kesh-cobalt asked: You don't know it yet, but you're going to do something very important one day. Your past is there to teach you, your future drives you forward, but the present is where and who you are.
(I’ve been keeping the asks from this individual private until now, but I think this is important information about me as an artist, so I will go ahead and post this publicly. If you’re interested in what these links are in response to, see this post on my personal blog.
Ohhhh goodness thank youuuu. <3 All of the information and stuff you’ve wanted from me this week has made me smile.
Anyhow, I decided it would be far too hard for me to go through and give you images based on certain moments/times in my gallery. There is just so much. Luckily, I can give you galleries!
OLD ART ALERT
http://spiritwolf22.deviantart.com/gallery/ : SUPER OLD GALLERY: This is the art I was creating when I first moved in with my grandparents. Back when I was tracing/stealing characters/painting over photos. I even basically stole the pen name from Chelsea Kenna, who at that time was going by the name of “Spiritwolf77”
http://evadia28.deviantart.com/gallery/ - This was when I had decided to stop stealing characters and start trying out my own methods in Photoshop. I was still pretty bad at drawing, but I was using all the efforts I could to explore my own personality.
http://coyox.deviantart.com/art/Haste-132356140 - This is the first image I did when I decided I really liked dark art—- and drawing worlds that didn’t necessarily exist.
http://coyox.deviantart.com/art/Ready-To-Fold-300847637 - The first piece I did when I seriously considered how to paint an indoor environment.
My second year of college I did this, and this was when my art really started to take a turn from being ‘amateur’ to being something better.
http://coyox.deviantart.com/art/Our-Falling-Kingdoms-341101554 - This piece was done 7 months or so after that last image I linked. These 7 months were crucial because this was a huge jump for me in quality. I started to consider myself as a professional.
http://dcwaud.deviantart.com/art/The-Change-We-All-Go-Through-415176812 - My most recent piece, describing my feelings on what it’s been like making changes to my personality, improving in art, making new friends, finding a new religion, finding my place in gender etc… The roughest and most important four years of my life.
crinklecutcanine asked: Your art is inspiring and fantastic and just..different in a wonderful way~
Golly gee. Thank you very much <3
neongenesisevangelistchurch asked: You probably have a load of asks right now but I'm curious!! Do you calibrate your monitor(s)? Do you have more than one monitor? And if you do calibrate them what do you do that with? I'm curious because I've recently gotten a new monitor and even with the aid of several guides online (as i can't afford a colorimeter atm, im a Poor College Student) I haven't been able to get the color accurate...
No worries about the asks—- I’m just going to sit here and answer them all at once.
Color calibration is a bitch. People at my school will tell you I’m the print center nazi. I’m picky about it— I hate how monitors are calibrated. I can’t stand any of it. Because there is no right way to calibrate a monitor for art. Thats why working digitally blows.
There is no sure fire way to get stuff 100% right, but there are things you can do to make your stuff look better on whatever type of screen you work on.
Here’s some things I do to keep myself sane:
-Keep several monitors at home. If you have doubts—- plug another one in and see how your stuff looks.
-If you are a mac user, chances are your colors will be too bright on a PC. If you are a PC use, chances are your colors will look more vivid on a Mac. I find that if my stuff looks good on a Mac monitor— it will look good on any monitor. I USE A PC. But I will ALWAYS find a mac monitor to double check my colors.
-If you have a monitor you are calibrating for a home printer—- Print out an image. Then, take the print, hold it up to your monitor, and adjust your settings on the monitor until they match the print. Boom. Calibrated.
Tricks of the trade that will make your work look good on any monitor:
-When you start a new file in photoshop (or any other related media, if the option is available) hit the ‘advanced’ button. Then, choose “Do Not Color Manage this Document.” Sometimes, certain programs will allow your computer to read files differently— I learned this the hard way. If you tell the program not to ‘color manage’ your document, then all systems should be able to read the information just fine. Sometimes there might be problems printing on SUPER HIGH QUALITY Epson printers—- but if you’re printing on something like that, you should get test prints first ANYHOW.
-When you save a file to be put on the web, drop down to “save file for web and devices.” This will save the file in web colors only—- so it won’t look strange to anyone, anywhere in the world!
Sadly, monitor calibration is a bitch. No two monitors are the same— literally, I walk into a room with 20 computers almost every day, they are all the EXACT same comps, yet—- they all display colors differently.
You’ll get used to dealing with your new monitor, just make sure to check your work on several different computers until you become familiar with your monitor’s personal ticks.
bluarcia asked: So I heard you're giving away tips C:. Since I saw your first dA account you became one of my masters, your progress is simply mindblowing. I would like to ask you about any tips on the use of colour. How do you develop your pallete? As I look at my works I use the same stupid, banal colours all the time, even though I realise it, it's pretty hard to change it. If you could say something about both traditional and digital, that would be swell. Thanks in advance and thanks for your artworks!
Aw, well I appreciate your following!
As far as color palette goes, it’s funny you ask— because until recently, I had the same problem. If you look at ALL of my stuff between 2009-2012 it was all the same basic green and brown color palette. Then, when I attempted to use color of any sort, my stuff always came out muddy and overall just plain sad… and forced.
The best tip I can give you on extending color palette DIGITALLY:
It takes a while to understand color theory, so as a beginner, it’s smartest to look at the people who do understand color theory. And the best way to do that is to take an image you like the colors of, move it into photoshop, and eyedrop all of the different colors, and make a palette of them on a separate file. Then, use them. Tell yourself you cant use ANY COLORS BUT THOSE COLORS. It’s not stealing… it’s learning. Once you create one or two images using someone else’s color palette you will start to find yourself finding colors you like and starting to understand how to use them.
STAY AWAY FROM COLOR BALANCE LAYERS AND OTHER FILTERS. They destroyed me FOR YEARS. I thought things looked pretty good—- but MAN… once you learn how not to use them you look back on the filtered stuff and just cry.
The Best Advice I can Give to you Traditionally:
I’m only proficient at using oil colour so that’s all I can really comment on here, and I’m fairly new to it—- so even I havent fully figured it out.
However, painting traditionally can help you a ton in the digital department, so this is how I finally got the hang of it.
For each painting I do—- I choose 3-5 different primary colors. Colors that I can mix to make other colors. I DON’T USE ANYMORE THAN THAT. If I need a purple? I mix it. Orange? Mix it. Unless you are super pro at mixing colors— you shouldn’t use a huge palette. SO MANY different oil colours have different tints. Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue— they are all INCREDIBLY different. I never use more than one type of color when I’m working. If I’m going to use cobalt, I use cobalt. I forget the other blues exist.
One thing I do sometimes to create unity in my paintings is choose one ‘special’ atmosphere color. For the painting I’m currently working on I’ve been using Alizarine Crimson. I mix a TINY bit of this color into EVERY color I use on the painting—- even white. I find that it really ties everything together, even if things do have completely different local colors (the actual color of an object.)
I hope that answers the question. If you dont understand how to use the eyedropper tool in photoshop—- or dont understand something else I said—- let me know I’ll do my best to help you. :3
pocketsthelesbian asked: Arrrrgh your art is beyond wonderful and I am jealous! Did you learn from classes? :/ can you give me any pointers? :( in good news I am now motivated to do some sketches
Well my major foundation in art was achieved on my own, but I have been attending college for the last four years for Illustration, and I have learned an absolute TON. Stuff that I never would have even considered if I hadn’t gone to art school.
As for pointers I am more than happy to give them at any time! If you have anything specific you’d like me to cover on my blog, I would gladly address it. I keep telling people to send me asks on tutorials/etc they would like to see, but no one has done it yet!
Basic pointers? Sketch at least once a day. Don’t kill yourself trying to do art you don’t like—- draw what you love! Always keep an open mind when getting feedback! Those are the three rules I try to follow everyday and it’s only led me to getting better and better.
Sketching for me is foremost. I sketch about 2-10 images every single day. Whether or not they are referenced. I think alot of people forget how important it is to sketch, so I’m glad to hear that I’ve motived you to do some!