A stress relief painting. It didn’t help…oh well, at least I got to use pretty colours!


A stress relief painting. It didn’t help…oh well, at least I got to use pretty colours!

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More thoughts on art



Man the one thing I can’t stop thinking about is how desperate young artists seem to be for shortcuts, and that’s kind of disheartening

When I was streaming I got a bunch of questions asking like ‘Do you have tips or tutorials for drawing xyz thing’ and my response to those questions was consistently ‘Just practise and research.’

And it seemed like a lot of people were not happy with that answer.

Like I mean if you want to get better at art, that’s how it is. That’s what you have to do. There are no shortcuts, there are no fast-tracks to learning and mastering techniques. Sure you can look up tutorials and stuff but the main issue I have with tutorials is not the tutorials themselves, but rather the way people consume them.

It’s like when they see something put down on paper and there are steps to it or whatever, they will follow those steps and follow that exact set of steps for as long as they can, until they realise that not branching out and trying new things has ultimately given them a sort of artistic handicap.

Learning to do things in different ways is very important for becoming a good artist. Trying new things and branching away from your comfort zone is wildly important to your development. I mean, it’s kind of like doing anything else that requires dedication and repetition and practise.

Sure, you can play a song on guitar, but that doesn’t mean you know how to play guitar. That means you know how to play one song, one way. And that’s not helping you at all.

Same goes for art! You need to try. You need to force yourself away from what you’re used to doing and try different ways. You need to look at the broader picture, as it were. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t go ‘Oh, this tutorial says that this is how I should shade skin so obviously this is the only way I am going to do it for the rest of my artistic career.’

Sure, you can shade skin to make it look like it’s in broad daylight. But what about if you want to shade skin to make it look like the character you’re drawing is illuminated by the moon? What if you want to draw them in a dark and dingy swamp? What if you want to draw them in a night club? Then where will your tutorial be to help you?

That sounds really ominous but it’s true. You have to move your assand try different things. Don’t rely entirely on what someone tells you as the end-all-be-all to your method of drawing. Expand and question things! Look up like a BUNCH of different references and try to combine them! STOP LOOKING FOR SHORTCUTS.

I mean idk, art isn’t an easy thing. It takes years to hone and change and improve and even the masters were still improving and changing and getting better when they were at the end of their lives! Sitting there on your computer going ‘WHY CAN’T I DO THIS’ probably has something to do with the fact that you’re likely jumping into the deep end rather than starting from the very beginning, and that’s when you’re more likely to get frustrated and give up.

No, it isn’t fun to realize that you have to go back QUITE A BIT until you end up getting to where you need to be, but yo, them’s the breaks. Everyone has the potential to be a great artist, but you need the motivation and the dedication and that means not cutting corners.

Any art college professor will tell you that. Joe Schmoe on the street drawing in his little life drawing sketchbook will tell you that. Even weird impressionist artists will tell you that. If you want to sit in your little bubble and stick to only what you’ve been told and not branch out, then fine, but don’t get all persnickety when five years down the line you realise you shouldn’t have done that.

Can everyone just read this?? Life lessons.

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@1 month ago with 3485 notes
#true enough #tho learning neat tricks can also help with motivation #like hey I gotta try that new technique! #and it will be fun and you want to keep trying new things #art advice 


@1 month ago with 52 notes
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#11 “The Mood Chart for Graphic Designers”


#11 “The Mood Chart for Graphic Designers”

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#creepy or motivational #you decide #comics #black and white #traditional art #my art 

Book of Kells Now Free to View Online 



This is the coolest thing I’ve seen for quite some time.  The artwork is breathtaking.  


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#timezone reblog #sorry 



However, if your drawing is worse than your standard; then you need other’s advice or learn from other’s drawing. 

Moreover, you will never reach your own standard until you die. Is it despair? No, it means you will have endless exciting adventures. The real despair is when you’re too perfect that you don’t know what to do. Enjoy your endless trip to be ‘almost’ perfect. 


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if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life!! because the field you’re interested in isn’t hiring

this. so much this.

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#SNORT #true