Aw man, this was a great episode. Straight away, you hit the nail on the head with me. I am trying to do everything. Get good at everything. Totally true. I don't have a set goal/direction.
I'm moving this month, but I'm happy to tackle this next month.
I do have one question though, I still feel like I'm in the learning stage when it comes to foundations. Should I continue learning the foundations (currently focussed on colour, perspective and anatomy), or should I start picking a goal? (Or both?) Love to know what people think.
I think the next step after that would be to create a project as a vehicle that takes me closer to my goal.
I've been doing about 20-30 one-minute poses for three days now. I'm trying to upload pictures but cannot seem to get them added to a post (I'm posting from my iPhone). It's not very important, they look a lot like the others posted here . I'm planning to do two more days before I move on to the next video. That gives me about 100 poses before I move on.
@davidhohn yes it's good to see the print. I remembered the story breaking years ago and it taking forever to go through court. One of the reasons I think copyright could do with an update is concluding cases quicker. Do you think making work that is limited editions or original art can have an effect on the outcome, if it goes to court?
So this exercise was interesting... it was something that I had been kind of thinking about anyway, maybe partly because of what the book was saying up to this point, but also because of things that have been going on in my life and my family recently.
So I didn't assign a dollar value to my time, but I did know one thing in particular that I had been spending more time on than I wanted to. I volunteer helping organize a get-together for the women at my church once a month, and it doesn't take a ton of time, but it takes more than you might expect. There are several women who help me who have made clear they are willing and able to do more. I've decided that what I will do next time we meet his assign each of them a month, and have them be in charge of most of the organizing/delegation for the activity that month, and I'll just be there to support and do any needed tasks. So things still get organized, but without quite as much time from me.
I don't really do much other extra/volunteering stuff that I'm willing to give up because... toddlers. There are a few other things, most of them only once a month, but they're important and I don't want to give up that time. For example, this month my husband and I are (finally!) going to start a DnD campaign with some new friends (well, I hope they'll be friends) of ours, and that doubles as a date and social life, as well as story inspiration I guess. Book Group is important to me, because, well, BOOKS. I love #kidlitart chat, which is one hour a week (and I do miss some of it on weeks when they topic or conversation just isn't as interesting to me.)
So, while I'm keeping all these things, its nice to be able to say that it is deliberate, not default. They are all that important to me, my life, and my work.
What about you all?
@Kat, @SketchyArtish @MichaelaH
Thank you all-and through you I've found some new online photographic sites.
Alas-my question wasn't clear--I'm looking for any recommendations for a mannequin-a posable thing in 3D that I can adjust, and handle, and turn around, etc.
Anyone know of anything like that-that is good? 8-10" tall or so?
I use Seawhite, hardback bound A4. It lays fairly flat if you squash the pages out and I keep Scotch tape so if I need a heavy paper or toned paper (I keep aquarelle, marker paper and Canson toned around for that), I can attach a sheet inside my sketchbook. I also keep an A5 for field sketching and an A6 that lives in my bag all the time. They are less used but hoping to use them more as I gain confidence. As I gain more experience, I may change my mind but as a beginner, this system suits me fine at the moment. I also keep a couple of A3 watercolour and sketchbooks around for those times I want bigger sheets.
Like you, being here on the Forums has meant I'm sketching a lot more. I can't wait to start my subscription (two weeks and counting!)
@HeatherBouteneff You made some good changes from the first one. I'm glad that you changed the sky, the clouds really soften up the vibrant cyan. I think that you can go a bit farther with the value of the ground. Watch the saturation though, the red brown of the ground is competing with the red brown of the cows. Go duller with the dirt and the cows and flowers should start to pop.
It should be fine as long as you do not intend to sell them, but even then, doing a commission would be fine as well as long as you do not copy another artists work.
And definitely do them if you want to get a job as a book cover artist as an editor will NOT hire you just on your word, you will have to prove that you can do what you can do with samples.
There is so much amazing advice here I need to take notes and then thank you all! I’ll get back to working on the website on Wednesday! You guys are so stinking supportive and helpful! Thank you so much!
This optimization page from Adobe might help. It's a pretty long list of things you can try to squeeze out extra performance. Photoshop does use the GPU for many features. It's getting better and better at utilizing them.
I don't see it mentioned in there, but you may also try turning off smoothing on your brush. I've had that work with some, but not all, brushes that have bad performance.
The important question is whether or not it's just certain brushes. If most brushes work and a few don't: I personally call that a brush issue. I usually just skip the custom brushes that lag. If the brush overpowers an i7, 24 gigs of RAM, SSD, and a GTX 1070, I'll just use another.
If you REALLY love the brush then take the time to play with every setting (including the resolution of the "brush tip"/texture) and see if you can find what's causing the lag. Just hope that whatever it is doesn't "break" the brush.
If all, or most, of your brushes are lagging then it's probably a performance or bug issue. There were some bugs with Wacom's and Windows 10 creators edition IIRC. Might want to Google those if it is a persistent issue across brushes.