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: I come from a LAN down under!

04-08-2014, 10:13 AM
Hello all! I'm Shandeh, and I'm a 19 year old from Australia. I work mostly in Photoshop CS5. I photomanipulate and paint, and I will occasionally sketch something and never finish it [but don't we all]. I do occasionally work in graphite pencil. Paintbrushes hate me, so I rarely work with actual physical paint. I'd love to get more into sculpting, but I have issues getting clay to do what I want it to.

My usual subjects are horses:
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/and-you-live-for-the-fight-442201075) - photomanip
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/scream-DIE-SHADY-and-pop-it-441782975) - photomanip
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/all-these-things-i-hate-wip-433723520) - wip, probably won't ever be finished
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/Lumin-Ref-and-WIP-370534001) - old
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/proud-standing-unicorn-lines-331698107)

but I occasionally draw or paint other things, like wolves:
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/Little-Hunter-AT-357214602)
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/Mira-and-the-Egg-256643024) - old, ballpoint sketch because I was bored

and I'm branching out into people:
click (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/Brennen-and-Ahjeyah-WIP-445303052)
click (old) (http://fallenshandeh.deviantart.com/art/Of-Light-study-351317683)

I find people incredibly difficult, especially hands and feet and faces. I don't have enough mental memory to be able to draw anything remotely human from imagination, whereas I draw ALL my canines from my mind. Horses, I sometimes reference and sometimes don't.

04-08-2014, 01:48 PM
:)Sure it's difficult thats why its so important to use reference an to study, draw and draw more. Also, master the brushes, you can do it! Lots of practice and throw them away, they're just a learning tool.

04-08-2014, 01:49 PM
:)No, not the brushes!

04-08-2014, 01:51 PM
The only people I've even been close to happy with have been referenced lol! I need to get some good figure drawing books to study, and taking a class would be handy but also disheartening I think because there are people out there who are a huge amount more talented than I am and who don't have to put in nearly as much work.

04-08-2014, 01:53 PM
Digital doesn't cost anything lol! I'm happier to throw away something I'm not happy with that I've done digitally than I am to throw away something I've done in traditional media

04-09-2014, 04:48 AM
:)Its only art -marks on something, and of course when you make a good one share it with the world!

04-09-2014, 05:38 AM
But traditional media all costs money. Paper, pencils, pens, paints, brushes, all that. Now and then I buy a sketchpad and dig out the pencils and play with graphite but I find digital to be so much friendlier. The 'undo' button is my best friend!

04-09-2014, 05:53 AM
yeah but is it really painting/drawing? when I was a student, we used a lot of cheap newsprint in class, printer paper for computers is really cheap and you can buy a good ream for little money...pencils....buy an H, 2H, 4H...a B, 2B, 4B and 6B, a kneaded eraser and off you go.

04-09-2014, 05:57 AM
In a way yes. I work with a pen tablet. And in a way, no. But it takes as much or more skill! It's just kinder on mistakes because you can hit undo, or if you're smart and use layers, erase a layer. There are layer blending options that give effects you can't do with a pen or a brush.

04-09-2014, 02:30 PM
Lets see if we can agree on this. It costs a lot to buy a computer and the programs that allow you to make drawings, and the "undo' is a terrific button. It's relatively cheap to buy paper, erasers & pencils.
So try each and see how they do against each other. And you can always scan in the drawing and manipulate it.

04-09-2014, 10:50 PM
as far as skill goes, I can`t say since I`ve never tried drawing on a tablet but I already spend too much time on a computer and frankly I look forward to the time I spend drawing/painting, I can turn the world off, turn on some music and go into my own world. personally, drawing with computers doesn`t appeal to me, I don`t see it as drawing at all...it`s computer generated and I have enough of that in my life already.I do however love digital photography so there is a bit of a conflict there...but I don`t call my digital photography drawing.

04-10-2014, 08:51 AM
I do both, I just find digital to be friendlier :)

I was actually given my computer and Photoshop CS5, didn't outlay a cent until the computer decided to die on me. Then I bought a new video card. My computer is a multifunction station basically - I'm a gamer and a writer as well as an artist.

04-10-2014, 10:48 PM
a writer AND an artist...at 19 years of age....remarkable.

04-10-2014, 11:11 PM
Not professionally! I would love to make a living from writing one day but I have a couple of solid backup plans because realistically, there are few writers who are good enough [or bad enough as the case may be] to write a bestseller. Art-wise, it's really more of a hobby. It would be nice to sell a piece here or a piece there, and to have the skills to get what's in my head onto paper [or computer as the case may be], but I lost the passion a long time ago. I just draw when I feel like it.