Early this year, I shared my very first animal portrait on DA. In fact, it is my first ever attempt to draw an animal as previously all my artworks are human related. I thought it's either going to be an epic failure or total disaster but I manage to pull it off somehow, which to me is a big accomplishment
Initially I didn't expect it's gonna be well-received since my previous human portraits are mostly 10-20 favorites within a day. But I was wrong as cat is truly one of the Internet's most beloved pet! I received about 800+ favorites within 24 hours and this is something which I never achieved before in the past few years I ventured into art. Thank you DA community!
However, despite the good reception, my artwork also drew some heavy criticisms. It is my most feared criticism of all - I was accused of being a cheater and a thief.
Now, I understand that when accusation was being made, there must be something happened previously that irritated/digusted them, so frequently, that they must speak out so the rest of community wouldn't fall victim into it.
Although I encourage this policing practice very much, I still think we should also let the accused to justify or defend themselves. In my case, I wasn't given the chance to defend myself until I have to conduct damage control to recover my reputation. Nevertheless after I proved my innocence by showing them the Work-in-progress (WIP) video, I am glad that they did not persist their accusation further and one even give me a good advice!
Anyway, regardless of what have happened, I still need to make things clear for everyone to understand:
1. All artworks here which I claimed as "drawing" are basically hand-drawn from scratch using Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Wacom Intuos Draw tablet. In order to prove that I really draw them, I have created WIP videos as well as the progress screenshots. My YouTube channel is here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCGBcn…
Although there are not much videos for now, I believe these are sufficient to prove that I can really draw. Recently, I also put link to Reference Photo so you guys could make side-by-side comparison to see the difference. While the difference might not be able to see from far, you can actually see them if you zoom in closely.
2. The reason why it looked so accurate as the referece photo is because I used the Grid Tool integrated in Photoshop. Those who learned in art class or school, I'm sure you guys at some point are asked to use grid for drawing - especially if you're a beginner or amateur. Grid tool is really helpful, you should try it if you're like accuracy very much.
3. Lastly, I never claimed myself as professional artist nor I take commission from anyone. In fact, I'm not even a full-time artist/designer. I never attend any art schools, classes, courses whatsoever except self-learning from internet or YouTube. Basically, I draw simply because it is my favourite hobby, I like realistic drawings and I did it to pass my leisure time or to kill boredom.
Though you might not be able to tell or see it, every artwork has its own personal challenge and each time I manage to accomplish it, I feel very satisfy and happy about them. When I'm happy about them, I share on DA, hoping to get some encouragements for me to continue. I expect nothing, no monetary whatsoever, from DA community except for simple likes/favourites and comments.
I don't intend to make profits out from my artwork because I know I might get legal troubles or disagreements from art community. Even if I draw for someone, I only draw for my very close friends and offered them for FREE as a gesture/symbol of friendship.
Before I end this journal, I humbly apologise if I sounded defensive or offended those who involved. I never intend to hurt anyone nor to create trouble in DA. I just wanted to share my thoughts and opinions of what had happened recently. It is indeed a learning experience. Next time, I should always put the WIP video link first before posting xD.
Thanks for your time reading this journal and thank you for those who supported me these few years!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!!!!!