Tati Moons er ‘digital artist’ og lever af det. Hun sælger sine værker I forskellige formater via. sin hjemmeside, og hun tager imod såkaldte ‘commissions’ – specialbestillinger fra folk, der ønsker et billede af dem selv, familie eller venner. Tati er 20 år gammel og har “kun” lavet digital kunst i tre års tid – hun startede for alvor I juni 2016 (hvilket kun gør det mere imponerende, hvor lang hun er kommet med sin kunst). Hun maler ‘semi-realistiske’ billeder med høj detaljegrad, og hendes motiver er oftest kvinder. Og så er hun bare mega dygtig og badass!
Her er Tatis råd til at komme I gang med digital art (og blive dygtig!)
So first of all as I think I told you, I do not use Photoshop since I started painting on Paint Tool Sai but I highly recommend learn how to paint/use Ps, it’s more completed and I miss a lot of things in PTS, like the liquify tool. Because yes, as you said, you can do so many things in Photoshop! But, the topic, some advices on getting motivated and getting better.
I would start talking about tablet since I feel like sometimes the first thing you have to deal with is the device you are using, which most of times conditions your motivation. I’ve been using a Wacom Intuos since I started, which means that the tablet doesn’t have a screen built on it, and that could be not that good if people have intentions on using it for line art or design in general since it get super hard to get used to. But sorry if that isn’t necessary, I just wanted to point out since I knew some people who felt like they threw their money getting something that couldn’t work that fine with them in a first place!
The second thing I want to talk about is references. You will hear plenty of opinions depending on who you ask but! I think using references has helped me the most when it comes to getting better. And even tho I make semi-realistic paintings, I feel like they can help even if the artist make simple designs, cartoon draws, manga or any other of art which hasn’t to be specifically closer to realism. By using refs, you are able to meet the object anatomy and how it works, or how the light-shadows work on it. And I think it really helps if you’ve been using them for a while; for example I do not need to use hair references anymore since I kinda know how hair works, where it shines and where it’s darker, its movement, and similars. I also find very helpful using the greyscale view, in order to be able to see the basic transition from light to dark, and which parts need to be a little bit darker and which brighter. And oh, in addition to that, I found myself making the mistake of using color black as the main color to add shadows, and in my opinion if you make art this way, you make less rich color art, so instead I use saturated dark colors (depending on the background color and environment) when it comes to add dark sides.
If we keep talking about colors, using the color clone tool makes you understand a little bit further how hue works. Some artists say that it’s like ‘copying’ but I’m my opinion it can help you at first, when we tend to make uncanny mistakes, and just like with the references stuff, when you’ve been working with that tool, you’ll be able to select your own colors using no references and still creating harmonious art, if that’s what you want to of course. Anyway, having a initial color palette makes things go easier I believe, and you can get a lot of inspiration from for example Pinterest! Adobe Color CC website has a platform where they share some cool schemes or you can even create yours, with a lot of cool features! Probably already knew this but I thought just in case I should mention it!
Discover and create your own way of making things
Besides colors, theories and all that, I find watching time lapses videos of art in general (including even dolls repaints, clay figures and others) very fun in general and a very cool way to get inspo while improving your skills by watching others process. Like, for real, is so fun! I really have plans on doing timelapses, even tho I’ve only did twitch but it’s a beginning! But in general, sometimes I think the best advice is not following anybody advices or rules and finding your best way to do art, I remember when I went to art school, I was so so so happy to start, but it became a lame because the art teacher were all the time telling us how we were supposed to do things, in which order and similars, and I felt like it wasn’t art anymore (but I’m glad I quit soon). Here in my country education sucks a lot so I guess it’s an internal problem, but I really wanted to emphasize the point that sometimes you have to discover and create your own way of making things while accepting suggestions but never quitting doing X things because ‘it’s how it should be’, I’m not sure if I’m expressing myself.
‘Working everyday help you with art’
So, what’s more, you can get all of that by working everyday just an hour, but I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding with this quote of ‘working everyday help you with art’. By that I mean, and I myself am an example, if you do the same thing everyday, that doesn’t mean you’ll be the best at art in general. Just let me explain, as I said I’m an example since I, everyday, draw females faces and bodies. And of course I’ve got better at drawing females buuut that’s all. I mean that if you draw the same thing over and over again, you will be kinda stuck on the same thing forever, unless you ‘challenge’ yourself and open your horizons (if that’s what you want to do, of course. I’m happy drawing what I draw, but a lot of people think that when you’re good at something in art, you’ll be able to make everything you want, like for example, a car. If you ask me to draw a car, I’m sure you could confuse it with a mechanical rabbit or something). So it’s really important to focus on everything you want to get better at. It might be obvious but as I said, I’ve knew people who was disappointed with that.
In order to improve everything in general and do not lose your enthusiasm we got to the following point; studies. Studies, besides speedpaints, are the best thing that can help you improve. A loooot of studies with a lot of patience, and I swear, a lot of patience. Watching a lot of other artists pieces, doing close ups and more (just like we do with speedpaints) can help a lot. I feel that way! And it doesn’t matter the artist style, we can learn from all each other! In my case I’m fascinated by cartoon draws, and I wish I could do stuff like that but I’m not sure why whenever I paint I keep adding a lot of shadows and details so I end up doing my style of art, if I even have a style! Learning how to use your tools, your software and develop your skills takes time and can be stressful but it’s worth it.
Whenever I feel I’m stuck, I compare my nowadays artwork with my old artwork so I can see my progress. And oh that reminds me the fact that I should say, never compare your design/art/whatever to any other artist’s! That’s the main reason I got art blocked and similar so definitely a thing to avoid. Sketching regularly, using tutorials (never be ashamed of doing that) and asking for critiques are other things too. And shortcuts! I’ve recently started to use them and they saved me a lot of time so I wish someone has told me that before!!! As well as experimenting with brushes until you find the perfect(s) ones, even tho I’d like to point that sometimes the default ones are the best. I used to make myself custom ones or download some of them, but now I’ve found myself working better with the ones that Paint Tool Sai brings! So Im sure that’s the same for Ps.
I think that’s all!