On the topic of inspiration, know this. YOUR ART WILL NEVER CHASE YOU. EVER. So you are just going to have to HAUL ASS after it. Inspiration is for amateurs. Anyone serious about their art just gets to work. The coolest thing about just buckling down and getting to it is that you will find that ideas grow from the work itself. Things start occurring to you as you go along. You will try something, but then reject it in favor of something else you just thought of, pushing it in another, stronger direction that would not have occurred had you sat around waiting for the lightning bolt. Always remember, the only difference between you and that amazing artist you admire is thousands of hours of back breaking hard work. Which should be great news, as anyone can be hard headed and work crazy hard! So get out there and DRAW! :D
I particularly love this paragraph… It’s something I’ve recently realized for myself (why did it take me so long??) and it is so so true! You gotta chase the work, not wait for the lightning bolt :)
“”You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form…””—
A co-worker showed me this set of photshop brushes yesterday (click to the second page for the download link). It’s a pretty huge set, and probably there’s quite a few you won’t use, but there are some awesome texture brushes and blenders. I can know get photoshop to do basically anything that I slightly missed about painter (though I gave up using painter awhile awhile ago because it crashed so frequently).
Also, Epiphany! There’s an actual useful application for the photoshop smudge tool. Been using this program for ten years and still learning about the basic tools…