My name is Shani Ibgui and for the past year I have been taking the Digital Illustration Diploma Course with Spencer Hill.
For as long as I could remember creating art was my passion and ambition, I have also always had a deep appreciation to Animation and Cartoon (preferably Anime from Japan). Through taking this course I was able to combine my love for both subject and resulted with the direction I want to take with it.
The clear notes I was given were divided into sections that ended off with assignments, the way it was written made it easy to follow and taught me the fundamentals skills I required. I especially enjoyed creating the assignments after each subject applying all the new and interesting features I have learnt, even more so I enjoyed when I received my feedback.
The feedback was exactly what I needed to hear about my work as it was always filled with the right amount of constructive criticism, advice and humour.
The portrait above shows my first time ever creating a digital drawing that I gave in as an assignment. At the beginning I only worked with monochrome and had barely any knowledge of further tools other than the brush and rubber.
At the beginning I had only worked with applying colours and mild tones within the line art of the piece, when my tutor Spencer saw this kind of work he gave a positive feedback, but highly encouraged me not to work within the lines creating sections of colours but rather working over it. in this piece I tried to apply it and found it more successful. This was probably one of the best advice I was given by Spencer 🙂
The piece above was another one of my entry mid way through this course. Through this piece I had a major turning point in my Digital Illustration skills. I took in Spencer’s advice again on painting over the lines and playing with different colour palettes. as result I was able to achieve a more realistic result which I was proud of.
Though this was my first time ever interacting with computer art, over this past year I have really seen a huge jump in improvement with this subject of art and it is all thanks to Spencer Hill and his excellent course!
Through this knowledge I have been taught I was able to discover my ambition with art which is to become a Concept Artist as well as a Web Comic Creator. Within the coming years I will keep working on this skill and hope to produce work I can share with others to view.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is getting started with Digital Illustration and would like to work in that field as there is no better course than this one to kick it all off!