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Traditional & Digital Art by Tasha Shropshire

Studies in Paint Tool Sai

Oriental shorthair studies in paint tool sai

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So it’s been an interesting journey, transferring all my old photoshop files into paint tool sai and working on them in there. I haven’t learned a new program in years; possibly even a decade, and this has been eye and mind opening for me in ways I can’t even begin to describe with written words. You have this identity about your work for so long, so long that it becomes molded to you in a way that you think you can never escape. Usually growth is painful and filled with personal strife, or at least..in my personal view the best and most tutelary kind is. But when it’s not…and it just happens, and you feel good about it and it makes you feel good doing it or even thinking about it, then it really is a blessing, if not a miracle in general.

So it’s been an interesting journey, transferring all my old photoshop files into paint tool sai and working on them in there. I haven’t learned a new program in years; possibly even a decade, and this has been eye and mind opening for me in ways I can’t even begin to describe with written words. You have this identity about your work for so long, so long that it becomes molded to you in a way that you think you can never escape. Usually growth is painful and filled with personal strife, or at least..in my personal view the best and most tutelary kind is. But when it’s not…and it just happens, and you feel good about it and it makes you feel good doing it or even thinking about it, then it really is a blessing, if not a miracle in general.

One of my biggest challenges as an artist is becoming overly frustrated early in the creative process. Instead of letting the flaws work themselves out and trusting my skills, I get exasperated and redo, redo, redo until I find it ‘perfect’. The trouble with this technique of painting is that it leaves little room for mistakes, and mistakes are the elements of artwork that give it its most organic quality. Sometimes flaws can be part of the process, and part of the progress too. The more you notice them, and the more you simply accept them and paint over them instead of just erasing the eff out of it, the more intimate, almost sultry your relationship with your artwork can become.

So when Sai presents itself as this super capable painting program that tailors its compatibility to my tablet so seamlessly that I may as well have the devil’s hands, it blows my mind. I know I’m not a very prolific artist, nor am I necessarily super original in my artistic composition or conceptualization. But at the same time I do what comes from my soul, not necessarily 100% what my audience or clients want me to tailor myself to (which…let’s be honest, I really have no idea what they want me to be but their reaction to me sometimes is rather lukewarm, and who can really blame them), and I do art because I enjoy it and love improving at it slash learning different mediums.

Here’s to in depth works in progress!!! <3

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