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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 5, 2012, 5:41 PM



Hey everyone, just wanted to make a new journal about some stuff that's goin on in my head, and to those who care feel free to read.

So I've just graduated with a BA in the Arts (WOW SOOOOO HARDCORE) in late April. Aside from handling small freelance and commission stuff between my spare time, I also started working full time at a local mobile game studio as a concept artist and animator.

Now thinking back on my journey so far, I've met a lot of obstacles and obviously overcame many of them,  and the ones I didn't overcome I keep on trying. For the longest time, while being in this online art community filled with countless talents of various degrees, I have sought knowledge amongst the community here, and in turn people have also came asking for knowledge in return. While I specialize in the entertainment industry as a visual production and sometimes pre-production artist, there have been many learning curves that I had to tackle by myself, because lets face it, if school was the end all point for knowledge seekers then EVERYONE who comes out should be industry rock stars.

But my main concern I want to put out there in this journal is that people on this art community often ask the wrong questions when it comes to finding out how to be a better artist. Now I don't wish to personally describe any examples, but there are already memes made by other people who share my concern.



First and foremost. A pen does not make the poet, just as a brush does not make the painter. I had a crappy $50 Grapphire tablet for over 4 years when I first started digital painting, and then I bought my Intuos4.




Learning more things never hurt. In fact, being a one-trick horse is what kills you. If you are aiming for the gaming or animation field, and you are amazing at drawing  only in 2D Japanese anime style... If you're a pokemon trainer and you only have 1 uber amazing plant type monster that's lv 55, and the rest are a bunch of lv 6 Pidgeys. Then you go to the Elites at the end of the game, you're FUCKED!!!





This one is thee most asked question I get. The truth is my custom brushes are all made from the standard brushes that come with Photoshop. Again, it's not the brush that makes the artist. Never mind how I do that chromatic shift thing in Photoshop. Actually I will tell you how to do it.  Flatten the image and just go offset some channels, but it certainly won't make you a better artist. (well it might if you already know what you're doing instead of fucking around in MS Paint and telling yourself that you're the next Craig Mullins)


Now I know what you're thinking, oh this guy is such a hypocrit bla bla bla what an ego prick. Firstly  I do not want to give off the impression that I am here to give AMAZING advice. I'm not, I am still very early in this adventure and I'm certainly in no position to say that I am a great artist.

What I can say in truth on how to be a competent craftsman is TO PRACTICE RIGHT, PRACTICE A LOT, AND NEVER EVER STOP LEARNING!!! There are no shortcuts in life, as there are no diamonds without the initial pressure. Sure some people may get lucky and get early recognition and then get their life put on the fast track, but not everyone can be an instant rockstars. Do what you love for the sake of your passion, and money will follow, and never set your eyes only on money.

Keep drawing, enjoy life, and laugh till it hurts :)

  • Playing: inside
  • Drinking: Till I look handsome
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:iconjohnkillinger:
JohnKillinger Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student General Artist
good advice.

forced meme is forced.
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LT-metamorphose-LT Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks for this entry! Most of your sentiments echo along with mine. My good friend(who recently started drawing and making art)once said it's not about the skills or equipment,but rather the passion that counts. On that note, keep making art!:)
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wikkedvenus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
good advice man, one never stops learning as an artist.
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Styrox-Art Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for a good read, and congrats to the degree!
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JoelWhite Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very true.
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Zadriela Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
I enjoyed reading that haha. straight to the point, optimistic, and humble
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lucianovontedizstein Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
don't worry about being a prick,
it actually helps the genuinly interested that can't seem to start to improve their art
like me sadly

brb gotta go drawing
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
That is one wise ugly toad :D
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:iconjmart-art:
jmart-art Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
If that's not the meme name, it should be.
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:iconartmagix:
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol the meme is called 'Game Artist Student Bullfrog'
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:iconfgore:
Fgore Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great journal man! thanks
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Khioora Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Totally agree. Animation is the perfect way to understand perspectives, angles, every knowledge you can achieve is a treasure, because getting knowledge is the only way to make your own knowledge (your own brushes, your own shapes, etc). Being an artist is not "the easy way I choose because I don't want to study or it's the lazy option".

Many traditional artists have to update their knowledge to digital, and even digital artists should have a traditional base to avoid using a lot of unnecessary filters, or also colour options that regulates photoshop. The base is always required, then come the "tricks" to make our development work to be efficient enough. The work of an artist never ends!

Thanks also for the memes, I really laughed a lot with them.
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JasonRoll Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Speak it Brother!
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Dony123 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
AMEN
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:iconaxisenigma:
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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thomasVanDijk Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I'd beat the crap out of the elite four with just a plant Pokémon. I know I would, because I also did it with just a Pikachu on Pokémon Yellow. But you're right about learning more things.
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Daandric Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
this blog is composed of pure epic. Only problem with tablet I have is: I'M RUNNING OUT OF PEN TIPS !!!!!!!
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wacom is truly awesome. I have an older model Intuos and I contacted them asking about nibs for my pen and wanting to make sure I got the right ones and they sent me a few for free! So I know how you feel.
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Daandric Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I have some cheat Genius shit and I live in Serbia...so i have to buy new tips for 5$ each D:
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cosmicbound Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Good advice. 8-)
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Chelsatron Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student General Artist
For the longest time I would ask artists that I looked up to "Oh, what brush do you use? What settings are they at? What version are you using?" Until I realized that they just opened up Photoshop/Sai and drew!!

Digital programs I think have a certain glamour appeal that they will insta-fix your artwork. I had to learn it the hard way, but it's a lesson I won't forget :p
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
digital programs are great tools that can benefit an artist, just don't let it become a crutch :)
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Natasherz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha very VERY true, its actually funny because every so often I'll show work to friends, and once in a while I'll have the one guy that goes "Oh you don't have CS5, you're a noob, CS5 makes art look better" so this gave me a good laugh :D Thank you sir xD
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you have intuos4? lol I did this with a mouse ==> [link]
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Natasherz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha, well obviously you're doing it wrong. Intuos4 adds +100000000 art skills, don't you know that? In all seriousness that actually does look really sweet, well done xD But yeah, I mean, a tablet is a LOT easier to work with for sure but it will not make you better or allow you to avoid having to work hard to improve :P
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GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wait a damn minute...what is this "chromatic shift" thing that you just blew by like it was no big deal? Explain yourself!!
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:iconartmagix:
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
it's a really stupid little effect that creates a channel off shift, a lot of people think it makes the painting more 3D... truth be told the painting has to look well rendered first in order for the effect to truly work.
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Lightsyde Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Good to see this. Really encouraging.
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290Pika Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
I only got a new tablet in high school because the pen to my Graphire4 completely fell apart (it was 3-4 years old at the time?), so I was like, "Well, Christmas is coming up; time to upgrade to a small Intuos3."

Is the meme really called "artistically ignorant game design student bullfrog"? :lol:
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:iconartmagix:
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's called Game Art Student Bullfrog: [link]
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:iconmrblackcap:
MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers to that!
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:iconeuxiom:
Euxiom Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Hell yes.
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evil-santa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Damnit, that frog is right! I need a new tablet.
Thanks for reminding me.
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:iconartmagix:
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
artistically ignorant game design student bullfrog is right durp.
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evil-santa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
No, the frog speaks the truth. More technology is more skill. Listen to his words of wisdom :)
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:iconartmagix:
ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I bow to the bullfrog :D
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evil-santa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I'm convinced that he is a distant ancestor of Hypnotoad *nods*
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Crisosphinx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I upgraded from a 4 year old tablet... I can actually see what I'm working on now, literally. But then again, I'm also now a graduate of college with a BFA just like you! It does help, but it doesn't make you better to have a Cintiq. I managed 4 years with an intuo 2, people... You can do the same lol
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Blackburnart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I lol'd at the pics.

I am also stepping my first steps into a mobile game development studio, pretty much in the same shoes as you except I do not have an education. Things like "its not the tools, its the training" and "brushes wont' make you paint good" are things to live by.

I recently got rid of 95% of my custom brushes, they slowed me down. I find its really helping my work to put them away in a seperate brush set until I feel like I need them so much that I will interrupt my painting to load them, and at that point I must have a pretty damn good reason to be getting them out. Chalk brush is enough :)
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yea sometimes the really elaborate custom brushes takes the originality away because it is made for another specific artist. Glad you're teaching yourself some great stuff. The journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step my friend :)
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Lemming-clone- Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this. I've come into contact with a few of the archetypes mentioned (people with the opinion that tools make the artist, etc) and sometimes it's really frustrating to continually see that. I really couldn't agree more that some of the most important things are the mind and the culmination of ideas, as well as the knowledge and skills that are developed through practice that really contribute the most.
SO
Thank you, again, for this lovely introspective. :)
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jenmundy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahahaha, I love you. The quote about Pokemon just made my day-- so true, so true.
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
don't be durp or else you'll go home and cry : C
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Grieverjoe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
The more you learn about something, the more you realize how much you don't know.
I think it was Confucius who said that. I could be wrong.
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ArtMagix Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly, we're such curious things.
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Luneder Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have less than a year left until I have my degree so I have been reworking and improving my portfolio with that in mind while trying to grab larger contracts. There is no easy path to success, it all comes down to practice, experience, and dedication.

Sometime down the road I plan on buying a cintiq to improve my work speed (not skill like so many foolish upstarts think it will), sketches go faster when you can draw directly on what you see. This is however after 3 years of using an intuos4 medium. I started to drool when I seen that cintiq 24 hd thinking about the kind of detail I could put into my lines with that lol.
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GazMazkGutz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
:icontf2sniperplz: Thanks Mate.
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madcow-neotaku Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
i like what you said...:D
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