I have been wanting for some time now to create either a series of pieces or line of drawings all with the theme of pollution, littering, over-fishing of marine life. My goal is to have a human or human-like figure represent one marine creature that is being severely affected by our actions, whether that may be directly or indirectly. While I don’t think I have fully captured my goal in this particular piece, it has begun to take me in the right direction. In the end, I hope to be able to create and present a solo art show with this concept.
“Nautical Hanging” was created over a period of two weeks and in those two weeks the main composition changed little. The beginning sketch was created on stormy afternoon in a strange period of contemplation as while I was drawing, my mind was far away. Looking back at the sketch now, it is clear I wasn’t necessarily thinking about anything that I normally think of when coming up with a concept for a new painting. In fact, it is easy to see that in the sketch I struggled with the body position and was also had that week’s art class assignment in the forefront of my mind.
The name “Nautical Hanging” is a direct correlation of what I was trying to achieve. It was my take on both overfishing and the idea of someone being caught or hanged by fishing line.
After deciding that I wanted this sketch to become a digital painting, I went searching on Pinterest for some pictures that I could use to get a feeling for the type of color palette that I wanted. I already knew that I wanted the hair and the skeletal fish to vividly pop against a darker background and that is one of the main reasons I was drawn to these two images. In the end, however, I decided to use a color palette creating website to find the colors that would best complement and contrast each other.
With the color palette and composition decided, all that was left to do was finalize it. The fixing of the anatomy, coloring, editing, and tweaking was completed over one weekend. Once I had finally completed the digital art piece, I realized that I had a long way to go before I even began to know the medium of digital art. There are a lot of things that I could have done better, but overall I feel that this is a good start.