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After my latest attempt at digital painting, which came out a lot better than I expected but not as great and I would have liked, a few people suggested that I focus on the environmental art because that’s what stood out. This got me to thinking about all the different kinds of painters there are and how some people just need to hear the words, “It’s OK, you don’t have to be good at everything.”

Looking back, the art from my childhood consisted of mountains, mountains, hills, and more mountains. I attribute that to growing up in Alaska where we were surrounded by mountains. But I was also surrounded by people, houses, cars, animals, ect. So why didn’t those catch my interest?

The truth is that some people have a natural talent or interest in certain kinds of thing. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn anything more, but it may help us to look into our past and think about what kinds of things we did before we started reading hundreds of tutorials. If we could all paint and color everything “perfectly” then art would be pretty boring.

So, what kinds of art did you do as a kid?
What kinds of art give you the most enjoyment?
What kinds of art frustrate you to the point of trashing it all?

A couple of Digital Artist video interviews:

The Digital Art of Patrick Toifl…

Interview with George Hull…
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CBGINK Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
As a kid at the age of four I drew a lot of cartoon skeletons. Art with a anime or gothic influence I enjoy a lot. Art that frustrates me is when I get a difficult client who can’t make up their mind. It only happen to me three times thank god. But I’m thinking of doing my own art instead of dealing with client’s specific difficult demands & deadlines.
Papilio93 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011   General Artist
haha as a child I always drewed animals and plants. But mostly some exotic and special animals like okapis, duck-billed platypus or unicorns :)

Now with 17 years, portraits, womens and fashion kids mostly! But also environments and architecture...

I think drawing mens, the right anatomy and some technical stuff is to difficult for me. But this might be a reason of no exercise all the years...
drskytower Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved drawing dragons when I was a kid! Especially Xenomorphs (Aliens from the movie Aliens)

Now that I've been doing digital type art for awhile, I seem to do better at the line art than the colouring. My colouring is just not up to par.
RGulrich Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*glances around* Curves, girls. If you look at my gallery that's 95% of it. Other things interest me and have always gotten my attention.

I didn't have much of an interest in art until I went into foster care at the age of nine. And my parents would constantly point at a random scene (the sunset, a heavily planted hill, a city scene, etc.) they would then ask what colors I would use to paint it. Not how I would go about it, but thinking about all of the different colors involved. So I guess colors are also another strong point.

By saying that I found that I have more fun with darker scenes and coloring. I find it very appealing to have a woman's curve in the shadows but has some light highlighting it.

Also growing up high school was hard... so I turned to fantasy literature and always day dreamed traveling to those places, so most of my characters, etc. are mostly fantasy based.

I've tried so hard to make my art more realistic, but I can't get close. So I stick with cartooning which works well for me. :D
Plugin848y Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a child I mainly coloured :D My mum and I used to sit and colour in colouring books together, every Christmas (and even now I'm "grown up") I get a colouring book and a pack of crayola crayons or pencils in a tin (I *love* pencils in a tin, the way they're all arranged in shade and can be put back? *bliss*, and yeah, simple things please simple minds! :D), and my Dad would draw cartoons and I would colour those, or he'd make up stories and I'd illustrate them :D

With the kids with additional needs I work with I work colouring into a lot of their day to day work, it is SO good for practicing fine motor skills which the kids I work with need the practice with, they love it, plus I get to colour too :D

Then I discovered that you could colour on a computer, which quite simply blew my mind!! I wouldn't say I've got a natural talent for it, but I very much have a natural passion for it and enjoyment of it :)

The thing that I find most difficult is to get the effects correct, the lighting, the skin tone highlights, all of that sort of stuff can be incredibly difficult, I've never wanted to trash it, but I do close it and walk away for a bit :D
Snowpuddles Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Digital Artist
As a small child I did creatures. I still do creatures. :lol:
RuxandraLache Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When i was a child, eyes were my obsession :D I still remember my mother told me that "eyes are the windows to the soul" so I focused on them. As i grew a bit older, people's faces and expressions fascinated me, so portraits is what i did most.
To this day, portraits remain my favorite, although i try to expand my horizons and try painting new things. Nature and mechanical stuff is the hardest for me, but I will not give up until i can paint them properly! :laughing:
Thank you for sharing the interviews! :aww:
Tagoka Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist
This. Sounds exactly like my childhood. I used to draw so many eyes and lips I thought I'd never go past them.
So since then I fell in hot love with portraits, though skulls are a b.... to draw ; O;
But for some reason twisted dancing bodies make me draw more than faces :iconwatplz:
RuxandraLache Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Indeed, it was a phase for me too. I'm glad to hear i was not the only one going through that :giggle:
Tagoka Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Same, when I saw your post it was like a relief I'm not the only eye/lip/face obsessor :DD
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