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how to get better at art:

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 7, 2013, 3:19 PM


I know im not a master of anything- infact, its only been about a week since I started working on improving rather than appealing. 
BUT BOY DO I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MY ART.
and you should too!

Tips on becoming the artist you want to be

✸ note that these are tips on how I've started- everyone is different! Learn however you want to learn!

1. STOP DRAWING ONLY FOR OTHERS AND JUST START DRAWING FOR YOU

Ok so this for me was the hardest step. I never ever drew for enjoyment. Even when I drew my characters I wasn't really having fun? What you should do is stop all commissions. Stop all trades. And give yourself one day to draw to make you happy. Even if you don't improve at all you will start loving your art! I know I do!

2. FIND ART THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

What is better than finding a style that you really love? Than looking at all this art from people that inspires you? NOTHING. (okay maybe besides starbucks and kittens but still!) 

when you find a style you love you should:
  • NOT COPY IT COMPLETELY (make it YOUR style!)
  • Figure out what you love about it
  • and incorporate that into your style
3.STUDY AND PRACTICE

for me I've found it hard to study more than one thing at a time. This week its been alot of paws and foxes and wolfs. I have been really into looking at anatomy and references.
REFERENCES ARE NOT CHEATING! USE THEM! Then practice practice practice.

4. LOVE YOUR ART

This is really important to remember:
YOU HAVE AMAZING ART. YOU ARE AN ARTIST. do not always try to draw perfectly- you will never get better!
Draw bad! JUST DRAW. Draw stickfigures and draw what you can't draw (for me its people) and just have fun!

A blackbelt in karate would never be a black belt if they stayed doing only what they could do. SAME WITH ARTISTS.

 

remember: you need to DRAW FOR YOU.


It won't be easy- I've gotten frustrated and annoyed this week when what I tried to draw wasn't working. But I have been really proud of what I've seen so far. I am now excited to draw! I LOVE IT. AND SO SHOULD YOU

~ Magicpawed author


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FateofHearts Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so simple, but this journal is just what I needed.
I always try to draw perfectly, and to stay in my comfort zone. When I don't like how something turns out, I start all over, erasing everything.
This is just that little push I needed to step out of that little box.
Thank you!
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xian-li Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
thank you
ohmy
I needed that 
XD
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BlackMew13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for this simple but inspiring and helpful journal<3

im currently stuck in the biggets art block i've had so far and im desperately trying to get out of it @.@
luckly i dont really have a problem with the first point ='P
i can only draw stuff i really want to and when i draw a gift for someone i do it because i wanna make them happy so i usualy have a lot of fun drawing pictures for frineds :3
i guess my main problem is that i cant really like my art anymore >.< when i look at amazing pictures from other poeple i just get jealous of their style and/ or skill and that made me very frustrated with my own art DX
i guess the best way to go about that would be to not trying to make everything perfect ID that's very good advice^^

thanks again!
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Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AA thanks youuuu
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Timidemerald Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
thank you... It's such simple advice, and advice I've heard already in bits and pieces, but seeing it all in one piece and assembled in such a direct, simple way really helps. I'm going through a sluggish period art-wise and hopefully this will help me pull out of it. 
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Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaa Thank you
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reallllllyyyyy inspiring!

If I use a reference, I often will grab my pencil, and measure out the length of, say, the animals head, and then do some more measuring and stuff to find out that the animal's head is twice as long as the distance from their shoulder to their paw or whatever. I find that helps with proportions a lot.

Thanks so much for this!!!
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Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!

Thats actually a really good method-it helps a ton with drawing from life
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TheN0Gravity Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And the smartest person on the ineternet award goes to....
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Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaa thank youuuu
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