Where did you get your skills?

Did someone teach you, are you self taught, or did it just come naturally?

When I first discovered the internet around 10 years ago, after telling myself I would never conform and learn computers, I did a lot of searching through art sites.. mainly fantasy art, and soon stumbled across digital art and artists.

The breathtaking images that could be created on a computer had me instantly hooked, and it didn’t take long for me to get sick of looking at other peoples art, and start wanting to know how to make my own. So I sought out tutorials, and sent emails to artists, asking which programs they used, humbly accepted help and tips from some of them, downloaded some recommended programs, and set about going insane.

I played with Paint Shop Pro for a year or so, but after my Dad gave me a copy of Photoshop and Poser (version 1.0!!!) I really started to get creative. I had no idea what I was doing with either of the programs, but I clicked and clicked until I could do the same thing twice. I kept up with the tutorials.. everything I could find, and I experimented day and night (lucky that I have no social life ;)

The regular updates of each program gave more gadgetry and effects to play with, and I had come across a copy of Bryce which Metacreations had put up for free download before they sold to Curious Labs. I had much fun with that one!

I didn’t like to tell people I was self taught, because there seems to be a stigma attached to it. If you haven’t done the hard yards learning the skill, then you couldn’t possible know what you are doing.. right? Well, yeah. I guess so, and there are times when I still have no idea what I’m doing, but the fun is in the experimentation isn’t it? Some day I’ll bite the bullet and do that graphic design course I’ve dreamed of, but for now, it’s a fun hobby, and it’s enabled me to meet many interesting people worldwide.

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