Welcome to a place of vision and beauty. Welcome to the world of space art.
And thank you for your contibustions, not just with your art, but with your consistently constructive criticism and feedback given to others.
This site needs more people like you!
(So come on everyone - give feedback on the images you like!)
Nick, The pleasure is all mine. And again, I thank you and John Kaufman for giving us this magnificent showplace where we can share our passion for space art, express our ideas with like minded individuals, and most importantly learn from the modern day masters on the subject. - Mario
I'm not sure if this is the exact right place I'm supposed to write, but as someone new, I hope to learn as I go. : )
I'm happy to have just become a newly minted member of international space art network.
I come from a background of art, primarily drawing and painting, since was age 5 or 6 (I'm 45 now). But I have also have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, and a minor in studio art, from Sacramento State University.
When I was a little boy, once a week my elementary school would have a library day so all of us could check out our favorite books. I always made a beeline for two sections: art and space. Whether on the internet or elsewhere, when given, or giving myself, an opportunity, I've made the same beeline for the last 30-40 years. When wondering what I should do with my life, I've often believed that clues can be found in what you both love to do and what you're good at. I've always loved space and I've always been, well, at least relatively above average in art.
My main question for you now, and I'm sure it's one you've probably heard many times before, is how do I begin my venture, as a beginner, into space art? What media or mediums should, or does, a beginner typically use? What books or videos should I consider looking at? What seminars might I consider going to? What software should I eventually invest in? Right now I own an Apple MacBook Pro and Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Flash.
Thank you for your help.
Well, I think everyone will give you a different answer!
But it sounds like you have chosen a digital route, and if you already have a god range of 2d image software, that seems a good place to start. There are some video tutorials on this site by David Hardy, showing how to get some good effects simply.Very quick, very clear, very good!
A general google search along the lines of 'Photoshop planet tutorial' or 'Photoshop nebula tutorial' will get you a lot of specific advise on getting started, at no cost. And please share any good ones you find, and your results!
Personally I like 3d software, mainly because its very easy to move objects, change lighting, and generally fix a bad image! It is harder to learn I think though.
I currently use Lightwave 3d as my main tool, but there are plenty of others. If I was starting now, I'd probably go for Modo.
There are also some specialist tools - Daz Studio from Daz 3d does people, and has a free starter type edition. You have to pay for most of the figures, clothes etc though.
For landscapes, Vue has a good reputation and has a rather limited free edition also. it's powerful at atmospheres, and vegetation.
Full blown 3d for free is available with Blender, the open source project. It has a reputation for being hard to use, but it has got a lot better recently, is powerful, and you can't argue with the price!
Hope that helps!