This is as close as I have come to celebrating Halloween this year. Though I did celebrate a birthday of much greater importance by rolling some dice and gaining rank in both the Thieves Guild AND Historian Guild.
Anyways, this is Oregon Trail, but zombies. Not bad, aside from some collision detection problems etc.
change the beard to a hilarious moustache, change one of the cats to a hilarious corgi and that's what I want!
I will probably get a dog when I am in my 30’s, hopefully a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, but more likely a mutt from “the pound”, heh. I think when I am old though a dog will be too needy for my taste. I quite enjoy the way you interact with cats. I also enjoy that they poop in a box and that it makes for easier clean up.
what advice would you give to a young artist/photographer?
I’m going to do a numbered list. But I hate numbered lists.
1. Draw more. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, drawing (in my opinion) is the most valuable thing to work on. Not just doodling and drawing your favourite things, but practicing. Get a light table or make one yourself (easy and super cheap to do, can be as simple as a piece of glass on your lap from a picture frame and a lamp underneath it between your legs on a chair.) Pick up “The Natural Way to Draw” by Kimon Nicolaides. The entire thing is worth triple it’s weight in value to the dollar, but even just working on your blind contour drawings is enough to boost your ability in all areas of art. Trust me, once you start getting good at contour drawing, you are going to see the entire world differently.
2. Don’t ever worry about having the best camera gear out there. Unless you want to be a commercial photographer, stick to one or two light weight, durable bodies and 1 or 2 high quality lenses. I most certainly don’t think you should drop as much as a car costs on a digital SLR. That is a mistake. It will not help you. Instead, buy the entry level camera you are most comfortable with the controls of, and leave it at that. Save all that extra money you would have spent on a medium range model, and spend that on some great glass.
3. Don’t use any of the automatic functions. If they sold a digital SLR with manual mode only, I would buy it. Manual is the only way. Pretend there are not even other modes available. Forget they exist. Remember, Luke missed his shots until he dropped his auto-targeting and did it by feel. Get to know your camera, and your manual inputs will eventually surpass even the most advanced high end camera automatic functions.
3. Don’t worry about having the best gear. You may think I already said this one, but… you are wrong. Just trust me on this. Even a point and shoot is fine. Miroslav Tichy would make a camera out of the garbage from the packaging of a top end DSLR and still produce a better image.
4. Make art to make art. It doesn’t matter if you’re in art school, out of art school, in trade school, high school, retired, working in an office. To me art is self-fulfilling. That’s the only reason you need to do it.
5. Don’t be an art snob. You may think your art is good, but show me your best work, and give me 10 minutes with a english-korean dictionary, and I will find you a 14 year old kid who is already better than you, and also keeps his grades up and doesn’t smoke pot. Instead, be kind to your fellow artist, after all, we’re all pursuing the same doomed fate and endless struggle.
6. Draw more. And don’t ask long-winded people for advice.
Thanks for the compliment on the lighting of my self portrait. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm having fun in the process. Oh, and the beard, Thanks! I'm debating on how long I'll keep this lil rascal.
I saw the photo of your self-tattooing experience. Too cool. I've tattooed myself on my thigh a couple times for practice with a gun, but I've always wanted a friend to give a tattoo with doing the stick & poke method...we'll see.
I was also wondering, are any of your artworks available to be purchased?...
If there is on thing I have really learned about art, is there is no end to the learning :-D I’m growing a beard myself at the moment, until March! No reason in particular why I chose that date.
You can buy some prints of my stuff on redbubble. I’ve sold art in the past but honestly the direction I am going I prefer to give art away rather than sell it. If anyone ever does buy one of my prints, I always take it down from large size download, and no longer offer it for sale.
Really though if there’s ever a physical piece of art someone wants, it’s as simple as asking for it, and sending me a self addressed stamped envelope with adequate postage. And if it’s digital, I just e-mail a high res file to have printed on a home printer/local print shop.