herraria-kid asked: You probably noticed I creeped on your page and liked a bunch of your stuff. Sorry about that. Anyway. Do you have any advice for a amateur artist? Like how would you recommend developing your own style? Also, what Wacom tablet do you carry?
I do see you creepin’, but man, creeping on someone’s blog is a compliment! I’d rather have someone creep on my blog and <3 everything than have someone glance at it then go back to facebook or however they got here.
My advice for an amateur artist who wants to further their art is what most people would advise:
1) Keep drawing.
2) Draw from life as much as you draw from your brain.
3) Hey what are you doing right now? Playing videogames? You should probably draw though huh? Watchin’ a movie? Draw.
I personally don’t think I even know what my style is. I’ve had people try to pinpoint it, but it’s hard. I don’t think I have a very strong sense of style when it comes to my work. At least, a strong sense of something that looks like the “Owen Dennis Brand”. I remember in art school they used to tell me all the time to work on developing my style, but I was like “No! What if someone wants me to draw something that isn’t in my style? What will I do then? Just give up that potential money??”
So that was my theory, and it’s worked out okay. My friends who subscribed to the “develop your style and they’ll come to you” theory are pretty successful too (for example Nick Bachman, Victor Courtright, Jeremy Sengly and countless others that I didn’t mention here and it’s nothing personal you guys). They’re successful in different areas than I am. No one ever asks me to take part in some gallery show for example. Why would they? At first glance I don’t really bring much of a specific voice to the table. They do ask my friends however, because they got dat visual sttttyyyyyyle yo.
I just bought a medium sized Intuos 5 with the wireless upgrade. I got it on Ebay from someone for slightly cheaper than normal. It’s okay, I don’t like the rough surface because it seems to wear down the nibs really fast compared to my old Intuos 3. Also, for some reason, even though I turned off all the touch sensitivity it still turns on in After Effects.