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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 22, 2012, 2:17 PM

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 critter goes cirque by ToolKitten 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.

  • Listening to: everything as always
  • Reading: Haunted
  • Watching: walking dead and doctor who
  • Playing: various tower defense
  • Drinking: waata
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
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.
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you for taking the time to read
kaname-chan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
It was a pleasure :)
ksmith3620 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Nice points of contemplation and reflection. It is good to remember to try and expand and work on everything from the basics to the intricate. Very nice work.
xxxs1nn3rxxx Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Your work is amazing, IMO
ashigaru Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for being an inspiration, Nei. And for showing that, for all the technology that we have, it is the artist that makes the art.

Happy Holidays, my friend. :santa:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
you too!!
Samik99 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
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 :/ .

very cool thanks for sharing.
ariesj007 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats great advice for any kind of job or aspect of design. I wish you good health and prosperity in 2013
TracyWong Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
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!
Garwulf74 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
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 to constantly PUSH our boundries!
anthonyharrisart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
turtlefire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
You're hands-down amazing :-)
charligal-stock Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hear hear!! This is very inspirational my dear :hug:
brokencasanova Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Writer
Keep up the good work! >:

You're amazing!
kaze26 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
thanks for sharing
FaeMarie Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing Nei! You give us all inspiration :) :hug:
~Fae Marie
Joetheone Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heard somewhere: "there is no better work than the one which pays you as a reward the satisfaction of giving it all you have!

off topic: I still laugh remembering how you beeped your neko :XD:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cmedard Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Truth is, these 'critter does cirque' traditional lines are the best of yours so far imho. Onto a female character, at least.
So this journal of yours makes quite sense, I guess. :thumbsup:
ZippyDSMlee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
There is always someone better than you. All one can do is their best as best as they can do it. And be respectful and humble of those who are not asses but better than you.

I am so jealous of all you guys but I love you all I hope and wish you well, Merry christmas/holidays,ect. ^^
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
of course there is, thats why you should always hope to be as good as your mentors some day, though if they progress too you never will be haha.
ZippyDSMlee Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
The muses never seem to be satisfied no matter how good you are.At least they can help motivate you to improve. Its when they sneak off with my imaginary friends I am at a loss at what to do. LOL
TheSilentChloey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks for sharing! :squee:
Xionice Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great thoughts. Feelin' it.
JudeDeluca Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
You're a credit, Nei. :)
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