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!
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?
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!