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this plein air digital painting by an art center alumni in entertainment design has made me realize...
environments is where its at. characters creatures and hard surface design is chickenshit easymode stuff when compared to environments. all of the intricate subtleties and techniques that creating a compelling environment from imagination demands of you, can easily be applied to characters, creatures & hard surface props. but not vise versa.
focus on environments, and you will also improve in every aspect (except maybe anatomy). focus on every aspect but environments, and you will still suck at environments.
best way to learn environments? study from life. so i have decided that i will build one of those weirdass "shadeboxes", i will put windows xp on my old notebook and put an oldschool element photoshop version on it, pack that shit up and drive around the country doing painting trips in hopes of learning.
i mean come on... sitting all day in your dark room painting and playing vidya in between? no, thats certainly not how you get to the top...
will bump with more of this guys work. you bet your ass he will jump right into the industry after graduating. in fact he probably already is well established, without having graduated.
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On the final day of class, my CC professor told me I wasted my time doing general ed (i've been in CC for four years ugh) and should have only taken art classes and transferred to a private institution. Which sounds ideal, but I had everyone telling me the opposite. Parents want me to go to a UC or Cal State and such, counselors put you on the academic plans. I feel frustrated. I really hate doing general ed, i'm finally done with them and I'm transferring to Cal State Long Beach or UCR, I haven't decided yet, but I'm thinking of applying to one of the rolling admissions to Cal Arts and Otis and going to an open portfolio day. The only trouble is, I don't qualify for enough loans and grants to pay for the whole thing. I'm just feeling lost and was wondering if anyone was on the same boat and has been making similar decisions.
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What is the most comprehensive book on anatomy ? I'm looking for a book to where , after completely studying and drawing every single thing , I will be able to , for example , draw the complete human skeleton from memory . I have heard of Elliot Goldfinger , is his book the best ?