Monday, November 14, 2011

Advice from a Caterpillar


Isaac said...

Awesome work as usual Matt! Just wondering, how long does one piece normally take you from start to finish? I would love to be able to someday create work like that. I have a wacom tablet now and its a bit hard to get used to compared to pencil and paper but I'm sure I will get the hang of it with more practice. Do you use a tablet, or what type of drawing pad have you found gives you the most control over your work? Thanks for sharing your work and inspiring us.

Matt Dixon said...

Thanks, Isaac. Time varies, but a piece like this usually take two to three days work. Around half of that is sketching and planning before I begin to paint the final image.

I use a Wacom Cintiq, though used an Intuos before that ( and a Wacom Ultrapad before that, which must be an antique now ). There can be a steep learning curve moving to a tablet but it will begin to feel natural in time. If the surface is the issue, you can place a sheet of paper on top of your tablet to get a more familiar feel.


Peter Choi said...

How long did you take to finish the illustration? I am usually struggling with pacing myself when painting an illustration so I need some advice on how I should pace myself.

Matt Dixon said...

I wouldn't put yourself under too much pressure worrying about pacing, Peter. I think the important thing is to have a clear plan to take your image from concept to finished piece.

That's why I spend a large portion of the working time on the sketch - I want to be sure I have everything worked out before I start to paint. That way I can follow the same basic process with each image, not worrying about solving problems or making major adjustments along the way.

Following the same steps each time helps to keep you on track. You always know what you'll be doing next which helps to keep momentum and will eventually help to improve your pace.