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I am SO tired. The little emoticon can not hope to express it. I am suffering from the perfect storm of work, school, allergies, family trips, etc etc. Still, I beyond being tired, can't say I have anything to complain about so thats good :) I signed up for an art class that starts a week from Thursday. Its a late night drawing class for 2 1/2 hours that goes for about 8 weeks. Lately I've felt like I hit a wall with sketching on my own. I'd really like to have feedback and discussion with a teacher so I was excited to find a late night class like this within driving distance. I usually don't get home until 7 but my boss is going to let me take off early so I can make it, because he's awesome. 

I can't believe its day 637. Doesn't seem that long ago that I decided to draw everyday. I think I'll wait to really reflect until I hit the 2 year mark, although I have to say I'm a lot happier with my sketches today, than I was 637 days ago. I tried to dabble into painting a bit, but that didn't really work out. I think I really underestimated what goes into painting. Not to mention things like composition and tone are weak points for me, and apparently a very big deal in painting. Ahh well, one step a time. 

-Brick
  • Listening to: Rainbow - Tarot Woman
  • Reading: Snow Crash
  • Watching: Big Eyes
  • Playing: Age of Wonders 3
  • Eating: Somewhat healthy stuff
  • Drinking: Not atm
Ok, so its been nearly 3 years... things happen :P A lot has happened in that time, some losses, got married, 2 new jobs, etc etc. But on the art side of things, I started something. I downloaded an app called Habit Streak Pro, and I made a commitment, I'd draw at least 30 minutes a day, everyday. I've email a few online instructors to see what their opinion was on it, and they basically said that 30 minutes is enough time to warm up, and that it would take years years to get where I want to be. I've found this to be mostly true. Most days I sketch longer that 30 minutes, but on a train, which is like sketching at the epicenter of an earthquake. Still, its practice and I enjoy it. As of today that streak is at 548 days and I'm pretty proud of that. So why have I shown up back on DA?

Well, I pretty much realized that sketching and deleting every day was like a spinning wheel going nowhere. I lacked feedback, and there was absolutely no accountability. To remedy this, I'm going to start posting regularly on DA so that I feel somewhat accountable to something. 

My tools have changed a little. I now have a Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid, which is absolutely awesome for drawing on the go. I chose it because I have a monster laptop and I wanted to be able to use the laptops horsepower when possible, the Cintiq Companion (Windows one) cant be connected to anything. Initially I was pretty upset, I found the Android apps pretty lacking, so I tried... well I tried all of them, and am now in love with Layer Paint HD. Pretty much everything I'll be posting will be done in that. I'd also like to take back my praise of the HP Elitebook, It's pretty sorry compared to what I have now.

Anyways, I need to draw me an avatar and get some kind of update schedule established. Its pretty tough giving this a ton of effort when you work full time, commute nearly 4 hours a day, have a wife and 2 kids, and go to college, but I will make it happen somehow! 

Good to be back, and Happy New Year!
- Brick
  • Listening to: Ratatat
  • Reading: All kinds of anatomy books
  • Watching: Not much atm
  • Playing: Torchlight II
  • Eating: Too much
  • Drinking: Lagunitas Brown Shugga (Why you taste so good?)
I have 2 deviations up now, and I must say... they are dark. Odd too considering that I paint on a HP Elitebook 2730p (totally recommend btw), a Tablet PC which means lowered screen brightness for better battery life. So my screen is typically a little dark, I thought if anything they'd be bright. Perhaps now is a good time to learn about screen calibration... Any input would be appreciated. I think what I may have to do is load it up on my PC and do final adjustments there to get the settings right.

As for the Elitebook, I thought I'd clue you guys in on that. Its an 11 inch screen laptop with those twist around screens that lay back on top of the keyboard so that it resembles a thick tablet. Its a Core 2 Duo, I popped 8GB of RAM in mine, and it has a 120GB HD. The thing is, its pressure sensitive, and works fairly well. Its also 600.00 brand new (if you can find them brand new, its 3 years old). But it runs CS5 well and I basically have a mobile Cintiq, for 600.00. I picked up a slim battery for the bottom that adds less than an inch thickness but expands the battery life to about 11 hours.

I never really could overcome the Wacom --> Screen disorientation, but having the ability to draw ON the screen has removed that from the equation. As I've said before, this is the first time I am really taking this seriously. So, its possible that I would have overcome that Wacom disorientation had I actually practiced a great deal. But hey, I love toys so this works too :)

ALSO!
I work, go to school, and have a girlfriend. If I do not set a quota for myself each week, it will be difficult to ensure I continue to practice and produce works. I need to be held accountable somehow! I think maybe something like 3 sketches and 1 painting or something. That sounds a little rigid though, maybe like X number of uploads a week. I always think I need to produce finished things, I do not allow myself to play, and I'm reading that thats a very important part to being an artist. So as I play, you may start to see some strange things in my gallery. Here goes :P

-Brick
  • Listening to: Ratatat
  • Reading: The Methods of Ethics
  • Watching: The Walking Dead S2
  • Playing: Wakfu
  • Eating: Salad /cry
  • Drinking: This weekend... definately
Hello everyone!

I am a network admin who gave up art when I was about 14. I'm 35 now and realizing I simply can't be happy without it. Like any artist, I'm highly critical of myself and in my eyes there are about 1,000 steps to climb, and i am on about step 3. Learning has become a bit of a passion though, and that has made it a lot easier to accept criticism, which in my opinion, is just one more opportunity to learn. I welcome criticism and will do my best to add as much material as I can. After all, I think being watched will be a terribly effective motivator to continue to produce, but between school and a full time job, it will be tough. I just wanted to say a few words to let you know who I am, and to say hi. And also that I look forward to learning from all of you!

Hi!

-Brick