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Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I have moved over to ----> !!!
  • Watching: Sarah Conner Chronicles
  • Playing: Mass Effect 2
I'm now at :iconlizzicusart: which is

I have a subscription now!! Yayayayay
But I haven't really got to play with my journal skin yet.
New art is there!! Or at my blogspot <--


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thweatted Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Filmographer
JeaTay Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
deathlyhallows52 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the fave Lizzy!
JohnnyCastle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hey Lizzy, thanks for the adds! Appreciated :)
WizWorldInc Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Hey thanks for taking a look and faving! Much appreciated!
IronRosePetal Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime, your work is great
Michelle-Fennel Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Photographer

I came by to look at your gallery, leave you a hug and thank you for seeing and enjoying my art :hug:

i hope you have an awesome day :sun:
ThomasKain Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Professional
Ha ha, it's totally cool, and you're very much welcome! I just have the gift of gab when it comes to talking about art! I'm really glad it's been of some service and that's awesome to hear that it got you even more motivated. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the new work you'll be doing and wish you the best of luck!
IronRosePetal Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, so I haven't known how to reply to your message because I don't think that the simple words "Thank you" is enough for what you typed out for me.

But It's better than writing nothing!

Thank you thank you thank you!! Right after I read this, I pulled out my sketchbook and did some mass drawings. You've inspired me and I want to keep your advice with me as I start my freshman year. I want to be the best I can be!

It was really nice of you to take the time to write back so thoughtfully, it's humbling!

Thank you! And your words will not be forgotten!
ThomasKain Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional
Thanks for the awesome compliments! I'm glad too! There's a lot of great artists at CCAD, but the overall range of skill is still pretty vast. To be honest, there's plenty of students that are basically taking on an extremely expensive hobby. They may end up in an art related field someday (if they're really lucky), but they'll never get to be what they wanted to be because they lack the required determination to get there. It's very competitive out there, and unfortunately there are plenty of other schools (especially ones in California, New York and so on) that have better connections with companies that many of us want to work for. The teachers do their best to direct everyone, and it's truly a fantastic school; but, it really comes down to personal motivation, passion and a little talent helps too.

Honestly, the best advise I can give anyone is that getting "good" simply takes a lot of practice. That's really all there is to it. All of these classes you're in at first are going to lay the foundation for everything you'll ever do. So, while you may not aspire to be a great oil painter it's going to open up your understanding of color, form, atmosphere, etc. if you take it all seriously. You know, have fun, but the less you take in now the more work you'll have to do later. Some people have a natural tendency to catch on quicker and I call that "talent". The rest of it is hard work, pure and simple. Fun work, but not something anyone wanting to succeed can afford to be lazy about. Think of it this way, you're going to college to learn how to be paid to make stuff up out of your head and draw it... this stuff needs to be pretty good to get paid for! Let alone paid enough money to live off of!

You already have plenty of natural talent, the next step is to learn all of the tried and true methods that make artwork appealing and practice them consistently. It's up to you how you're going to direct your talent. Study the artists that you admire and figure out what they're doing that makes their images so cool. I'll often have another artist's work out side by side with my own, comparing their quality, value structure, color vibrance and so on while I work. Don't ever let yourself feel inferior to another artist. There's plenty of ego out there and people are often afraid to applaud a job well done. If an artist's work is actually better than yours just realize that you need to practice more. Make an organized library of visual references like plants, animals, people, fashion, vehicles, buildings, environments and anything else you're interested in. That way if you want to draw some strange beast for example, you'll have something to inspire you and something to base it off of- everything is inspired by something that already exists.

There's really no end to how much you should study it's really more of a question of how good you want to be, and how much studying it will take you to get you there. There's always someone else up all night studying while you're asleep or hanging out with your friends. It's best to stay on task as much as you can and only spend free time you can afford to spare it. A lot of this is just having the right attitude. I look at a lot of things this way: I could go hang out with my friends all night, but I really draw hands horribly... I am already done with my homework, but maybe I should spend at least some of that time with my friends drawing hands instead! It sounds so ridiculously obvious but that's the biggest mistake people make. I see a lot of people getting frustrated, giving up or overworking and it's usually because they simply don't have enough overall knowledge of fundamental skills to accomplish what they're after. Not only that, but they don't have a good enough mental library to work with their imagination. So, unless you have a photographic memory studying is all there is to it! You always have to study your weaknesses, they simply don't get better on their own!

As far as your question about regrets, I regret not coming to CCAD in the first place (that, and maybe if I had a time machine I'd go back right after high school and enroll). Out of practicality, I started out at OSU for industrial design. All the while, I'd wanted to be making up creatures and stories but I felt that wouldn't find a job doing something like that. In reality, there's plenty of jobs for anyone that's good enough. In other words, always take the time to make sure you're going into the right degree! If animation is your passion you should go for it. On the other hand maybe you actually just love making still images. Research the jobs you're interested in doing with your degree and make sure everything is right for you. As far as what to avoid, avoid distractions. Everyone needs down time. I take breaks all of the time! However, I still work most of the time I'm awake. You just need to find ways to make it fun. I often hang out with my wife or friends but I almost always work in my sketchbook while we're sitting around watching TV. It's basically a lifestyle choice.

Concerning tactics for homework, I've already bombarded you with my time-management philosophy; but, developing a process is pivotal. It will be different for an animation major, but I know for an illustration I have to do thumbnails, a refined value sketch, some color studies and then I'm ready for the final illustration. For the final illustration, I also have a process that I know will work. If I skip any of the steps I'm running the risk of lowering the quality. I also know how long each step will take because I've done it so many times. Your process will evolve over time but it's wise to actually follow all of the steps your teachers will ask of you until you understand how you work as an individual. You'll probably find out that they're very close to what the teachers ask of you simply because they work. I always try to make enough time to not only finish the assignment but play with several variations. Then I usually will end up noodling on my favorite version up until it's due. As my teacher Mr. King says, when you become faster with your process you'll be able to play more and then come up with more interesting results.

Well, I hope this helps you out and I appreciate you putting stock in my opinion. You definitely have the right attitude in asking questions. Don't be afraid to ask professionals questions either. I've gone on livestreams that some of my favorite artists have or sent them quick emails and they're usually happy to help if they have time. That's pretty much how we all get better! Check out Dave Rapoza's livestreams and Bobby Chiu's Ustream. They're both great for helping out, especially with digital painting. Later on!
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