Another thing, no need to get too specific about the species, if you’re creating abstract artwork , but a few people will certainly point out that your demon raven isn’t genetically appropriate, so if you want to, you can be prepared then start with checking out this chart of comparison. You’ve probably never seen a raven if you don’t get out in the forests and parks but you have seen a ton of crows and jackdaws everywhere. If you want to see a raven, you need to go out into the forest and walk around for ten years and get lucky to see a huge black solo bird flying away, trying to avoid you.
After your lesson about the shapes and characters of ravens and crows and adding raven expert in your CV – if you’d like to draw one, you could continue to select only one aspect you like about them today. For example, I think the thing to notice about drawing these lovely birds is that they are very spikey in general, their bones are hollow and they are like a heap of needles. This is the general feel I’m trying to capture on the first raven/crow paintings below. It’s easier to concentrate on one aspect of the birds and then create the entire artwork around only one characteristic. For example, if you’re fascinated by the beautiful black feathers, then maybe put all your effort into drawing the part of the blue-teal-black shimmer on the feathers; maybe if you’re fascinated by the character of these smart birds, you can forget about the other details and concentrate on the eyes or a close up portrait and finally, maybe if you’re fascinated with the flight motion, forgot about all the details, and concentrate on creating paintings that have some motion in them.
Here are some examples of paintings and drawings I’ve created recently, to illustrate how to concentrate on only one aspect of the subject, decide what you’re noticing today and create your entire image around only that one aspect and forget about everything else for that day.
“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you‘ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman.
The quote above applies to some fields more than others (the quoted sir was talking about technologies), but in creativity I feel it’s essential to not keep things shelved too long either and not to wait for the perfect work to be completed before you let someone else see it. It’s helpful to get used to putting your work out there and getting comments in a half way finished work. While doing that, try not to explain yourself or defend yourself with the fact that it’s unfinished work whether it’s a single piece of painting or writing or a concept for an event, but instead of focusing on yourself, try to listen and see if someone has anything to say that may be great criticism on the entire concept or a part of it that you hadn’t even noticed.
The way that people react in a certain way that can be accounted for a silent feedback also. Handling the feedback is another topic of course and this is a very complicated part of it, but for one thing for example, with some subjects it’s good if everyone doesn’t approve (critical subjects, issues or neutral topics that only minority has heard of) and for some topics it matters if the crows responds positively (general goal is to create something positive and relatable or amusing for most viewers) or if the crowd responds negatively is a good thing if you’re surrounded in a crowd that you don’t agree with.
Quick note about being afraid that someone will steal your idea before you’ve finished on it if you’re too public about it – I wouldn’t worry about it too much, there are so many ideas floating around everywhere that ideas themselves are nearly worthless, everyone has thought of a ton of stuff that they might do or can do if they had time, but they won’t. You must have met a person or two who will go to the president of the universe and for the first thing start suggesting some top of the head random universe presidenting ideas and then leave the room and will never think of the topic again. You do that do, I assure you, you just have forgotten about it, because when you were doing it, the subject really didn’t matter to you longer than during that one conversation. Most people are like that, they like their brain picked and presented with a chance to think about something for a couple of minutes but they don’t care what happens next. So, as you may know, an idea is nothing without a very specific way of execution, and that is something that only a small number of people are motivated to do and then there is an even smaller number of people who actually do it to the end.
So here we go, in conclusion all what I wanted to say was that if you think that hearing what other people have to say about your artwork or creation might be exciting for you, then you don’t have to wait until you’ve perfected your work, especially if it looks like that perfection seeking is something that is holding you back and stopping you. Then I feel like the perfection seeking is really fear, not quality control.
Road trip summer is coming to an end, we’ve been circling the nature sites in South and East Estonia and my theory is that what put us on the move is this unusually cold summer, until the end of july we didn’t see a day over +16C.
It sounds bad but it also means that the nature is behind one month, which also means that everything is fully blossoming, colorful and green a month later than usual. Not a great summer for leisure but a great one for looking around and browsing the picture perfect sites in nature. I’ve never seen such perfect greenery this late in the summer or the forest full of blueberries , bright yellow Gantharellus cibarius mushrooms and strawberries and the flower fields so full of blossoms.
These small road trips have had a huge influence on my painting work this summer, I noticed there have been a ton of bears and green trees on my painting desk.
Even when we were sitting at the beach in East, lake Peipus, ended up sketching bears. I added two pictures I will add the others later. As most of the time, paintings are available at www.5erg.etsy.com
The Independence Day weekend has been a good time with some inks and canvases, I’ve been cutting up big pieces of it and spent a whole lot of hours listening to stand up clips on Spotify and working on creepy abstract birdmonsters and other monsters.
Happy Halloween and somehow Inktober 2016 has ended so quickly!
I hope everyone who enjoys drawing knows about this challenge already, if you don’t then put it into your calendar for the next year to draw one ink drawing a day for the entire month of October. Each day has a preset theme, you need to google it then. It’s fun, I promise :3
Peipsi tint (Osmerus eperlanus morfa spirinchus) is a fish that lives very happily in the great lake of Peipsi, in the East part of Estonia. My word, I get it, Peipsi has the best beaches, especially in the northern side. Best meaning here that it’s very slowly getting deeper, there are hardly any people there and it’s so clean. Not sure if someone cleans it or it just stays like this, but never seen even a cigarette butt out there. Maybe the Peipsi tint eats it.
Oh and now I’ve missed out on a perfectly good pun too, because Peipsi is the lake, “tint” also means “ink” in Estonian and I was out there at the Peipsi shore painting with inks.
Moment of silence for the pun.
But here we go, off to the next topic and that is house cafes. We had a coffee and a cake at the cutest one in Kallaste. If you happen to go see the sandstone cliff (you know that awkward moment when there’s that time when you have to call a 4 meter sandstone exposure a cliff to get a feeling you went and saw something) at Kallaste town, you can find the Anna cafe and hostel near the crossroad and it’s like a Russian theme house that is an experience (notice: Estonia is not Russia. Russia is different. But there are a lot of Estonian Russians living near the Peipsi lakes Estonian side and it’s a part of the areas culture and it’s interesting).
These guys in Finland, pa-trolling the hate mongers this winter, brilliant.
Loldiers of Odin in Tampere, Finland
Love them and wanted to paint a big picture to hang on my wall to remind us that there are still good people in the world. And I wish them a lot of strength in their fight against blind fear. They’re on Facbook: https://www.facebook.com/loldiers/ You know we need them, let them know too.
I guess the main reason ravens are on these paintings is that they’re gorgeous.The other reason is that they’re awesome birds. Smart (Quote: “Their beak cannot open tough skins of the carcasses, that’s why when they encounter a big corpse, they make calls that attract wolves and foxes to the site and the large carnivores can break the carcass”, playful( Video: rolling around in the snow) and they do random stuff ( Quote “anting feels great if you’re a bird”)
When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. In one logic test, the raven had to get a hanging piece of food by pulling up a bit of the string, anchoring it with its claw, and repeating until the food was in reach. Many ravens got the food on the first try, some within 30 seconds. In the wild, ravens have pushed rocks on people to keep them from climbing to their nests, stolen fish by pulling a fishermen’s line out of ice holes, and played dead beside a beaver carcass to scare other ravens away from a delicious feast.
If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. Since the other ravens are smart too, this only works sometimes.”
You can read rest of the 10 raven facts in this blog: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53295/10-fascinating-facts-about-ravens
I’ve tried a lot of different stuff with ravens and I feel like they’re a great subject. All done with brushes and inks, on 20x30cm loose canvas. Some of these are for sale in my shop on Etsy (shipping is worldwide and I’m located in Estonia, North-Europe): www.5erg.etsy.com