Hello and welcome! So, what is the Art Techniques and Theories forum?
For a long time, cgtalk was mainly a place that focused on 3D graphics, and eventually, we started getting more and more 2D artists joining the community and participating in the challenges, books published by Ballistic Publishing (CGSociety’s publishing branch)…etc, and many of these 2D artists don’t do 3D at all. As we all have witnessed, the amount of excellent 2D art we see on a daily basis at cgtalk has become something that’s awe-inspiring, but cgtalk was still seen by most as a 3D-centric community. There wasn’t an obvious place for the more traditional-minded artists to share art techniques, theories, post tutorials…etc–until now.
Although the Art Techniques and Theories forum leans more towards the traditional foundations of art, it does not exclude non-traditional/3D artists. Anyone who is interested in the foundations of art is welcomed to join the discussions and share knowledge. After all, all visual art, be it 3D, 2D, digital, traditional, photography, design, sculpture…etc all follow the traditional foundations of art like composition, perspective, anatomy/figure, lighting/values, color theory…etc. We all share the common roots and history that spans from The Renaissance all the way to the digital age.
Art Techniques and Theories forum will be fairly broad in scope, but within the boundaries of drawing/painting/sculpting/design techniques, tutorials, art theory discussions, art history, influential artists, inspirations, and legal issues relevant to artists.
You are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge, inspirations, and invite artists you admire to join our community, and hopefully, we’ll be able to learn and grow as artists together.
Remember, 3D, 2D, photography, design, sculpture…etc are all visual mediums–vehicles to carry and realize your creativity. At the source of it all, is the art, and that is the most important thing. Be an artist first–everything else comes after.