June 17 2014, 2pm

Hello, ive been having trouble with some sketching, ive been told that putting more energy into drawings will make them more appealing. can you please explain what this means? i also hear this applies to final pieces as well

When working with your art, it’s good to have a close connection to the subject matter, as well as to enjoy what you’re making. Yes, putting energy into your art tends to have a more desirable outcome. If you’re not sure what this means, then maybe i could word it differently.

Basically, if you just make a sandwich, it’ll taste fine. If you make a sandwich, and put the time into prepping it and season it well, then it will be an awesome sandwich.

The same applies to anything you do. The more time, effort, and feeling you put into it the better. If you’re having a hard time with your sketches, break them down into what you like, and don’t like.

Pardon for my language, but I’ve half-assed a lot of sketches in the past, and never been as pleased with them. I know i can do very well on my art, even sketches, but I chose to go the quick and easy route. When people tell you to put more energy into your work, they’re probably telling you to give it the little bit of umpf it needs. On the flipside, they could be trying to tell you that your poses/designs just aren’t conveying the right emotions/energy. If that is the case, i would suggest reading up on Dynamic poses, perspective, and anatomy. Those three go hand in hand, and are fundamentals of art.

If you’re still not sure, i can answer more questions!


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June 17 2014, 10am

your theme doesn't show any buttons to go to the next pages :(

Thank you for your feedback, I’ve changed the colors on multiple links, so now almost everything should be visible!

- Eli

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