So I’ve made my commitment to improve my drawing ability. I’ve been drawing daily since the 22nd of December actually and have seen some progress already. It really is true practice makes perfect. I’m definitely not moving as fast as I would like but that is because I’m very impatient. Either way I feel I’ve made some steps in the right direction.
I’ve created a page for all of my drawings to be displayed. Below is just one of the drawings I’ve done so far. I’m continuing to work on it as well so it will evolve. I will probably bounce around between it and other work to keep things fresh though. I have a hit list of technical skills I want to learn which include using silhouettes for character development to learning better coloring techniques.
If you are interested in following my work check back from time to time and look at my drawings page.
This is a good time of year to reflect on what you have and haven’t done. As I look back I’ve always dabbled in drawing or what I would rather call doodling. I’ve never really spent a lot of time practicing anything. I’ve made a decision that I need to focus time on this as I would love to be able to draw some of the crazy things in my head. My goal will simply be to improve.
I’m planning on spending time each day drawing. In preparation for this I’ve been looking through YouTube channels and trying to determine a path. In my search I ran across a channel called “Draw with Jazza”. This is Josiah (Jazza) Brooks channel where he has accumulated a ton of content around character creation and just general drawing skills and techniques. On another note the guy is also entertaining as well. Over the last couple weeks I believe I’ve watched 24+ hours of content that he has up for free. I’ve now bought his brush set, his book, and even some other peoples Photoshop brushes he mentioned. Good Job Jazza on your marketing skills!!!!
I’ll be sticking to digital because well I’m a geek in the technology industry. I’ll be using a variety of equipment from my Surface Book, to my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, as well as a Wacom Intuos Tablet I have on my desktop. Man I wish I still had my Cintiq. Why do I have all these tools? Well I also have done photography and videography in the past so I used them for editing things.
I also subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud so I will be leveraging a lot of Photoshop and other products in the suite as I deem necessary. Jazza happens to be an animator as well so who knows maybe I’ll jump into animation as well.
My stretch goal is to take some creation over the next six months to a year from sketch, to concept art, to 3D!!!! Those that follow me know I do software engineering and also work in 3D from time to time. I personally own a Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch, and Google Daydream. I’d love to build a game this year as well so putting this all together would be amazing. We shall see though as this is ambitious.
Where do I start?
Well I’m going to start in a vulnerable spot. I’m going to share what I’ve drawn each day in raw form. Hopefully we will see a progression along the way. I’m going to figure out the best way to share here on my blog so to not blast to many people. I may make a separate section for it. I’ll do a post when I figure that all out.
I also want to do some streaming raw of my attempts at things. I’ll be posting those to YouTube when I get over the nerves of sharing things hehe. Maybe I’ll even do a live stream at some point.
To start this is my first attempts at using construction lines to create a head. I’m struggling with changing the perspective but I’ll keep practicing.
Double post day. I must be getting ambitious…
So some videos popped online today regarding a new version of Microsoft Paint.
Why would Microsoft add 3D? Well my thought on this is two fold. How else are normal users going to create 3D content for the HoloLens? Also if rumors are true regarding an all-in-one Surface to be announced on October 26th, 2016 then they need some apps to show off on it. I think both use cases are awesome. The more 3D content creation we can get the better our AR/VR experiences will be. Everyone has to remember that Microsoft has opened their Holographic platform to OEMs so more devices will be coming as well as existing ones that will support that platform over time.
I’m working on figuring out how to get early access to play with it on my Surface Book right now. I’d love to play with it.
NOTE: Microsoft if you are listening give me a preview build to play with and I’ll do some screencasts with it.