Digital Art!

As stated in my About Me and Description, I love all types of art. I write, play musical instruments, and quite enjoy doing DIY projects whenever I get the free time.  Particularly, however, I have always loved drawing and painting, and I have a ton of art supplies. I often find myself buying fine liners, markers, and paint brush sets whenever I step foot into hobby lobby. When I was in high school, I took two years of art because, while I thought I was good, I wanted to improve my skills. I come from a family of artists, and our skill levels vary drastically (with my father often complimenting my work but saying he could do it better).

Lately, I have been experimenting with different styles and other forms of art aside from traditional pencil and paper. My friend, who is also a great artist, gave me her old Monoprice digital art tablet, and I researched different, free programs I could use to practice on. I settled with the program AutoDesk Sketchbook, as it seemed like it had a more simple interface. I was instantly hooked.

I began watching many artists on Instagram and YouTube who had done speed paints of their own original characters or renditions of their favorite movie/TV show characters. Some were done digitally and others traditionally, but I found them so intriguing that I decided to try this out as well. Yet again, I searched high and low for the best screen capturing software, and I decided that Camtasia seemed easy to use, and I was willing to pay for it. I played around with making videos, and decided that I, too, would try to post them to YouTube.

Little Prince Fanart is one of the first YouTube videos I uploaded as a speed paint. I am far from the talented artists that I watch regularly, but I quite enjoy editing these videos and making pieces of art that I can keep and edit in the future.

Over the past year or so with playing around with this newfangled drawing style, I realized that I actually much preferred posting Works in Progress and Finished Products on my Instagram (so feel free to send a follow request if you want to see what I do). I also post these, as well as links to my videos, on my Twitter whenever I get the chance.

Anywho, now that I have sufficiently promoted myself (really I would just love to interact with my wonderful WordPress followers), I want to end this post with a few words of encouragement. I meet so many people who say that they can’t draw, or that they can’t write, or sing, or play an instrument. To anyone who says that, YOU ARE WRONG. There is always room for improvement, no matter how good or bad you are. I started out drawing people with no necks and legs that were way too long for their bodies.

As a writer, I started off with comma splices, incorrect comma usage, and sentences that went on for almost a full page. And as a musician, I started out by pretending I was playing until I learned how to actually read music. All it takes is practice. And know that if you don’t see your own progress, I promise you someone else will. So good luck to all of you out there!

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