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Various cobbies hobbies and professions often touch on some aspect of art in one form or another. Thought this might be a decent thread for us to generically discuss art as a hobby and even a profession.
So folks what art do you do or dabble in?
edited 24th Apr '14 7:08:27 PM by TuefelHundenIV
I have dabbled in art in various forms when I was younger.
Water Color (serious not the pre-school stuff) and Oil Painting.
Drawing with graphite pencils. I prefer either the click pencils or the 'Engineer/Drafting Pencils' for their variable graphite hardness.
I know how to make various jewelry from scratch including castings, do some stone settings, and the basic metal working that goes with it.
Plenty of carving. My favourites have been Tagua nuts which serve as a substitute for ivory and I liked dabbling with soft pine. I carved a few heads and faces out of the nuts.
The only thing I ever got ok at was the graphite pencil drawing. Anytime I made something that looked decent I invariably lost it or it got accidentally destroyed. But I can't seem to ditch the crap.
edited 25th Apr '14 5:20:00 PM by TuefelHundenIV
Pencil work. I have a few problems working in colour (for some reason, I can't translate what I see too accurately on paper for either reading-writing... or art: it's not exactly full-on dysgraphia, but could be a weak-ass cousin). But, when it comes to pencil work, I don't have to flummox myself with the additional hurdle of colour and I've always found it easy portraying shadow and depth (ironically, as I can't see 3D too well). Plus, it's messy enough to keep the inner child happy... without being as messy as charcoal.
I also love the control and subtlety pencil work can give you.
And, I love working in clay when I can get a chance to. Even at the risk of shrapnel if I get too big for my boots. The potter's wheel can wipe me out if I stay too long at it (an endurance/ energy thing), but... it's so soothing at the same time. I've made pots, vases and plates, but my first love is always to go figurine or sculpture. Even at the wheel.
edited 25th Apr '14 3:13:11 AM by Euodiachloris
I paint miniatures, namely Warhammer 40k models. I've also lately dabbled with various drawing type apps on my phone.
I've dabbled all over the place, but never put in the effort to get really good at any medium or to learn the rules behind what consistently works and what doesn't. So the things I did in acrylics look more like oils (or in one case, a watercolor!), the ceramic pieces I did in college shouldn't have survived the firing, the things I've done in crayon look like pastels, and the only way to tell if a sketch is pencil or charcoal is to see how easily it smears.
Most of my best (for sufficiently forgiving values of "good") things I did when I didn't really work on the piece, I just sat down and did it. I think I linked (in Cobbies) to a photo of a painting I did one afternoon, using model enamels on canvas board, and the brushes I used for painting miniatures.
Edit: yeah, in this post
edited 25th Apr '14 4:02:28 PM by Madrugada
Maddy: Yeah I remember that.
I draw rather badly. I'd like to learn to paint, but there are never any lessons around, and the prospect of picking up some random paints and diving in on my own is a bit intimidating. At least teaching myself to draw is less messy and equipment-intensive.
Apart from that, I used to make little trinkets out of beads and wire in high school- geckos, mostly, and once a dragon. Haven't done any in ages, sadly. Everyone I knew who wanted a tiny beaded gecko had already been given one.
I'm halfway through crocheting a blanket. I hope to get it finished before I graduate.
Currently I'm working with pencil art. It's a very cheap hobby, and I love hobbies where the cost to entry is really low like that; at the same time, you can go very very far with it, and it serves a great foundation on which to build other forms of visual arts.
With my background, I should be better with computer art than I am, though.
I finished my second still-life drawing course in college. I learned some stuff.
I've recently fiddled around with Houston Tracker on my TI 83+, if that counts. I'm trying to recreate Course Theme I from Warioland: Super Mario Land 3 on it.
I picked up a coloring book of mandalas at the art supply store the other day. They are marketed towards the meditative colorist. Two words that I would never apply to myself in a million billion. I thought that it might be interesting to use them as patterns for reverse applique. (Layer fabrics and stitch your pattern then cut away the layers you don't want)
There was a CD included. I can download and print or color these things as many times as I want. I've been compulsively mandala coloring in Paint ever since. Kind of not the whole point of mandalas.
There is a very neat colouring book consisting of nothing but complex patterns. I want it. Because I like to spend time colouring and filling in said patterns. Creating your own is of course a fair bit of fun. I think they are called Abstract Adventure and are a series.
edited 13th Jun '14 7:45:11 PM by TuefelHundenIV
One of my decent surviving drawings◊
Paint Program experiment outline◊
edited 29th Jun '14 9:53:29 PM by TuefelHundenIV
I have acquired a minor interest in learning to draw, but I have the manual dexterity of an asteroid.
Guess I should start with some simple color pencil drawings?
Yes. Takes a bit of time and practice. That rose in pencil took me well over an hour of slow and careful movement to do without making it look terrible. I had to erase lines several times and i was trying my hardest to draw lightly and then darken the lines later.
edited 1st Jul '14 1:38:58 AM by TuefelHundenIV
Hi folks. I'm a freelance concept artist/illustrator, right now working as a room designer for a horror game I unfortunately cannot talk about yet due to NDA.
I primarily draw using a Wacom Intuos 3 Tablet and Photoshop. In my free time I sketch with pens and markers.
My portfolio is over here: 
Sketchbook stuff is at my Facebook: 
Wow. Some mad skills there.
You... might want to put a warning on there. For those with a problem with spiders. (Myself, I found that a cute spider going for walkies! But, I'm hardly usual, here. )
The only art-ish thing I do is painting up my 40K models.
Hey that counts. :P Some paint jobs are pretty sweet and the best paint jobs take a lot of time and effort.
edited 18th Jul '14 7:58:03 PM by TuefelHundenIV
That has to be the most apt typo in history. 40k models are a "pain job" indeed.
They are not that bad.
Hi there. I'm a (game) design student and I draw quite a lot and often. Every now and then I dabble in painting, but the results of that are generally terrible.
The non-terrible stuff can be seen here in my deviantart.
I've been taking life drawing classes for a couple of weeks, and here are some of the results. I still don't know how the model tolerates our weirdness 1 2 3 (mature-ish content, but it is a life drawing and I really can't draw, so it probably wouldn't count)
I have begun an associate's degree in art! I have five blind contour drawings to do as homework and they are absolutely terrifying. But they are great at ridding me of perfectionism.
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