It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve already completed two weeks of this spring semester (at the time of this writing), and yet here we are; I think the only thing convincing me that it’s true is the fact that I’ve already completed a project for my Painting I class (especially because I’m tragically still writing the year as ‘2021’ in my notebooks).
I am usually not one to dabble in anything particularly abstract. I lean towards character design when I create art for myself. But seeing that a nonobjective black and white painting was my first assignment for my Painting I class, I was quite excited at the prospect of trying something new!
It was my first ‘real’ abstract painting as the only others that I’ve painted were gradients on small canvases. Abstract paintings are definitely fun to paint, and I felt less pressured to be perfect when painting because the art is abstract. I don’t feel like there can be mistakes when painting with an ‘abstract intent’ so to speak.
Below, I have a preliminary sketch of the design my professor selected for me to further furnish into a digital sketch (also displayed below). That process consisted of reaching into my brain to tug out fun shapes that I could transcribe to paper, which was honestly the most difficult part. It’s strange how I can design characters without issue, but I struggled with coming up with any sort of abstract sketch to paint. Although to clarify, I wasn’t particularly struggling with the composition but rather I found difficultly in not becoming reliant on the same shapes for the different sketches I had made.
Ultimately, I came up with the final product below. I ended up using acrylic paint for the piece, and I haven’t used that paint since last semester so it was nice to get to use it again. I am really happy with how it turned out, and my next assignment is to create another nonobjective painting, but with color this time. I already sketched out my ideas, and I feel like I’m going to have a lot of fun when I get back into the classroom to paint it!