So have fun crowing today!
Here is another oldie...a sketch concept I did for a friend who loves horror, pirates, and wierd senses of humor! Now, this was back when I was just learning Photoshop, so that is why it it is all done in default round brushes and is a bit rough around the edges. When I look back on this it's amazing to see how far i've come...it's a nice break from looking at artists higher on me on the talent ladder and punching myself in the eyeball for not being as good as they are. So, whomever is reading this, take time to look back at your old work once in awhile and think "Wow! I sucked but I am soooo awesome now!" It's a fabulous ego-booster and it's healthy to crow once in awhile.
So have fun crowing today!
I drew these about 2 years ago, dug them up for a fresh look. I especially love the idea of a huge rabbit-bullsaurus!
I know what you are thinking- "Pepper Dancing to Achy Breaky Heart has nothing to do with concept art or illustration!". WRONG! You see that dog? That should be YOU. That funny cowboy man is your muse, your motivation, your career aspirations, your college degree and all those late nights after work you spend working on your art projects. They work together and the crowd LOVES them! That dog LOVES his job! You should aspire to be that spring-loaded everyday. In other words, when your muse says "jump", you say "YES"! yes yes yes yes, and then you jump, and hoola, and line-dance your way around the stage. Why? because it's FUN. Your work should always be enjoyable. Even if your doing a freelance project your heart isn't into, or finishing up an illustration you're bored of- keep it fun for yourself. It is basic doggie-training wisdom that you increase motivation by associating the training with positive things, like treats and fun (or in your case youtube videos, coffee, and music). So reward yourself, keep work sessions positive by trying to get into a groove everyday. Here are a few tips on how to get your achy-breaky groove on.
Ok, lets just get real. I know you spend some time on youtube before you start work and sneak in a few when you get bored during the day so you might as well just fess up! And why shouldn't you? They release stress and dose your brain with a happy shot of endorphins, thereby putting you in an upbeat confident mood conducive to jumping back into work. It's fun to watch silly videos of dogs chasing their tails and athletes taking baseballs to the groin and it makes you laugh. GREAT! If you are finding it hard to get going creatively in the morning, try slowly building a routine that prepares you and rewards you. Kind of like a going-to-bed routine to relax you except exactly the opposite. Get up, make your hot beverage of choice, sit down for a half hour and do something you enjoy. This "something" must give you endorphins. Watch silly dancing dogs on you tube (god knows, I won't judge you). Laugh, laugh hysterically, laugh until you get coffee-flavored hiccups. Feel that inspiring, electric surge of happiness hormones racing through your blood (ok, some of that's the caffeine, but still), blast your favorite music, and jump into work! Jump, jump, jump! Like Pepper.
I have been getting ImagineFX magazine for almost a year now. I've developed a bit of OCD when it comes to my new editions; fiendishly defending them from wrinkles, getting sat on, and having pages bent. Nobody's spilt coffee on one of my copies yet but let's just say that it might bring out the beserker in me.
Anyway, to get to the point...I've never (surprisingly) ventured into the bonus cd's nicely tucked in the back of the magazine but I did today and I felt like I had discovered Blackbeard's treasure! There are figure reference photos on there! Tooooooooooooooons of them! I've been needing to do some serious figure drawing catch-up practice and this is perfect! Of, course, I immediatly ran to all my other magazines and started feeding them to the computer like a maniac. I can't promise the photos are on every single one, but they were on mine so far and I am so siked to start drawing n#$%d people in my sketchbook. Yay! For those of you who have already discovered the joy of texture overlays on your digital work, there are free textures on the cds too!
Oh, I forgot you might not know what the magazine is about. It is concept art focused. Of course, it delves into all kinds of other disciplines but that the spoke of the wheels are usually the process being building characters/environments/etc...
A really good read!
Just never- EVER- spill coffee on mine!
ALRIGHTYBAZINGAFRGILISTICWHAZZA! It's finally done!
I just launched a new networking site for artists based in the UAE. It's given me a new respect for how much planning, business sense, branding knowledge, and technical skills are required to make a website- wow. web designers have my respect. Above is my flyer advertisting the site. If you are an artist living in the UAE, please join! With some time and effort, we will hopefully build an incredibly talented and diverse community of artists-and give them super-deserved exposure to clients
- COMMUNITY ART BLOG
- ARTIST DATABASE (searchable by keyword)
- ART EVENTS CALENDAR
- EXPOSURE, NETWORKING
- BI-MONTHLY DRAWING CLUB (super-fun figure-drawing practice)
You can visit it here:
One of the best things I've found to tear me away from the magnificent mundanities of real life is a bit of healthy competition! I highly suggest entering online contests to add a burst of adrenaline-spiked coffee to your sleepy inner art genius. It's given me a nice boost of self-confidence when i get lovely comments on my work, and brought an unreal amount of bloodthirstiness in an otherwise doe-eyed slightly haphazard 5'4" woman. I'm telling you, artists fool the world with their bohemian glamour, but at heart they are all viking beserkers when it comes to doing what they do best. So sharpen your paintbrushes and put on your smock because there is nothing more fun than battling deadlines, other possibly-more-talented vikings, and of course, cruel fate!
I suggest taking care to match your skill level and ambition level to the contest. I started out doing contests on one site but eventually got frustrated because I saw pieces which (in my very humble opinion) didn't surpass mine in originality or execution. Now, I know that sounds horribly egotistical and self-centered but if it is- so be it (I told you I wasn't kidding about the bloodthirstiness). It's not that I don't like getting beat. Well, ok fine, I don't. But, I respect the winner in an only slightly-green-with-envy way if they really deserve it. It's an ancient Artists Code of Honor thing. So, I moved to a site where I competed with semi-professionals to professionals and I learn more there by being beat by the best. It makes me burn to make my art better so it doesn't look like a wimpy freshman standing next to big bulging WWF wrestlers. On the other hand, you don't want to crush the freshman's spirit by throwing him in the ring too soon, it takes time to build muscle. So, again to my first point- find the match for you now...and make some friends while you're at it. You catch more jobs- I mean flies- with honey than vinegar.
Here is a list of online contest sites I know about, listed by skill level
(if you want to suggest one not on the list email me or post in the forums)
- Ballistic Publishing Call for Entries
You can submit to be featured in any one of their annual book series featuring the "best of" fantasy art
Expose, Exotique, D'Artiste, and more!
Just keep an eye on this page: http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/bsw/
usually they are only open to digitally created artwork
prizes are a free copy of the published book, and free exposure to clients
- Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art
Maybe the most notorious of annual fantasy art compilations. I suggest you pick one up to have for inspiration.
will accept artwork of any medium
prizes are a free copy of the published book, and free exposure to clients
- CG Challenge
A huge online contest held roughly every 3-4 months.
Prizes are insane amounts of money and amazing digital art equipment.
only digitally created artwork will be accepted
- Gnomon Workshop Image Challenge (2-D and 3-D)
Every month a different theme, and a new chance to compete against some of the best in the business. I do not believe it is neccessary to create a new piece of work specifically for this contest.
I believe any choice of medium is acceptable
prizes are your choice of their really fantastic tutorial dvds
SEMI-PROFESSIONAL - PROFESSIONAL:
- Imagine FX Art Challenges
There are monthly challenges and weekly challenges. I've found the community to be really encouraging and helpful. The members participating really range in skill level and I think it's a nice place for anybody serious to improve to compete, especially since a lot of emphasis is put on WIPs (works-in-progress).
any medium will be accepted
prize for first place is oftentimes a small feature in ImagineFX magazine
I actually recently entered a contest here, it was my first one at Imagine FX. I didn't win but felt gratified because the winning work was absolutely amazing and the entrants were supportive (and subsequently entirely grossed out by my entry- which made me feel a LOT better!)
see it in all it's squeamish glory here:
direct link: http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/storage/41/339071/Thou%20Shalt%20Not%20Pop%20(small).jpg
contest link: http://community.imaginefx.com/forums/thread/335874.aspx
- CG Society's CHOW (Character of the Week) challenges
A weekly contest begins with a fun prompt that you base a new character design off of. New designs are a must for each contest, as it's goal is to give you lots of practice!
any medium accepted except for photography
AMATEUR - SEMI-PROFESSIONAL
Great blow-off-creative-steam contest site. The reason it is listed under amateur-semi-professional is just because it is holding contests that cherish the concept and originality of a piece more than technical illustrative perfection. They also are a lot more about sketches than finished projects. It's a very fun way of letting off steam, and their Draw 100 series is great for keeping you in shape.
prizes vary. If it's hosted by the founder, Bobby Chiu you might get some original professional artwork out of it. The usual prize for winning, however, is usually an inflated sense of self-esteem!
The contests are fun and there are a million categories ranging from photoshop wizardry to illustrations to log houses built out of crayons! It was a nice site to enter contests in until I figured out what I really wanted my primary focus to be. It is super fun to browse past contest galleries here- you can get lost.
prizes are points
Hi. My name is Cassy and have List Disease. I make lists. I draw little dragon doodles on lists. I email lists to myself. I organize lists in little archives and then meticulously back them up. I redo old lists and reorganize them under different catagories....I pretty much do everything but actually doing the things on my list! Most of the time, I don't realize how exhausting that can be, and how it mentally puts you down because- well, i've gotten used to it. On the rare occasions that I have a productive flash of motivation, I realize that I should have just done the damn thing and not shackled myself like that for so long.
Case-in-point. I have a new website! I've had "make portfolio/blog site" on my list for months. All of a sudden last night instead of surfing the net like i usually do, I went to GoDaddy domain registry and HEY! suprISE! I just did it. Then, I felt sooo good that I bought my domain that I went on Weebly and started designing my website. I am ususally scared-to-death-terrified of anything remotely technical but with a bit of help from the internet I taught myself how to use CSS code to change the website background color. You, know, it's been said by many people smarter than me that you are the only one holding yourself back, and for me at least that's true. I only didn't try before because I thought I couldn't.
The same thing goes for your art career. My 9-5 art job has lured me into a complacent state the last year or so...making me feel safe, making it possible to push back important steps in my career. I never did personal art work after work- i'd watch a movie with my husband instead. I lounged around playing with website designs for months, collected volumes of articles on freelancing as an artist and the importance of a blog on your portfolio site, and bookmarked classified ads for artists...but didn't act on any of them. Feeling secure and safe is nice but complecency is not all it's cracked up to be- it has warts. Complencency can keep you from pushing yourself if you aren't careful. You know what helps? Doing the damn thing- not putting "do the damn thing" on your list and pretending you are going to next week.
And that is why I have this website and blog now. And that is why i'm writing this first post. and it feels AMAZING! I feel so good today! I am happy and hyper (no coffee, i swear) and raring to go. It's not always going to be perfect and sometimes i'm gonna lay on the couch with a cup of tea and a head of laziness but I will try to tackle one "to-do" at a time. What is my next "to-do"? I have recently taken a vow of everlasting RAM; to vanquish all future "scratch disk errors" when painting in photoshop. I've got some deleting to do!
Welcome to my blog, Scorpion Lace. I am passionate about Illustration, Concept Art, Fantasy, Feminist Theory, Mythology, and dark chocolate.