Yes, you are right and so far I just starting to explore that. One thing I am getting ready to explore is kinetics and motion in my fractal compositions. I think that might be very interesting. Abstract expression with fractals is really an area of infinite possibility! But, again, I have a lot to learn. I really have a great deal to learn about Photoshop and the air brushes and such. I'm looking forward to it. I just got a lot of abr files and can't wait to apply them sparingly here and there in my work. So beware and don't feel shy about critiquing. I need that!
I'm not very enthusiastic about animations, no matter if some great things are being done in that area. Just a personal taste and nothing against them. It's another valid way to express yourself. Go for it! On the other hand, it's Photoshop that I'd love to learn much more. It's a large and amazing program with so many possibilities. For that I would have to take several months away from DA! Really admire those artists with an academic arts background, who create fantastic artworks with it. Looking forward to see what you are up to with PS. Well, my critiques would be from a personal non-technical standpoint. For me, art is a feeling to start with. All other considerations come second place.
Well skill is also part of art. The more skill you have the more apt you are to be able to elicit that feeling. I work with Photoshop all the time. That is really where I do my artwork. The fractals I do in JWildfire. Of course that is art of a different kind. So what I do is mixed media. BTW, it would take more than a couple of months to learn PS. It is one of the deepest programs I have ever used!
Agree with it!. My point is not falling too much in love with technique, instead of your art. Yes, PS is as deep as the Marianas Trench. It has perhaps the longest learning curve, and I've known anyone mastering it to full extent.
Everyone finds the things they need for what they want to do with PS and usually the stick there. I am learning about actions and air brushes now, because I want to use them in my work. But each new step with Photoshop is difficult, but once you learn it you own it. Yes I agree with you about the process of making art; but technique is important because it gives you the wherewithal to realize your artistic vision. This is something I learned in college. I had a concentration in art as an undergraduate. It helped a lot over the years of being a psychologist! I was very creative and that came from my art training.
I always say PS is made of compartments, ie. something for everyone. In fact, I do a part time job with it. It's my own compartment which I master quite well. Opening the doors to other parts of the program, is usually a slow and gradual process. Unlike fractals, there's no way to advance in PS without a good training. Here, I completely agree with you about technique. The more you know, the better you can translate your ideas into artworks. Yes, I do miss not having an academic art training. I studied Psychology at the University for over 2 years. Finally, quit the career, as it was interrupted when the Air Force drafted me. On resuming my studies, got involved in politics trouble and some family issues did the rest. Ended up working for 11 years in an insurance company and the road to frustration began...
I was lucky! I went into the military during the Vienam war before I went to college and then the Veterans Administration paid for my schooling! I got into politics stuff also, but it did not get me into trouble. I went on and became a psychologist and made that my career. It was very satisfying until I got MS and Transverse Myelitis. So now I* am retired due to disability. I am permanently in a wheelchair and live in horrible pain. The fractals and the artwork take my mind off the pain.