I know a lot of people say ‘just draw’ but I feel I’ve hit a brick wall, especially with traditional art. I feel if anything, I’ve fallen backwards in regards to my art.
I’ve decided I will 100% pursue tattooing even if it kills me, so I have to kick myself into gear and work hard on my artwork. But it’s easy to get discouraged. I hate my art and feel it’s no good. (Debating art school, honestly)
Post by ¤FireFiend¤ on Dec 28, 2018 20:36:33 GMT -5
I've hit walls like this too! They really suck, but know that every time you make something you are building up your drawing muscles, even if it doesn't look as good as something you've made before. You usually learn something new with each thing you make, even if it's not obvious what that is.
I think references are important for getting technical details right in drawings, but free drawing is important to take what you've learned and exercise it without looking at something (this can help you be creative and help develop a "style" too). Then you can look at a reference again and see what things you missed. That's not specific to what you were really asking though haha.
And if you're studying tattoos, you could look at other artist's work to understand how they designed an image, why they made their lines certain weights, coloring/shading, and in general the thought process that goes into a successful piece. Then you can take those techniques and apply it to your original ideas and try new things as you go as well. It's good to study other types of art too and take inspiration from multiple sources so that you don't feel too confined to a certain style.
Art school is nice because it gives you a structured system that encourages you to churn out portfolio pieces and make things, but it isn't completely necessary if you have enough drive to study on your own. If you're looking for the school experience and you have the funds to do it then go for it! But other options are taking courses that are taught by specific artists online, I know Schoolism is one option, and Pencil Kings is another one that seems more affordable. It can be a little more budget friendly rather than four years of art school. Especially if you want to be a tattoo artist, as long as you have a promising portfolio I think you would be able to get an apprenticeship.
Hating your art is tough though. It happens to a lot of artists, even professionals. There is always so much competition and it's easy to keep comparing yourself to others and think you aren't improving fast enough. But what matters is you, your journey, and having patience with the goals you set for yourself. Just don't forget what made you draw in the first place!
Post by Reverend 3 kits on Dec 29, 2018 7:00:17 GMT -5
just drawing is really only half of it. If you just blindly draw you may be reinforcing bad habits or simply not drawing the things you need to, to improve. The missing half to that equation is study and research, how can you practice drawing if you don't know what to practice? Watch tutorials, read articles and break down photos or other people's artwork even. Whatever it is you're having trouble with there is going to be tons of information available online for free. Then after you do some research practice what you learned. Art school at this point in time is pretty much a waste of money, everything they teach you can learn online, often for free. And if you're willing to spend a bit of money then there is even more resources available.
If there are any particular areas you think you're weak in I could direct you to some good resources for improving in those areas.
Post by Space Cookie on Dec 29, 2018 14:40:58 GMT -5
Well practice is the obvious But honestly, something that’s helped me a lot was swallowing my pride and realizing I needed references and to practice anatomy and to do all these things I didn’t think I had to do when I was “just drawing”
I’ll also ask for tips from other people that draw Try out a different styles too, there’s no reason you have to stick to one certain style forever, changes styles can help tackle obstacles in art you didnt even know you had, including that I’d also mix up what you draw, dont stick to one thing. Draw a little bit of everything and rotate between it all.
Draw lots of shapes as well, shapes help so much no matter what you’re drawing.
Post by »ǫᴜɪᴄᴋsɪʟᴠᴇʀ on Dec 30, 2018 13:47:44 GMT -5
Suffering. Lots of suffering. But only if you draw too much like me lol
Honestly this is so me to say but just go on Pinterest and search up fanart for your favorite book or movie. I know seeing people draw funny and awe-inspiring pieces of artwork featuring Obi-Wan or Anakin or my favorite, Ahsoka, just makes me want to pick up my pencil and start doodling. Or just search up star wars memes lmao
Another trick I used was for every clone wars arc I watched, I drew something based on a scene from that arc or characters from that arc. It got my creative mind moving.
I know these are all Star Wars-related, but hey, that's what inspires me XD
Use references, watch tutorials and speedpaints, and do art studies. Don't get bummed out if it doesn't turn out good, that's part of the process. Don't be afraid to ask for critiques too, getting other people's inputs is very helpful and highly recommended. I always try to draw what I find a little more challenging than what I'm comfortable with too. Seriously, don't be afraid to draw outside your comfort zone, even if it doesn't turn out great at first.
It's not easy and takes a lot of time, so don't feel down if you don't see improvements right away.
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