i used to try and get cover work at zenescope. in fact the first time i got one, i did it all in photoshop and worked it to death....
well, about a week later i was asked to color the same cover by a different artist. ouch yeah? i was so totally bad ass and better than mine though, of that there was no doubt. so i did it, and it remained one of my favorite covers id painted digitally for a very long time.
now, for long while after that i would do something sketchy and fix it in photoshop. i never paid much attention to my lines, because i could just fix it up in photoshop, be it line quality or anatomy.
then i decided to start paying attention to my lines, so actually try to make something i could keep the lines on.
and you guys have all seen, just in this one year what has happened as a result.
my point here is yes, there can be some great convenient speed saving shortcuts in digital art, but if you find your progress slowing, consider putting photoshop down for awhile.
eventually, you are a much stronger artist for it. ive had this brought up more recently. i was doing the drawing for that, and i was just going to drop a photo n for the crowd.
well, that would have worked, sure. but i decided not to b lazy or wimp out on drawing my own background, and it became one of my best pieces of work.
ive had sketchup suggested to me a couple times, and i feel the same way about it. it can probably be a headache and time saver, but how much do you learn about drawing buildings and tanks if you are using it like a crutch?
just a thought i was having, n i wanted t share....
i'll continue to put in the hard work so i can reward myself with real sturdy knowledge gained.
of course, sometimes the time savers are needed...boy do i know that!!
and sometimes you can only get that certain look using digital, and thats understandable also.
I like these journals of yours. I always feel like I learn something. I found this to be thought provoking and offered some nice insight into things. As I was reading the journal, I would stop to think about what you had to say about every couple paragraphs. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
yea thats somethign i have been struggling with lately the time saver to just get thing done but the fact that i really want to learn how the that does it rather then using the program as a crutch bc once you learn it will be so much beneficial. but as you said deadlines are so very tough :/ .
Great advice! It's true, taking the short cuts can sometimes hinder more than help. And there is definitely something to be said for traditional art. Being hired mainly to color stuff, I don't get much time to draw, but I definitely should practice more. My drawing skills need mega help. lol
It's funny you mentioned Zenescope. I contacted them a couple days ago to find out if they are looking for a colorist. I know I'm not NEARLY as good as you or Ula are, but still think I could do some decent work for them. Here's hoping I hear back! *crosses fingers* Wish me luck!
some things can ONLY be truly LEARNED by doing them the HARD way...hence the saying hard work is its own reward. YES...use the tools you have when you NEED to....but never lose the skills you have fought hard for by being lazy all the time. to keep growing as HUMANS we need to challenge ourselves regularly. Got time on a project?...TRY it with a different method...might suprise yourself. Or you may find a weak area you need to beef up your skills in. The only way we can find our limits.....is to constantly PUSH our boundries!
I've spent the last few months practicing & learning things I said I never had time for or knew well enough to fake it & have grown astronomically as a result. I'm excited to see where I go from here, having rediscovered fundamentals long forgotten and picked apart old habits to find flawed reasoning & short cuts that hindered my ability to evolve. Thank you for the role you've played.