November 2020 – January 2021 Art Projects Update.

This was supposed to be part of the previous post but it ended up longer than intended, so I split it up.

I mentioned back in November that there were a few projects I had been working on. The first was the 2-hour digital illustration workshop scheduled in mid December. While the workshop proceeded as planned, attendance was pretty abysmal (you could count the participants in one hand). However, I wouldn’t consider it a disaster. I had a great experience conducting the session and was most appreciative to the organizer for inviting me to do it. Planning for the event made me finally commit to purchasing a Cintiq tablet, and led to me picking up Krita (and loving it). I also got to practice a bit of character designing – the cute lil’ orange monster at the top of this post – as part of the workshop lesson content.

The second art project I got to be involved in at the start of January was a set of digital watercolour-style backdrop paintings for an online theater production based on a local Malay folklore: Hang Nadim. It was a style I had never attempted digitally before let alone doing it in Krita, so it was quite daunting at first. I had around 2 weeks to complete it so I was really relieved I was able to deliver the work on time and they liked the stuff I came up with, based on the references they had provided. The few tweaks requested along the way were thankfully manageable. The performance premiered successfully on the Facebook Wisma Geylang Serai page (you can catch it here), and I must say it was one of the most satisfying projects I have ever worked on!

Hang Nadim online theater backdrops
Digital painting in watercolour style for an online theater production of Hang Nadim. Done in Krita.

In between, as part of my Krita-familiarization journey and digital painting practice, I thought of creating something that’s a bit more realistic so I took a shot at painting my all-time favourite bird – the peregrine falcon. The piece took around 4 hours total, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. You can check out the bigger versions of all these paintings in the Artwork section. 😊

Peregrine Falcon Digital Painting
Peregrine Falcon digital painting. Done in Krita.

That’s it for tonight. See you soon!