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« on: August 07, 2008 01:17:24 AM »

Forgive me if I can't figure out how to host this picture!!

So, I'm an art student, but I can't do digital art. It scares me. Anything I draw digitally ends up looking very third-grade, like I can't draw at all! I'm so ashamed.

But, I'm required to take a course in photoshop. Terrified, I decided to look up the fan artists who work digitally, and whom I used to love a few years ago, when I was still on deviantart. I figured I might get inspired, or learn something. To my surprise, I found that my favorite fan artist of all had traced most of her artwork. Bummer, right? Nope! It got me thinking! I can draw things traditionally, and scan them, or trace them, and fill them in on the comp! My PC doesn't have a scanner, so I decided to do a simple drawing and literally trace it: putting my paper over the screen, and edit it on MS Paint.
  It's far from the best I've ever done. But it's a new beginning for me, and just a tiny bit of hope.
   It's just sad that my epiphanies are other peoples' common sense.

I named her Alicia ^^
« Last Edit: August 07, 2008 01:18:15 AM by kingfrancebald » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008 02:43:19 AM »

This is great for a photoshop beginner!  Grin  When I first started I was way scared too.
If you're interested in tracing your own drawings you should look into some tutorials for LiveTrace on Adobe Illustrator.  Basically you scan your drawing in and it separates it out so you can make alterations and color very easily.  Its how a lot of graphic novels are colored these days, it might strike your fancy.  Feel free to PM me if you'd like more info, etc.
Good luck with your class!!!
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008 05:49:42 AM »

The sad truth is that most artists have to eventually cozy up with the creative suite.  The wacom tablet has become my best friend, because everything is achievable with it.   But once you get used to the creative suite it'll just come to you, and voila, things come out faster.  I love doing simple pen and ink sketches and taking them into photoshop to fix lines and digitally color. 
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008 08:29:09 AM »

heh, fact is, I pretty much loathe the digital media. I've always viewed them as inorganic and, essentially, not even legitimate. I'm facing reality, and the times, though, and I've decided to reconcile before I become one of those people who never grows because they're stuck in the past.
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