Hey there!! It’s been 5 years since my last post.
I actually forgot about this and instantly when I looked at everything and was able to access this again, I want to write again!
I want to continue to share updates with artwork, latest vfx reels, as well as future ideas for projects and also some stories. I want to write about some past adventures I’ve had, any present ones and also about all the things I’ve learned in the last 5 yrs or so. Let’s see how this evolves, and maybe it will just be me writing a journal to myself. That’s fine, too.
This is great!! I am very blessed. What a great start to the new year, 2017!!!
The picture below is a photo I took in 2005 at the Brewery artwalk open house.
Here is a quick painting I did using Photoshop. Used a photo as reference only, and painted with brush strokes and smeared edges. I was focusing primarily on practicing painting clouds. I think I am ready to start cutting-and-pasting my next paintings to get a more photorealistic look, like what matte painters do nowadays.
Here it is:
I decided that I want to get back into traditional painting as well as learning how to use Photoshop to create purty pictures.
As I stare at my stacks of unfinished paintings on my drawing table, I realize that I am just leaving clutter and I’ll never really get back to ‘fixing’ these half-assed works. I’m cutting the cord and throwing them out. They’re junky and clunky.
I scanned a couple of them, to keep images of the parts that I do like about the paintings. But now that I’ve done this, I am chucking them. Kind of a relief, really.
I wanted to post the parts that I scanned.
Oh and I started working on another piece in Photoshop- a nice landscape. I’ll post again when I’ve finished.
I’ve been learning how to use Photoshop lately, and on the side I decided to work on stuff that I choose to do as well. I used a photo as a reference but painted this all myself, to practice using the tools and brushes. I think I like it a lot. It’s like painting in oils but not messy!!
More to follow. I may attempt to go ahead and try doing a matte painting tutorial and get some practice and hopefully have some stuff ready for my portfolio. I’ll post those as I go along and learn. It’s fun being a student again!
OK, so I’ve been taking advantage of my time off by learning Photoshop. I have the “Digital Classroom” book and going along with the lessons. I have a feeling that this is really a valuable thing that I’m doing. I also decided to paint some portraits in Photoshop just to get used to using their brushes and other tools. I’m having fun with it so far!!!!
I’m posting a silly picture that I did in a lesson about resizing and layers and file formats. The one of the barn. And I’m also posting a work-in-progress I’m doing for fun, the portrait of an Indian that I’m copying freestyle from a National Geographic pic I found.
My husband has been asking me ever since we started dating, why don’t I paint anymore? When will I paint something on my own time??
I’ve been trying to come up with an answer ever since. Am I afraid of failure? Afraid of success? What’s going on? Why don’t I create more, have I become complacent?
I think that after I started working professionally as an artist, and putting in very long hours working for someone else, somehow I lost my drive to do my own work. I’ve been unemployed for 4 months now, and I am finally getting my drive back. Why have I let myself get so distracted? I love making art, it IS one of my passions, but I haven’t been doing anything about it. I haven’t been advancing my talent and skills in a long while. Sure, I try to draw in my sketchbook and would go to life drawing classes when I worked at Sony and ILM (where they offered it for free for employees). But where’s the fire? I feel my passion growing again. I feel the fire being rekindled. This is a blessing, to be laid off from work at this point in my life.
2011 paint/roto reel. Just to share where I am now as a digital artist.