Our Admin, who art in cyber-space, Hallowed be thy UserName. Thy Avatar come. Thy FAQ be done, On my computer as it is on the server. Give us this day our Daily Deviation. And forgive us our rants, as we forgive those who rant against us. And lead us not into policy violation, but deliver us from llamas. For thine is the perl script, and the power, and the root password, forever and ever. Amen
This is how it begins. You see a mighty dragon in your mind, its frightening head, shiny scales, marvelous wings, a long tail with a row of spikes... It's so real you can almost touch it!
You grab a pencil, or a graphics tablet pen, you feel the creative energy coming through your fingers, and... nothing looks right. It just doesn't. And you would understand it if you were generally bad at drawing, but no, you can draw realistic things as long as you use a reference, right? Your lines are clean, you can control a pencil, you get the proportions right—but only when there's something you can look at in reality.Drawing from imagination seems to be a higher skill than simply re-creating reality. After all, this is a real creation—you're bringing to life something no one's ever seen before! All these amazing creatures and fantastic stories in your mind are only waiting for you to set them free. You want to observe them as they're being born on a sheet of paper, to see them come true, for everyone to admire them as you do. Why is it so hard? How to get a proper connection between the image in your mind and the lines created by your hand? (...)