Thursday, January 26, 2012

My New Love—Digital Painting of Fantasy Art

One of my first creative loves was drawing and painting. I’d do anything special my kindergarten teacher wanted, if the reward was getting an extra turn in the painting room with the huge easels that stood as tall as I was. I still remember the rush of excitement I felt smelling the tempura paint and picking up the long-handled, wide brushes, sloshing them through the colors.

Recently, I’ve undertaken a huge writing project of self-publishing a series of five books in an epic fantasy romance, the Enchanted Bookstore Legends. Two are written and professionally edited. The third is my current work-in-progress. I’m busy putting final touches on book one, Seeking a Scribe. And working on cover art. With my love of painting, I was looking forward to creating what I envisioned for my books.

What I didn’t expect was to be sucked virtually helpless into a new hobby, which I’ll share as I progress. Researching fantasy art led me to devour workshops on Photoshop. Then I moved on to technique books on digital painting of fantasy characters. From there, I can see exactly where my free time in 2012 and beyond is going. Turning the pages of the technique books gives me the exact same thrill as the feel of the viscosity of the tempera paint on my kindergarten brush.

I really didn’t need one more interest. My deck is stacked full, and I pull myself away from new avenues of commitment, like steering clear of the yoga instructor training I desperately wanted to take. And I curbed my desire for vegetable gardening. But extensions of those early hobbies make my knees go weak and my head spin. I learned to knit at age eight and have an embarrassingly large yarn stash. I am truly glad that an ereader sits still on a desk, unlike a book, while I knit and read simultaneously. Since my tricycle days, I’ve never let go of biking on a weekly basis. My house is filled with my own watercolors, and now my computer files will fill with my own digital art. Am I excited…just like playing at the big easels!

What hobbies/interests/activities do you have that seem to run through your veins like a part of you?

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. She is the author of the novel, TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE, the first in a trilogy. Part two, TORTUGA TREASURE is contracted for release in January 27, 2012. Look for her first of an epic fantasy romance series, SEEKING A SCRIBE: ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS ONE, to be available March, 2012. For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, Le Cirque De Magie.


Ella Gray said...

I dabble in several hobbies, including drawing and painting, but I don't think I devote enough time to it. Lately, I'm obsessed with learning to play my guitar again, and it's great fun.

Good luck with your covers! I can't wait to see them :-)

Melanie said...

You know, I never thought of propping up the eReader while I knitted. Could be because I'm knitting lace, but you are getting me closer to making a plain sweater! As for me, you can see where I'm headed. I just finished "writing" a report that became a six-page comic book. A lot harder than I thought it would be since perfectionism played a big part.

Looking forward to your adventures in the fantasy fields, as I make my own dabbles in the same direction.


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