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Getting started in Visual arts for games ?

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Hi, I''m bascially a programmer using c++/DirectX for about a year now but I''ve always been interested in making the arts myself and being good at it beacause I really prefer the visual aspect of gamimg. Coding is too abstrct for me Can anyone give me some advices on how to start and where can I begin learning how to be a great 2D/3D artist ? Let me precise that I have absolutely no experience in that field and I draw like my 8-years old sister if worse Any help would be ver apreciated. Thank you. Dark Psi

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Well you have several choices. first. decide 2d or 3d. i reccomend starting 2d with something like photoshop or paint shop pro. learn that tool because more than likely when you hit 3d youll use it for skins, textures, whatever. When you feel your ready (and have the patience) for 3d. Get a free modeler for start. milkshape, anim8or, and 3d canvas are good ones (dont expect much of a help file for 3d canvas, its all on tutorials online). after that learn that tool by either experimenting, going to the website and reading documentation, or searching for some tutorials. dont jump into heavy 3d high poly modeling of the starship enterprise or anything if you barely can make a cube and rotate it in the modeler. just practice. resources online are exceptional for most modelling programs.
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use your imagination (if you have one)
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..is art something you can practice? I mean, u either have it or you don''t. Can art really be taught, like programming?

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yes. y do you think there are art classes in highschool and middles school. heck im sure they teach art in elementary/primary. you dont TEACH art you teach the methods and principles and the different techniques. you can practice art. but what your really practicing is those techniques and your perfecting them to your style whether you know it or not. however, in some rare cases, art itself CAN be tought.

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yes. y do you think there are art classes in highschool and middles school. heck im sure they teach art in elementary/primary. you dont TEACH art you teach the methods and principles and the different techniques. you can practice art. but what your really practicing is those techniques and your perfecting them to your style whether you know it or not. however, in some rare cases, art itself CAN be tought.

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Betty Edwards, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"

solid basis for everything else - it´ll get you out of the 8 yr old stage pretty fast.

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Don''t worry about whether you have "the gift" or not. Just practice. It''s all practice. Drawing is all about practice. Practice, practice, practice. There is nobody who is any good who hasn''t drawn and drawn and drawn and drawn and... well you get the idea.

It''s good to try and draw copies, not trace, of art you like or want to emulate. But draw your own pictures and find your own style.

At some point you might want to get a drawing tablet. I recomend Wacom.

----Steve

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If you''re interested in 3D art check out http://www.discreet.com and look around for gMAX. It''s their freeware version of 3D Studio MAX, which remains the most often used program for creating 3D graphics in video games. There are some very good tutorials on it available at that site too if I''m not mistaken...

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Thank you for all your help !

Hase : Where can I find/buy this book ?

I think I''ll start with 2D before going in to 3D modeling and stuff but I will surely make good use of the links you game me Shinkage.Thx.

-Dark Psi (I know I know its all about practicing) ^_^

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Check out "3D Game Art - F/X and Design"
auth. Luke Ahearn, publ. by Coriolis. ISBN# 1-58880-100-4
It has some great tutorials and comes with a texture library and
open-source game engines Genesis3D and Reality Factory,
so you can import/test your 3dsMax models in a real-time environ.

Cheers, Steve

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"

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It''s an ability that you have or you don''t, regardless of what is taught to you. Artists see things others can''t, and see them like no one else can, artist or otherwise. My suggestion to you is to NOT buy into that art-book, art-course crap. Art isn''t something that can be taught because true art is derived from how the individual portrays the world around him, not how he is taught to portray the world around him. I spent a few years looking at other art, even took art lessons, emulating styles I liked and etc. etc. What did I get out of it? Jack crap. One day I said screw it, sat down, and just drew an image of a woman the way I saw her, not the way anyone else saw her. I draw better than I ever did and I draw confortably because I draw in MY style, no one elses. Style is a natural thing that you will have along with your artistic ability.

Anyways, my rambling comes with a purpose....don''t think teaching can expose your real artistic abilities because it can''t. You have to discover those on your own. Even if you can''t create art now doesn''t mean you won''t be able to with some practice. If you have the ability develop it on your own, your way, and it''ll be developed correctly. Develop it the way others want you to develop it and you might not reach your full potential.

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