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Trying new things, no matter what age can be fun and challenging at the same time. For instance going back to school to finish a degree I started many moons ago, was a bit scary. But honestly its also been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever challenged myself with. Enter Dominic Saponaro, a friend and for this past semester my teacher too. I took Dom’s digital painting class this past semester at Moore College of Art and Design. Having never really learned or mastered the medium of digital paint, hey I was beginning to think the Wacom tablet on my desk was a hot plate or something, I was a bit nervous. From day one Dom forced us to face our fears of the tablet head on, giving us a big assignment out the gate. So I sat with my new friend the pen and tablet and tried to get to know her a bit. By week 3 I had the required piece to turn it, but I was mortified to show it with all these exceptional young women who have grown up in the digital age. I did survive that crit and was determined to keep learning. Most of my digital illustrations up to this point were done with a mouse, probably not the easiest thing to do, but I adapted.

green tara vs.1

This is the first version of my Green Tara

Dom is a wonderful teacher, firm, to the point and will push you to grow. and I am so glad I stuck with it. By the end of the semester in a few short 14 weeks, the tablet and I were friends. I even looked forward to meeting up with her to work on assignments and dare I say actually began using the the tablet and digital paint medium in some of my other projects. Project #3 was to create an illustration that could be marketed. I chose to create an image that could be used on on a wrap around book jacket continuing with my Asian theme. This time I didn’t hide under the table at crit time.

Book Jacket Illustration

Project #3 for painting class

All semester long I listened to Dom’s advice and kept that original painting of the Green Tara on my desktop, occasionally¬† revisiting her. We were given the opportunity to rework our images to have for presentation at our final critiques. So Tara and I¬† met often, late at night and through many stolen minutes throughout the day. I am happy to say that version #2 was a much better completed piece.

Completed Green Tara Illustration

Version #2 and final Green Tara Illustration

So I met the challenge head on, developed a new skill set and dare I say, had fun too. So no matter what your age take the opportunity to learn something new. Get out of that box and have a little fun. You never know what you are capable of accomplishing. while you’re at take a peek at Dom’s incredible digital painting on his website at http://www.swashbucklestudio.com . He has truly conquered the digital medium.

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