There are, in my opinion, three ways of creating artwork. The first way is with a clearly thought-out idea and a clear image in mind, and in this case we need to move the image from our imagination to a canvas. This is the best way to avoid big problems in the process of painting artwork, and eventually you get a clear result. I actually have this happen to me very rarely. I try to use this method to translate my work, always leaving room for ‘happy accidents’. The second way is an associative search, when you create chaotic canvas of lines and shapes and then find something within the chaos that you can add to. This way of making artwork comes in when you just want to draw but don’t know exactly what you want to do. The third method is when you have some vague images and fragments of images in your head and start to connect those images, and you eventually get the work done in very fun way.
With this work, I understood clearly the image that I wanted to create, as well as the mood of the piece – daydreaming, sadness, anticipation; a picture with some unknown history behind it. For this image, I used my favourite software: Corel Painter X.
After a quick search of my idea in sketches, I created a clear line art (Fig.01). Line art is very important because in the process of drawing you can fix things simply and painlessly, and get a clear vision of the image. When you’re done with the line art the drawing can then move onto the next stage where you can just fill the frame with a specified pattern of shapes and colour. The quality of line art will depend on the remaining lines in the final image. If you need to, you may have to sweat to create a perfect line art, but in my case, with this image, it was not necessary.