I’m a huge fan of the Alien Skin plugins. I’ve been using them for years. If you’ve never used them then try them.
I also recently started following them on Facebook and often read their blog. It’s not just about their products but often has other very cool posts.
These are the first 2 in the ‘’Unleash your inner artist’ series. It’s definitely worth checking out.
I found these 2 posts particularly interesting. I’ll let you read it all but the first basically talks about how it can be great to sometimes take on a project that you know you is beyond you. The second about the benefits of reading a lot.
Take a read. And if you like them then follow them on Facebook or better yet get your hands on some of their products.
Unleash your inner artist, part 1
This is the first of a series of tips to help you get in touch with your inner artist. I’ve picked them up from books, classrooms, and critiques over the years. They aren’t gospel, but they’ll certainly help.
I’m not that full of hot air. I’m taking my own advice for all of the points I make. For instance, this is the first time that I’ve publicly shared this little squid character. It’s been something that I’ve sketched and developed for years. Here it is for all the world to see.
#1 Do something scary
I don’t mean jump out of a plane. I mean commit to a project that is well beyond your capabilities. Put yourself out there. Challenge yourself to perform more/better than you know you can. This will force you to grow and develop. Learning won’t happen by itself.
And the second instalment.
Unleash your inner artist, part 2
#2 Read like your life depends on it
Read until it hurts. I promise your brain won’t run out of room. Reading books is great exercise for your mind. Even if you’re a guru on a certain technique, keep reading about it. You’ll always find something new.
Don’t limit your choices too much. If you only study specific photography techniques the subject can become stale, making it harder to keep reading. Set your topics broad and keep it exciting.