Growing in your art

Recently I published  a tutorial on creating a Nature scene. This was an exciting tutorial for me because it gave me a chance to take a crack at creating something photorealistic.

If you visit my website or YouTube channel often, you know that I love visual effects and using Blender in creative ways to try to add VFX to live action footage. In fact, VFX are probably what I am most passionate about. Which is why I try to take a break every now and then and do something like a nature scene. Because when it comes to art, the most dangerous thing can often be to only stick to something you are passionate about. Why? Here are

Three Reasons you shouldn't just create art you are passionate about:

#1 Everyone is expecting it. 

Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing. You want people to know what kind of artist you are and be able to count on you to continue to create that art. However, if you never switch things up or throw in a curve ball, people may just get accustomed to the "same ol, same ol stuff", and move on to something with a little more diversity. 

#2 Bored.

This may sound silly, but I have found that switching things up with my art and my tutorials causes me to never be bored with blender. Even if it means creating something I wouldn't normally create. 

#3 Growth!

This is by far the most important reason. How are you ever going to grow and be a more complete artist if you only focus on the part of art that interests you? It doesn't matter what kind of art you are creating. If you love cinematography, than you had better study photography and even painting. It will help with your overall composition. The same goes with 3D graphics. We need to always be looking for something we aren't very good at, or something that doesn't really excite us, and then pursue that with all our might until we master it. This is how good artists become great.

In the end, I found nature to be a wonderful complex thing to try to replicate in the 3D world. Below is the breakdown of that image. Enjoy!

Now get out there and do something new!