Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Where I Stand on Art

So I thought it would be good to start this off with a little showcase of my current skills on art.  I recently got accepted into a Fine Arts major for college so my skills will be greatly improving come the school year.  I don't consider myself particularly good at art, but I think it would be fun to see my skills in drawing and illustration progress.  So here are a few of my favorite pieces of art that I've done.

So, this is a drawing I did for an elementary school walking club, long story but it's a Cougar riding a Flying Pig.  They put it on their shirts, it was pretty cool.  This was the first time I had ever drawn a pig, so I feel like I did a decent job here.

I call this one Quincy Gearbottom.  He came about because I wanted to draw a robot who was also a gentlemen.  Originally he was going to be fighting a bear, but I got lazy.  This was made in Flash CS3 and Photoshop Elements.  Took me about an hour to draw and two hours to complete on the computer.

So this is some fan art that I did for the game Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.  This is Link fighting Volvagia, the boss of the Fire Temple.  I can't tell if I actually like this one or not, but I figured I'd post it anyways.  This took me about four hours to draw and two hours to color and two hours to finish up in photoshop.

These are some characters I made for an animation I got too lazy to finish.  I like their chibi look which was going to clash with their mindless semi adult humor.  Maybe I'll finish it someday, these were all made in Flash CS3.

So those show what my current skills are pretty well, I've been drawing for five years now, I've never taken any formal art classes outside of art class way back in elementary school and I've never really drawn anything outside of a cartoon universe.  I'd really like to improve my skills and ideally be able to draw realistic pieces.  On top of that I've been contemplating buying a Tablet to make drawing on the computer easier.  I'm debating between a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet:

1024 levels of sensitivity,
8.4" x 5.4" active area, $199

or the Intuos4 Medium Tablet:
2048 levels of sensitivity, 8.8" x 5.5" active area, programmable buttons to switch between programs, 60 degree pen tilt range. $349

The Intuos4 definitely seems like the better buy, but what I'm wondering is if it's worth and extra $150.  If any of you guys have any experience with either of these let me know if it's worth the extra money.  That's all for today, thanks for stopping by.


  1. Yet another awesome post from you!
    Great blog sir.

  2. Looking good, and I'm sure you will improve even further!

  3. Your drawings are really impressive and i like thee style at the moment, can't want to see them improve ever more!

  4. Great pictures! Keep it up! :)
    Great blog btw :)

  5. This looks like a solid base of skill to start from. Don't let yourself fall behind now- keep advancing your skills!

  6. my friends & I have a Wacom Bamboo and its good for start

  7. Those looks like awesome little tablet pcs.