While watching YouTube videos I bumped into Ergo Josh’s Video on ”It’s harder to be an artist today’‘ and I felt I need to give my feedback as an artist. Before I start, I want you to take a moment to watch it and when your done you can read my story: I have been drawing for more than three years and only started to get serious in grade 11 because I wanted to learn how to draw portraits and understand proportions( Did it the wrong way but I still learned a lot). I drew illustrations using makeup and color pencils because during that period of time I could not buy paint or afford it however this taught to experiment and enjoy the process of making illustrations. Then, I learned about ”Tumblr outline” which drew me into Digital Painting( turning my sketch or somebody’s picture into a digital painting) and during this period I used adobe draw when suddenly my phone malfunctioned. After days of research and downloading I settled with Medibang paint pro on the laptop. From there I explored 2d Animation and found that I can turn my images into moving pictures. So, I decided to explore in Blender( 3D SOFTWARE) following Blender Guru’s tutorials which helped me understand when I modeling I should think of the object as a 3D basic Shape resulting in being able to create environments. When I got comfortable, I was like… wait-a -minute I can go back into creating Short films so… Here I am. IN ANIMATION!
Adding on, I tell my story because I feel the process is important to me than the final image because it is an experimental stage where I try to figure out how to solve a problem. For example in my current project, I am working on ”lighting” using a method called coloring in greyscale which helps me figure out values (how light or dark something is). While I am doing this, I am searching on youtube and seeing how other artists have dealt with this and they speak about how to use shapes as shadows… the direction of the brush… Large brush…and balance between soft and hard brush…concentrate on the edge and where to place the soft brush..use reference that may help you. This may sound easy as you watch it but if you don’t try I promise you, you will struggle( my case right now).
Furthermore, I feel Ergo Josh is right when he says we do want to reach that potential of somebody else even though this person has taken years of practice and this urge to be somebody else eliminates the reason why we create. Most of the top artists when they started out didn’t have the resources but we have the resources in today’s world but we don’t utilize it efficiently. There is another video where he explains that sometimes you need to really have a break from the internet and just start drawing without posting due to the fact you will find that fire. I feel having an attitude such as ”I want to be like another artist even though I have limited skills” has happened to me during my animation journey because I wanted to CREATE! CREATE! CREATE! not considering I got to learn the fundamentals and be patience. As a result, after watching his video it has inspired me to grow as an artist and create more content on my blog to share resources that I find in this Journey. There will be more post coming and you may also request if you want.
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