Learning the Basics

In terms of producing content, I want to be better at producing content. I was inspired particularly by the Patreon account of Sakmichan whose control of colour and texture was quite inspirational.

Part of it is that, when you watch a video of how a master does their work, trying to emulate their speed, confidence and eye is still like copying magic.

It reminds me about this video on a coach who talks about pool, dating and professional poker.

I was thinking about what cues I need to be a better artist because, while I am happy to do the work my colour palette currently comes out muddled. I lack Sakimichan’s control of brushes, of switching between lasso, colour picking and airbrush quickly in a way that blends these together.

This reminds me of Austin Batchelor’s course on colour and the two important notes he has there: the 8 shades of colour (which include highlight, midtone, terminator, cast shadow and occlusion shadow) and the importance of edge control.

This highlighted the real problem I had, in that I didn’t have “the eye”… I didn’t know where each of the 8 shades went. I’m going to use the Posterise function in OpenCanvas to help highlight it but beyond that it’s just about doing the basics, and getting the repetition right. This will be a long road but it’s an important one for producing quality content for my portfolio in the future.