Advice

Posts that offer insight or helpful information about anything relating to art, tools of the trade, industry practices, etc.

Pacing illustrations

My illustrations take time to make. Compared to the professional BG Design work I started doing in animation last year — which usually takes 8 hours or less to rough out a full scene — my personal work can usually take up to 40 hours to complete from start to finish, often spanned out over the course of a week. Sometimes this lengthy process is due to the fact I have a day job, sometimes it’s due to trying new techniques, sometimes it’s just because I’m exploring ideas with the artwork as I go along. Either way, working on a single piece over any span of time requires planning stages and meeting goals so each work session gets you closer to a finish.

If you’ve ever had problems working on something for longer than one day, or even one sitting, but have always wanted to make something bigger — I suggest trying to train your brain to recognize certain progress goals being met as the satisfying reward it is, and suppress the urge to overshare works-in-progress.

Here’s some insight as to how I span out my work and stay on track —-

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Affordable DIY Digital Art PC: WFH Summer 2020

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The most important tool-of-the-trade for a digital artist is of course your computer itself. I don’t need to go over the situation here in 2020 with you — a computer isn’t a cheap investment given current events, but for whatever reason, many of us may need a new computer to do work reliably especially now that we’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future (well into 2021.) The good news is that the goal of this article is to try to build you a solidly working desktop computer perfect for applications like Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint for as little cost as I can find without cheaping out on ALL quality/reliability. A tool like this should be fast and reliable, but I don’t believe it has to cost $1200 to get what you need We’re gonna aim for half that if possible.

I’m going to begin this guide under the assumption you may be new to building a DIY computer. So let’s take a moment and talk about it.

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