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Digital Art and Perfection

Fri Mar 17, 2017, 5:36 PM


So if you missed my last journal I'm doing a massive game project for plucky robot games, which involves drawing a lot of card art.

One of the things I'm drawing is currency aka coins, which are round.

For the sketches I have used the ellipse tool but I chose to trace the shape by hand for the final art, it wobbles minutely but this is a choice I choose to keep because I feel it keeps the humanity of digital art. Or rather the Humanity of MY digital art.

I began my art life as a traditional artist and one of the things I exploited was the accidental nature of some mediums, their very lack of perfection was what I loved about working with them. I always hated my digital art because it was "too perfect" in comparison, and my strong rough sketches have the vibe I want to carry through in my work. I've since found a balance of the accidental and the control which works for me (such as using the geometric lines and shapes in the sketch and tracing for the finished thing).

I was wondering, what's your approach to digital art and do you want your work to be perfect and smooth and flat and wobble free, or do you embrace the wobbles or some other thing?

There's no wrong answer, there are some amazing artists who use the geometry fantastically, and don't lose the hand created humanity of their work, it's just not something that I seem to be able to do.


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dawnsierra Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've decided to start making my piddly little pixel dolls again since my daughter encouraged me. However then I discover your amazing art and your outstanding pixel work and I feel a bit discouraged. I doubt I'd ever be anywhere near as good as a real artist like you BUT you inspire me! I'll try my best to keep trying and improve. Thanks for not only the beautiful art but the helpful videos too!!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
I think what you have to remember is for the last 12 years I have 100% dedicated my time to making art, and for the last 4/5 years it's been my career. :)  I am also childless and partnerless so I have a lot of time to dedicate to it beyond paid stuff too. So don't put yourself down because your life has other priorities. If you're having fun you're doing it right!
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dawnsierra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a couple of people encouraging me now, hubs has decided to nag me to draw silly cartoons for a book he'd like to write. I'll keep trying but I've never had much confidence. :blush:
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
It's just trying to remove the... unconstructive thoughts... and that boosts confidence a lot. To say "oh this drawing is a bit terrible because the dress doesn't sit right, I should go look at some dresses as reference" is a far sight from "I'm just terrible." I treat myself like I was talking to another artist. I wouldn't dream of telling them "Your art is shit" I would always says something constructive and give a helping hand so why tell myself I'm shit yaknow?

The real key for me is to draw a lot, but a lot of quick stuff. It's more useful than only using your precious time to always work on one piece. lots of 10 minute scribbles will help you improve more than one 10 hour picture will. Of course doing a 10 hour picture is great, but confidence and skill improvement wise, lots of quick stuff is better. :) or at least in my opinion. That and because when I do a terrible sketch and it's just 10 minutes I laugh and do another one. It's not 10 hours of my life I've wasted which can be upsetting.
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MyEmeraldTears Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Your artwork is absolutely stunning. I really look up to you as an idol, especially with how well you advertise yourself, how confident you seem, how well your style just...it just has such a unique, stylistic beauty to it
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you're such an inspiration
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I think I was maybe the only artist I know who actually listened to the motivational speakers at uni XD Trust me it works.
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CoraAngon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You have such a beautiful gallery and style. Absolutely stunning.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Draconia4 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your work!
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