Art Supplies I Used To LOVE… But Now I HATE (& Vice Versa)

Art Supplies I Used To LOVE… But Now I HATE (& Vice Versa)


Hey guys, it’s…a little zoomed in here. *laughs* It’s Rae here. Welcome back to my channel, and welcome to a video that has been long overdue. I really wanted to make this video because it’s very important that I’m always open with you guys, honest with you guys… Now as you guys know, I have been on YouTube now for three whole years, and in three years, you know, a lot could happen! For example: *Music* So maybe this video will save you a little bit of coin, maybe it’ll give you more of an idea of my art process, things I do like, things I don’t like. And yeah, you guys know I don’t like short intros so… *Clicking noise* OK, hello, hi. Before we jump right in to it, again, I think it’s very important that I say that all of this is just like, personal preferences. As you all know, there’s not one single way to do art, which is something that I love about art. So… this first one, I think you guys are gonna be shooketh. I used to love this product but now… I don’t know, this art supply just kinda stopped doing it for me. And these are the Prismacolor uh, Ver-e-thin? Very thin? *Splat!* Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. And these technically aren’t colored pencils, they are literally pencils that are colored if that makes sense. And these pencils are VERY different than just like, the re- *burps* Scuse me. Ooh! *laughs* Oh! Very different than just like, the regular Prismacolor Premier. And if you don’t know, with these pencils you can sharpen them to an absolute fine point. They’re made for like, really heavy detail. Now, these have a very similar formula to like, my loves. *Imitates heavenly singing*Ahhh! Faber-Castell! Ahhh! Polychromos! Ahhhh! These are like, the best of both worlds. It works just as good as a Prismacolor, but yet it has like, that hard formula that you’ll find in these Premier colored pencils, you know? And these are about the same price with both of them being about $18 apiece, but to me, the crowning difference that make these well worth it is that the barrel is SO much larger than just like, the regular colored pencil. So therefore – that ain’t gonna do anything to it, but if I do this – you know, I might have just broke, you know, everything that’s in there. And by the way, I have never had a Polychromos lead break on me, and that’s saying a lot, cause I’m like, really heavy-handed. So, I don’t know. These are just like magical worldly beans and, I just never ever reached for these and in fact, I’m thinking about donating these because I don’t use them, hardly at all. So yeah. If you’re looking for a really dry, non-waxy formula that’s very pigmented, these babies all the way. *Whoosh* All right, so the next thing that I just used to LOVE, love, love, love but now I’m just like, “Girrrrl…” and that’s pretty much everything that you can get at Dollar Tree. *sighs* When I was a struggling artist, you know, I used to go to Dollar Tree ALL the dang time for their stuff. (Younger Rae): Next I got these mechanical pencils. I personally get all my mechanical pencils from Dollar Tree, so I know these will be good. But it’s just so easy to break. It’s just so un-pigmented, it’s not a good investment long-term. Some of this stuff I never use, like for example, these miniature colored pencil pastel pencils, like what would I ever use these pastel pencils for, you know? It’s so much more worth it to just go to Walmart and buy some like, $3 Crayolas than it is to buy all of this, you know what I’m saying? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I did a video on cheap art supplies, on stuff that I strictly still love at Dollar Tree, which I will link down below and probably in the card up above. But just in general, most of their art products are a mist – a mist? *laughs* a MISS! And I just kind of gave up even trying anything from them nowadays. You know? Sorry, Dollar Tree. We had some good times but you know…this ain’t it, sis. *”The Price is Right” losing theme* Alright, so now for this next one, I think you guys are gonna be a little bit surprised, and this one is like, hella hella hella preference. So one thing that doesn’t really work out for me that much is … canvas. *Crowd gasping* Just like a normal, stretched canvas that has like, the, the thing on it. *Ding* Once I started drawing on masonite and painting on masonite, it was just like a game-changer, you know what I’m saying? Now with canvas for me personally, I don’t really like the bounce that you get. *Canvas flapping* I don’t like how it’s so easily bendable. If you press too hard accidentally… *tap tap tap* you’ll get that indentation in the back because you’re pressing too hard. Once I switched over to masonite, it was like a whole new ball game. And like, I’ve switched all of my friends over to masonite because it is just so… in my opinion, for what I do, it’s just so much more superior. You can get it textured, you can get it smooth… it has like, a much harder *knock knock knock* surface. It’s much more sturdier for us heavy-handed people. And you guys saw the video when I made this piece, I put a butt-ton of chemicals, I beat this sucker up, and it’s still like, in perfect condition, ya know? It’s so much more versatile, you know, you can erase as hard as you want, as light as you want and nothing really’s gonna happen because it’s literal board! *knock knock knock* Plus, you can get masonite at pretty much any hardware store that you want. *Buzzing noise* A lot of the times at the crafts store, it’s already pre-primed, so you can just paint right on it. I highly, highly, highly recommend trying to paint on masonite. It’s a total game-changer for a lot of people and you might like it yourself! So, ten out of ten. Love it. Alright, so now we’re gonna switch it up a little bit, we’ll do like a little transition right here. The products that I’m about to mention, at one point I could not stand but now…we stan. *laughs* Literally the worst joke ever. Okay, I’m sorry. I’m sorry! Now this next art supply for a long time I was not a fan of, but slowly but surely it won me over, and this is a water squeezable pen. And so the reason that I just was like, not having it when I first got these is because the ones I had, they would just like, drip all over the place and the water would go everywhere. But these ones are a little bit more high quality, you control when it drips… that’s what she said. And you don’t have to worry about constantly dipping it in, dipping it out, dipping it in, because it’s right here. It’s ready to go. When you need to clean it, you literally just – *Sucks breath in* and it’s like clean. Boom. So yeah. I feel like most of you guys have used these before and yeah, they’re just like a really easy, clean way to do watercolor. *Whoosh* So, moving on to this next one, I’m just gonna say it right now. At this point, I have embarrassed myself in front of DrawingWiffWaffles, Chloe Rose Art, pretty much literally millions of people. Because just a few months ago I was sure, SURE that I hated this product. But now, I’ve given it a second chance, I’ve used it in various ways, and now my life has changed. I love… kneaded erasers. Now for a while, I couldn’t explain why somebody would like kneaded erasers. Like, I didn’t understand what really was the point of these, you know. It doesn’t erase as efficiently as like, a regular pencil. You had to squish em down, and then as soon as you would apply pressure, it would squish right back down. But ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you… *Faraway voice* Let me tell you. Whenever you’re doing an illustration, a painting, a drawing, anything that you don’t want fully erased, like, it casually picks up all the extra pigment that you don’t want mixing with your paint. A regular eraser, as so, it’ll completely erase everything. But this, it has LEVELS to how it erases. And afterwards, it leaves this beautiful guided line. And by the way, one thing that I just absolutely, incredibly, love about these is that you can get these for SO CHEAP! Like, for example, let me look on AliExpress right now. Oh heck yeah! Okay, so on AliExpress you can get them for literally $1.00, $1.07, $1.19… and you can do what I do, where I mush, like, all of mine together and I made like, this really giant one. And that is something I think we all can appreciate. Plus, they’re like, so fun! Look at this! *Old-fashioned piano music* And finally this brings us to the very last art supply, and this one is one that I used to like, but now – eh. I’m just not very fond of it anymore. In fact, I made a whole video on this, and I really did like it at the time, and I still do like it, it’s just not for me. And that product is the Chameleon Marker Color Tones. Now, if you don’t know what these markers are, they’re basically like a really cool niche product. Like, you mix the inks together, you get this like, really awesome gradient. It’s a really cool concept. But, I guess the problems just kinda came through more and more as I started using these more and more. These markers, first of all, you know, they’re just so big so it’s kind of impractical for like, storage. So yeah, here’s a difference between like, a regular Ohuhu marker and the size of these. Whoops! And another issue that I ran into was the markers just having so…many…pieces. So this marker alone, for example: one, two, three, FOUR different pieces in this marker alone! And if you multiplied that four times the 20 colors that are in here, that’s a lot of pieces to keep track of! And as of recently, there has been a new competitor that’s out on the market that’s much cheaper than these markers. And I feel like these are a really cool novelty, but as far as like, an investment goes, for $50, unless you really, really know what you want, I just can’t see these being a long-term kind of thing. And anyway guys, thank you so much again for watching, of course I have my Art Instagram which I have been working hard at, and yeah, with that being said guys, thank you so much again for watching. If there’s an art supply that you used to love and now you hate or used to hate and now you love, let me know. And with that being said guys, thank you so much again for watching, I will see you in the next video. Bye! *End music*

What If We Weren’t Tattoo Artists?’ ✒️ Downtime Q&A w/ Ryan Ashley & DJ Tambe | Grudge Match

What If We Weren’t Tattoo Artists?’ ✒️ Downtime Q&A w/ Ryan Ashley & DJ Tambe | Grudge Match


– My room’s been the clubhouse as of late. I’ve never had the cool room before. (funky music) – We set up a tattoo shop
that I’m still waiting to use. You know Ryan’s gonna tattoo me tomorrow. – We sketched this weird thing
on a scrap piece of paper the other day. It’s gonna be a gangster alien and he’s gonna have a little
Saturn gold chain hanging. My clients get these
like beautiful stencils and DJ gets this piece of scrap paper that was meant for the garbage. (funky music) I can’t go that long without creating and it doesn’t even have to be a tattoo. You just have to create
something sometimes you know what I mean? – I get urges, it’s like oh, and then I’ll just like
draw I don’t know whatever, make something out of nothing. – And even if it’s something
completely ridiculous. You know you’re making
pancakes in the morning and you wanna make like you know, see if you can do
pancake art just for fun, like crazy shit you know. Just, it’s a lifestyle. This is what I look like according to DJ. (funky music) Definitely a resemblance. (funky music) – I love to cook. I also like to make music
so I probably lean more towards that route. – I actually had a whole nother
career before I tattooed. I worked in the fashion
industry for years. I was a designer that designed
all of the like embroidery and bead work and applique
and say like I’d go into work and they’d be like okay so
we have this jean jacket and we need this like jeweled
flower coming off the shoulder and my job was to basically
sit there with beads and hand design these cool
intricate you know patterns and motifs and stuff so I’d
definitely go back to that. I design the same shit
now it’s just you know in someone’s skin
instead of like on top of a piece of fabric. When I started tattooing
I just kind of translated that aesthetic.
(funky music) – I came into it experimental. Like I started tattooing myself, just didn’t care what the
hell I was doing on myself. And then I got, you
know I started in a shop when I was 17. Just letting my coworkers
just do shit all over me. I didn’t really care. I just wanted coverage. Even back then I just wanted coverage. But I remember all the moments of it and it doesn’t have to be a good tattoo. That’s what I like about
tattoos is like I like weird and wonky shit and I don’t really care as long as I remember the moment. (funky music) – So it goes like this right? You wanna get a tattoo and
you wanna get your first one. You don’t know what you’re looking for, you don’t know what makes a good tattoo. You don’t know who’s good and who’s not. You walk in and you get
tattooed by whoever’s available right there, then and there at the moment. You know especially teenagers. As kids you don’t wanna wait. And then you get a couple shitty ones and you realize what’s
good and what’s not good. You start opening your eyes
to the world of tattooing and you start you know becoming
a connoisseur of sorts. And then you get a good tattoo. And then the doors just open. But it sucks ’cause you’re
already littered in garbage. And when I was an apprentice
I tattooed the shit out of myself. I did so many of my own tattoos
because I wanted to know what it felt like when I tattooed. I wanted to feel like what
different techniques felt like, all that shit. How my tattoos heal on myself. And I then I let a bunch of my friends do a bunch of stupid
terrible little jammers. The point I’m at now
is my favorite tattoos are those dumb little jammers. My favorite tattoos are
those stupid little shitty memory tattoos ’cause every single one you know somebody asks you about it you relive that crazy
day, that crazy moment, that experience. The closeness you had with those people. I’m bummed that I’m
littered in garbage though, that still sucks.
(funky music) I book my appointments a month in advance. Like I only book one month at a time because I travel so much. If I book people and then
I have to reschedule them that sucks. I know what it’s like to
have a tattooer cancel on me because you’re so stoked
about the appointment and you’re so looking forward to it and getting that call that it’s canceled is a shitty feeling. So I don’t book that far
in advance ’cause I don’t wanna have to cancel people
and my life is just too crazy right now. – I book myself out at the
most probably six months. You know I don’t like to
schedule my whole life so you guys can always get in. If you have a cool idea
you’re gonna jump way ahead of the pack. So if you wanna get in
my books you just need, you know cool ideas and you know let me be a little more free.
(funky music)

How To Get Back Into Art

How To Get Back Into Art


– [Tori] Hey There
YouTube, long time no see. It’s been a while. Thank you so much for
joining me here today. If you are new here, welcome, I’m Tori. So, in today’s video I
wanted to share with you some helpful tips on
how to get back into art after a long break. I just recently got back from a break where both my art and work was pushed onto the back burner because
family and life stuff took a higher priority for a bit. So, what I’m sharing with you today is how I personally get back into art. And I hope by sharing this video with you it will inspire you to
practice positive art habits so you too can enjoy making art the way you’ve always dreamed of. Okay, let’s begin. The number one thing that
you can do for yourself is to start right now. Don’t overthink it, and better yet just start before you’re even ready, and that’s like the best
thing you can do ever. I am not kidding you. Go out there, pick up a pencil, and go. And just by showing up and
putting the pen to the paper, you have already overcome
the hardest part. And you may be thinking to yourself, “Oh my gosh, no, that is so daunting.” I get it, I know it’s overwhelming. It’s so hard to get back into art. Your head may be rushing
like a million thoughts thinking “Ugh, this sucks,
I don’t know what I’m doing, “I don’t think I’m even
capable of making art. “I feel immensely guilty for
putting it off this long. “I know I should be doing this, “and I’m just so disappointed in myself.” All those yucky thoughts just turning and growing
in your head, trust me, the sooner you sit down
and get the pencil moving, those thoughts will disappear. So, Now that you know the
critical action you need to take, here are some cool motivational tips to help you take that leap of faith. So first off, realize that the goal of getting back into art is
not about making good art, it’s really about gaining momentum. You’re greasing up those good old gears one small step at a time, and all this helps you
to build confidence. And once you liberate yourself from that expectation
to make quality artwork you allow yourself to explore limitlessly. It gives you that chance
to get reacquainted with skill sets you may
have previously built, calibrate your hands
to move more precisely, and you may possibly
discover something new. So, all that starts once you let go of the pressure to be good. Alright, next tip, start small. Like really, please do. You wouldn’t expect yourself
to run in a marathon if you never ran before, right? So, that applies to art. You have to warm up and build endurance, and you do that through repetition. By allowing yourself to start small you increase the chance of showing up to the next art session because you know through
experience that it’s manageable. You’ve done it once, you can do it again. Now, let’s talk about attitude. I encourage you to practice
a positive mindset. If that is completely foreign to you, fake it ’til you make it. Just say it, say it in your head, and then eventually over time it will kind of set in and be your go-to. So yes, if you harbor any ill feelings like “Ugh, this sucks, I am
so miserable doing this.” You’re already setting the tone of that particular art
session to be negative, and you’re conditioning your connection with art to be lackluster. And we don’t want that. I understand getting back into
the swing of things is bumpy. It’s not comfortable. But I encourage you to embrace those really awkward moments and express gratitude towards
yourself for making an effort because you really are
setting the wheel in motion in making more art, and
by taking that direction to be more positive, you are ensuring more awesome art sessions in the future. Another thing I would like to talk about in relation of getting
back into the swing of art is that I ask you to
take care of your body. I know we want to kinda push that aside, but I wanna make sure you’re
not running on an empty tank. Fill yourself up. Get some quality sleep, eat nutritious food, drink lots of water. Ultimately, get moving. And one of my favorite mantras that I repeat to myself all the time, it’s like my number one favorite, is that bodies in motion stay in motion, and I repeat this to myself in both art, business, and in my health. Because when our bodies
are feeling their best, we can do our best. Cool, those are your
four tips to get started. To recap, number one
is to remember the goal is not about making good
art but building momentum. Start small, practice a positive mindset, and nurture your body. Now, let’s go over some common pitfalls so you have a smoother
transition back into art, and the biggest pitfall is
comparing yourself to others. Man, what a rob of joy. So, by obsessing about what
other artists are doing, you are missing out on your
own adventure in front of you. And even worse, by dwelling
on what others are doing you are missing out on the chance to focus on what you can do for yourself. What actions can you take? You are the main character in your story, and you get to call the shots, and you get to chase after your dreams. And I encourage you to look
inward on what you really want. And if you don’t know that right away, just try a little, and through action the more about what you
want will be revealed. And I do wanna emphasize
that it’s not fulfilling to chase after someone
else’s dream, so don’t do it. The next pitfall I
would like to talk about is not being realistic. Growth takes time, and change
is not apparent immediately. We have all experienced this, where there’ll be months that pass by and we’re like, “Am I growing?” So, be patient. The time you put in is really
what you get out of it. So, keep that in mind. Avoid getting frustrated,
and just enjoy the ride. If you made it this far into
the video, major kudos to you. High five, it means you
are serious and committed. I am excited for you. I am wishing you all the best on your creative endeavors. So start now, even if you’re not ready. If you like this video, please do give it the
thumbs up and subscribe. And share this video with a friend. Maybe they are struggling too and need a little nice nudge to kick
their butt back into gear. And if you’re currently
experiencing this break, please do start. Give it five minutes. Leave a comment down
below how it felt, okay? So, until next time keep on
drawing and have an awesome day. Alright, bye!

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper

ART/ARCHITECTURE – Edward Hopper


Edward Hopper is a painter of gloomy paintings that don’t make us feel gloomy. Instead, they help us to recognize the loneliness that so often lies, at the heart of sadness. In his Automat women sits alone drinking a cup of coffee It’s dark outside, and judging by her hat and coat, it’s cold. The room is large, empty and brightly lit, the decor is functional, and she seems slightly self-conscious, and little a afraid. Perhaps, she’s not used to sitting alone in a public space something seems to have gone wrong, and the viewer is invited to invent stories for her of betrayal, or loss She maybe trying not let her handshake, as she takes the coffee cup to her lips, It might be eleven at night, on a dark February night, in North America Automat is a picture of sadness, and yet it is not a sad picture. There can be something enticing, even charming, about anonymous diners. The lack of domesticity, offers a relief, from what can be, the fullest comforts of home. It may be easier to give a way sadness here, than in a cozy living room with wallpapers, and framed photos. Home often appears to have betrayed Hoppers characters. Something has happened there, that forces them out in to the night, and on to the road. The 24 hour diner, the train station waiting room, and the motel, are all sanctuaries for those, who for sound reasons, have failed to find their place, in a normal world of relationships, or community. Hopper’s ability to portray solitude, came from his own familiarity with it. He was born in 1882, in a ship builders town, Upper Nyack, New York. He lived a nice, middle class childhood, as a son of a merchant. And, yet inside, Hopper often felt awkward, indeed a bit like an outsider. In one early portrait, we see him gazing, almost distrustfully, at the viewer. Hopper longed to be an artist, and yet his parents insisted, he trained an commercial art, to keep afloat financially. He hated it, and to escape, he took several trips to Paris, under the pretense of studying french art. But in truth, he didn’t feel a connection to the salons, he absorbs some of the impressionist, but forgot Picasso’s name. He preferred to be outdoors, watching children playing in the Luxembourg gardens, listening to concerts and –. or travelling up and down the Seine, by boat In 1913, when Hopper was 31, he settled in Greenwich Village, in New York, where he would stay for the rest of his life. This is where he discovered how crowded, and yet isolated, life could be in the city. The population of American cities was skyrocketing, and yet, they were inhabited by passing strangers, who were increasingly alienated from one another. Hopper would ride the L-train, and look down at, in his own words, dark glimpses of office interiors, that were so fleeting as to leave fresh and vivid impressions on my mind. In each room, a separate drama was unfolding, an unnoticed oblivious island, in the sea of people. Although Hopper painted a New York for over a decade, his paintings failed to sell, and he often struggled to find inspiration. Then in his early-forties, he met a beautiful social painter, named Josephine. Edward and Josephine took excursions to paint by the sea, they went to the movies, they went to the theatre, and eventually, they got married. Hopper was no longer, so alone. But, of course, as most of us discover in our relationships, Hopper’s marriage didn’t permanently end his feelings of isolation, and woe. He still felt lonely at times. He and his wife, couldn’t quite figure out their sex life, and she often seemed to prefer, the company of her cat. Hopper discovered that even, when somebody loves us very much, There is always some essential part of us, that remains alone. It is, this recognition that makes his paintings so compelling, and indeed, by addressing loneliness, the art can at it’s most therapeutic. Consoling us, and reassuring us that –, and sorrow are normal, and that we are neither strange nor shamefull, for experiencing them. Sad and lonely art, allows us as viewers, to witness an echo, of our own grieves and disappointments. And therefor, to feel less personally persecuted, and pursued by them. Hopper’s art helps us to notice, the landscapes of loneliness in our own lives. A side effect, of coming into contact with any great artist, is that we come more aware of the things that the painter would had been receptive to. Nowadays we’ve come to accustomed to what one might call a “hopperesque”, a quality found, not only in the North American places that Hopper visited, but anywhere in the developed world, where there are motels, and service stations, roadside diners, and airports, bus stations, and all night supermarkets. For example, service stations readily evoke Hopper’s famous “Gas”, painted thirteen years after “Automat”. In this painting, we see a petrol station on it’s own, in the impending darkness. The isolation is made poignant and enticing. The darkness that spreads like fog from the right of the canvas, contrast with the security of the station. Against the backdrop of Night in the Wild Woods, and the last outpost of humanity, a sense of kinship seems easier to develop, than in daylight in the city. Hopper loved the introspective mood that travelling often puts us in to. He liked painting the atmosphere inside half empty train carriages, making their way across the landscape. But we can stand outside our normal selves, and look over our lives in a way that we don’t, in more settled circumstances. We have all known the atmosphere inside Hopper’s car C No. 293 that perhaps we have not recognized it as well, as when Hopper has held the mirror up to it. After Hopper’s marriage, his professional life suddenly improved as well. He felt more creative, it was the era of the great depression, and yet his paintings began to sell. Critics rated, museums bought his work, and he received awards. Yet despite his succes, he remained deeply introverted, and instead of escaping his solitude, he embraced it. For decades, he turned down the awards, rejected the speaking opportunities, and lived simply, out of the public eye. He died in 1967, and yet his art remains, and retains the ability to help us to see, the loneliness in our own lives, from a wiser, and more mature perspective. Oscar Wilde, once remarked that there had been no fog in London, until Whistler painted it. There was of course lots of fog, it was just that it was harder to notice it’s qualities, without the example of Whistler, did direct our gaze. What was said of Whistler, we may well say of Hopper. That there were far fewer strangely haunting, and consolingly beautiful service stations, and train carriages, motels and dinets, before Hopper began to paint.

Do Depressed Artists Make Better Art?

Do Depressed Artists Make Better Art?


When it comes to art school, I’ve heard some pretty crazy things For example a friend of mine told me that her art teacher told her to break up with her boyfriend because she was too happy And she would not be able to make good art and that only enough seems to be a common thing in art Not just the idea that art school sucks but the idea that depression and art go hand in hand and my point of view is that Well, I can’t exactly argue every artist is normally adjusted Like I don’t think there’s a normal person out there saying I’m going to sit all day alone and draw pictures That is the normal thing to do because it’s true, a lot of artists struggle financially Or struggle with mental health and a lot of that gets integrated into the kind of work they make but the idea that depression should be a driving force in your art is a Dangerous idea to me part of the blame comes to how we romanticize stories about artists throughout history painters have worked for merchants, nobility and the church all groups of people who were very wealthy and whose Wealth today is roughly equivalent to that of the furry community but the trope of the starving artists exists for a reason most painters were by no means rich and the story of someone struggling to be an artist is naturally going to be more relatable than that of a person who immediately Succeeded but is the work of the depressed artist actually more meaningful than that of the happy one? I think to answer this question. We need to answer a very long and complicated question. What is art? Art. Is. Communication. There we did it. every artist is going to have a different answer for what art is But to me I would sum it up with word communication it’s using any kind of medium no matter the amount of skill, or technical knowledge to try and express something some kinds of art are high communication like the most popular paintings films and literature are Probably going to be very clear with what they are trying to say But other kinds of art are very abstract as if bordering on the line of “is this even trying to say anything at all?” and when this kind of art is Successful, it is hugely successful Because the interpretation of art that is low communication can be so broad that People can find a lot more personal meaning to it so I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with a blank canvas that has a black dot on it, because to push the boundaries of art is a part of being an artist Just doesn’t mean you’re going to be a successful artist So in trying to communicate something with art whether that is very clear or very subtle what we are trying to communicate Place a big role If I ask you right now, hey viewer, what kind of art do you want to make? You would probably say “Um… uh.. I don’t know, whether I feel like?” but in practice using art to communicate whatever you feel like can actually be very difficult because it Is the equivalent of stripping down naked you’re opening yourself up to a lot of Vulnerability and weakness as people can openly judge your very personal parts. So instead as an artist It’s a lot easier to play dress-up instead you can imagine well What if I did this kind of art instead? maybe then people would think I’m a really cool guy and we can become obsessed with Things like finding the right art style because finding that right group of people to appeal to is also to hide yourself within that group of people even for successful artists this can lead to a lot of frustration For every painter in history who did make it as a success how many of them were also horribly stressed and worried that their work would not appeal to the people who had money and power And in the end if it really is all about making money and your own survival Then why not just be a furry? my point of view on all of this is about the thing that I find the most valuable in art is Honesty I think that when we see depression portrayed in art that can be hugely appealing because is a form of laying out absolute honesty In your work, it’s someone openly portraying their own weaknesses, fears and then as vulnerable people ourselves How is that not oddly appealing and admirable? And at the core, what we want from art is honesty We want to see what people really are like and who they are and oddly enough. That is a weirdly difficult thing to achieve Saying something like personal honesty can sound very heavy it can make it sound like every single thing you make should be very Emotional or very deep but really it can be very simple stuff how you feel kind of tired right now or how you thought something Looked pretty So you painted it odds are if you really feel like drawing a piece of poop right now You could do that and post it and people would love it because sometimes your personal honesty is a piece of poop and this goal of achieving honesty in your art is where Romanticizing depression can make it a downward spiral it is very admirable to pursue absolute honesty in your work, but it can be very dangerous to think that your suffering is your only source of personal honesty to think that this is the only way that you can express yourself openly and honestly, maybe to the point where you feel like you need to keep suffering to keep your success to essentially fall in love with your own depression the point I want to make with this video is not that Depressing art is actually worse or a thing that is wrong to make I think there’s a lot of value in Artists using art as a tool to talk about their depression The value for me that depression has in art lies in it’s open communication and for you as a person. There is so much more to you than just the depression I think judging from past video titles I have made, people wouldn’t be too surprised to hear that I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety so then again Maybe I am just a bit biased because my depression did not make me want to make great works of art It made me want to kill myself And when you are depressed the idea of not being depressed can be horrifying because you might become a person who is dishonest Someone who is just forcing themselves to feel good and be something they are not because when you are depressed everything that is not depressing Doesn’t feel real like you hear a happy song on the radio and all you can think is “oh, come on” “Who are these people trying to fool? Huh?” “We all know happiness doesn’t exist.” But having come out of my depression I can say that I still have a lot things to say and I don’t feel dishonest and instead of becoming someone different someone I didn’t recognize I became the person I was before I was depressed You

My Art is Getting Worse.

My Art is Getting Worse.


Hey, it was good, she was popping this isn’t an animated video This is a whole completely different video That I wasn’t planning on doing I had an animation now is working on and trying to finish for today or yesterday But the thing is I got stuck because I then goofed. I looked into social media and I read some comments Saying how my animations are garbage now and how quality is decreased and it made me feel like doodoo It made me feel like garbage and I’ve been trying really hard. I’m gonna be a hundo with you guys I tried to get the video done last night But I couldn’t do it because I was just in this big Mess of a right so I decided I was just gonna draw draw whatever was in my mind and I was just gonna draw Whatever I felt like because I haven’t done that in a while. So here we are I don’t want this to be a video where I complain about things and stuff like that But I kind of wanted to explain where I’m coming from when it comes to making my animations nowadays and all that stuff So I quit my job late 2017 and 2018 I wanted to make it a goal to make youtube my main priority making my job make it stable I made it my all or nothing if it didn’t work out. That was it that was it for YouTube I wasn’t gonna try anymore. I was just gonna give up on YouTube and Call it a day And that was it all or nothing and I focused really really really hard to get videos out back to back to back So last year I put myself through Hell and back I gave up on a lot of things to make this channel and to just make youtube work I made a total of 20 videos last year and that’s almost two videos per month and A couple of them are actually eight minutes to 11 minutes long and that’s really that’s that’s a big video I have no regrets whatsoever. I’m making these videos I had fun I loved making them the thing that people don’t understand and the thing that people don’t really know is that it’s still pretty much just me making these videos just 90% me my sister does little up singing and she’s amazing at it but even then I feel bad because some of those videos I her to finish like four days before I have to upload or Before I want to upload and I don’t really like putting the pressure that I put on myself to other people Because I feel like that’s unfair all of last year was absolutely insane for me because I would sleep for hours to six hours max I would legitimately get pissed off at myself if I had more than six hours because I just had way too many things to do and it’s Absolutely insane. I would actually sleep on my couch just so I wouldn’t oversleep I was tired all the time and have four Red Bulls and one day One day and I’d time it out like every couple of hours. I’d have a small tiny little red ball Just so a Woodham gets hired like two hours later and sometimes it gets so completely 100% focused on getting these videos done that I Remember one day. I completely forgot to eat like 24 hours. No eating I just completely forgot in every video that you see on the channel right now I could guarantee you the moment or the day that it was uploaded I probably pulled an all-nighter just to get that video finished 100% finished People would want to hang out and I’d tell them I’m busy or birthdays my birthday I completely skipped out on my birthday and I just want to sleep because I was trying to get a video done and then This is the sucker punch of all the things that ever happened is that I managed to work myself to the ground to the point that my tendinitis I don’t know if you guys know what? Tendinitis is technically your tendons get inflamed and it’s like it hits your bones when you’re trying to move and stuff like that yet I made that worse last year because I was working and drawing non-stop all the time and For me to heal up. I need to take a break and I don’t like that. I don’t like taking breaks breaks. Give me anxiety So this force needs to switch programs I used to boom and when you’re learning a brand new program There’s a learning curve there and things aren’t going to look 100% the best when you’re learning in your program So people didn’t really like that. Some people didn’t like that at least I don’t really talk about it to an extent link my Tendinitis or all that stuff because I don’t want that to be an excuse I don’t want to say oh, I’m injured therefore. I can’t perform as well even though that’s just insane for me to think about even now like if I’m injured I need to rest up so I could heal and The more I started pushing myself. I realized this year this year alone after a couple months I realized that if I don’t pull back when it comes to animations I don’t go a simpler style and I don’t really want to get surgery because if I have surgery on both my hands then that’s six months of me not drawing and It sucks because I wouldn’t get better at drawing but to get better at drawing You have to draw more if you want to get better at animating. You have to animate and draw more. I Technically can’t push myself to that extent trying to get these animations done to the quality that I wanted. It just sucks It’s just 100% sucks honestly, I love making the content and videos that I made last year because I worked hard on it and I’m happy on how they Turned out on the other hand. I was really the happiest when I was making them Alright, so I’m not really the most open person in the whole wide world. It takes like I don’t know. It takes a SWAT team Technically to get me to open up and like talk about how I feel and all that BS, technically This sucks. I don’t know how to do this. So last year I had breakdowns like almost every week because of how much work I put on myself and then And then I was also feeling like I wasn’t doing enough at the same time And I don’t really want to talk about this because I’m still trying to figure it out but the thing is like, recently I’ve been doing really really well when it comes to taking care of myself and Getting eight hours of sleep and making sure that my hands aren’t gonna break and all that stuff but the problem is that when I read comments saying how my animations are garbage or I’m the worst centimetre or Something like that it it hurts because I think it’d be different if I didn’t care at all or I Didn’t like care about my art or my animations But the thing is I care I care Too much and I want to improve and I want to get better and all that stuff But the problem is like my hands are broken and I shouldn’t be How do I word this? The thing is I’m not the best sorta, so I’m not the best animator I know that I know that for a fact, but I know it worked hard That’s pretty much my redeeming factor here is I worked hard this whole video is pretty much just me trying to explain and hoping that you guys understand when I take a step back and I do a simpler approach when it comes to animating and some people are gonna say that I got lazy because I got bigger as a channel or something like that, but You’re not gonna ask someone who broke their like to run a marathon Like I can’t like I really can’t and I have to just tell myself you can’t do this You can’t do this to yourself and you can’t keep doing this to yourself because it’s no good. It’s no bueno And you’re just gonna hurt yourself in the future. Hey, do you guys want to hear a funny story? I tried to put away my water pitcher in the fridge yesterday and my tendonitis said heck no and like Technically my sentence popped and it hurt for a good two hours So I was just there on the floor crying about how oh, I can’t even put it away water at peace anymore I hope you guys like this chillin chat kind of video because I’m not really an open person I don’t like talking about personal stuff or for you guys to feel bad about me. I don’t want that That’s not what I want. I don’t want you guys to watch my videos cuz you feel bad about me That’s that’s that would suck. Don’t do that like yeah I just wanted to make this video so I could tell you guys about what was up and why the animations are getting simpler or this net’ because I never really gave you guys an update about it or talked about it or anything of that sort and my animations just shift in style from here and there but a lot of it is because Trying to look for an easier better style So my hand could adjust to trying to get stuff done and I’m just trying to improve overall I have a bunch of big ideas and crazy ideas for the channel in like art in general that I want to work on But…the comments that was reading was just like I kind of hit home It’s like said it just like gutted my whole motivation for the day I mean I recovered by ran Singh a little bit about it and hoping that you guys understand Where I’m coming from and explaining myself a little bit better. But yeah, I’ll be fine. Don’t worry about me Like I’m doing way better than I was doing last year Mentally and all that stuff physically as well. He has are still a little broken. But yeah, we’re doing okay I realize I never actually talked about this video until like haha. No, so quick rundown on what this video is All right what this drawing is? I technically got really really upset and frustrated So I just decided to I’m gonna draw a random portrait and just have fun and just forget about all my problems Which is like what I do when I zone out and just draw completely I haven’t done that in so long and I had so much fun drawing this little Whatever. This is I messed up by a lot, by the way Let’s not talk about that that whole scribbly I was trying to make some clouds, but it’s a big day I just messed up royally completely messed up. It was terrible So I try to cover it with like blue pasta paint or whatever That is I said, no this isn’t working. So I cut it out and use really bright highlighter I also use ballpoint pen. You can buy it anywhere you can buy it at the store Probably right age to buy a whole pack for some bucks. That’s my go to art supply It’s really cheap really affordable. You could buy anywhere Okay. Hope you guys enjoyed this video. If you like this kind of video where we just have coffee and chat Let me know and with that said I’ll see you guys later. Bye

PAINTING a COLORING PAGE like a CLASSICAL PIECE OF ART | the Coloring Page Challenge

PAINTING a COLORING PAGE like a CLASSICAL PIECE OF ART | the Coloring Page Challenge


Today I’m going to be attempting the coloring page challenge. That’s where you take a basic children’s coloring page and a famous work of art by someone who knew what they were doing and you kind of try to mush them together into one illustration. Let’s see how it goes! This is the coloring page that I decided to go with, it’s just from Disney’s website, you can download it yourself if you want to color it, I’ll have a link in the description. It’s of Rapunzel swinging in her hair and, uh-when I first saw it the first painting that I thought of was the swing by, and I’m going to embarass myself trying to say his name, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Uh maybe? Feel free to laugh at me-it’s fine, I really don’t know how to pronounce it. But! I thought of this painting of the dude looking up the girl’s skirt that we studied in college, like, yeah *Laughs* so that is the one I decided to go with and basically, for the challenge I just had to sort of apply these colors to the coloring page and I actually taken a *ff* step further later on. But, the first thing I really kind of tried to do here was a background and, backgrounds are very, very difficult for me, and something I kind of avoid. Because I scares me, because it’s something I need to practice. *cute giggle then sharp breath intake* And the only way to get better is by doing it! so. Here I am…. Attempting a background, and what I basically did- was first I just sort of colour swatched, and grabbed colours from the painting and blocked out the shapes of everything. Uhm… And this was basically just to make sure that, the character, so Rapunzel, would still stand out and wouldn’t bend in too much, so, I’m really worrying about the shapes. I’m not copying, exactly the painting. Because obviously that painting is at a different angle, and like, the composition is different so, I’m really just trying to use elements of that painting and- apply it to this one, and still kinda trying to make my own composition in a way. I also kinda just copied it, but I was trying to think of it in a way that like I wanted Rapunzel to have like the blue behind her, and have her stand out from like the greens and things like that but yeah I think I learned a lot doing this, it was very very interesting. *sharp intake of breath* I definitely need to continue to practice to draw backgrounds because this is some- this is definitely one of my weaknesses I kinda just gravitate towards drawing girls and like I really need to expand my artistic vocabulary and backgrounds is definitely something I want to improve upon so this was definitely an interesting exercise. *laughs* once I was happy with the overall sort of shape and blocked out colours of everything I actually added a gaussian blur to everything and then zoomed in on this bush and started detailing and props to anyone who can spend three hours detailing a bush I am not one of those people. *laughs* this entire process of drawing this bush, this like one bush with like these little blue roses, this made me really contemplate and think about “what is it that I love about art?” and I came to the conclusion that it’s not drawing bushes. *laughs* I got a little bored, I- I’m not gonna lie I feel a little guilty saying that and I don’t know why but I do, Because, I really wanna get better at all of these different techniques, like backgrounds, like I mentioned, but I don’t know, there’s just something holding me back, and I-I really need to like, break that barrier. Today wasn’t that day, but I really really tried, I spent a long time on this bush, *laughs* I know I felt guilty because I told myself “Oh, I’m just gonna take a break from the background, come back to it later after I do Rapunzel.” and then I didn’t, so, yeah. Anyway, now we’re working on Rapunzel And I was looking back at, um, like other peoples’ attempts at this challenge, back from 2009 when it was going around DeviantART and I noticed that they seemed to recreate the coloring page in their own style, *breath* um, and I’m not entirely sure how they did it, because none of them did speedpaints of this. But I decided to use the coloring page as as sort of like, that first sketch layer and then I added another sketch layer on top of that. So I basically used the coloring page as a base and then created my own drawing on top of it. And it kinda looks like that’s what everyone else did, so… I guess I feel fine about doing that. *laughs* One of the main reasons I decided to go for it and just add my own sketch layer was because with “The Swing,” the painting I’m imitating, um, it’s very flowy, and like the skirt is like a very important part, I feel like, of that illustration of just like the motion. So I kinda wanted to imitate that in my own sketch. So…I’m not sure if I really accomplished it, but It’s definitely a little bit more flowy than the coloring page was, because the coloring page is based off the Tangled animated series, which is the animation’s a little bit stiffer than like, say the animated movie that came out, you know that was in theaters. So, I wanted to try and pull away from that a little bit and make it a little bit softer. So this is actually another sketch layer, *laughs* so I had- what I had the coloring page then I had my first sketch layer, and now I’m adding another sketch layer cause I just wasn’t quite happy with that. But yeah, I’m trying to like, get the- that skirt is really where I was having a problem, and what I decided with that was that I’m like “Oh well I’ll just make her skirt big and poofy, kinda like the painting,” cause we don’t- it- I think people will be able to tell it’s Rapunzel, I don’t need to have her slim-fitted skirt and I wanted to more, you know, capture the painting that I’m imitating, so I made her skirt super big and poofy. *laughs* And then this is the basically final version of that sketch layer. I just added some little basic shading to everything, um, that I will then apply to the painted layer, because I’m slowly learning how to do this digital painting thing. *laughs* It’s definitely an experience, and I’m enjoying the not-knowing-what-I’m-doing aspect of it, um, a lot more than the not-knowing-what-I’m-doing aspect of doing backgrounds. So… Slowly taking baby steps here *laughs* slowly improving, um, but yeah I-, one thing that I definitely forgot to do here, and it kinda drove me nuts, I wish I had thought about it earlier was basically before I should’ve- what I do is I merge the sketch layer with the color layer of Rapunzel, that way when I’m doing the painting I can just use the color picker, just grab any color and just paint over top, and I don’t have to worry about multiple layers. Um, but before I do that, I was supposed to like, block in all the colors, and I forgot to…So… Yeah…Rookie mistake, *laughs* um, but I had merged the layers. I did have old layers, cause I keep old layers, but I had really liked the way the painted face was turning out and I was like “I don’t really wanna lose that,” cause I don’t know if I’ll be able to redo that as well as I did it this time, but I definitely think my favorite part about painting is just doing the face, um, so, I think I spent the most time on the face. What I’m learning is like the biggest difference between digital painting and like, the way I used to do digital art, with like line art and everything, which I still do, but like, I’m like- *laughs* just the difference between those two different styles, um, is that digital painting is just a whole lotta tweaking, and maybe it’s a longer process, I’m not entirely sure if it takes longer, feels like it takes longer, but I think it’s cause I don’t know what I’m doing so I’m like, analyzing each little step. *laughs* But, it’s just a whole lotta tweaking, and undo button, and like trying to figure out what works well and what doesn’t, and…Yeah that’s probably definitely mostly just my inexperience, and my learning process. *laughs* But it’s a lot of fun, and it’s- it’s just an enjoyable process. And I think I’ve said this before but basically it like looks really bad before it looks good, and you have to kind of be okay with adding in those blocks of colors and having it look bad. *laughs* And like slowly tweaking it, which…has definitely been… *sighs* difficult for me. *laughs* Another thing I’m doing is like constantly, not constantly, but occasionally, I use like the color balance tool or other Photoshop little manipulatey things to like adjust the colors to make sure nothing’s getting too muddy. Cause that’s just something that I really hate about my traditional art is that is always ends up being muddy so I’m like, “Well in digital art I have more control over this.” *laughs* Well, like easier control, I guess “noobish” controls, I don’t know. *chuckles* Um, but I think I use that to the point where it became a flaw, because I think everything ended up too saturated, and too bright. So it’s almost difficult to shade because with painting sometimes it’s- you want to be able to add highlights and like everything’s already too blown out, so I can’t add any highlights, and like I’m not entirely sure how to darken it without it getting too… gross. So, it’s like- it’s a weird battle for me that I definitely need to look more into and experiment with in the future. But you’ll see just like *laughs* the painting just keeps getting brighter and brighter, and it’s like so blown out by the end, but I tweak it at the end, and I think it helped a bit, but *laughs* it’s definitely just something of a crutch of mine that I need to, um, you know, *laughs* experiment with in the future. What I really like about making like, this video in particular is that I’m able to address, like, the problems that I’m having and like, be able to *chuckles* voice them to myself and I can, maybe then, work on them in the future. And THEN the other thing that’s really really cool is I’ve looked back at like old videos, and I really suggest that all of you make some kind of documentation of- and like keep your art, because when you look back at it, and you see the things you were struggling with, and you see the things that you needed to work on, when you actually applied yourself, and started working on those, and like, you can see the difference in your art! And like the improvements that you’ve made, and it’s just- it’s so encouraging, and like it really inspires me to keep going sometimes… when…things are a little bit rough is to like look back and like, see like, yeah, maybe you’re not improving as fast as you want to but look how far you’ve come! And like, just keep going! *laughs* Cause it’s, yeah, I mean a lot of the times you don’t need that encouragement, but sometimes you do, so that’s what I like about having like, even the commentary in my videos is like, hearing how I’ve struggled and like, hearing the things that I want to work on, and then looking back and being like, “Good job, you actually did it!” Or, “Ooh dang, I forgot I even wanted to work on that… *laughs* I really let myself down on that one.” *chuckles* But, I mean, it goes both ways. And that definitely like, encompasses the fact that like art is definitely a journey, and it’s not really someplace we want to get to, it’s more the journey of trying to improve ourselves, and get better, and going at our own pace and like, doing what we love, and, you know, that whole shebang. *laughs* Oh, and here I’m working on these hands, these were a bit of a struggle, I- I don’t know if I’ve ever drawn hands in this specific angle before, but…it was actually kind of interesting looking at the hands a different way than I normally would, because- so I’m trying to do it as a digital painting, and not as line art, so I don’t have to draw every specific line, I just have to sort of create the illusion that their fingers are there, and like, use the painting. I think I did end up going back to my crutch of like line art, but it was kind of an interesting experiment, like *laughs* trying to create the hand without drawing every little detail of the hand. Yeah, that was kind of interesting. And then basically here I’m just sort of adding some little final things that I felt were necessary, like strands of hair or whatever. But I really reached sort of a road block, because I wasn’t entirely sure what to do to improve the painting at this point, and maybe this will come with experience cause I kinda…. had to just step away from it and be like “okay, like this the best that I can do for now.” *laughs* Um, but I need to figure out like how to take it to the next level. Because I think there’s a lot of detail that could be added, but I’m not entirely sure how to go about doing it. Yeah, but here is basically my finished uh, attempt at the coloring book challenge! Yeah. So, thank you guys for watching! I would love to see if you attempt this as well. I’ll have some links in the description of some of my favorites that I’ve seen on like DeviantART of this challenge if you want to check those out, and uh, yeah. Thank you guys for watching! I’ll see you guys all next week. And I hope you have a delicious evening full of waffles! Byeeeee! Oh, and thanks to AJ for emailing me and suggesting that I color a coloring page, which reminded me of this challenge. Thank you, like *laughs* This was so much fun, thank you. 🙂

CAREERS IN BA DRAWING & PAINTING – MA,Paint,Artist,Animation Industry,Art Teacher,Art Schools,Jobs

CAREERS IN BA DRAWING & PAINTING – MA,Paint,Artist,Animation Industry,Art Teacher,Art Schools,Jobs


HELLO all,this is devyani from Freshersworld.com.Welcome to our video channel on jobs and careers.Today i ll be talking about the career opportunities in BA drawing and painting. A degree in drawing and painting might not
be as tough as a degree in B.tech or other technical degrees available in the country
now. But, the truth is, a degree in drawing and painting will help you get in touch with
the more creative side in yourself. Some people do not worry about money as much as others.
There is no direct relation, but it is often said painters and artists are some of the
most humble people in the world. You might not believe this, but it is often said that
these people are the most connected with the society they live in, and the environment
they occupy. A Bachelors of Art degree in drawing and painting
might not sound lucrative for many, but for those who chose this field, it can be quite
rewarding. You cannot believe the number of jobs that have augmented in the last few years
in this field. There is the animation industry now and the never ending marketing industry
too. A BA degree in drawing and painting can be a great stepping stone in your progress
to becoming a great fashion designer. Some sceptics argue the need for a degree
in this field, but the truth is that there is much to learn in this field, and therefore,
the need for the degree. You can find jobs as an illustrator for many magazines and newspapers.
There is no shortage of jobs in this field. With more and more people choosing the technical
degrees, there is a good demand for people with degree in drawing and painting.
There are options in many museums and private collections available for graduates with degree
in drawing and painting. These jobs may include restoration of valuable pieces of art, so
a great reference is always a mandatory. You can work as teacher in many prestigious Art
schools in the country. The work of a teacher is not seen as a lucrative job opportunity,
but the truth is, it is one of the most rewarding jobs available in the market.
There is a serious growth in the animation industry too. This helps you find jobs in
the field of drawing and painting much easier than before. The animation industry has been
on a rise in India, and this obviously entails a serious increase in the number of jobs.
These days, animation is done using computers, but there are quite a few animation houses
which do it the traditional way by handcrafting each individual frame.
You can find a lucrative job in the advertising segment too, and there are quite a few positions,
you might apply to. You can apply as an illustrator or as a commercial artist. The choices are
laid in front of you; now, it is your turn to choose the field of work closest to your
heart. Freshersworld.com will help you choose the
best jobs from the field of your choice. You can also find the option of looking for jobs
closest to you at freshersworld.com We will be back with more such videos so stay connected with us and do not forget to hit the subscribe button below. Thank you

Visual Arts at Central Piedmont

Visual Arts at Central Piedmont


I love the job because it is an
opportunity for me to provide a service to serve the students and in a larger
sense to serve the community and to do something every day that that tries
to make the word a little bit of a better place. Hello I’m James
Pence, instructor of photography and art history at Central Piedmont Community
College. I’ve been a member of the visual art department here for the last 16
years. At CPCC, we offer an associate of Fine Arts degree and in our visual art
department we offer courses on drawing, design, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture and jewelry. Hi, I’m KC Roberge. I have been at CPCC for
two years and I am in the fine arts continuing education program. I chose
CPCC because it was affordable and it offered all the foundation art classes
that I was lacking from high school. All of the art programs here at CPCC are
fantastic. Every single room is stocked with all of the things you could need
and all the students are also very passionate about what they’re doing so
it’s a really fun and inviting environment to work in.
My ultimate goal here at CPCC was to really develop my own style of art. I had
been drawing and making art since I was a child but I never really had the
chance to discover my style of art and what was going to set me apart from all
the other artists. So here at CPCC, all the teachers have been very encouraging
about pushing you to really figure out what you want to do.
If I have one reason to recommend the visual arts at CPCC to a student, it
would be the quality of our instructors. They are highly dedicated they are
highly motivated they are exquisitely trained and educated and devote their
life and their time to the achievements of students. If someone asked me if they
should come to CPCC I would tell them definitely yes! There are so many classes
here that you can take in classes that you really want to take that are going
to help push you forward in your professional career

Artist Samantha Kallis talks about being a Visual Development Artist | Art Attack

Artist Samantha Kallis talks about being a Visual Development Artist | Art Attack


-My name is Samantha Kallis and I’m a Visual
Development Artist. A Visual Development Artist
will design anything from characters,
props, textures, background paintings, pretty much anything
that shows up on-screen, somebody designed. Today, I chose the theme
of “Adventure.” I chose “Adventure”
because, to me, it’s important
to live your life adventurously but also be adventurous
in your art. As an artist,
if you’re not adventurous and you don’t take chances, then you end up just drawing
the same old, tired thing that you’re comfortable with,
and you never do anything new. You never grow. I guess the big adventure
for me the last couple months has been getting to work at Sony
and working at Nickelodeon, and actually
getting my hands dirty with animated television shows
and features. Learning from professionals
who I really admire — that’s been
the big adventure for me. I think the one thing
that I really learned in the course
of my own adventure is that you really have
to think of yourself — Even though I’m an artist,
I have to think of myself, in a way, as a writer. Everything I do is storytelling, and everything that I create has
to go back to that story and make sure
I’m strengthening that story. Some of the ways that I manage to always
keep story in mind when I’m drawing
is that I have to think about — “Am I making this just
to make a pretty picture, or am I making it
because it goes back to a point that will say something about
that character or that event?” For example, why is this character
wearing a tattered coat instead of a fancy coat? It has to say something about
who he is, or, you know, where he’s been. I think for me,
the narrative of the piece that I created today, I mean, obviously, ships and adventure and going on a journey
someplace… My mom always likes
to tell me — Whenever I’m getting down about
not moving forward in my life, she always likes to say that, “You have to do something,
anything, to shake up the universe.” So I think making a big move
or a little move, just something
to get you out there. And that’s kind of what
this ship going through this strange,
alien landscape means to me, like, they’re shaking up
their universe by maybe exploring a new one. From there,
it really just evolved into “What kind
of landscape is this?” and “Where are they going?”
And I thought, “Yeah, I really want to put
two moons in here and make it about aliens.” Okay, step by step,
the process of what we saw today is sort of the initial spark
of the idea, and I have my reference photos. Then I just sort of, like —
for this particular piece — just went at it sketching
and putting in the big shapes so that I had sort of
a backdrop for my ideas. And you notice the shapes change
pretty dramatically over the course of the painting,
because, you know, just compositionally,
I’m always thinking about it. And you start painting it up, you start putting
some texture on. I have a library
of watercolor textures and washes that I’ve created
and scanned into the computer. Those I use on multiple layers
at different opacities or different layer modes to sort of give the painting
a hand-drawn or touched-by-human-beings
feeling, because sometimes
digital paintings can get a little cold. I use a lot of Photoshop tricks, but then, you can
also see the actual, more traditional-style painting
as I get closer in with, like, the detailed objects
of the ship. So, I suppose my process
is a lot of trial and error and a lot of not being afraid
to go back a couple steps and see if something else works
and move things around. The reason why I definitely
like working digitally rather than
with traditional paint is the “undo” function
and the ability to change what I don’t like in my work
really easily. I think, also,
in terms of work, it’s so much faster. I don’t have to sit around and literally wait
for paint to dry. I can just paint it and go. I would say that in terms
of what I want to paint before I start —
For this instance, it was literally the idea
of, like, “I really want to draw a ship,” so I started looking at ships
and came across one that I wanted to sort of
integrate into a painting. I think the reason why
adventure’s important to me is because
the life that you live informs the art that you make, and if you live a life
that doesn’t have any adventure or doesn’t have
anything new in it, then you’re not gonna have
any material in your sort of mental library
to draw from when you want to sit down
and make something. So I think
you have to get out there and you have to live
in order to make art.