March Update #2

Kind of another test post, and a notification that there is a new commission type available now: Icons! I always see people using past commissions as an icon, so I figured why not offer something tailored to be an actual representative portrait of your character? There will probably be some edits, like add-ons or perhaps the character’s favored item, who knows! You’re more than welcome to leave feedback so that I can make the commissioning experience easier on you. :)

Thanks for all the support so far guys. Everything’s slowly coming together!

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“Think ahead, think ahead, think ahead…”

I’ve recently seen this video;

and it’s struck a deep chord with me. Over time, I’ve stagnated within my art because I found a technique I liked and put my brain on auto-pilot, thinking that mindlessly plugging away at my task would merit infinite results because I already knew what to do. In the short-term, it was going smoothly, until the inevitable caught up with the auto-pilot; the fuel and energy ran dry and my brain essentially shut down and burned out in a slow regression of once-passionate flames.
I stopped imagining new ideas.
I stopped planning creatively.
I stopped thinking ahead.

You have to remain awake, in the present moment; you have to think how here will get you there, you have to put on a good performance with room for error. Mistakes help you grow, do not be embarrassed by them. A very wise man once said, that’s just called a “happy accident”. You will learn more by learning from your mistakes than beating yourself up for being imperfect. We’re all perfect, we’re just incomplete.

So, take a dive. Make mistakes. Use as few brush strokes as possible, and plan, plan, plan ahead.

Basic Study #1

A basic study of some elements and principles with my two friends. Mainly value, and a bit of technique.

TUT

Some tips for future tutorials. You know the story. :)