As I have mentioned before, most of my art work comes from natural talent since I have had very little formal training. However, that does not mean I was born with a pencil and sketch pad in hand, drawing from day one. In other words, many people are said to have natural artistic talent, including myself, but I wonder if that is truly what they mean.
While I have not had formal training, I have spent a large amount of time experimenting with pencils, pens, paints, and computer rendering programs. The level of quality and skill you see today is a far cry from what I started with. So, if it isn’t natural talent that has gotten me to this point, then what has. I would like to suggest natural creativity.
I was born with natural creativity. I had a drive so strong to create stuff that I constantly pushed myself to get better with whatever medium I focused on. When I was young, I spent a lot of time building Lego’s like many boys did, but after making the set as planned, there was a part of me that needed more. I had to see what I could make on my own. The same thing happens with my art. First I try basic things, such as shading and texturing until I find myself wanting to do more. There is always this drive pushing me to make the next piece better. I learn something from the last piece I created then find ways to take what I learned into a more difficult project. Just look at the progression of my digital artwork.
Again, I did not study formally; however, I did spend lots of time honing my techniques through trial and error. It wasn’t so much a result of natural talent as it was a fact of natural creativity creating a need in me to learn on my own. Each image I saw of another artist’s work made me wonder how it was achieved. If I could not find how or could not afford to learn, I would look for ways to replicate the effect in some way with what I had. To me, this is what truly makes an artist.