy 2016 is finally over. Just wanted to share this painting I did recently.
I didn't take nor edit this photo, my model/canvas/intergalactic space explorer Barry did. I acted more as a human-tripod if that makes sense to you. It's interesting to paint something that will only exist a few minutes in the world. Also lately it seems I seem to fascinated with methods that have pretty high risk of failure, like ink pens and painting without a sketch.
There's something cool about being as surprised as everyone else by what the painting ends up like.
I posted a color vector of this on my instagram: www.instagram.com/angrymikko/?… It's a page from my sketchbook. For some reason I'm too afraid to post pages from my sketchbooks to da so I've taken to use ig as this sort of free creativity zone where as DA is a bit more finished stuff only.
Kinda been excited to use my sketchbooks more lately. For some reason there's this childlike glee I get from just doodling animals and forests. I'm sure it will bleed into my more laborious pieces too but for now I just want to have fun for a bit.
Getting art ready for the group exhibition in AVA Galleria was hard enough that I think I deserve to be a bit silly for a while
p.s. Few things make me smile as widely as seeing DogeDays add a piece of mine to his fav folder titled... well if you're reading this Doge you know what! Thank you.
I was painting with one of my favourite people on the planet. I spent so much time barking him not to give up on his piece I barely had time to think what I was doing myself. This looked 99% abstract until the last few minutes of our painting session. I'm pretty happy with the way I was able to turn this ship around at the last second. (I know I always go for the cheapest puns available, it's a medical condition I can't help it)
I just had the best weekend. I'm very lucky to have people in my life that I love so much.
The process of getting the artwork done was honestly a lot more work than I thought. Since all artists have only 4 pieces there i wanted to be sure the ones I chose would work as a cohesive theme together. The Light Between Us was finished for a long time and I only cut it out during the last month because another ink drawing took it's place.
This one was hard because I knew the texture I wanted to surround the main subject but a bathroom floor filled with ink splatter tests didn't produce any results I wanted. The water droplets were just too big for what I had in mind. The answer came to me one day when I was on my way to work and I rubbed some dirt on a a3+ paper that I then hairsprayed to stick to it long enough so I could get it to a working scanner. Now it looks the way I saw it in my head and I feel good that I didn't settle for something else.
The whole exhibition experience has been great and I definitely plan on doing it again at some point but it's a VERY expensive process so don't think I'm just lazy if it takes a while.
I think my whole last year was a complete rollercoaster ride. I don't think I've worked so hard in my life. The games I worked on were incredibly different and jumping between polar opposite visual styles. Was like doing paint-yoga for 12 months non-stop.
So where am I now after it's all shipped and on sale? Feeling very proud because Resogun really is fantastic and when playing it I can feel all the love we put into it's game design and aesthetics.
Also I'm dead tired... and kind of lost.
I spent so much time focused on achieving the goals I set for myself at work that now that I achieved them there's suddenly this big void of nothing. I think I work pretty well under pressure but when I'm not "driven" by a goal that I feel passionate about like that I unravel like toilet paper in the wind.
Yes the obvious thing is to focus on next games. However I feel like I kind of need more substance in my life. I just have no idea what that might be so my plan is to:
A) give myself a bit time off to just be for once, maybe even reconnect with people I haven't seen in ages B) explore things I could do with my art.
I feel like doing a small visual project would be fun at this point. When creating a whole world for a game you can feel a bit hollow afterwards because it's probably 2 to 3 years of your life that you've spent in a completely fictional space. Doing something smaller right now would probably feel like less risky for my soul. It needs to mend before it can give again.