Your blog is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your fine work. I'm this kid who's decided to try and paint up a nice short story book about Hansel and Gretel (which led me here). I've never painted before (at least, not seriously), and I reckon I ought to get started if I mean to be a cartoonist someday. I just gotta to learn how it is that people get that sticky stuff to do what they want (it's like magic!). I really like how you handle it. If you don't mind answering, what sorts of paint techniques and stuff do you use, besides Illustrator or Corel Painter or other computer program?
Hi there Sean,I'm very glad you like my stuff. I mainly use Photoshop for painting and Illustrator for line drawings and when I don't work digitally, I use pencil and marker most of the time. It's a good start to observe how other artists work, then try it on your own. Honestly I don't feel like being someone to spread wisdom, but if you ask me, I don't think the point is what media you use, the important thing is to draw and paint as much as you can, search for things that inspire you, never stop learning and don't be afraid to experiment a lot. Hope that helped :)
Thanks! One of my favorite artists (a Flintstones BG artist) said something like that too, I read it just yesterday.One more thing, how long does it usually take to paint a decent painting? Originally I thought maybe a week per painting would be about right, but here I see you've completed a whole pitch load for Hansel and Gretel in just two weeks.I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming career as an artist, designer, animator, or whatever you are going to be. Thanks for your help.
It depends on many things how much time a painting requires, like its style, technique or how detailed you want it to be. It helps a lot if you begin with some research on the process and how to get started with a painting (layout, colours, characters - building it from rough down to details).I too wish you all the best!
Could you take a peek at this and drop some advice? Don't hesitate to tell me if I'm getting annoying.http://seancave.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-first-painting.htmlI really appreciate all your help.