No academic stuff for a week, yay!~ (I can reply and doodle more digital stuff)
I just got back from the apartment a few hours ago so I’m a bit tired. ^^;;
On the plus side, I can practice again with digital art since I now have access to my computer for a whole week. I feel very rusty with it and I’m still quite frustrated that I have to start all over again with digital art (or rather, I feel like a beginner so I have to keep practicing and testing new techniques, experimenting with different stuff…) -_-;;>
Here are some stuff I drew yesterday (ant the other day on my sketchbook)
(Why do they look very warm here in the computer when in the phone and tablet, they’re not? OTL)
Thinking about what happened recently, I regained my love and appreciation for traditional art. My laptop died a few months ago unexpectedly and it was depressing (as I’ve said multiple times here lol) since I only had access to my computer every weekend (mostly) and I am not as regular in uploading compared to before. Projects/comics had to be put in the shelf for a while because I had limited time with my computer.
With those stuff happening, I had to resort to going back to traditional works. I was afraid at first, because it’s been years since I did traditional seriously, not like the sketching/line work but with coloring. I was, and still am insecure with my traditional artworks because the lighting is terrible, my photography skills were shit and there are probably other factors which I suck in. Comparing myself to other artists (prof. traditional artists) made me feel bad.
But y’know…I had no computer (and graphics tablet) during the weekdays and I have to make do with what I had at the apartment.
One of the things I disliked in traditional art is it costs a LOT in the long run. The many times I got broke…/sigh//
because art materials, even the cheap but good ones were too pricey for me (since I’m a very frugal person lol.). I didn’t wanna spend because, I mean, I had a tablet at home, I could just use Photoshop brushes or Paint studio instead of those 8 dollar pens/ 30 dollar watercolors or something. Digital art is expensive at first, with the graphics tablet plus computer/laptop but it is cheap in the long run. Traditional is expensive in the long run since you run out of materials and or ink.
But I guess it’s worth it. Rin reassured me that if you’re gonna use it to create something and have at least some spare money left, then by all means, just buy them. She encouraged me that it’s good to not rely on computers/tablets much because you won’t be with your computer everywhere and she’s right. I can’t bring my graphics tablet at a cafe or at a park. And as much as I can use my iPad as a digital sketchbook, I don’t want to because…it feels off(?) personally for me.
Although even with that money con, I learned a lot. Traditional art doesn’t have a “ctrl-z” / undo button which is a con in itself and since I’m used to digital art and constantly pressing the undo button, it was hard to not make mistakes at first. I kept on erasing and having ink blots/smudges from my brush pen. It’s a con at the start but it becomes a pro as time goes on because having no undo button makes you more skilled in a sense that you see your mistakes, can’t undo that shit so you have to improve in drawing so much so you can avoid making them again.
Another pro is that I get to be resourceful with my colors. I don’t have all the marker colors and it’s frustrating (because I want to have them all but the marker sets are expensive af) but it’s a good thing as well because I have to choose the colors wisely with a limited palette and using the colors that match with each other. In photoshop and Paint studio or PTSAI, you have all the colors so you’re tempted to use lots of them but I noticed that images tend to be out of balance(?) or scattered(?) when I have so many colors in one artwork while those artworks I do with colors within a certain palette tend to look better. (maybe it’s just me ..welp)
Traditional sketchbooks are wonderful. I really miss having to bring a sketchbook everywhere I go (I did those before I got a tablet) and you can basically call it muh safe space. :”D ..
..but seriously, it is. I do use it as a journal/diary and record my deepest, darkest thoughts and other ideas that I don’t wanna show publicly through drawing.
I also like the tactile feeling of traditional media. I can touch (and smell) my artworks and experiment with markers and watercolors and brush pens.
So far, I barely had an art block or rather whined like a little bitch again that I ran out of ideas or have a blank mind because experimenting and switching with different types of media, traditional and digital helped me keep the creativity juices flowing. ^_^
For now though, I have to regain my momentum in digital work since I have so many ideas that I wanna execute digitally.