(Updated January 28, 2017)
I am now much more focused and taking my time learning things at my own pace. I think this way is best for me, and I will try to post at least 5-6 times per month if I can remember. Thanks for reading!!
(Update Nov. 6, 2015)
I realized after reading many sketchbook posts and trying to help, that there should probably be some kind of structure for starting the sketchbooks so that appropriate feedback can be given. So this update is mainly to help you, the readers, with the type of artist I would like to be.
First, you'll need to know a little about me. I have always been a creative person. I took a lot of art classes, went to school for graphic design, and then settled down with my family. I worked quite a bit designing logos and I still love logo design. I just wanted something more. There was this itch that was always there. I realized that digital painting, character design, and just having fun with creative drawings was what I wanted.
I also watch a lot of anime and play a ton of video games. I used to draw anime type characters, but found that the style wasn't what I wanted. I wanted something that said, "Hey, Jamie drew that!" Indie video games is my inspiration. When I see or play a game like No Man's Sky, Journey, Fez, or even Rouge Legacy, I feel the urge and itch to draw something. Even more complex games like Assassin's Creed, The Order 1886, or Destiny make me want to be better at digital painting. This is where I draw creative inspiration and drive. I even have a good collection of art books from many games that I own.
My primary focus is on character design. I like the idea of being a children's illustrator, but I also love the idea of doing concept art. Either way, I am really aiming to have some solid character designs, and landscape concept designs. I have been working on character personalities and dynamic poses, and also trying to get a feel for the style I want to use. I still don't have that down yet.
I want to be able to do landscapes because I really hate the idea of putting my characters on a blank page. I also really love landscapes due to the feelings they can convey. I'm still feeling around for what I really want to aim at though.
I hope that wasn't too much. I just feel that in order to be pushed in the direction I want to go in, I should share a little of who I am first. It's all on me, but you guys here really do make me feel like I can keep doing it and keep going. It's nice to have the support of a community. Thanks again.
Oh man. The part where I bare my heart and soul into my work, and then show it to people. I'm so nervous. Oh well, here goes nothing. I started a daily sketch thingy on deviantart, and I really would like to get everyone's 2-cents. I love CGC, and the community is awesomeness.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my sketches.
Daily Sketch #1 - "Oryx" September 3, 2015
I was struggling on what to draw for my first sketch, and I started to over think it. I asked my son, what should I draw, and he said Oryx.
Daily Sketch #2 - "Sponge" September 4, 2015
Yep, a sponge. For this one I asked my husband what I should draw. Him being the funny guy he is, said to draw a sponge. It took as long to sketch as it looks.
Daily Sketch #3 - "Ankylonyxsaurs" September 5, 2015
I was commissioned by the begging of my son to draw something. He said it would be cool if we both made up a carnivorous dinosaur and drew it. He drew something totally awesome, and I drew this hook clawed lizard.
Daily Sketch #4 - "Ajani" September 6, 2015
I really enjoyed drawing Ajani. Her name means "He who wins the struggle."
Daily Sketch #5 - "One Last Time" September 7, 2015
I like leaving my work open for interpretation when possible, but my personal idea behind this was a being, becoming consumed by something ugly. It wanted one last view of beauty before it was lost.
Daily Sketch #6 - "Claire" September 8, 2015
I ultimately would like to work on children's books. I feel my style gravitates more towards kid stuff. I struggle with anatomy, especially hands and feet, and just recently picked up how to draw them. This was my sketch to break my comfort zone a little.
Daily Sketch #7 - "Character Busts" September 9, 2015
Another bit of characters. I wanted to focus on facial expressions, which are another weakness of mine.
Daily Sketch #8 - "Twisted Tree" September 10, 2015
I love trees, Autumn, Halloween, and all things creepy. I wanted to try and draw a tree that had that sort of feel to it.
These are all the sketches I have so far. I welcome any feedback. I do plan on coloring these in the future, as that is part of my personal training. For now, I wanted to revisit some fundamentals I have been slacking on. Thanks again for looking.