I become so mesmerised by artists like you. Its my biggest dream to become a real concept artist one day and my art to be somewhat usefull and inspiring Thanks for the great art, its very very inspiring!
Thank you! Well I've been pencil sketching since I was young, and doodling. I got my first digital tablet in late 2008 I think. These are literally the two first images I did with it. The cat is from a photo ref, the other is from imagination.
I only did sporadic stuff here and there, 30 min speedies and pen doodles until about September 2011 when I got hardcore about it all, so that is when I count my development from mostly as most of the improvement has come from the period since then. If you go through my other gallery folders, particularly the 'sketchs' and 'speed paints' ones you will see my general progression.
ha, well glad you're getting excited about getting creative again! I say just go for it. The one thing I've learned this whole time is that there is no time like the present. If you want to draw, draw. The other lesson that was a long time coming, was to not pay much attention to whether you are progressing or not, or to compare yourself to others. It's totally pointless! Don't worry too much about what skill you are at and how to get better, instead really cultivate your enjoyment of the process in this present moment. That seriously is my one big learning.
Other than that, I derive inspiration from my experiences in life, travel, reading, movies, other artforms and very very much from nature. There is a lot of cool, beautiful and interesting things happening in the world around us if we just take some moments out to pay attention. The back of a screen or a page isn't always the place to find inspiration, but an overall experience of life is. Just be open and let it come to you out of our passions and interests, rather than try and force it.
In terms of books, yeah I read tons. Many art ones, but I also read anything and everything literature, sci fi, biographies, history, science, comics etc etc.
Not only for just starting out people. We all do it, and while you can use the feeling to motivate yourself to get better the whole drive towards getting better can sometimes become more important than just enjoying what you are doing, so yeah just be mindful of that.
Been to quite a few Asian countries. Heading off to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam in December.
Books are brilliant, totally. One thing to keep in mind is that just "knowing" about fundamentals isn't the same as mastering them! You have to apply apply apply what you learn always, and you will only be able to really consolidate the learning through actually painting and drawing.
Are you wanting to get into illustration or something similar? A few books I really recommend:
Color and Light, James Gurney (a very good book for beginners to painting) Framed Ink (Great composition book from a storyboard/movie/graphic novel pov) Alla Prima, Richard Schmidt (Great book on painting) Art and Fear, Orland and Bayles (book about the fear that keeps artists from creating) And a couple that come very recommended but I haven't read yet: Composition of Outdoor Landscapes, Edgar Payne (landscape stuff) Picture This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang (Another great simple composition book)
Note that none of the above are "How-To" books on technique, but go into the fundamentals and the whys.