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!
June 17 2014, 8pm
Hey there, I have been having some serious trouble with my artwork lately. My boyfriend had referred me to your page during one of our skype calls; we happened to be talking about art. I have had a bamboo tablet for about two years now and haven't been able to produce original characters and ideas, plus inspiration and idea's has been very lacking. I want to be a graphic artist and designer as my career someday and I would love to hear anything you may have to offer, thanks =)
Tell him that was very nice of him!!
As for inspiration and motivation, i am on the same boat. I have a hard time with the consistency of my art style, as well as sticking to a character. I have noticed that finding art from other artists you enjoy is a great way to inspire yourself, as well as listening to music that makes you feel good! it’s a good idea to try and apply yourself with art challenges, you can find a lot of them on tumblr, and to stick to a schedule.
I would suggest picking at least one day every week or so to sit down and draw for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Taking 5 to 10 minute breaks when needed. also planning out your art is a good idea, you’re more likely to be productive when you already have an idea of what you want.
For instance, i know i want to make fanart for frozen, and i know i really like the pairing of Kristoff x Anna. So now I have my subject, then i’ll do a bit of research on how i was to pose them, and what kind of feelings i want to convey with my art. So i’ll look up couple poses, and spend time sifting through my favorites. Then i start working, and set time limits for how long i spend on break and how long i spend on art.
It’s always fun to play music that originally gave you the feelings you wanted to convey in your art, that way you’re keeping the moral up. also cleaning your work space, and showering, and spending time with your interests will help! take yourself on artist dates, so that your environment doesn’t become stale!
These are all my general pointers, i could go on and on though. Thank you for your message, and if you need anymore questions answered, feel free to message me again!
If you’d like to request some specific subjects for me to reblog, i’m all ears!
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!