Back to Basics

The digression of my development as an artist began during my freshman year of high school. It was my obsession with anime. As time passed, I forgot how to draw realistically. Even drawing from reference photos was not doing the trick.

In college, I could not put together a piece that didn’t look like a 14-year-old made it. The lack of a solid foundation prevented me from moving forward.

For 17 years, I’ve been trying to answer the most asked existential question. Who am I? Furthermore, who am I ask an artist? My adventure began anew shortly after the birth of our son.

I decided to reimbark on this quest to find myself as an artist after becoming an independent knitwear designer. It requires understanding the human figure and fabric drapery as part of submissions to magazines and other publications.

Normally, I would start by using a sketchbook and sketching daily. It’s a great place to start for early ideas, but it would be ten tons of easier to eliminate the sketchbook and scanning part of inserting the image into a design proposal if it was simply digital. So, I strapped on my big girl boots and started where I left off in the digital world.

I understand the concept of inking and the layers part of it from previous experience. I have several jumbo ZIP disks worth of images of previous works. Then there was the pixel art stage. So, digital is a natural choice, too.

Presently, I’m learning a lot from other artists on Twitch (see links in sidebar). One suggested painting many different flowers because they are the most difficult. If you can paint flowers, you can paint anything. I now appreciate my plant science class more than ever before.

So, I’m taking a big step back and looking at art foundations, which includes anatomy and composition. I hope this will invigorate my style and ability to transition between styles more easily. As I begin to answer more questions about myself, the more my style will develop.

The transformation is real, long, but real. So, if you’re willing to watch, I’ll be willing to share.

If you’re interested in the books I’ll be viewing, I’ll list them at the beginning of every month.



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