Pay It Forward Entry - Week 19
There are some weeks when I am actively hunting around for people to feature (always trying to keep an eye out for authors that haven't had much exposure yet, and not been on the platform for a long time), and other times they just happen to fall in my lap. I think that is called serendipity?
Well, this week, as I'm finishing up the day waiting for my toddler to fall asleep, it is pretty much the second option! Both my featured authors this evening just happened to pop up as I was browsing the Discord (those #post-promotion channels where people normally just link dump and run) servers for something interesting!
My first featured blogger is the digital artist @maya525 (REP 48), who appears to be a teenager who is doing some really interesting digital art armed only with the "ibispaint" app on an iPhone (and sometimes a borrowed Ipad). If you ask me, the sheer fact that @maya525 can create such great looking artwork on a phone screen (or sometimes a tablet sized screen) is completely mind-blowing to me! They have a distinct art style (if you look at other previous posts), with a preference for lots of pink and purple and a certain... glowiness?
The post that caught my attention was this My Head Feels Like a Rollercoaster Digital Art. As usual with art style posts, I do enjoy a step by step, which was included along with some narrative on the thoughts during the creation of the artwork. Superb work from a young and very talented digital artist!
Well, I got lucky and was able to match an "analogue" piece of art with the "digital"! Funny how these things work out, but it does mean that there is no music for this week! @kleonella (REP 54) is an artist that paints with oils. When I first saw this painting of a ship in a storm, I could have accidentally mixed it up with something that might have belonged in a museum! It really is that good...
Like all my featured art posts, there is a step by step, which involves first a sketch with pencil, before layering on the oil paints. The end results is really quite stunning, and it really does convey (for me at least) the motion of the ship in the heaving seas heading towards a brighter future!
So two artistic posts this week that are almost opposite end of every possible spectrum (apart from quality!). One is bright and digitally created, almost a fantasy or dream setting... the other being much darker and traditionally created, with a very real setting! I was lucky to have stumbled across both of them in such quick succession, thanks to both of you!
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