Technically I did this yesterday, but forgot to post. Oops.
I had no plan here… Or reference images. I just knew I wanted to draw on my wacom tablet.
In my gaming course, I need to come up with a design for a box texture. I guess I was thinking about it while I was drawing, because this cube turned up. I think it became green because my partner has been talking about getting parts for his computer to make it black and green a lot lately. I set my keyboard to green because he can’t, so it might have been subliminal. I was going to focus on the character more, but I thought I do that most times and wanted to try something different. I kept cropping bits off, so it eventually became a nice size for my cover photo on Facebook. I still need a lot of practice with lighting and being more painterly (looser brush strokes). It was nice only having a limited palette, as skin tones and shadows were simple. I’m not good at seeing anything but brown and pink in skin. Something I am really looking to improve.
Apparently, when digitally painting, it’s good practice not to zoom in, so apart from the figure, I painted mostly in a fit-to-screen size. I think this helped fitting things into the composition and not getting into details.
I watched a video the other day where the artist recommended four hours a day of fundamentals to improve your art skills. I don’t believe you need to be that drastic – you may get RSI in three years :P. I’d say an hour, or a sketch a day. I’d draw at least once a day through high school and improved at a nice rate. Always have paper and pencils on hand. I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t just sit and watch TV without something in my hands to do.
Another piece of information I gained from YouTube this week is from Will Terrell. He said that it isn’t the person with talent to succeed, it’s the one that stuck to it and practices or ‘stucktoitiveness’ as he said. Here’s that video: http://youtu.be/oeY8lWprqkM?list=UUHu2KNu6TtJ0p4hpSW7Yv7Q