I animated my previous post and added a simple snowfall animation. It was really fun 8D!
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Hey There! Great question! I would say start by creating your own project, pretend you ARE a visual development artist and develop a story with characters and environments. Try to start thinking like a designer would. Your first might not be portfolio ready, but it’s a great way to get into the mindset and figure out what skills you need to improve upon!
Hey Meg :D Thanks a bunch! I can totally relate about the whole self taught situation, I mean aside the Motivarti mentorship, it’s still one loooong ongoing journey of self teaching haha. I could say that most crucially, every artist should DRAW FROM LIFE AND DRAW EVERYDAY. JUST PRACTICE NONE STOP. Okay so that is true… Somewhat! More recently and especially through my mentorship, I found that wasn’t the case AT ALL. From personal experience, I found myself improving the most by mixing theory and research with all of that practice and getting a full understanding of how things work, rather than just painting based on what my mind preconceptually believes everything should look like? (Wow this is hard to explain haha)
OK for instance, You’re going to paint a cow in a field, with a clear sky, So my brain immediately goes.. “OK That’s green for the grass, erm, blue for the sky aaaand black and white for the cow! But then I stop and think.. “NO MIND there is more to this! Much more! Bad habit…” So at this stage I’d probably Google some picture of a cow in a green field with the clear sky. And I’ll stare and stare and “oh what’s this? this cow is actually sort of murky grey and black? And Is that some green fur on it’s stomach? Why… WHY IS THAT GREEN? Ah… It’s reflecting the grass underneath…” And I’ll do this for a while, with many aspects, the shape the lighting the colours and so on… I’ll just look and completely DECONSTRUCT a picture or what I see in front of me as much as I can and try to figure out why things are the way they are, if it’s a piece of art, I’ll try and figure out the artist’s thought process and how they view the world.
So I think the more you understand about the world through your means, the better you can be at painting or drawing, because your mind has it sussed, all that primary knowledge you learn yourself is at hand and you can apply it to all of your art, be it observational, research or design…
Just understanding the littlest of things can go an incredibly long way in anything you create! And with designing? All this information is just swimming around in my head! So now all that knowledge I’ve absorbed, I can throw into a piece of art or a design! And I get to bend the rules and have fun with it.
Such a good read! <3