Books and Shrooms: Day 360

MarioShroom by Robert Chapman

I figured before my 365th day in a row comes around, I should at least spend a day doing some pen and paper drawings. I set up a chair outside and did a little bit of doodling, and for awhile there I wasn’t too sure what this was going to end up as, but then I saw the Super Mario mushroom. I colored it as such.

I follow this wonderful 3D artist on Patreon, Twitch, and Twitter. She goes by Ellalune, and today she shared a link that leads to an interesting website that might change how I spend some of my time. This website is a virtual library for artists of all kinds, filled with free to view content. Just briefly viewing the various book categories, I see a lot of topics that I would be interested in reading. Various topics include; photography, drawing, painting, and technology, just to name a few that stood out to me. I haven’t looked any deeper yet though, so I’ll have to get back to you in a future post.

Since I started this epic project a year ago, I’ve read only a handful of art related books during that time. I really think I need to increase the amount of books I read throughout the year because I feel that there’s still so much out there that I don’t know. Besides a few how-to tutorials on various Photoshop effects, I’m pretty much completely self-taught when it comes to making my digital artwork. There’s also a whole business side to art that I would like to get more familiar with. Mostly though, I would hope to find some books about artists I can relate to, with personal stories all about business, technique, and experience.

Crystal Moody, another artist that I follow, has been tackling her own epic – year long – projects. One of which is to read 50 books in a year, and through her blog updates I get recommendations for books I should check out. However, since I don’t make much spending money, I frankly can’t afford to just go out and buy books. So sometimes if I want to read something bad enough, I’ll browse around the internet and see if I can find a website offering a free download. More often than not, I have to write it down and maybe pick it up some other time. Perhaps I should check my local library, eh?

Anyways, I think that’s all the stories you’re going to get from me today! Thanks for checking this out. Please follow me, comment, subscribe, any of that kind of stuff! I really appreciate it! 🙂


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  • Brad Thornhill

    Looks like that shroom is being attacked by little alien organisms is this super mario meets some scary horror creature mash up lol just kidding looks awesome as always 🙂

    • Lol! Well that’s creative! Thanks for the comment, Brad 🙂