Hi peeps...or whatever person has nothing better to do with her/his life and it's curently reading this piece of shi...journal. I have (sorta) good news. Well, as I've said in my previous journal, I'm broke and desperately still looking for a job. And to make things better, my RL it's currently as exciting as watching a movie that consists of nothing but images of tumbleweeds and boring crickets making boring noises...and because of that, I've been drawing like crazy, which is making me feel bored with my current rather limited art skills. Cutting to the chase, I want to try out realistic drawing. But before I talk more about my first efforts in this unknown and rather intimidating realm, I want to rant a little bit hehe *can't resist*
A lot of realistic artists says that you should learn realism/realistic/whatever it is BEFORE anything else. But let me tell ya: I may be far far far far......very far from being a a expepcionally good artist, but I strongly believe that each person should follow whatever path he/she wants, in order to be a better artist, and a lot of people, even the ones that eventually will want to take things more seriously, starts with either cartoon or manga because of how intimidating and complex realism can look. I'm ONE of those people.
I've been drawing manga all those years because I always felt like I wasn't good enough for this (and I still don't), especially because, when I was around 12~13 years old, I tried to learn realism, but then I gave up because I felt like all my drawings looked worse than shit, and since then...I never tried this style again, and moved on to manga/anime.
The thing is, I'm actually NOT (totally) SELF-TAUGHT. I've spent 6 years in a manga class (it's sorta like taking art classes, but focused on manga/anime style instead), but then I've left this year, in march, because it was getting too expensive, and I've already learn almost all of what that place had to offer, not to mention there where way too many people in my class, and most of them were annoying spoiled brats. I wish I had started to look for a job sooner, but still I don't regret all those years I've spent there, because I've learned so many cool things: about anatomy, about how to shade, how to color, how to make expressive poses and faces...
And if I've started with realism instead, as my 12 year old self, I'm not sure if I would had come this far, because even as a 23 year-old woman, realistic drawings still looks FUCKING INTIMIDATING. There, said it. But, I've tried a few things today, and here it is:
Also, because I have so many friends, and my life is sooooooooo busy, I have tons and tons of sketches and finished drawings that are still going to be colored, so until I'm come up with one more of my color pencil works, have this EXTREMELY creative drawing with something that I've NEVER did before:
Ok I'll stop being a sarcastic bitter spinster for now LOL. See ya later, people