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Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
TOO LONG; DIDN'T READ pencilmadness account backup

October 8, 2011

Office drone by day, secret artist-wannabe by night

Kumusta, you've stumbled upon my super-secret cache of little digital doodles!

As a kid, I had never really bothered to put much time and effort into art -- never even thought about picking up a brush until my 20s. So a few years ago, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a home for developmentally disabled adults where they often did arts and crafts. It was so wonderful seeing people sharing and taking pride in their work. While it was a rewarding experience for all involved, I think I probably got more out of it than most. It was as if a dam got unblocked in my brain. The arts and crafts hour had become part therapy, part meditation. I secretly looked forward to the next time I could volunteer just so I could paint again.

Since then, I've had some experience doing landscapes (mostly clouds) in acrylic and pastels and I was decent at abstract painting but for the most part I just didn't have the concentration nor patience to produce anything more than stickmen. In short, I could paint but I couldn't draw, if that makes any sense. That's what I believed at first.

Earlier this year, I started doing the exercises found in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards and The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides. To my surprise, I actually started to see improvements. That was enough motivation to keep going. It wasn't until I discovered the free flash application PencilMadness (pencilmadness.com) did this lunch break diversion turn into a serious hobby, however.

As far as painting applications go, PM is as bare-bones as you can get. That's why it's my medium of choice. It's free and it's easy to use. It also forces you to be more creative because you don't have an arsenal of fancy effects at your disposal. It's also a very forgiving medium. Unlike traditional mediums, I can screw up and experiment as much as I want without having to worry about running out of supplies! Everything in the gallery is/will be from PencilMadness. (I might post some material from my sketchbook when I can afford a scanner.....)

Keep in mind that I'm still learning to apply the techniques from those books. Aside from the landscapes, there are few if any pieces in my gallery that I would consider "finished." It's mostly for practice. I'm pretty new at this (as of this writing). Just about everything in here was created within the last 3 months or so (Aug-Oct '11). I opened this account primarily as a way to keep track of my progress and as backup just in case PM.com ever goes offline.

I'd like to thank one friend/co-worker for letting me look at his old sketchbooks (and letting me borrow ideas off 'em) and another for lending me her tablet. You know who you guys are (doubt you'll ever find this page though, haha).

Addendum July '12: I failed to give that former co-worker his proper due for getting me started in the first place! I still have a stash of his post-it doodles and scratch paper sketches in my desk drawer and I take them out whenever I'm bored or need inspiration. And I'd also like to give kudos to some nice folks I met online. Thank you! :)

This is the article that initially sparked my interest, opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/… It's an extremely helpful primer for anyone interested in drawing, especially for adults who are trying it out for the first time.

Some of my work may deal with gender, sexuality, spirituality, disability or a host of other sensitive issues. It's all pretty tame though. If you're easily offended, then gee, we're bound to have our feathers ruffled once in a while. That's life :)

Any comments or critiques are greatly appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!


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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for collecting
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Mheely Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

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