Month: May 2017

What I Aim to Do With This Site

As I mentioned in my previous post, my main purpose for Paint on the Keys is to chronicle my growth as an artist and a programmer. I figured that the best way to do that is by setting up the following two series for this blog:

  • Adventures in Art – In which I talk about what I’m learning in Art, what materials and references I use, and my personal thoughts on the learning process.
  • Adventures in Programming¬†– The same as above, but for programming. I’m currently self-studying Python and the Command Line Interface, so expect to see a lot of that when this starts. Since I’ll be attending classes for my major in BSIT, I’m assuming that the Programming series will have more frequent posts in the beginning.

I would like to the above to be the core content for PotK. Hopefully years form now when I become skilled in both fields, everyone can look back in the archives and see step by step how I was able to accomplish my goals.

 

I would also like to post helpful tech-based tutorials. There are a lot of cool things that can be done with computers, and I love to take advantage of the experience I have from using them and teach the readers of this blog about helpful tips and tricks, and even recommend programs that I like.

 

Finally, I will also post about my hobbies like gaming, manga, and tokusatsu. It would be really neat to talk about the things I love to do in my free time, maybe post my background with different series and write up reviews to show what’s worth looking into. I hope you’ll all have as much fun reading this as I do writing!

The first episodes of Adventures in Art/Programming should be coming this week once I get college orientation out of the way. Until then, see ya!

Birth of a New Blog!

Hello there, readers! This is Arcturus, and I’d like to welcome you all to my blog, Paint on the Keys. I made this site to chronicle my journey in learning how to draw art and program software. My username is inspired by the 4th brightest star in the night sky,¬†Arcturus.

A Little About Myself

I’m a college student in his early 20s who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, specializing in Software Analysis and Development. Ever since I was little, I’ve been enamored with everything tech related, you’ll always find me typing at a computer or playing a fun video game. So of course, as I grew up, I realized that the best kind of career for me to take was something involving computers. At first I wanted to either be a graphic designer or an IT manager, but my experience and influence from video games as a hobby really drew me to software development. I find the field so attractive because I see it as a way to express myself in an environment I’ve been comfortable with my whole life, and I can have the opportunity to have people experience fantastic stories and settings like the ones I play through all the time in video games.

Recently, I’ve decided to take up Art as a hobby. When I was younger, I always loved reading comics and watching cartoons from all over the world and thinking how cool it would be to develop a nice artstyle and start producing great works myself. Well, I’ve finally gotten sick of leaving my dreams as dreams and am now learning how to draw. I’m only a beginner but I believe I have a lot of potential!

It’s gonna be a tough road learning two different broad disciplines like drawing and programming, but if I stick through with it, I think my determination will pay off in dividends! Imagine becoming skilled in both programming and art, I’d be one hell of a triple threat. I’m also really interested in seeing how these two hobbies can overlap. What can I learn about programming from drawing, and what can I learn about drawing from programming?

 

Hobbies

Here’s some stuff I like besides art & programming:

 

  • Video Games – Role-Playing Games, or RPGs being my favorite genre
  • Anime/Manga – I mainly love action based stuff and comedies. But any series that stands out in a special way is definitely something I’m interested in
  • Tokusatsu – A Japanese genre of live action television usually starring superheroes. You know, stuff like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman.
  • Japanese Language – Since 2012 I’ve been studying Japanese on and off with the goal of being able to read native level material
  • Music – Being a video game fan, I do listen to gaming soundtracks very often, but I’m also interested in genres like Prog Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B

Surprise, surprise, the aspiring programmer is a total nerd. Expect me to post about the above stuff in-between all my studies on art and tech.

 

Anyways, that was my brief intro post, keep reading Paint on the Keys to learn more about me and my aspirations!