I originally wrote this post for my tumblr, but I thought I’d write a version of it over here too! If it is of any interest. Because the question I get asked the most – without a doubt – is what techniques/apps/softwares I use. The answer isn’t as easy as most of those who ask probably hope, as it actually varies quite a bit. And since I’m not a big fan of making tutorials (I have made a few in the past and found it tedious and boring. :))) I’d rather be creating art tbh.)
But I thought I’d give a few recommendations for people who are looking for somewhere to start.
The majority of what I’ve created these past few month has been digital. Photoshop is my go to software and easily what I’m most comfortable with. I come from many years of photography and photo manipulations and have spent a loooooooot of hours in Photoshop. I had a few classes where we were taught the basics of Photoshop when I was 17, but it was very precise editing in curves in order to give pictures the “right” exposure and stuff. Pretty boring, and not very creative. I’ve learned the most by playing around myself.
When I’m tired but still want to create my favourite thing is to play around with apps. It usually means I try out new expressions as my “usual” tricks don’t exist. I always start with old photographs or paintings and then distort them in my iPhone. It’s an old iPhone 5 with shit battery time, so you don’t need the craziest phone to do this!
Fun apps to try for iPhone art (idk about Android soz):
iColorama, Glitché, Mextures, RollWorld, and Fragment.
My favourites for colour correction and contrast/exposure are ColorStory and Snapseed. Mostly ColorStory because it has Curves and I can pretend I’m in Photoshop. :)))
It’s pretty recent that I’ve found my way back to painting. Used to paint a lot as a kid, but then suddenly I realised others were better than me and felt shit and stopped. So sad. ANYWAY. I’m back!
The thing that drew me back into painting in general was actually fluid painting. I’ve written a post more specifically about that over here.
Later on I started playing around with watercolour, which is so much fun. With watercolour I like to just play around with patterns, combine the watercolour with markers and use a lot of salt. (It’s what creates the cool crystal-like textures!)
I’ve also been combining actual paintings with digital manipulation, like the image below. I can’t even remember what exactly I’ve done with it, but it involved some acrylic paint, a camera and loads of Photoshop.
I hope this was a useful starting point for at least someone!
However, my most important piece of advice is to experiment a lot and try out new techniques. Search for tutorials on Youtube, sign up for a free month on Skillshare and watch as many tutorials you can. Oh and also don’t compare yourself to others.
Okay, that was it! HAVE FUN GUYS. <3