Going Digital In 2017
Embracing Digital Medium In 2017
2017 is shaping up to be an interesting year for sure. I couldn't have seen this coming even if it was staring me right in the face. What am I referring to? Digital art! As many of you (the true followers) know I moved all of my classes to Skillshare last October. The site is loaded with creatives and artists that are starving for knowledge and sharing their techniques by teaching classes. But here's the thing, it's mostly digital artists. You know, illustrators, photoshop painters, character designers, animators and so on.
How It Started
Over the last six months I have gained an appreciation and interest in the medium mainly from all the exposure of uploading my classes to SkillShare. I find it impossible to not browse all the fantastic courses every time I visit the site.
The only problem is I can't even draw a square in Illustrator although I love technology. So, I decided about six weeks ago to start learning. It's been a humbling experience as I clunked my way though the beginner courses of learning Illustrator.
Fast forward to today and I now have some skills and gaining confidence. Half the battle id getting past the initial shock of learning the basics and learning the keyboard shortcuts. And here's the thing, the more I learn the more addicting it becomes.
Although traditional easel painting will always be my first love I plan to diversify. Where will it go? Who knows. The possibilities are endless. There's logo design, branding, product packaging, character design, caricatures, cartooning, animation and other opportunities. As an artist it's exciting to be open to all the creative possibilities of what tomorrow will bring. As for now I'm still eyeballs deep in learning the software and will be for quite some time.
Here is a list of learning resources I'm currently using.
- Adobe Illustrator Essentials CC 2017 Version by Deke McClelland - Lynda.com
- Adobe Illustrator Advanced CC 2017 Version by Deke McClelland - Lynda.com
- Adobe Illustrator Getting Started with Justin Seeley - Lynda.com
Hardware & Software
- MacBook Pro 2014 Retina
- Wacom Cintiq 22HD (OMG, this thing is amazing)
- Adobe CC