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What to do as an artist in training. by Suzanne-Helmigh, journal

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Artist // Hobbyist // Digital Art
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My Bio

I'm an artist who's experienced a lot. That, apparently gives me plenty of material to go towards creating different art ideas and concepts. Being disabled apparently makes for a unique perspective. I started with computer pixel art, programming every pixel with Plot and Draw commands, way back on 8 bit home computers, making start-up screens for fictitious games that didn't exist, including a loading screen for a Dragonlance game, and Nightmare in Blackmarsh on Apple Mac. It didn't lead anywhere for me. So after High School I went on to a government training course, where my ability with computers and computer art really shone through and my art got included on an animated presentation for the training company I was with, to advertise their services all over Britain. It's difficult when you're 16 and you have skills that no-one is sure how to use. I just wish I'd had more confidence and self belief at that time of my life, I might have ended up working for a software company making graphics for games, but I believed they were all university graduates and all that, and so someone like me was never going to get to be noticed in their world. So I entered the workforce and did art in the quiet moments when I got to scribble on bits of scrap paper, and went back and forth between government training courses and employment, with none of it in any environment I would really call creative, other than working for the BBC at the end of the 1990's for a short while. All of the creative stuff I did in my own time, and eventually went for very short courses in art every now and again. I actually managed to get on a university level course in fine art due to just the strength of my portfolio (that word, bleh) alone in 2005-2006. So after 3 years of hardship, struggling and education I obtained a HND in Fine art. These days the cost of such a course would be way outside of any means for me to reach., so I know I was lucky at the time, but it taught us how to be commercial artists, without much of any training in the art side of things, and lots of training in how to market yourself, and how to make a 'portfolio', which I'm still not totally comfortable with calling it that. It seems a bit stuck-up to be calling it that. These days I sit at home, making art, or writing, with the occasional potential portrait or other printed job, like banners and stickers/leaflets/posters I get occasionally commissioned for.

Favourite Visual Artist
Patrick Woodroffe.
Favourite Movies
Gingersnaps 2, Mr. Nobody, The Lovely Bones, Waterdhip Down, Bladerunner, Battle Beyond the Stars, Darkstar.
Favourite TV Shows
Dungeons and dragons cartoon, Chocky, The Boys.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Lacuna Coil, Type O Negative, Black Sabbath, Really Slow Motion, My Silent Wake.
Favourite Books
Sphere, The Chrysalids, Rendezvous with Rama, Knight Moves.
Favourite Games
Skies of Arcadia, Lost Kingdoms, Vandal Hearts, Rolemaster, Wardner, Cadash, Gauntlet 1 & 2, Feud, Magic & Mayhem.
Favourite Gaming Platform
Dreamcube Gamewiicast Station.
Tools of the Trade
Mouse, tablet, acryllic, pencil, ballpoint pen, pastels, charcoal, alternatives
Other Interests
I don't have any hobbies. I just have moments between worrying about tomorrow and how I'm going to pay the gas bill etc.

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Thanks for watching XD!
You're welcome Satoshi San.  Here, have some green tea. ^_^
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You're welcome. I hope the llama is well behaved.  it went to llama obedience training school and everything.
Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear meeeee, happy birthday to me.
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