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Update #2 (October 2017)

Happy October, readers! We’ve finally hit Fall (although the heat in D.C. would make you think otherwise), and it’s time for me to make a general update post for what I’ve been doing and what plans I have for the blog in upcoming posts.

Education

I’m continuing to do well in college, a few weeks ago I had the honor of being included in my University’s Dean’s List! I worked really hard to achieve this, as you can see from my drop in posts since mid summer. Now I’m finally taking a course that is directly relevant to major in IT. The course is called Information Technology and Society and is mainly centered around examining the ethics of Computer Science and the way consumer electronics and online services affect people around the world. This subject is really important because I ascribe to the idea that you need to understand how humans and society as a whole functions in order to produce effective software. After all, If I were to work as a software consultant in my career path, I need to be able to determine what kind of functionality suits my clients needs the best. It’s also crucial to know how ethics applies to the field of Computer Science, so I’m very excited to learn more about that during this course.

During my spare time, I’ve been researching material related to programming so I can build my coding skill set:

So for the month of October, my goal is to increase posting frequency so all of you can enjoy more helpful insight and content about art and programming. This week I’d like to write and release a post explaining how I’m going to handle reviews so I can establish a consistent format. I want to make sure that my reviews are top quality to help you figure out what’s worth your money and what isn’t. After that, I would like to release the 2nd episode of Adventures in Programming now that i’m gaining a better grasp of the basics of Python. After that I hope to cap things of with a review of Sonmez’s book.

So, to finish off this post, I’d like to mention that if you want to get the latest updates on posts, follow me on Twitter and Pinterest, or subscribe to the site’s mailing list. I’d also like to announce that I’m active on reddit as u/PaintArcturus so be sure to head on over there and r/Blogging to contact me if you have anything to say. I’m very happy to receive any comments and suggestions on this site or either of the mentioned platforms, so don’t be shy!

That’s it for today.

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!