Smith Micro is launching a series of weekly Featured Artists to promote skilled digital artists who use our software; Anime Studio, Poser, and Manga Studio aka Clip Studio Paint. These featured artists are also promoted on our Twitter & Facebook Pages. A piece of their work will be shared on these platforms every day of their featured week. Thanks for reading. Enjoy!
I fell in love with drawing as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. Around middle school, I fell in love with computers, so it was only a matter of time before my love of art took digital form. In 2005, I discovered Poser 5 and Photoshop 7. I am currently using Poser Pro 2014 and Photoshop CS5 to show the world my love of my family, comic books, sci-fi movies, and things that remind me of my childhood. I would like to share a couple of general tips that has helped me over the years.
1. Turn your dreams into art. Day dreams, nightmares, hopes, wishes and dreams are all great inspiration for your art. People watching can also give you stimulation. Most of my art comes from people, places or things I see in everyday life.
2. There are a lot of wonderful pre-made characters, poses, lights, etc. But if everyone used the same characters standing in the same position, using the same lights and same camera angle, everyone’s art would look the same. Be unique. Show your personality through your art. Mix and match textures and body morphs to create total unique characters. Change up the lighting, change the pose. Choose to be daring. Allow yourself to play. Be as creative as you like.
3. You can always add more detail. Every new picture is a chance to tell a new story, to build an entire world. While simplicity can be powerful, so too can telling a complex story and capturing your audience’s attention and imagination.
4. Remember YOUR art is created to please you. While others may enjoy what you ‘draw’ and post, do not let those who don’t steal your joy. As long as YOUR art makes YOU happy, do not worry about critiques. Constructive criticism is fine; it can be helpful and give you ideas as to where you want to go next. However, always remember that you should never let some mean spirited comment or ‘flame’ deflate the joy you find in creating. Art is subjective. Not everyone will like everything you do.
5. And finally, Tutorials are your friends. Poser is loaded with features. In the ten years I have used poser, I have only scratched the surface of the software’s capability. With features like the clothing room, and the material room you can make your drawings as realistic as you like.