Art Community? If you say so.
I was under the impression that this siteís whole raison díetre was for artists to come together, exhibit their work, and learn from those more talented or practiced than themselves. I believe the best way to learn is to have your work critiqued by your peers. How else in this format can we grow as artists? Because of that belief I have been vilified and my work childishly attacked. Itís a sad state of affairs when one artist turns on another. Especially when my only crime was to try and give some helpful advice. Just to clarify, there is a world of difference between critical analysis and blatant insults. I think that this incident is an exception to the rule though, at least I hope it is. Iím relatively new to his site and this is my second experience of people reacting negatively to my comments. Though admittedly the first was slight and I have since corresponded and reconciled with the offender. In fact, up until this point I have found most people to be very friendly and helpful. Thereís a great little photography clique developing (pun intended) and Iíve had no end of help in my endeavour to understand the inner workings of Poser better. So to all of you whoíve helped me and accepted my help, I thank you. To those others Iíve spoken of, either accept no comments on your uploads or grow up. You do after all offer people the chance to post both critical and non-critical comments. Besides, I only comment on images I like or on those that I think have great potential, so consider it a compliment.
Death of the Pencil
It's strange how technology can change an artist's approach to a subject. Before computers became a big part of my life I worked solely in pencil. When I fancied a bit of colour I used the much maligned coloured pencils (a tragically under used medium). Because of this, my style was very organic and flowing. I actually wanted my page to be covered with faint misjudged lines. They were a history of the process I went through. Now with mouse in hand, I find my work (of the two dimensional kind) is a lot more clinical and crisp. I do own a tablet but as I'm more of a scribbler than anything else, I find it quite difficult to work with. In fact for most things I actually find it easier to use a mouse. The only outlet I've found for the old me is in the detailed shading and touching up of my 3D renders. I can use a soft brush on a low opacity and almost replicate the feel of a pencil. I know the need for this could be greatly reduced if I rendered my images properly in the first place (with bump and displacement maps and such), but then the old me would have no other outlet left. I know an artist is supposed to grow, but any way I look at it I can't think of that loss being anything other than a tragedy.
More Fig & Kibble Guff
I've made a concious effort with Fig & Kibble not to make any specific references to existing games, consoles, developers or manufacturers. That's not to say that I haven't hinted quite heavily, or that these strips won't become prophetic (I'm still waiting with baited breath for someone to make a ninja monkey assassin game). I suppose I didn't want the strips to date too quickly (delusions of grandeur perhaps?). I also didn't want to pigeon-hole myself into any specific generation. This way I can make reference to MMORPG's in one episode, and talk about burying cartridges in the desert the next (a few hints of things to come there). Speaking of which, I'm going to be uploading my 'workings out' and new ideas in place of new F&K strips for the next week or so while I put the finishing touches on a couple of strips. So don't expect anything new for a while. Anway, I hope you (whoever 'you' are) enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy making them.
All Hale King Clawshrimp
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Clawshrimp for helping me understand Poser better. Your advice on render settings, texture creation and the like have been more than helpful, if a little daunting. You've really opened up my eyes to just how powerful a creation tool Poser can be, and what a helpful community this is. That's not to say that my images will suddenly jump up in quality though. I'm still a Poser novice that's far more comfortable fixing problems in Photoshop than preventing them in Poser. I chose the 'shrimp as his work is not only similar in style and concept to my own (or at least what I'm aiming for) but he always seems to be pushing the boundaries and working outside his comfort zone (one look at my gallery will show that I'm the same). Plus by his own admission, he's relatively new to the program himself, so the things he has learnt are still remembered and not quite second nature yet. Again, thanks Clawshrimp. You are a king amongst men.
Fig & Kibble
I will, as of January 17th be periodically uploading Ďissuesí of my own comic strip Fig & Kibble. They are the result of a very long gestation period that started with a concept a million miles away from what you see before you. In fact the only thing that hasnít changed is the title. The basic premise was for me to have an artistically easy to update outlet to vent my frustrations with and poke fun at the videogames industry (what can I say? Iím a geek at heart). I will also, in the near future be uploading my Ďworking outí, to show those interested how I achieved the end results. The more eagle eyed of you will also notice that my avatar is in fact Kibble, albeit a slightly dishevelled Kibble.