Lessons: Day 322

Horizon by Robert Chapman

Now it’s all starting to come together… I don’t think there’s been a project that I’ve worked on during the past year where I’ve learned more than I have with this one. Since the start of this Horizon piece, I’ve built up a bunch of new techniques (and learned some valuable lessons) that I will most definitely be using in future projects. Building layers upon layers, blending with the mixer brush in subtle ways that I haven’t tried previously, etc.

Since this avian mech kind of feels like it was build with spare parts, not everything is in proportion. Something I’ve never been good is drawing something like an exact copy of a wing on the opposite side of a creature’s body. Drawing an arm, a leg, or even the opposite side of a face, are things I’ve kind of struggled with in the past. Because I did the outline of the original beforehand, as you would notice in my recent daily posts, I don’t really have to worry about anything really feeling out of place here. I hope that makes sense! Basically, because of the outline I made, and the fact that this creature’s body structure isn’t organic, it makes it easier to avoid any mistakes. It just looks good no matter what it seems.

I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from this Horizon project is that if I spend enough time working on something, I am capable of doing just about anything. That’s a pretty big deal for me. I wonder where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing in a few years…


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  • Brad Thornhill

    You are definitely capable of anything Robert, you are the mout talented person and knowledgeable person I have ever known 🙂

    • Yeah! You know, we are all capable of anything, really. Thank you 🙂