Some of you might recognize this week's illustration. It is a repainting of a self-portrait I drew for the 2008 Blog Archive page on my personal website. Each year I try to come up with one image that sums up the big events going on in my life. At that time I had just begun freelancing, which was very stressful! So it seemed like a good image for this theme. Appropriately, I got to paint this version of the image during another extremely busy time in my life. It's always therapeutic to draw how you feel, right?
Previously I was mixing my colors on a piece of scrap paper and then applying them to the painting. I'm not sure why that was my method... Usually I would run out of the color, and have to remix it, which was always a bit different. Lately I have been mixing my colors in a plastic palette, which is working much better. I can mix up a bunch of a color, so I make sure I have enough to cover an area. Also, when I'm mixing another similar color, I can do it right on top of an old one, so I collect some of the previous color, which helps unify the color scheme (hopefully) and leads to more unique color choices. It's a small (probably obvious) step, but I feel like it's making a big difference in these paintings. I've got another 76 of these to go, so hopefully I can discover some more good tips along the way!
Next week: Trouble Lurking!