Back to School part 2: Permission to Create Junk


One of our first projects for my class was to create “junk” art. This isn’t a conceptual thing, or anything thematic. The goal was to work in a medium that you’re not confident in for 30 minutes. I opted to try digital painting.

I took a painting class in college, and never finished a single piece. Working in opaque paint was like pushing mud around and I had a tendency to over-smooth everything. This resulted in mushy looking definition of different planes. Barf.

The image was created in Manga Studio 5. The image on the left is where my painting was 30 minutes in. The image on the right is the piece at 4 hours in. It’s still not finished, but it’s coming along.

It was a fun challenge.

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