July 22 2014, 1am
Sorry for the unannounced hiatus, I’ve been busy with life. There are a few ask, i’ll try to answer them soon, i haven’t forgotten about you guys!
As of right now, until september 1st, i will be on hiatus while i prepare for school. I’ll finish up answering asks, and then set up a que. Please feel free to send in submissions and asks, just understand i wont be answering them as quickly as i used to if at all.
July 13 2014, 12am
Shoutout to all the artists on Tumblr who work on something for weeks and only get 4 notes
Shoutout to all the artists on Youtube who do amazing speedpaints and, if they’re lucky, will get 500 views
Shoutout to all underappreciated artists who do amazing work and receive no recognition
July 3 2014, 2pm
a little tip about finding your style: never ever stop experimenting. Never finalize anything. Never say “yeah, this is going to be me from now on”
because as an artist you want to change. you want to keep growing and exploring and discovering new ideas and techniques.
so don’t hold yourself back by sticking with something
let yourself mess up and start over and ditch things in a day. but keep going and pay attention to what makes you happy
July 2 2014, 12pm
For anyone who uses DeviantART! If anything pops up saying you need to update Java while you’re on DeviantART.. DON’T TOUCH IT!!!! .. just exit out of the screen and reopen DeviantART in another tab. It’s a virus!!! I fell for it yesterday and spent 2 hrs+ fixing/uninstalling unwanted programs from my computer! Please reblog!!!!
THIS NEEDS TO BE SIGNAL BOOSTED
June 29 2014, 5pm
Hello again, i asked a question a while back about "energy in art" and i thank you for that! however, i feel there's something else i need to ask, so im sorry if im a bother. As an artist who took a long break from art (drawing every day for years), coming back to art just feels really hard. my eyes outweigh the skills of my hand, and i need help. Where would a returning artist start? should i refocus on anatomy, gesture, or going to something even simpler? (i usualy draw characters lol) tyvm!
I would suggest going back to the basics of your art. If you have any personal characters, start with them. Try and familiarize yourself with your medium and skill level. take a couple days to work on one subject, then the next, and so on. Also since it’s been a while, why not try to do something new? I used to cell shade, but now i don’t. It’s really improved my art, and changed the way i color things.
It doesn’t hurt to try a new slate either, and looking at your most recent pieces can help too!
you’re just trying to jog your memory, once you get back in the swing things should fall into place.
June 28 2014, 4pm
Hey there, I've recently went into a "journey" to change my style and free myself from anime (I like it, just tired of drawing on that style) and worked on that, even got a few comic ideas. However, a couple months ago I've stopped drawing and took a step back to evaluate how I'm doing, thought there was room for improvement, and researched artists that I look up to. But along the way I became less interested on drawing and reached an art block. Do you have any tips? I'm a bit regretful now.
Its good to hear that you want to grow as an artist!
I think maybe you might have burned yourself out.
The best way to get through any art block is to surround yourself in all of your favorite art, colors, music, and scenery. Make an inspiring and happy environment for yourself. Also take notes! If you cant make what you want now, write it down. Make detailed lists of your ideas, in a designated journal.
Also sitting down with a daily doodle helps. Take at least 30 minutes to an hour, and just draw whatever comes to mind. You don’t have to finish them, but its encouraged!
When you went through this journey, you probably drew nonstop, thats why you’re stuck! You have to space things out, give yourself time to relax and enjoy your creations. It will keep you from burning out.
I hope this helped!
June 28 2014, 4pm
Hello! I, um, was kind of wondering if you had advice for this. Recently I tried experimenting with a semi-realistic style with my art, the turnout was great, but it's not a style I tend to use frequently. Yet when I tried to go back to my former style, one I'm more comfortable with, it's much more difficult than what I was doing before. Is there any way to make reverting to and from these two styles easier? I'm hoping to make a living from this sort of thing, but the block inbetween is an issue
Again, sorry for the late reply!
Hmm I know what you mean! I had the same problem with my art, and still do. I’ve noticed the best fix is to try and meld the two together. Try to make changes here and there, the transition should help get you back to where you want to be. If not, then i would suggest taking some time to review key points of your less realistic art style. Study it, and work with it
If you familiarize the brain with that, it should pick it back up!
Sorry its not a very complex answer, but thats how i have learned to cope with a fluctuating art style!
June 28 2014, 4pm
Hello, I'm curious about this, but what's one of the best ways to draw hands and feet? Or even feet with boots or sandals on? I would ask my unofficial mentor, but I'm incredibly and super shy about it, even though I was fine meeting him. (He works at Nickelodeon Studios, and I got to meet him there... I seem to be more shy when it comes to talking to people through electronics if I know them irl for some weird reason.)
Sorry for the late reply, I have been very busy lately!
I reblogged something for you recently, it discussed hands. I will find more for you later.
Anyway, the best way to get better at drawing anything, is to study real life. Even a cartoonist has to have a grasp of life studies. Your friend will tell you this. I would suggest finding old boots, and volunteers.
Draw your own hands and feet, and draw a diverse group of hands and feet. Draw them as realistically as possible, and as cartoonish as possible.
Draw until you cant anymore, and then draw some more. You get the idea.
I would also suggest getting some art/medical books on hands and feet. Those will show you the bones, muscles, and tendons. Which will help give you a sound idea of how to anchor your art.
Thats really all there is to it!
And also, just talk to him! If he’s your mentor in your eyes, then you should feel comfortable talking. I can tell you the best way to get through your shyness is to just breath, and do it before you have a chance to doubt yourself!