I’ve come to the realization that I spend too much time online doing unproductive stuff.  That being said, I’m going to force myself to limit the time I spend on the computer daily.  If I’m online on skype, feel free chat as usual! I love talking with folks, but I need to start budgeting my day out a little better.  Right now it’s kinda clear that I’m floundering around in mediocrity, and looking up videos of pugs isn’t going to help that.  Thank you for understanding!

I came to the sudden realization that I’ve been stagnating heavily (pic related). So I’m giving myself a challenge, to do something I’ve never done before: fill up a sketchbook.  It may sound stupid, but I’ve never done that. I haven’t even touched traditional media since college.  To light a fire under my butt, I’m going to remain ‘offline’ until I get that done.  I hope to come back a bit more of a competent artist and junk. Thank you everyone who offered a kind little note on my last post, good things will happen in the future!

I came to the sudden realization that I’ve been stagnating heavily (pic related). So I’m giving myself a challenge, to do something I’ve never done before: fill up a sketchbook.  It may sound stupid, but I’ve never done that. I haven’t even touched traditional media since college.  To light a fire under my butt, I’m going to remain ‘offline’ until I get that done.  I hope to come back a bit more of a competent artist and junk. Thank you everyone who offered a kind little note on my last post, good things will happen in the future!

Those more observant will have noticed a trend that things have been slowing around here.  I’m going to take a break from my online presence to collect my thoughts.  I’ll be damned if I start spreading negative vibes to those who have been so kind to me in the past.  Thank you for everything.

makkon
makkon:

pwnyponymod:


Failures
In 2005 I joined the conceptart.org community, right about the time I started studying 3D-graphics at University. It is now but a shadow of its former self, but back then it was the best resource for artistic improvement I had ever come across. Not only did I, for the first time, get a notion of what level of art was expected of me to become a professional, but I was also introduced to the mentalities, paradigms and attitudes which it took to improve at a quicker pace. At the time, the community was built on the fundaments of helping each other grow through honest, straight forward critique. It wasn’t about popularity, likes or kindness. It was brutal sometimes, completely ego-shattering, and absolutely glorious.

It was when I embraced failure that I started growing at a faster rate. When counter-intuitively I abandoned the idea that I had to make pretty pictures, I was free to step outside my comfort-zone and actually start improving. For me that’s the best advice (besides being prolific), to start making ugly pictures. Obviously that’s not desirable in a professional context, we need to be reliable and perform at a high level. But personally, at home, I still try to maintain that attitude, to not fear failure, but rather embrace it as a natural and positive part of growing. I just need to re-iterate that for myself occasionally. In addition, my sense of self-respect isn’t closely linked with the quality of the pictures I make, but rather correlates closely with my self-perceived effort at practicing. Sometimes that means making ugly shit.

 I’m writing this mainly as a reminder for myself, but also as a piece of advice for beginners (but I ain’t no teacher, and I don’t eagerly give advice, because of all the misconceptions I feel I still hold). It breaks my heart to see newbies sticking to what they think is good, and most often, the fear of failure overcomes them. I don’t want to be like that. Make ugly pictures.  To follow up on these thoughts, I ought to post some really crappy things where I’m venturing far outside of my comfort-zone, but I’m afraid I’ve mainly done studies of some beautiful women. I’ll try to do worse next time (although these are still far from anything resembling mastery).



Thank you, Joe.
I needed to be reminded of this…

Awesome commentary from an incredible artist: Johannes Helgeson

makkon:

pwnyponymod:

Failures

In 2005 I joined the conceptart.org community, right about the time I started studying 3D-graphics at University. It is now but a shadow of its former self, but back then it was the best resource for artistic improvement I had ever come across. Not only did I, for the first time, get a notion of what level of art was expected of me to become a professional, but I was also introduced to the mentalities, paradigms and attitudes which it took to improve at a quicker pace. At the time, the community was built on the fundaments of helping each other grow through honest, straight forward critique. It wasn’t about popularity, likes or kindness. It was brutal sometimes, completely ego-shattering, and absolutely glorious.
It was when I embraced failure that I started growing at a faster rate. When counter-intuitively I abandoned the idea that I had to make pretty pictures, I was free to step outside my comfort-zone and actually start improving. For me that’s the best advice (besides being prolific), to start making ugly pictures. Obviously that’s not desirable in a professional context, we need to be reliable and perform at a high level. But personally, at home, I still try to maintain that attitude, to not fear failure, but rather embrace it as a natural and positive part of growing. I just need to re-iterate that for myself occasionally. In addition, my sense of self-respect isn’t closely linked with the quality of the pictures I make, but rather correlates closely with my self-perceived effort at practicing. Sometimes that means making ugly shit.


I’m writing this mainly as a reminder for myself, but also as a piece of advice for beginners (but I ain’t no teacher, and I don’t eagerly give advice, because of all the misconceptions I feel I still hold). It breaks my heart to see newbies sticking to what they think is good, and most often, the fear of failure overcomes them. I don’t want to be like that. Make ugly pictures.

To follow up on these thoughts, I ought to post some really crappy things where I’m venturing far outside of my comfort-zone, but I’m afraid I’ve mainly done studies of some beautiful women. I’ll try to do worse next time (although these are still far from anything resembling mastery).
Thank you, Joe.
I needed to be reminded of this…

Awesome commentary from an incredible artist: Johannes Helgeson

I scribbled this fishman when I got back last night.  Tonight’s zBrush 4r7 reveal was nanomesh; which kinda functions like fibermesh + multimesh. Being able to instance geometry along a polygon surface AND have different random modifiers (scale, rotate, etc) AND have it update live while modifying the underlying geometry AND be able to edit a single instance at any time and have it update.   Needless to say, it’s pretty neat, looking forward to tomorrow!
edit: I got asked via anon, this took a little under an hour to sculpt / render.

I scribbled this fishman when I got back last night.  Tonight’s zBrush 4r7 reveal was nanomesh; which kinda functions like fibermesh + multimesh. Being able to instance geometry along a polygon surface AND have different random modifiers (scale, rotate, etc) AND have it update live while modifying the underlying geometry AND be able to edit a single instance at any time and have it update.   Needless to say, it’s pretty neat, looking forward to tomorrow!

edit: I got asked via anon, this took a little under an hour to sculpt / render.

Friendly reminder that I will be at the zbrush summit this weekend, cuz I’m a nerd.  You can watch the presenters online via that site, or I’ll be tweeting the things I find most interesting, probably little one liners and things I’m getting hyped for.
Cuz I try to cut down my text-only posts; here are some of the livestream scribbles I’ve done and never posted, because I’m unhappy them, and a wip of deliciousorangeart's Aitako on the left.

Friendly reminder that I will be at the zbrush summit this weekend, cuz I’m a nerd.  You can watch the presenters online via that site, or I’ll be tweeting the things I find most interesting, probably little one liners and things I’m getting hyped for.

Cuz I try to cut down my text-only posts; here are some of the livestream scribbles I’ve done and never posted, because I’m unhappy them, and a wip of deliciousorangeart's Aitako on the left.