Recently, I got my hands on a graphics tablet, which makes it much more practical for me to do artwork. That’s kind of the point, but still.
Anyways, a brief history my experiences with art – despite the attempts of various elementary schools to introduce ‘arts and crafts’ to us when we were children, I never really did much in that regard. My parents did buy me quite a few sketchbooks, which I filled up with all sorts of weird things – I remember at one point being obsessed with geography and making maps of fictional regions with rivers named after levels in video games or something. More importantly, in 4th grade, my parents got me some private lessons. I vaguely remember being shocked at how by following the directions of the instructor, I was able to make an accurate reproduction of Mickey Mouse, and that must’ve cinched the deal for me. Those two years saw me trying a wide variety of mediums – colored pencils, acrylic paint, sculptures, pastels, and so forth. My parents, of course, were pleased and got some of the work framed. But then, our family moved, and the lessons stopped – I don’t think they were able to find a good private teacher in our new locale.
Then, in high school, I decided to take art as an extracurricular for two years, and I had a good teacher for that, too. Added to that were improved motor skills, and I produced some more artwork, of significantly better quality (by my appraisal, at least). It became less a thing of rote copying, actually; I gained a better grasp of the actual skills involved with my various mediums. In my last two years, though, I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule, which was kind of unfortunate, but by then, I’d further developed my musical abilities (still limited to performance), and realized I’d developed the ability to write well. Ironically, it was my art teacher who first suggested I was a good writer, and that’s lead to this blog, amongst other things.
I’ve expressed my love of the graphics tablet before, check my DeviantART if you’re into that sort of thing. I initially intended to use that primarily for fiction, but it’s a practical place to build up an art portfolio. I would say I’m still in self-training mode as an artist – working on developing my own voice, picking up the techniques required to express myself, etc. Expand the post to see a random smattering of images.