My Japanese exchange student is leaving tomorrow, we’ve spent two weeks enjoying life and culture. We all love Dragonball!
xrasch asked: Hey I hope you don't mind me asking a question or two! I am hoping to possibly be some sort of concept artist for a gaming company in the future... And I want to start practicing on digital painting. Though I have no idea where to start at all... Do you have any suggestions that can help with practicing digital paintings? Like landscapes, creatures, etc?
One word… Master Copies! (okay two words)
Head on over to CGHUB.com and find the painting that look like your future job. The best way that I’ve ever learned is by doing master copies of the old masters - the same approach will work for the modern concept painters too.
Things to keep in mind: Obviously try to draw the painting correctly (unless you don’t want to learn the drawing part, then just trace) Take a really close look at textures and soft areas to learn if they are using fancy brushes, or just basic airbrush stuff. These professional artist have a lot of energy and attention put into their work, so in order to capture their techniques you’ll have to feel the emotion, power, or grace in every stroke. The more you fail, the more you learn.
Remember, you are copying someones work - which is not wrong at all. If you’d like to share your new learnings with the world, always be sure to give credit to the artist, and possibly link to their website.
Anonymous asked: I'm about to graduate art school and would like to pursue landscape painting, so I am curious if you are doing anything else other than your paintings for income.
A very successful teacher of mine warned me of the fine art industry after leaving college. “You can not support yourself on painting alone”. This holds true to both him and myself - even though he sells a massive amount of landscape and figurative work, he will still need to teach and find other avenues for income.
As for me, rarely do I try to sell paintings (which keeps my house nice and decorative). Painting is more of a sport, play, or just relaxation. I love it to death but have a long way to go before surviving completely on “fine art”. So, through my studies in college, I made huge efforts to have a commercial aspect to my artwork. Meaning high quality digital works for feature film, games and television. Currently, I work full time with many different clients in these industries, and leave the painting for outings with friends or just to get the heck off a computer screen.
Remember, you are the CEO of your art business. You must be willing to put an incredible amount of innovation into your product, in order to stand out from the crowd and make a living. Anything is possible. I wish you luck in your journeys.
Anonymous asked: It doesn't seem like you produce a lot of artwork...!?
Lol, I know right.. Unfortunately, I’ve got dozens of new paintings that will be secret for a while… The reality is I paint all day every day :) I hope to release some killer new work sooner or later!