"What the Chuffing Hell is THAT?" questioned my ever supportive brother when I showed him my intended self-made logo. To be honest, he had a point. I had only just started playing with Digital Art and to be honest, for someone who can barely write his own signature with any sort of clarity, let alone draw a horse, my artistic skills were left wanting. Especially with this particular logo- that I thought was actually quite good! Ok, so they are carrots, and they are a bit strange - and yes, it's rubbish. But it was a start.
My mother was a fabulous artist, God bless her, and she was talented enough to speak authoritatively on the subject of 'Canal Art'. She even wrote teaching books on the subject which are still selling today, some 25 years after first publication - namely, "Paint Roses & Castles" by Anne Young. For keen artistic beginners who aspire to paint roses as seen on millions of milk churns and billy cans all over the world, this really is the perfect book - Check Amazon here and Waterstones here.
Anyway, I digress. The art gene sort of bypassed me - by this I mean I cannot draw a horse if I was required to, to save my life. My art teacher despaired of my efforts and I only achieved a half decent grade in school because I put some real effort into writing my name legibly at the top of the page. I was naturally extremely frustrated with this duff hand genetics had dealt me - I had an active creative mind as a child but my hands were a constant source of annoyance - At 12 or 13 years old, I brought home things I had made in woodwork and metalwork class and looking back, they really could have been the work of a 3 year old!! It was not just Art that I was hopeless at, but all creative subjects it seemed. (Don't even ask how I fared in the Pottery making class!)
All this miraculously changed (for me) with the advent of PC's. 'Microsoft Paint' itself of course really wasn't much use as a drawing tool - I already couldn't draw with a pencil or pen, so the idea of me creating using Paint's limited drawing tools and a Mouse was ridiculous - it did have other useful things about it however - I WAS able to put a black moustache on a photo of someone who shall remain nameless! So that was that.. I played around with it, but the tools were limited and soon became tedious.
A relative showed me Photoshop - and that was it - I was hooked. I spent many hours there playing with this wonderful software and after a while, I was making all sorts of great and wondrous pictures from a scratch - I WAS CREATING! ( and it didn't look like it had been made by a 3 year old!!).
I suddenly realised that the missing Art Gene hadn't been missing at all - it was there all the time, it simply needed a tool other than the standard Pen/pencil or paintbrush - my mouse works for me just fine.
And my point of this is? Art is art - be it created with a paintbrush, pen, hammer and chisel, glass-blowing tools - can a sculptor paint, can a painter sculpt? I create pictures using a computer and a variety of software - it is the ONLY way (currently) I am able to create and complete something that does NOT look like it's been made by a 3 year old - I have the means to allow my imagination and creativity to run riot - and this makes me extremely happy!
Note however, that I STILL cannot draw a horse!
I'm Andy. I try to make interesting Digital Art. Thank you.