14 March 2007 - Digital Painting (Photoshop). Duration: 2-3 days.
I realised that after a year at my previous job, I hadn't been drawing. Well, almost not at all. I think I remember an occasion during that year when I just had to draw something to tell myself I could still do it and the talent hadn't begun to deteriorate. Thankfully I still had it but I was rusty, and definitely out of practice.
When I described my job at to at least 3 friends, ones I hadn't seen in a while, they were all surprised that it didn't include any drawing. They all imagined me doing something where I was drawing. And to be completely honest with myself, so did I.
It seems the video games industry has had a remarkably draining effect on many other artists as well. At the surface it sounds like a dream job to "geek-out" over, but I'm not sure if it's so good when other people are more excited about your job than you are.
Anyway, I got inspired watching one of Bobby Chiu's video casts, and made a start on some digital illustration challenges with my friend, Mr Marques, where we each do a drawing concept. This, the first one is under the theme of "Panda with office supplies". This painting has been strongly influenced by the movie Office Space.