Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dabbling is an Artist's Best Friend

I've found that the best way to grow as an "artist" (graphic artist or not) is to dabble.
Dabble in different things, whether you're good at them or not.
This is me dabbling in drawing:It's a pony.

This is me dabbling in photo-editing:Oooh, gruesome.

But the most recent thing I've started to "dabble" in is this:
Silhouettes.
Why?
Well, it never really hurts to learn how to do other things.
This is the first one I've ever done. It actually wasn't as hard as I expected it to be.
But why do I think it's important that I learn to do silhouettes?
Because the day someone asks me to do them for the layout and I say "I can't" will be the day I'm ashamed of myself.
That should be a simple thing for a graphic artist to do. But for the longest time I had no idea how do to it.

I'm not sure of the next thing that I should learn to do.
Obviously I can't draw. It's just not in my blood.
But I can't think of what else to learn. I even learned how to do minor animations.
It's not super amazing. But it can get me by when I need it.

What do you guys think I should dabble in next?

9 comments:

Me said...

Animation is what I want to learn how to do next..I just haven't had them motivation to figure out how to do it.

I got no suggestions..sorry!

Kristina P. said...

I really have no artistic bone in my body.

Sheri said...

Good work on the silhouette! Have you tried making vectors? I used to be able to do them decently... but if I were to try right now I bet I'd be awful lol.

Erin said...

That's really cool to figure out these things. I just figured out today how to crop in Photoshop and I was like YAY!

Kelsey said...

Wow you're pretty talented! I can't do any of that stuff. How did you do the silhouette? Are you using some kind of program?
I got Photoshop Elements for Christmas and I haven't had time to play with it yet, but I really want too!

Liz said...

I love the silhouette and the animation. You are really talented! I couldn't figure how to do any of those things if I tried.

Wendyburd1 said...

Don't give up on the drawing thing! Through time and working on it you get better!!
How did you do the silhouette? I can do one by hand...not probably of a real person, but on PSP?

Jess said...

That is one nifty silhouette!
Have fun dabbling.

Grand Pooba said...

But I love your pony drawing! Don't give it up yet!

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