Until PAI Gets Created – Color, The Mystery

Color, The Mystery...

I loved drawing when I was young. Maybe if I hadn’t fallen into computer programming in adolescence, I would have worked on drawing. I was confident that I had a talent for drawing at that time. But when I had to paint watercolors in my school art class, I always ruined them at the coloring stage. Looking at other children’s watercolors skillfully, I had to admit that my talent wasn’t that great, and maybe that’s why my interest has shifted to programming since then. But since my childhood, when I basically liked drawing, my desire to paint better has never changed. Coloring was like a big problem that I had to solve someday. It’s ironic that I’m not good at coloring and I’m developing software for coloring.

Game Development

I’ve tried to make my own game in recent years. The coding went smoothly, but it was blocked by graphics. There was a graphic style I wanted, and I didn’t expect it to be so difficult to achieve. Eventually, I decided to solve the secret of the graphic myself. But the journey was not smooth. I felt like that after one crisis,  I was facing another crisis that was twice as high. I spent a lot of nights analyzing and thinking about how I could draw such paintings. The masters’ paintings were both materials of study but also subject to pressure.

Study

Also, I started to learn the basic elements needed to draw good pictures from scratch. Among them, the hardest thing for me was the Color. It will be dealt with in depth as another post.  However, I would like to tell you in advance that the Shading Assistant function of PAI is the result of analyzing numerous photos and pictures of masters.

The Motive

From a software developer’s point of view, digital painting wasn’t just artistic. It used to involve a considerable amount of repetitive work. These repetitive tasks can cause efficiency to be reduced by breaking the flow of work, or if they accumulate, they can even affect our health.
I used to have these questions whenever I did those repetitive tasks.
“Are they really doing this?”
“Is this the best I can do?”
Those questions motivated me to develop PAI.
While developing software, I always put a lot of effort into improving inefficient processes and codes in the early stages. Because I know that it brings more quality results and time efficiency. So I decided to apply the same method to digital painting.

I started to improve the discomfort that I felt wasn’t efficient when I drew my own paintings. The inconveniences were mainly about choosing and adjusting colors. The UI of PAI was designed and tested so that the same operation can be performed with less action than the existing user interface. And all the results became PAI.

Assistant

Many other great plug-ins primarily aim to expand the software’s functionality. On the other hand, PAI focuses on helping to use the software more efficiently. This difference may make PAI look strange.
Let’s suppose we have a competent secretary who can help us with our work.
The secretary is not a phone, but he will be able to take your call more skillfully. Also, the secretary is not a keyboard, but he will be able to write your email more skillfully. Or, in some situations, he can give useful advice.
Likewise, PAI is not a color picker or a specific brush plug-in in itself, but it could serve as a secretary to enable more efficient use of existing color pickers or brushes. The role of secretary for digital painting artists is PAI’s pursuit.

Also, PAI is not designed to be used in any particular form. Everything is optional and you can just get as much assistance from PAI as you need.

Artificial Intelligence

Currently, bold experiments on artificial intelligence-based painting are actively underway. Some of these experiments look groundbreaking and intimidating. What shape will digital painting be in the future? Artificial intelligence initially appeared to be a threat to replace humans, but it is now becoming a role of assisting humans in more and more industries. I expect that artificial intelligence-based digital painting will eventually become a role of assisting artists, not a substitute for them.

Sooner or later, PAI will be equipped with innovative painting functionalities based on artificial intelligence. But as with all the current PAI functions, those AI-based functions will also be designed to better serve as an assistant. The AI-based functions are still just a vague rough idea. But I want to spoil some of those functions to show the future of PAI. 😉 The functions are about stroke and fill, which is outlining and shading. This is to relieve the inconvenience that I’ve felt because of repetitive tasks in outlining and shading.

San
San
I make software for vehicle during the day and draw pictures at night.

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