I've been slowing down my blogorythm during these last weeks. Why is that so? Have I been lazy (erhm, lazier than usual)? Ye... I mean, no! I've been moving onto new things, trying to boldly go where no man has gone befor... Hm. I might be overreacting a little.
I've been taking drawing lessons for the first time in my life! Photoshop lessons, nothing less! I've always been fond of drawing and colouring up my doodles; I have even managed to do my totally fanboy amateur comics. But I couldn't avoid facing digital art, sooner or later I was in need for this. I am a complete techno-hick, so this endeavour was a real challenge for me. Enough to say that three weeks ago I wasn't able to use Photoshop in a different way than Paint. I mean that :(
So don't expect pieces of art today, I'm totally aware this is crap, but just like I do with my minis, I have to dare to lose my own embarrassment and show them to the world. You are allowed to laugh, but that won't make me paint a portrait of you whenever I get better! :D
|My very first work. Gandalf the Grey. Literally grey|
Painting looking at the screen and not to your own hand is a pain. You lose any sense of dimensions, proportion and perspective. Ouch.
|Those weird things were supposed to be skyscrapers. They will be if I ever finish this one|
My teacher was an insultingly young guy (twelve years younger than me, sigh) who tried his best to teach me about using colours and that strange thing called 'layers'. Technowitchcraft, I call that.
|This work represents me running out of this crappy stuff|
Anyway, this summer course has been great and I've enjoyed every minute of it, even if I was struggling to death trying to make the computer response to my attempts of actually drawing something.
|Weird stuff out from my mind|
New concepts and designs, that's what we were encouraged to develop. I somehow ended up thinking about an army of robots in classic Greek mythology. May give it another try in the future.
|I'd like to work more on this one|
Of course, human figure is a hell to paint on the screen, because of what I just told about not actually looking at your hand. So I just designed aliens, freakies and monsters, anything where real anatomy wasn't an issue :D
|Dancin' disco music, man!|
|Stayin' alive, stayin' alive, ah, ha ha ha|
So by the end of the course this has been my top:
|Ooops, people, you got some serious leaks there|
Ok, I know, this is just what it is, but I'm pretty satisfied with my progression in just three weeks. By the beginning of the course I had no idea of using the software, and now at least I'm able to get next to my tablet without feeling scratchy.
I'm afraid I have to practice a loooooooot, but hey, that makes the perfect excuse for me to spend some hours searching for nudies through the internet! 'No, honey, this is just research, need to get some anatomy references, you know...' :D