Rough start, but glad I'm doing it!
So, I have a lot of experience with graphics and "building" images and editing. Straight up digital illustration is not one of my strengths. Day 1 started out bad because I procrastinated all day, hanging out with my wife and going to see Force Awakens again. I tried to do a painting just before bed and realized I still haven't set up my monitors, tablet, brushes or anything on my new workstation. It was pretty strange working with all-default-everything in Photoshop, too.
On day 2, I'm learning that I never moved my old brushes from the default Photoshop folder so they never made it to my new system. Not a huge loss since I didn't spend much time playing with the brush system or practice using them. I start to get more comfortable with default brushed and organizing my workspace (in PS), but I get lazy working on the Genet. I start it but don't finish it until the 5th and then *lazily* don't start another one. I start the lion yesterday but I'm not super happy with the fur brush I made and I waste a lot of time playing with it. I never get it right, so today I decide to stop messing with it and just finish the lion. So, for the first 7 days I've got 5 paintings, though 2 of them are kind of horrific. Not a great start.
You probably notice these are pretty exotic pets. I'm starting out with more unique pets, but I will be doing more traditional pets, also. You can see I also started with color but by day 3, I'm painting without color. While I'm building my skills I want to limit the things I have to worry about, focusing on form and materials. I have a lot of knowledge, but I've been super lazy about practicing what I've learned. The challenge for Week 2 is to procrastinate less and actually make sure I get one done every day. I'd really like to create some better brushes for fur, but I could spend two weeks straight just screwing around with the brush engine and I've had a hard enough time managing my time lately!
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