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Confession 3: Self Teaching and Improvising Confessing is good for the mind, body and soul. Or so the Catholics say. So, time for another confession for me.All that semi-good art I’ve done? I didn’t have a clue what I was doing most of the time. Honestly. Even though I have sat through two and a half years of high school art class and a year of art in middle school, half the time I do what I do on the fly.Because, there is only so many ways you can use traditional, real-life techniques in digital art. Especially digital art on a laptop with a mouse. And it’s not like anyone was offering digital art classes, using ArtRage. The Graphic Design classes they offered at my school relied on Photoshop and coding. And really, I tried learning those but by the end of my Ps demo I was tempted to throw the computer at the wall and the coding language just went right over my head, much like Algebra really. And I really suck at Algebra. Mea Culpa. So, ArtRage has really been a trial an
Color Problems Colors, ColorsEverywhereIn your eyesAnd your hair Red, Blue, YellowThe Primary ThreeAre often the firstWe are taught Then comes green, orange and purpleOffspring and Secondary Look a rainbow! Sing and colorWhat we do in school It’s easy!Can’t you see? Until you returnThen it startsTemperatureSaturationIntensityHue Color theoryComplementsContrasts LightingShadows It was all so simple beforeRed, yellow, blue,Orange, green, purpleBlack for lines, white for clouds and snow BurningDodging It was all so simpleWhy can’t it be simple?
Locked OutWhen you begin artIt’s so simpleFingerpaints and Crayola and printer paperMaybe construction paper When you return After a few years awayYou try to ease inBut you trip and you fall and you drown Down, down, down, the rabbit holeBirdies circling your head Oils? Acrylics?You meanThere’s a difference? Oil, I guess. I just want a paintbrush What do you mean what size?What type?Horse hair? Boar hair? Sable?Flat? Round? Fan? Bright? I just want a brush! A good brush What will I be doing with it?Painting! What do you mean “What will you be painting”?Things! Flowers? Buildings? Animals? Ships?I don’t know!Just things! You know what?Forget the oil paint and brushes!I’m gonna be a watercolorist.That’s easy right? Just give me the basicsWait, what do you mean by cakes or tubes?Watercolors! No I don’t know how permanent colors are!