Short & stout

Last week, I posted a video of me painting this Dwarf Warrior on the iPad. But the journey from point a to b on this particular character was not an easy one. You see, every once in a while an artist will have an idea for a character and then wind up stuck. I just could not get this sketch working for me. And it was even more difficult when it came time to paint it. 

Original sketch of the Dwarf Warrior, drawn with mechanical pencil.

Original sketch of the Dwarf Warrior, drawn with mechanical pencil.

The point of all of this is, sometimes our ideas need more time to bake in the oven before they're ready for you to complete them. And so we need to learn to put those ideas aside and work on something else. Let those characters you want to create take their time, churning around in your brain, baking, cooking, bar-b-queing...until they tell you, 'hey man, I'm ready for my spotlight.

Dwarf Warrior inked with marker (I didn't use my trusty fountain pen on this one)

Dwarf Warrior inked with marker (I didn't use my trusty fountain pen on this one)

In the long run, I'm happy I decided to wait until this idea was ready. Next week I'll share how hard this was for me to paint lol. Art isn't as easy as non-creative people think. But I know I don't need to tell you guys that:) See you next week!