1 Piece from Miss-Pannacotta
1 Piece from Morodine
Work on backgrounds
Finish more projects, clean up unfinished WIPs in files
Start drawing Humans and anthros more, develop a style
Work on more illustrations, wean self off transp. backgrounds
Do more personal work
Stylize more and develop a unique art identity.
"Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try."
Ashley | Female | 27 | Straight | VA USA
Freelance Artist - Hobbyist - Digital
Tablet: Wacom Cintiq 16' Pro
What inspired you to start drawing?
Coloring books! I've been doing art since I could pick up a crayon, and it all started with those children's coloring books and began evolving through school art projects. I loved animals growing up (still do), and my sister and I would sit down together for hours and just color or draw. She would draw horses and I would draw wolves and cats.
Where did you learn how to do it?
Through trial, error and passion. Anyone can do art if they have the heart for it. If you could sit down on the couch today and get lost in the relaxation of a coloring book or a paint by number, you can most certainly do art. No one starts out as an amazing artist, contrary to popular belief. It takes time, dedication, practice and patience to be an artist and nearly anyone can do it!
What art software do you use?
Paint Tool SAI is my go to for digital artwork. Its a program where your creativity shines through because there's not as many corners you can cut with it like there are with Photoshop. Also, no monthly subscription *cough*.
What hardware are you equipped with?
My tablet at the moment is a Wacom Intuos Pro. Its at the pricier end of the pen tablets, but I have my eyes set on a Wacom Cintiq that I'll be trying to save up for this year. I also have a 1TB backup hard drive that I store all of my art in, as well as a backup to that backup external 500GB hard drive just in case of corruption. All of my files are also stored in an online storage. As a digital artist, you learn to have backups to your backups to protect your work.
Did you go to school for Art?
Not specifically for art. I always took art classes in school which taught me so much about traditional work. But as far as digital artwork is concerned, i'm completely self taught. (With the help of tutorials, of course!)
What are your future plans as an artist?
I'm a freelance hobbyist so I do what I do because I enjoy it, but I currently have no plans to make art my career. I actually want to be a Veterinarian, and maybe one day my art can supplement that cost.
What advice would you give to someone starting out?
My biggest piece of advice for someone just starting out is be kind to yourself. We as artists are our own worst critic, and sometimes we can destroy ourselves before we've even had a chance to blossom as creative individuals by being way too strict with our work. Your 'mistakes' make your work unique, and one day in the future you'll look back on those flaws and see how much you've improved.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
"Real friendship is when your best friend comes over to your house and then you both just take a nap."
This girl is my absolute rock. She's a piece of my heart that I can't even begin to imagine living without and she's there for me during the best and worst times of my life. Best friend isn't a strong enough word for us, we're family. We've been drawing and doing art together since the 6th grade, starting from paper doodles in math class to professional work on digital tablets today. She helps me think outside the box and gladly offers advice when I need it most. I don't know where I'd be without her. She had helped mold me into the woman I am right now and continues to do so every day. I love you lots, girlie! You're my soulmate! <3
"I may not always be there with you, but I'll always be there for you."
These artists are individuals I've come to respect and adore through my time on dA. For years I've watched them grow and develop their creative talent and they still continue to inspire me to this day!
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"Be kind to yourself so you can be happy enough to be kind to the world." - Misha Collins