OK, so I have a confession to make.
I’ve been holding out on you.
During the last two or three weeks, as I’ve been steadfastly sticking to my post-a-card-a-day schedule (current couple-of-day break excepted), I’ve been working on the side, too, without telling you about it. It’s not that I was ashamed of the other stuff I was doing; quite the opposite, actually. But it sort of went the opposite way from the entire concept of the card project: it was fewer pieces that each took longer to do.
See, I’ve rediscovered my love for doing computer-based artwork, which I’ve been doing some way or another as long as I’ve been using computers, which is most of my life. At this point, I truly believe digital art is “my medium” much more so than paper and pen/pencil, as much as I love using those tools. I didn’t want to bring this up yet because I didn’t want to seem like I was abandoning my project after only a couple of weeks — even though the project is directly responsible for re-igniting my passion for digital art. So I kept up the cards daily — and seriously think I might well continue to do so — because I was trying to embed into my brain that sticktoittiveness I’ve been lacking for so long.
I have a number of pieces up at my deviantART page. I’m still learning what I’m doing with Adobe Illustrator; I’ve been using it off-and-on for eight years or so, but am only now really getting into the guts of what it can do. I’m also practicing drawing in Photoshop — there will be more and more pieces I do which won’t have any paper component involved at all. Yes, a couple of these pieces so far were started from photos, but I plan to do more pieces that originate entirely from within my skull — right now, I’m still learning, and using photos as starting points helps me get right to the “these are the things I’m working on” point.
I was feeling a bit strange about doing this work I was actually kinda-semi-proud of and not sharing it with you while continuing to post quick works I wasn’t at all happy with. The more I work digitally, the more I’m starting to see where I can go with it in the future: I can see myself illustrating a children’s book, or putting together a comic book or webcomic, in a way I’ve never quite been able to see before. It’s pretty exciting, really. Here’s the piece I just finished this morning, to give you a taste of the kinds of things I’ve been trying to do:
I’m still not where I want to be. I’m still learning. But I’m happier overall now with the kinds of things I’m able to put together, and more excited about what I’ll be able to do in the future, than I’ve ever been before.
More to come.