My net service is having a rare normal day. I can hardly bring myself to write anything down because I want to go watch instructional videos while I can. XD I’ve been watching stuff about photoshop and various other tools I use so I can use them better. That’s how that animated Carol came about, in fact. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a decent animated image for advertising. I got as far as that image. I’m not sure how I’ll make use of the new powers, but at least I have them now.
I’ve said it before, but when I was in school my instructors were terrified of Photoshop. We were told in no uncertain terms that real art would never be made with computers; that they were a fad. An actual human being told this to a class full of other human beings… I don’t know who they thought was going to stop the world from moving on, but they never arrived. Practically everyone I went to school with kind of ended up lost when it came time to find art jobs that you could actually make a living at, because people don’t give a fuck how you make art just as long as they can get it cheap and it sells their crap. The computer terrified a generation of people into turtling up and some of us in the middle were the casualties. Of course I went to school at a 5th rate craphole in Kansas. I suspect that there were places where people saw the writing on the wall and they jumped in feet first screaming GERONIMO! The long and the short of things is that no matter how you cut it art is a brutal profession. Mostly because artists are the way they are. Very few have any business sense and the ones that don’t are constantly fucking everything up for all the others. They have no confidence, no concept of the value of their work, and are taken advantage of because of that. Being able to create art is a skill no matter what you make. It’s undervalued, but it’s still something that not everyone can do. Therefore it has value. What that value is hasn’t been agreed upon, so artists keep getting dicked over.
In any event, the net (when it’s working) is populated by millions of people just begging to tell you everything they know for free, and I intend to take advantage of it as often as I can. Sure, some of the knowledge is outdated, or wrong outright, but it’s not any worse than a textbook. XD