I said I ‘d have new work soon and it is indeed coming. I almost forgot just how long it takes to do major vis-dev portfolio pages. Haha it’s been years since my last portfolio ( man how time flies!). I remember being back in Georgia doing little paintings everyday trying to figure out what color was. Things were a lot different then. Though I had very little I had the two things I cared about about and I was happy. I was at peace. Success brought me out to L.A. where I’ve grown tremendously as an artist in every respect but the tranquility I once had is almost always out of reach. I can feel the constant anxiety of the inhabitants around me and my mind sometimes dwells on decisions I made over a year ago. I takes my full morning routine (workout, breakfast, shower, meditate) to bring me to a state that I would have considered “mediocre” in the past. Those things aside there is a lot to be fortunate for now and after the morning woes have been shrugged I’m pretty excited to produce some bomb ass material everyday. I suppose this is just growing up but I thank the universe for my gifts and vision. Without it I don’t what I’d do…. This is a quick painting of my view at the West Hollywood Library.
Oh man! It’s been far too long since I’ve updated this blog with anything substantial haha! Lately I’ve been transitioning myself into a freelance artist/businessman. The main thing this meant for me was becoming militant with my time management. It’s difficult for me to sit still for too long so I end up getting restless and seek distractions. In college I seemed to do everything but my work which only worked out cause I had so much time. I look back at college Greg and wonder how much more I could have done if I was as as focused as I am now but I’m also fortunate to have completed that stage in life in order to fully embrace the next one. As the months have gone by my maturity has grown to levels I didn’t think were possible and I work…all day long. 6am to 6pm before I poke my head up for social interaction. If no one bites I’ll work through the night. I don’t think this lifestyle is sustainable but I’m making huge progress on my new portfolio and upcoming animated projects. I’m excited to share a little WIP from my new batch of pieces and I can’t wait to start dropping hits again. It’s been too long!
Screen shots from yesterdays observation fest at a local coffee shop. I wonder if anyone is ever going to catch me staring at them haha. Right now I’m working on something I’ve been trying to develop for many years now. A unique character design style. I’ve become proficient in just about everything thing else art wise but my characters are still a great deal under developed. This is the final frontier before I can pump out content like no ones business…but my own
I’m moving from just doing simple gestures of peoples faces to trying to capture more detail each sitting. I’ve never been a huge fan of portraits but by taking a few extra moments its really improved my ability to observe subtle facial details. There is SO much going on in a face all the time! The underlying facial muscles creating their current expression, wrinkles and signs of age, shape and the magical lustrous hair that can change someones appearance entirely! Hair is like the product packaging for the face haha. It’s a ton of fun to warm up with daily life drawings of people as long as they never notice you.
Greg Mitchell, Bout that time to get my own place haha