I’ve recently been reading a book called Daily Painting by Carol Marine which I can really recommend. It’s about an online movement of artists who strive to complete a single, small work every day to hone their skills. It’s a beautiful book that really does a great job of convincing you to step back from overly complicated work and just paint something to completion every day. After that, try to sell it. I really like the examples of artwork in the book, and it also contains a lot of really great painting instruction.
Cards on the table, I am a terrible painter. I’ve dabbled, but most of my successes have been flukes. I’ve been trying to get back into it more and more, but with supplies costing a lot more than I can currently afford, I’m just working digitally right now. I’m starting small, with the oil paints feature in Manga Studio 5, and learning the basics. I realise it’s some way from real paint on canvas, but from what I can tell the brushes behave a lot like the real thing and it’s a valuable tool to learn. With that in mind, here is what I hope will be my first of many daily paintings.
It took me about an hour and a half, and I’m pretty happy with the result. My source was an image found online (I don’t eat enough fruit to support a still life art career) and with it being digital there’s no canvas to sell, but there it is nonetheless, my first daily painting. There are a few bits I don’t like, I think the bowl is pretty lifeless and there’s not much separation between the town and the table, but I think the apple turned out pretty good. As I go on, it might turn out I don’t really have the time keep the habit going, but for now I’m quite exciting about watching my progress.