Newcomers to digital art might have concerns about posting their first renders to a gallery. They’re expecting encouragement but might receive criticism instead from more experienced artists. Another fear of starting out is not accepting your own style of art as being valid and good enough to be appreciated. Kurt Richards, one of our digital artists interviewed in issue#5 noted this fear himself :-
“My problem early on was trying to be as good as the masters such as Hobbit and Rochr over at Renderosity. It became an obsession. It wasn’t about creating art, it was about how many comments I could get on the Renderosity website. I always judged my work as being inferior and so I tortured myself mentally for quite a long time. We are our own worst enemies”
I asked Kurt of he had any thoughts about overcoming this particular fear:-
“Of course people new to digital art will want to have places they can go to feel supported as opposed to being criticized. What newcomers need to be aware of though is that other artists will critique the newcomers work and the newcomer needs to be aware that those critiques are presented in the spirit of support, not as a statement of doing something wrong. I fell into that trap for some time. When anyone would critique my work I thought they were saying that my work was not good. That’s not what they were saying at all!My motto now is “Make as many mistakes as possible. It’s the fastest way to success!”
“Yes, of course I used Renderosity artists to learn. I have often emailed other artist to find out directly how they produced a certain effect or image. They were always welcoming and gave pointers that helped lead to my own style. Cornucopia (for Eon’s Vue software) is especially a good place to go where they have beginner and work in progress galleries, with similar areas at Renderosity. Established artists often peruse those sites and offer support to newcomers. Remember, pressure is not such a bad thing. If I am comfortable with my skill level, I might never grow as an artist. There are also sites specifically just for modeling, sites for photography, writing, landscapes, and some sites are geared toward specific programs like Vue, Painter, 3DS Max, Maya – so newcomers can get a look at what those programs can do. It can be a dance of creativity as well as confusion, when you first start out.”
What digital art community sites would you recommend for beginners to post their works and start to gain critiques and support?