*___* this is very inspiring I hope you don't mind me asking, but what is your major? xD I myself am looking into art colleges, and now I'm curious about Art College Center of Design. It's in Pasadena, right? I'm on the other side of the country, but looking at how awesome you've become, I think I'm willing to jump all the way to California (BUT YOU WERE AWESOME TO BEGIN WITH SDJFKLSDJFSDF).
looking at this really motivates me. I want to go to art college more than ever xD But really, your work is incredible. I can't imagine what you'll be like in 2 years *___*
I don't know if you realize this but the period between 2007 and 2008 has such a vast difference in your abilities! It appears that you amazingly advanced in no time and a year is pretty short but it looks like you really focused and that art college did well for you. By any chance, could you possibly tell me what art courses you took that helped improve your art(possibly what helped you the most in digital painting? I am still working on the basic fundamentals of drawing, such as poses and anatomy, but I have been really wanting to become better at making lineart and coloring. I have been trying to follow tutorials on DA but nothing has clicked yet so if you suggest any courses or methods, I would be so grateful! Also I have another quesiton that I have been wondering for a long time...it's on the topic of shading. I have been trying to learn how to shade for like forever but haven't figured it out, like how to blend the colors to make them look realistic. I was using the blur/smudge tool but that looks bad and someone mentioned that you use the eye dropper tool to select colors that are close to the same color and just paint close...does this make sense and also, do you know what I am missing? Sorry for the super long message and the ton of questions but I was thinking I might as well ask since it appears like you know what you are doing and you are also painting in the style that I would love to be able to replicate or learn how to do on my own. Thanks so much and keep up the hard work!
Thanks! I think all that it took me to improve, or at least what made that "jump", was all the foundational classes I took in the beginning of college. All the figure drawing classes, design fundamental classes (leaning proportions, composition, etc), oil painting classes (painting from life, etc), has *really* helped. I am a strong believer, and I'm sure many are, that you really can't get that far without all these foundations. I still struggle a lot with lots of these areas but drawing more of it, and especially drawing from life, will only continue to help me improve! On the topic of shading, its all about knowing how well you know the forms of it. Like in those basic-how-to-draw books, they show you how to shade a box or a ball/sphere because they are very basic shapes yet the ones we all know about, and how the shadows look like once we cast light on it. its the exact same thing on shading anatomy and other objects, only that that the forms just gets a bit more complex. also, what makes things look "realistic", is not how good you can render an object, but how well you know the proportions and such. also, "realistic lighting" helps it look more real too, if you can control how much light can be casted on an object, and make people think its believable and that they can imagine it in real life. also i really believe that in order achieve that "painting" look, its best to try to paint traditionally first than go head first into digital. traditional painting limits you a lot from what digital can do, but it also forces you to work with what you only have, and learn techniques and what not on the way, such as how to mix your own colors, how to control your values, etc. hope that helps! ;
OMG ART CENTERRRRR DDDDD': Sounds like to me the best school ever found >_< Really wanna apply there but tuition is expensive as hell and I'm a Canadian citizen... (do you by any chance know if I have to take the SAT to get in?)