When I was younger I was not an “artist”. Until now I don’t believe I am good with my hands when it comes to scribbling and drawing but I do like messing around with pens, pencils, and the occasional colored pencils.
I have been very curious in creating web graphics since I was in high school. Maybe because I wanted a custom signature for all those Harry Potter Role-playing sites I joined and also for my past blog (I warn you that blog is full of teenage angst, problems and immaturity).
I started with playing around on MS Paint and then I tried my hands on GIMP because it was a free source software and it was the nearest thing to Photoshop. When I had my hands on my first Photoshop program which was Adobe Photoshop CS. I explored the internet and I was lucky to be in a school that taught us how to use the program. I also had other classmates that had better skills on Photoshop that shared tutorial sites and all resources that can be found on the inter-webs to enhance our acquired skill.
Okay now, I’ll show you some of my first graphics work.
grabbed at my old photobucket account. I don’t know if I had a character named Sarah but I think this is a request and I used GIMP.
Ron/Ronalyn is my prized Role-playing Character in a Harry Potter site. She is the first character I made and I can say that her personality is similar to my own personality. I used Photoshop CS or an earlier version of Photoshop to edit this signature. I was totally into lyrics on graphics, gradient , free downloaded brushes and blending two images in one picture. XD
See what I mean with my addiction to blending? Progam used: Adobe Photoshop CS; If you don’t know her its Lalaine.
Another character in the same site. I needed to make an adult character because, I don’t want to brag, I became the top moderator in the site I go to. She is the boss. still the same style as the one above. Intense blending action. XD I can’t remember the name to that face. I had this curiosity with scene queens and she’s one of the most popular back in my day.. wahahaha.
Told you I had this fascination with scene queens. XD I don’t know where I used this graphics but I bet its another Role-playing site. ahahaha.
One of the request I did. I was experimenting with textures and blending. 🙂 I was using Photoshop CS2 by this time, I think.
Finishing high school did not stop me to gain more knowledge about using the program in all possible ways. On my free time, I find myself looking at forums and also joining challenge forums to help me with practicing.
Here are some of the works I did in those challenges
Forum Signatures: (click on the circles for full view)
Coloring is enhancing the colors in one picture by adjusting some elements in the picture. Click circles for full view.
Colorization is different from Coloring.
It is adding color to a black and white or monochromatic picture. Look at that teddy bear. I got that in black and white and yes I colored it just like in coloring books. so there. 😀 Click on the circles for the full view of the other graphics. 😀
Pretty Self explanatory. 🙂 It’s all sets because that’s is what used to be the setup when it comes to icon challenges.
I wasn’t really good at making these type of graphics. Maybe because I don’t like working with big resolutions or a big canvas but here are some of my take on it. (Click to enlarge)
Using Photoshop is one of the hobbies that I really enjoy doing but was not in anyway related to my chosen career choice. I shared some of my old works to my current works hoping that it would be a way to inspire others to keep on learning and gaining knowledge in something that you love to do even if you know you suck at it, like me. XD
Ill update you once in a while when I have a new creations. :)))
Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.