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Journal Entry: Mon Dec 8, 2008, 12:34 AM
Edit:  12-18-08

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I've been thinking of doing a monthly Q&A type news article with a panel discussion format featuring answers by some digital artists who are friends of mine or whom I admire.  

There'd be a different digital art topic each month with about a half dozen or so questions for that topic.  I've already sent out the first batch of questions to about 20 artists, and I have ideas for topics and questions for future months.  

I think it'd be really great to get input from anyone out there who's interested and has questions of their own.  Are there any topics you'd love to see about digital art?  Any questions that you have that you'd love to ask artists?  Ever been too shy to ask something?  I'd be happy to ask for you.  ^_^

To give you an idea, some topic ideas and questions I've been throwing around:

Learning and materials
-- questions on tablets
-- artists' opinions on tracing

Anime & Fanart
-- their opinions on fanart
-- their opinions on whether it's necessary to do realism to learn anime art

-- what do they think of brushes and pre-made textures
-- favorite tools for creating textures in digital art

If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.  Please either comment here or send me a note with "DAD" (digital art discussion) in the subject line.  Depending on the number of suggestions I get, I may or may not use your question.  Or, if many other people ask the same thing, I might re-word your question to include elements from other people.


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MissDudette Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
Can't wait to see the first chapter. :)
WCSallySally Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Images for the screen, and images for print .. How does on change an image to migrate it from one use to the other (-- because I know its necessary to obtain good results!!).
Nekomancerz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If you don't mind, I'd also be interested in hearing about the careers in art... especially about how to become a conceptual artist =)

thanks =)
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great idea =D
Kibikayuki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
A very awesome idea... I'll have to think some more about what I want to ask...
synconi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Artisan Crafter
A really fantastic idea! :#1:

I'd love to know how long each artist has been working on their own style/technique, and were they self-taught, professionally so, or other? :)
SachiAmi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Their opinions on online tutorials (and maybe how-to-draw books in general) might be an interesting addition to the "Learning and Materials" section. To what extent are they useful?
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Traditional Artist
That's seems really interesting!

As a predominantly traditional artist I don't have any questions, but I shall look forward o reading the articles! :nod:
fevereon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Artisan Crafter
necessity of formal college education?

how tight are deadlines usually assigned to the work,

dunno, tis what i can think of atm, looking forward to seeing the results of this!

:hug: (sorry so quiet, been a hibernatin';)
TheGreatandMightyOz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the suggestions you already included. Especially tablets since I'm getting one soon. :D
itakoaya Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I'd also love to learn about people's use of textures and brushes <3 They are both tools that are commonly used and you can do so much with them, so I'd love to learn about how different people use them 8D
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Oh, good. I have Texture & Brushes as a future topic possibility already, so I'm glad you said that! Great. I'll try to think of some more questions for that one.
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
This interview with pokefreak had good questions, I thought, if you want a guideline [link] :)
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Thanks for the link. :) I love those questions. I think they're very well chosen. I've seen Sangiev interview other people too, and the interviews really are lovely.

However, they tend to focus on the artist as an individual, and I'm more interested in focusing on techniques or advice on specific topics. And then I'd have different artists chime in with different advice.
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Sounds good! :D
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
YES! I would love to learn from people's experience. :D
Rozrr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Not sure how this would go down. I tried to run Art Quizzes a little while ago:[link]
I did 4 and was very disappointed with the response. To me the questions were very basic art history and simple art knowledge. Maybe that was the reason why the response was so poor! However the answers did not back up that theory. It was lack of knowledge that put people off, also they could have looked up the answers on-line and easily got full marks.

I think with digital art most people just want to click and see results...

I wish you luck regardless.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I'm thinking of having it more like an interview series, only with a panel of people instead of a single person. And the panel is pre-selected. I've invited about 20 artists, some amateurs, some professionals, but all with what I would consider advanced skill levels. This isn't meant to test the knowledge of viewers. It's more--well, at least I hope it will be--a series discussing various possible techniques, tips, etc. And if viewers want to send in questions, then they can hopefully have them answered by professional level artists.

Yeah, I don't know how this will go down either. But I figure it's worth a try. I see so many of the same questions being asked over and over by young artists just starting out, and I'm hoping this might address some of them.

And thanks. I think I'll need some luck. I hope this works. ^_^
HowlSeage Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I would as questions about the balance between texture and none texture. Like, some people go texture crazy and it looks good, others use 1 round brush, looks good. And then theres some (Jason Chan) That uses brushes to show the material, that looks better in my eyes. But um, yeah, which is more welcomed in the Conceptart field and does it matter?

Considering that in concept art you need to focus on yeah, um, ok, you're probably gonna have to reword that if you even understood what the hell i was saying..Sorry :S
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
o.O Okay, I wrote this down, but if I do use this, I might have to ask you to clarify later on down the road. ^_^ I think I understand though.
HowlSeage Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lol, sorry miss!!
acid-creature Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I'd be interested in hearing more about the careers side of art... studying it and working it...
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Any specific field in mind? Or just a general intro to it?
acid-creature Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
...what are the fields again? :slow:

I don't really know anything about art as a career, along with many people I presume, so any information would be good.
hakubaikou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Ah! Okay. :)

Art jobs is such a huge topic, I bet we could do several months on it. Thanks for the suggestion!
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