For a while I was trying to organise my thoughts and decide what’s next for me in the future. Where I want to go and how I want to get there. What I have realised over the years is that I love creating images that speak or tell a story. But usually my plans are too big... an idea captivates me and I spend a few months creating fur from scratch for a digital chimp, creating realistic looking skin, making sure the eyes don’t look dead.
You get me, it’s a massive project. Sometimes there is an image at the end (like the chimpanzee), but more often it all flops and all I have left is a WIP folder on my hard drive.
Not this time though. After much consideration I have decided to produce one new image a week. It does not have to be amazing, not a massive project, it can be one simple asset with beautiful lighting and composition. Some will be meaningless but pretty, some will have some idea behind it that has been brewing in my head. It does not matter. The goal? To create. To practice lighting, mood, composition and storytelling through simple images and simple assets. And who knows, maybe with time the assets combined can make up a larger project.
Believe me, I have been thinking about this for weeks now. To create an image per week while also doing my full time work is not an easy thing. Hence why I failed so many times. Doing large projects can loose their meaning and left unfinished.
This is why I have crafted a detailed strategy. I madea few simple categories, four for now that will be my go to place to start off a new project each week. These are basic concepts I like and have been thinking about or coming back to. Also each category focuses on something else that I would like to practice (so modelling is not the priority here): ligthing, shading, composition, drama, storytelling etc.
With time these will add up to a coherent series of images and can be bundled up. In the following posts I will describe one by one what my series will be and share my inspiration.