I got into drawing and art back in 2010 when I got fed up with feeling like I couldn’t draw to save my life. I’ve taken a few years of high school art and while it was a few years later a lot of what I learned was still fresh in my head, so I decided to take a stab at it. My first attempt was Sorceress Edea from Final Fantasy VIII and from there I just kept adding details and getting the design down until I was surprised to see that I did better than I expected. From there I dived, but because I knew the importance of a strong foundation I decided to focus on Realism to temper and develop my skills. As you can see a lot of my gallery is composed of traditional sketches and photos, two qualities I wanted to develop as an artist.
As I mentioned before I got into art when I drew Edea from Final Fantasy VIII but I was already familiar with the risks involved in starting with fan art, however that was easily remedied with beginner’s art book my dad picked up in a Barnes & Nobles discount bin. Initially it was discouraging to upload sketches in a predominantly digital environment however the more progress I made the more pride I took in my work. My goal is to have a strong foundation, refining my skills and developing good habits before diving into other aspects of art such as painting, digital etc.
I got into photography when I took an after school photography class that fulfilled one of my requirements for graduation in my specific group of classes. Originally I joined the class because a friend asked me to take it with him however afterwards I took an interest in taking photos, learning the basics such as Rule of Thirds and such. Unfortunately I don’t have a Nikon or Canon camera, almost all of the photos I’ve taken were from my phone, however over time I learned it’s better to focus on learning the basics even with just a phone camera before buying an expensive camera. I’m not in a rush to get one and as a friend once explained to me “For everyone 100 photos you take you take one good photo.”