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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Striving to be Better

The life of an artist is hard. Its not like you can just sit down some days and force something out...well, at least, thats not how I work. It's a constant struggle...trying to stay motivated, especially when the odds are always stacked against you to sort of 'break into' the world that you keep looking at from the outside in. I would love to call myself a professional illustrator/graphic designer or whatever else mantle, but that's far from where I am right now. So for now, I've chosen to forget labels and just practice, practice and practice some more.

Me taking a 6 year hiatus from art really put me back a whole lot, but sometimes the break is needed. When I came back, I was rusty, and not where I was when I was doing it more often. And earlier when I lost my drive to do anything art related, I really didn't know when I was going to pick a pencil up to draw again, if ever. But that last break is what I needed, and it really pushed me to be better...and you can definitely see that in my artwork. But I should let it speak for itself...

What a difference some time off and practice makes, huh?

Without Wax,


Mike "Kigen" Suazo said...

Looking good, especially Morrigan(I'm a big of her.) So yeah, great color work. What programs do you use anyway man?

Charles (Illumistrations) said...

The only program I use is Photoshop CS4. I have CS5, but I just haven't really ventured much into it yet. I used to use GIMP for colors, and for it being free, its pretty robust from what I can recall.