Hey you, *wink wink* Very sweet of you to pop by. How you doin’? But enough with the flirting, let’s jump right in, shall we?
Starting from the basics
I started drawing and painting digitally three years ago with no previous experience in art, freelancing or any kind of painting software. I had to start with the basics, like figuring out how to use a software (Photoshop), or a graphics tablet.
Oh dear, my first time drawing on a graphics tablet was painful; it felt nothing like drawing on paper. Took me a while to realize that it shouldn’t feel like paper, it’s a new tool that needs a different mindset. I needed let go of my expectations, and simply learn how to use the device that’s in front of me.
Common sense is not so common
Throughout the years, I’ve had multiple “aha” moments with art. After a year of constant learning and painting I came across a two-hour long video of a live stream where the artist passingly mentions that she hopes nobody changes their brush size manually, one should always use shortcuts for that. I was floored. How did I not know about this? It’s so easy and effective.
When I first set up Photoshop I basically left the shortcuts untouched. Clearly remember shrugging and thinking to myself ‘nah, why bother? I won’t be able to remember them anyway.’
To pro digital artists these things are common sense, like closing your eyes when you want to sleep, they don’t even think about it. But to little old me, this was brand new information. At that point, I started watching video tutorials while painting. I wanted all the information, and I wanted it straight away. Successfully fried my brain after a few months, so I don’t recommend that. While I wouldn’t do it again so intensively, I’m thankful for the things I’ve learned during that time.
Now I’m here to spare your brain from becoming KFC and give you some useful information that can speed up your workflow in a short and sweet blog post format.
I plan to write about technical stuff, like my most used shortcuts, or canvas sizes, but also general art related things for eg. how I deal with artblock , or how I use references.
Just know that I’m still learning, and will keep on learning until I can hold a pen straight, but I have enough years behind me to see many of my early mistakes clearly and objectively, but not enough years have passed for me to not remember them.
2021 Edit: Reading baby Csenge’s first blog post gave me the biggest smile. Since then I became a social media manager and realized how hard it is for everyone, but a lucky few, to get big on Instagram. That’s why I made my mission to teach you how you can promote your work online, and get new eyes on your art without spending multiple hours a day on Instagram. Let’s do this! Star there.