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February 6, 2017 10:15am #361
I haven't done any real drawing to speak of since August and went to open pixelovely this morning and it was gone :o I did a quick google search to see what happened and found it here. Wow, was I relieved.
My name is Dennis and I am an artist dwelling in the retail world by day. I currently work as electronics department manager at my local Walmart.
I started my art school years at Pratt Institute. I finished up my degree quite a few years later, when I was 25, at Stony Brook University. When I was 30 I took some computer art classes and fell in love with 3d art. I also have a certificate in computer aided drafting. In 2015 I started computer animation classes at Full Sail Online but left in 2016 to care for my dad who was battling cancer. He passed away in October unfortunately. I most likely will not be returning to Full Sail. But will continue doing artwork for sure. So here I am at the ripe ol age of 46 still fighting the good fight, trying to get myself drawing again.
So here are a couple of my more "recent" works. The face and animal studies I did while at Full Sail. For those I use my xp-pen 22 inch tablet monitor. The dog drawing I did back in August. I did that one on my samsung tab a with s pen.
Looking forward to participate in the boards here and get some drawing done.
Oh, here's a link to my web page if anyone is interested in seeing more artwork: www.dennisborruso.com
Thanks. Cheers.February 10, 2017 12:34pm #1802
Welcome to the site, Dennis!
My condolences on the loss of your father, that must have been difficult to go through. :(
I'm really digging your journey and passion for art however, and I like the sketches you've posted! There's never a time to stop learning either. :) Is there anything in particular you want to focus on in your art while you get back in the swing of things?February 11, 2017 9:12am #1805
Not really sure what to focus on at this point in my journey with art. I want to find some way to incorporate my style of drawing and painting into my 3d art. I did find an interesting piece of software called polybrush. It's kind of like drawing in Photoshop with a pressure sensitive tablet but in 3d space. Maybe I can give some kind of figure drawing in it a go. Got tomorrow off work so might give it a shot.
Here's a drawing I did the other day using a line of action photo as reference. I call it "tranquility now" (Seinfeld reference).February 12, 2017 3:12am #1810
My condolences too Dennis.
It's great to see that you picked up drawing again. In my experience, drawing is a very relaxing activity. Do you experience it the same way?
I took a look at your website and I liked your 3D art too. Keep up the nice work :)!February 21, 2017 2:55am #1823
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know how difficult grief is to cope with, but like the others I agree that drawing is therapeutic and relaxing so it's great you are continuing to create.
I love your style. Tranquility now is beautiful as is the dog, love the line directions giving the feel of fur.
Great work. Lovely to see. I'm off to delete a few of my scribbles now..haha!!February 21, 2017 10:02am #1824
Hello Dennis !!
I am glad you decided to keep working hard for what you really feel passionate about, I am just starting my journey in the arts field, but I could remind you one of the most interesting aspects of arts (for me at least) --the learning side of it-- .it is the duty of being always learning something new, and that is as tough as it is amazing, so, do not forget to study a lot, to keep your art senses fresh and growing, keep in mind that fundamental understanding of what you are trying to master, is key. I wish you an awesome and long journey and I will stay tuned to see you improvement over time. :)
And as a side note, I would like to know a little bit about your short expereince at Full Sail. Is that institution as expensive as I hve heard? and if so, Is it worth it?
Thank you in advance.March 1, 2017 9:15am #1845
Sorry so late getting back to the forum here. I been struggling with my 3d printer trying to get some decent prints out of it. I'm excited though, ordered a new Do It Yourself 3d printer kit to build a new better one.
I agree, it is important to always be learning and growing, it's the spice of life, not just in art but everything.
Full Sail was a nice experience, but yeah it's pricey. I only did the first foundation year so can't speak beyond that. A lot of drawing and 3d modeling. I was lucky to not have to take a lot of the core stuff because I already have a bachelor's and transferred over a lot of credits. I was constantly doing artwork and classes and online sessions with other students. I was really kept on my toes and pushed to try new things so in that regard it was very good. I am skeptical the courses are specific enough to land a great job in an animation studio though. They really teach a bit of everything but studios want a specific focus mostly as they are generally broke down into departments. It's a great generalist program, learn a lot. But way too expensive to become a generalist. I escaped with only 9k debt as I was granted a scholarship as well. So yeah, I will not be returning to full sail. I do not regret the experience though.