“Be the kind of person who dares to face challenges and overcome them rather than dodging them.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
As a child, creating art via Paint was always a thing. I didn’t realize how limited that program was until I got a tablet and pen to work on projects within the Adobe Suite. There was a learning curve, but after doing research and practicing, I found digital art to be both therapeutic and energizing. Then, almost as quickly as I’d picked up the hobby, there was no longer time to work on it.
After that, I spent equal amounts of time searching for a way to pick it up again and listing all the reasons why I couldn’t. That was until I saw various individuals at Bible Study groups ‘arting’ away during discussions. I was jealous of their ability to work so carefree, but determined to make it a reality for myself. When I got a new phone for Christmas, it was suddenly a real possibility. And that’s where I came up with the:
12 Month Digital Art Challenge
- Create at least one digital art piece every month during 2019
- Share on social media to encourage accountability
- Write a blog post for each one with 1 -12 thoughts depending on what month it is.
For the month of January, I created this mermaid on my phone ( during Bible studies, lol ) using Adobe Draw.
- I was thrilled to be able to work with layers during this project. Definitely a plus! Although the management of these was somewhat complicated to deal with.
I wish Adobe Draw made it possible to export the project, including layers, into the rest of the Adobe programs. Not being able to work on layers outside Adobe Draw made it impossible for me to add skin tones and such.Overall, I’m pretty happy with how much could be done! Below you’ll see how much detail Adobe Draw allowed to be added.
As I worked on this blog post, I realized that this digital art project was similar to a photo manipulation assignment I did in college. Although the photo manipulation is specifically meant to be Arial, most of the mermaids I create do have red hair as well.
Anyways, do you guys have any suggestions for what kinds of programs or techniques I should try for this challenge? Also, have any of you challenged yourselves with something you plan to work on this year?