I just posted a new wallpaper I made and it made me think about something.
The wallpaper came out AMAZING, much better than I had thought it would. But even as I looked at it and even though in my mind it looks very professional and very "legit" I new that I'm simply NOT.
Just because I produced good art does not mean I have a lot of artistic talent.
I've never possessed the ability to just grab a pencil and some paper and just DRAW SOMETHING, I always need some help. To borrow a phrase from a friend, "I lean on references so hard that I break them." I don't have the talent to produce good art on my own steam, so I have to be clever.
For example, in all the pictures of my Homestuck RP Character Rick I took pictures of myself in jeans, a T, and my Reflective Aviators and I literally traced them. I have these amazing visions and ideas of what I want to make, but I have to cheat a little to actually produce them. With Rick it's not "cheating" per say since I took the photos and I did all the tracing and editing and its all still 100% my own original work, its still not as "legit" as I'd like because I don't have the skills. I don't have the talent.
In my most recent submission, False Victory, I "bent the rules" once again. The idea is all 100% mine (with the exception of Minecraft itself of course ) but I borrowed a lot of things in order to make it. To make Steve all I did was go into the Minecraft.jar file, extract/copy the Player skin file, scale it up by like 1000% or something, and then copy selections of each part and used a perspective tool to drag the corners where I wanted them to be. Even the position of Steve is borrowed. I was having trouble just dragging the points around to get it to look right so I went on youtube and pulled up Revenge by CaptainSparkles www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJUBQ… and used a frame from the video as a reference. (i used this part at 3:22 www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPJUBQ… for Steve's position) The creeper background was the same really, I pulled up the creeper.png file and scaled it by A TON and then stuck it in there as the background. Same with the diamond, straight from the Minecraft.jar.
Now, those I used on purpose because I wanted it to look like real minecraft sorta? but still, my point is the same.
The only real editing I did myself was darkening the creepers eyes and mouth, blurring the inside edges of the eyes/mouth, and the shading on the corners of the picture and around the diamond, both done with pre-set gradient settings in Gimp.
I don't really know what the point of this was, I don't have a message or anything. This is just me talking about me.
Heh, I just realized how fitting the picture really is.
"False Victory" as in I cheated so I don't REALLY win?
I didn't even do that on purpose xD
I have no talent and I cheat at life, and I don't care.
Haters gonna hate.