Take a laid-back approach to art
Peter Polach does his “relaxing jazz thing”.
Diana, before I knew she was the Roman goddess of the hunt, started as a simple practice portrait piece. I had no major plans for the artwork and no clear vision of the end result. Indeed, apart from the fun I knew I’d have painting, I had no reason to create it.
A regular face study provided some ground rules – an anchor in real life for what I knew would eventually become a fantasy piece. What I really like about digital painting is that the canvas isn’t strictly defined and an artist can take a painting in whatever direction feels right, wasting nothing but time. Although it’s all good practice in the end.
I can’t stress enough that to do this relaxing jazz thing on the canvas, one has to be familiar with the rules of composition, lightning and colours, and always keep them in mind. After all, a musician follows a harmonic progression and knows the limits of their instrument, even when improvising. Otherwise they’ll produce an unpleasant cacophony.
As my brush strokes started to accumulate on the canvas, I carried out some quick research and added some specific items that support the emerging mythological theme more accurately.
So, as predicted, I had my fun with the picture. I later uploaded it to my online portfolio to help satisfy my craving for public attention. The image then got picked up for a card game, which just goes to show that posting personal work online is well worth doing – you never know who will come a-knocking…