If, like me, you are new to digital art then I hope you might find the enclosed journal entry helpful. I started getting into digital art back in 2004/2005 but at the time I started by trying to learn how to make glitter graphics. It was the first time I had ever heard of Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro, I found it all so bewildering back then. I decided to purchase Paint Shop Pro and to see if it would be of any help and whether I might someday be able to use it. When I first opened the software, I remember clearly taking one look and thinking, I will never be able to learn this, it was so confusing. I closed it straight away and thought, what a waste of money. I needed to start somewhere much simpler.
So, instead, I opted for a free software called Photofiltre and took it from there. It was much easier to use, helped me learn how to do simple photo effects but I needed to learn more. I tried to read up tutorials on how to use Paint Shop Pro and each time I would get confused and mess it up!
But I kept trying, even though none of it made any sense at all. I'm not quite sure when I finally got the hang of making glitter graphics, I think it was about 6 months after I purchased Paint Shop Pro, but it still wasn't enough. I wanted to learn so much more. I wanted to learn how to make blends and tags also, I had no clue what I was doing and my creations were very basic as I was only at the start of my journey. I remember having a Bebo account back in 2007 and there would be stacks of art work shared on there by my friends at the time. I used to admire it all but I wanted to know how it's done. I took a break from learning creating and designing back in 2008, in fact I disappeared from being online for a while, almost a year I think?
When I came back I set up another Bebo account and made a Facebook page as a stand by as I preferred Bebo at the time. I started piece by piece learning how graphics are put together, the whole Paint Shop Pro gig was starting to pay off slowly. I was gradually learning how to make simple designs, Bebo skins and how to use animation sparkles. Finally things were looking up. I still had a very long way to go though. Slowly but surely over the years I started to learn and develop both my Paint Shop Pro and around 2012/2013 my Photoshop skills. I finally learned how to tag and how the © laws all worked so I wasn't using art illegally. I was quite happy tagging and blending, making Facebook Timeline Sets and other graphics and backgrounds but something was still missing for me. I began to feel like I had taken tagging as far as I was going to and wanted to do more. So, I purchased a graphics tablet.
... My first purchase was an expensive Huion graphics tablet back in 2017, it wasn't worth the money at all. It literally stopped working after 2 uses and now serves as a screen monitor only. It's simply no good to me as a tablet. So, rather ticked off, I opted for a Ugee graphics tablet. It's much smaller but it's not a display tablet, you just lay the tablet flat on your desk or work area and draw on it with your pen. The bonus to this type of tablet is you can see exactly what you are doing on your screen and your hand isn't covering any part of your work.
I then began by sketching, I always try and sketch every day, even just a quick doodle, it's something and it's all practice. Then I started to learn shading, learning shadows and highlights, it's all still very new to me but it's how I found Art With Flo on my journey. I remember watching several of her YouTube videos in complete awe of her. I have only painted a few things so far, all of my paintings and art are hosted here on Deviant Art and some are in my store HERE
I'm still very new and have so much to learn but I could have given up all those years ago, I opened Paint Shop Pro for the first time and closed it convinced I had wasted my money and would never get the hang of it. Now here I am, I could have quit but I didn't. I didn't want to quit, I had this massive thirst and passion within me to learn and to keep learning and that fire has never died out. No matter how many mistakes I have made, of which there are plenty, I kept and keep going.
If you're new to digital art, please don't give up. It has helped me so much to express what I can't say or struggle to say. It helps calm me if I am anxious or upset, it helps me to relax and to drift off into my own world for a little while. It keeps me focussed and stable. I need art in my life both to create and to admire. You're going to have times where you might convince yourself you won't get the hang of something, but with practice you will get there, if I can do it then anyone can. Always believe in yourself and your ability to create something beautiful and you will always achieve your goals. Also, maybe consider subscribing to Art With Flo or someone like her, her influence has been massively positive on me, I couldn't have achieved half of what I have without her advice and tutorials.
So, with all of that said, thank you for reading, below is my latest PSP Tube, Alex... My favourite creation so far and something back in 2004, I honestly would have never believed I could accomplish ever.
You can do this, keep believing in yourself, never give up and take it in small steps, watch tutorials and just keep trying and don't forget to sketch, every single day if you can, it helps so much, that's also advice Flo gave out in one of her videos.