Black Panther

So as I finished up my latest piece of fan art this week it got me thinking. Black Panther is tipped to be one of the biggest movies at the box office and when that money starts coming in what happens next?

There will no doubt be some people in very influential positions in the movie industry that will notice this spike and how will they react? What decisions will be made in regards the big budget movies centered on more a ethnic cast in the future?

It’s no secret that black characters have until recently been very type casted in their roles in big movies with the exception of a few and most films with a black cast where made with a much smaller budget.

This will hopefully be the movie that opens the door for not only black but all other ethnicities with a rich cultural heritage and a story to tell.

If “money talks” and profitability is the main focus of these big companies they will have to have a real good reason to pass up on this potential goldmine!

“Oh here is the pic btw!”

See you in Wakanda

Leap Into the Unknown

Sooner or later, we all reach this cross road…

A decision we have to make that will take us out of the comfort and security we know and love into the unknown world of uncertainty.

It’s a risk verses reward scenario…

If you’re happy where you are and don’t want to change that’s fine but… If your not… If you feel your not where you want to be then you have consider your options…

The picture is a little exaggerated but the concept is the same… A step in the unknown is as daunting as a leap but, if you make the decision to do it congratulations.

Half the battle has already been won…

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Wonder Woman

I saw the reviews, I couldn’t believe it was as bad as people were making out. Justice League clocked in at just under 2 hours in run time and they did a fairly good job introducing 3 additional characters to the story. It wasn’t perfect but the biggest crime was the CGI mustache removal!

I went in with an open mind and walked out feeling like I got my monies worth at least. I didn’t want to compare it to any for the avengers movies as they approached it in a completely different way.

I have always wondered why DC or Warner Bros decided to rush their movies out after they saw what avengers did. Fan’s would have gladly gone to the individual characters standalone movies before the team united, even if it took years to build up. Was it to be in direct competition with Marvel who had a built up years of a head start over them? Probably…..

 

But back to the point. I watched it, thought it was ok and when I got home I was motivated to add some colour to old sketch of Wonder Woman.

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Many artists probably know that from all the work they produce, a handful will stand out from the others. For me this was one of them. I started the initial sketch and wanted as much feedback as possible from my art fans as well as artists I looked up to and it was a great experience. I probably re-worked the pose and face 5 or 6 times before the feedback I received was positive enough for me to commit to the lines.

Working this way allowed me to find imperfections I would have probably missed on my own and the end result showed this.

 

The plan was to then add ink and finally colour but life tends to get in the way of a well laid plan and by the time I had a window to work on it again I was already working on other things so never got round to it.

 

Time management has always been one of the biggest challenges for me to keep the creative dreams alive. Work and family time will always be the priority for me but that doesn’t mean I have to stop doing what I enjoy. I just have to be tactical about how I approach it. im sat writing this blog at 7:15am after getting up at 5:30am before the rest of the house wakes up. Finished off a piece of artwork uninterrupted and still get everything done that I need to today.

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I didn’t end up giving it the refined inking that I planned or the time consuming colours either but I did find a new way of working that still gets the job done and sometimes that’s more important than not making a start at all.

I’m still refining how I manage my time and hope to make more videos, music, tutorials and blogs too but i’m off to a good start. No new year’s resolutions for me next year. Just keep learning and improving one day at a time.

DAY 31

So the month has now passed..

31 days, 31 words 31 pieces of art. All with different workflows, mediums and time to complete between life in general.

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Simply put, the main thing I’ve taken away from this year’s inktober challenge is ‘time management’

Finding that balance between work and life is more important than ever. If your young and use your time wisely your older self will look back and thank you for it.

I don’t think my abilities have grown as an artist by doing this challenge but I now have a better idea of what I need to do more of “and less of” to continue my growth.

DAY 27

27 days in… The end is just round the corner and this piece is quite fitting… Back when I started this inktober challenge, on day one my 1st attempt was something I did with little preparation or planning. 

As the month slowly passed, I found myself committing a little more time each day and trying to better myself. Other talented artists uploading their work continued to be a source of inspiration so it became a simple question…

“How high am I willing to climb?”

DAY 26

If your following the official list for Inktober you know this is probably the most obvious choice for today’s prompt. 

I wanted to make it a little more interesting than a 🐁 so a little dark humour? 

A poor guy caught stealing a giant rats cheese? 
Yes…. 

DAY 25

For today’s submission I had to do do a little research. Drawing ship’s is something I haven’t done since I was a kid and after a few fail attempts I went and did a little research. 

I was absolutely blown away by some of the floating mansions I came across. It’s another harsh contrast of the few that can afford such luxury while so many others struggle in poverty. 

I believe in success and rewards but it’s gotta take a special kind of person to live a lavish lifestyle and not think about the people with nothing they could easily help… 
But enough of that! It’s day 25… It’s a ship…