congrats @artwithashley ! well done everyone! looking forward to this month's prompt 😃
Just trying to do this thing - getting images from my head to paper.
Posts made by MissMushy
RE: Why is creativity important?
I agree with @smceccarelli - it is a human trait.
Our ability to imagine things to be different than they are, is innate to everyone - being able to or wanting to express it varies from person to person. It is manifested in our fears and anxieties - all those stories we tell ourselves about what other people might be thinking or what if x or y happens etc. - those can be pretty creative too. I also believe not having a positive creative outlet in your life - art, music, writing, dance, storytelling etc - can lead humans to some dark places because we all need a way to express that part of ourselves. for overall balance.
RE: What happened to Beauregard the Bear???
Shane was kind enough to respond to my email - here is the update:
“Hi, Michelle -
Beauregard, I'm pleased to say, is still alive and well. He's grown to be quite large these days, but he's in excellent health, and I expect him to survive at least another five or 6 Christmases. It's truly the golden age for being a cartoon polar bear in a human world. But, yeah - the plan is still to eventually turn him into a rug. That's how we honor cartoon polar bears in our society... I think”
So Beau lives on ... for now 😬
What happened to Beauregard the Bear???
I have just watched the Character design class and right at the end was a video featuring Shane Lewis where he talked about creating and killing off a character he had invented called Beauregard the Bear - just to see if anyone would care.
I wanna know what happened - did the bear become a rug? Did he get shipped off to a retirement home? Or did Shane abandon the project? I tried googling but looks like his blog is inactive now. :-(
I guess I cared for the bear. :-|
RE: Critique/ Fundamentals Practice
Hi @leothejediartist welcome to the forum! Ok, first off, I'm no expert but am also a beginner trying to figure it all out on my own.
One of the things I learned early on is that just drawing without a learning goal in mind just kept me stuck wondering why I was not improving. So I started to set myself mini goals based on my weaknesses ,which to be honest is everything! I started with figuring out what are the fundamentals - cos I had a vague notion but not a list - I needed a list! Then I set myself a task to practice just that for a week or a month or whatever depending on how much I thought I was crap at it. Couldn't draw a straight line or a circle or an ellipse consistently when I first started - still do that practice every morning as a warm up.
When I started to get bored, I would pick someone who was good at line (like Jake) and copy their work for more practice, then try it on my own. Still not good at it and progress is slow but I keep adding more fundamentals to my learning mix and am slowly building my skills.
Before I stumbled on SVS, I learned quite a lot of stuff from youtube - Will Terry's channel has good stuff and Jake Parker's, also Bobby Chui has some good stuff on basics and Stephen Silver if you are into character design. So many options, it can be overwhelming.
As for books - depends what you are hoping to do - I realized I like the cartoony, style characters of animation and the watercoloury painting style of Beatrix Potter so I looked for books that could help me learn how to do things that way.
But my overall advice, for what it is worth, is don't just watch and read stuff without a specific learning goal in mind - what do you want to improve on this month . And be patient - it takes time for your brain and hand and eye to get rewired to work together for this stuff. I noticed periods where it seemed I just didn't get it and felt like an idiot - then suddenly poof! my hand was drawing the line I wanted it to draw and it seemed like magic. Then the next day I sucked again and had to start over.
Anyway, sorry for the long rambling post - good luck with it and look forward to seeing more of your work!
RE: Our SVS virtual studio
I have been trying to focus on basics - using shapes to build characters as well as trying to learn Procreate. I have been doing a lot of sketches in my sketchbook ( see if you can spot when I got distracted by watching Shrek 😐) But am also trying to make myself bring something to the best finish I can with my current skill. So frustrating when I can’t see any improvement though!