When Talent Becomes Skill

Art. It is something that has been a part of me since childhood. I am not that old (only 25) but I have been drawing since I was 5 or 6 years old. I remember a drawing contest on Toonami Cartoon Network. I drew Goku from Dragon Ball Z and asked my grandma to mail it off to the Network. Nothing ever came of that instead that I found that I had a love for drawing. Moreover, I loved to create things. I made play swords with wood by hammering nails with rocks and sanding the blades to a point on concrete. Masks with clay I found on the bank of a stream are among the pieces I’ve created.

I have the urge to confess my reason for writing this. I have given up (mostly) on traditional art; drawing digitally phones and tablets replaces the tangible materials I have stored away.

This was a big step for me because all I knew how to do was draw on paper. I don’t think this limits me. I can do many things digitally that I can’t do on paper and vice versa. Here’s my favorite clown, Pennywise, on paper:

“We all float down here”

However, I believe that practice on paper is essential to being a well-rounded artist. Besides, the more experience, the more skills one can acquire. This is how I started, I may be biased, but this worked for me.

My journey with art began much like art history. First, building rudamentary tools, then working on realism, next on to cartoons and the abstract, and finally to digital. Here’s digital Pennywise:

“Beep beep, Richie.”

All in all, I am just fine making the switch to digital art being how I create professional content. It goes back to my philosophy about art being an evolutionary thing that serves to express creativity.

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