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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
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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.
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you for taking the time to read
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kaname-chan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
It was a pleasure :)
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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.
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xxxs1nn3rxxx Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Your work is amazing, IMO
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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:
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ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
you too!!
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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.
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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
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StacyRaven 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!
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