After a couple of months of lurking on CA, I have finally decided to start my own sketchbook. Itís a bit daunting...
I first discovered CA while lurking on Google and looking for pictures of my favourite FF game characters [even though I haven't ever played any computer games, my friends kind of influenced me into liking them. It's very odd...]. What a strange introduction, huh? But that was long before I knew what CA was all about.
I have been drawing since I was little [like most children obviously do]. I always made up my own characters, created stories about them and worlds for them to live in. At the age of 8, my mother decided to enroll me in an extra-curricular art school. I studied in the art school for about 2 years, drawing still life and portraits, as well as landscapes, in various media. Most of the drawing was done from life. However, my studies ceased when my family moved to Australia in 2001.
I've decided to continue art at school here; but because the subject is actually called "visual art", they don't really teach you "how" to draw, but only give tasks which are to be completed either in a set medium or set framework. It gives you a lot of freedom about what you can do, but the sheer vagueness of it constrains the possibilities for artworks: schools here also tend to put emphasis on contemporary art. "Artworks", which require a manual to understand what the artist is trying to convey are encouraged and praised. It was a huge change from what I have been taught, but I continued to draw in my own time.
Iíve drawn mostly with traditional media until I got a computer in 2004, when I started drawing with a mouse [sadly, Iíve lost the gist of it now]. I got my tablet at the end of 2004 and have been drawing on the computer since. I think apart from the strange combination of pastels, acrylics and pencil, digital is my favourite media.
I'm not yet sure what I want to study in university after I finish school, but I know that I definitely want to continue improving my art skills. I donít have the opportunity to dedicate a lot of time to drawing, as my school is really competitive and I have to try to live up to my parentsí expectations. However, drawing is one of my passions and I really want to achieve something that is better than what I can do now.
Anyway, Iím sorry if this was far too long and dull for you to read [I tried to keep it as short as possible, I swear!], but it sort of gives an idea about my drawing history.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance.
I have selected the following pictures as I think they are my "best" over the nearly 2 years of owning a tablet. I can't possibly upload all of them [there's about 75 of them] because then my dial-up will kill my computer. Full stop.