Well, for today, I thought that I’d take a break from talking about comics and talk about art instead. As regular readers of this site probably know, I tend to make the art that I post here quite far in advance and, at the moment, I’m working on some of the paintings that will appear here after my webcomic mini series finishes in about ten days’ time.
Since I was in a rush when I made some of these paintings, I decided to take a more minimalist approach. So, I thought that I’d talk very briefly about making minimalist art.
Most of the time when I make minimalist art, I usually tend to shroud my pictures in darkness. Usually, there will be one or two light sources in each picture and the only things that will be visible are whatever has been lit up by that light source – with the rest of the picture consisting of nothing but darkness. Here’s a detail from one of my upcoming paintings to show you what I mean:
This is, of course only one of many ways to make minimalist art, but it certainly has it’s advantages. As well as being a good way to practice drawing and painting realistic lighting, it also has a couple of other advantages too.
The first is that, since the vast majority of the painting is covered in black paint, it looks less minimalist than it actually is. In essence, only a quarter or so of the full picture actually contains any drawing – but since the rest of the picture is covered with paint, it doesn’t look like I haven’t done anything with the page. In other words, it looks like I’ve put more effort into the picture than if I just left the rest of the page blank.
The other reason why shrouding your minimalist art in darkness can be a really cool way to make minimalist art is because it uses the power of suggestion. If you only see a few everyday items in a darkened room, then you’re probably going to assume that the room contains more than these few things. After all, most rooms in real life don’t suddenly become empty when someone turns most of the lights out.
In other words, using darkness can be a great way to imply that your picture contains far more detail than it actually does.
Sorry for such a short article, but I hope it was useful 🙂