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Some Links of Inspiration & Advice

Wed Nov 16, 2011, 3:55 PM


Some of you may have seen these before, but here are some thoughtful, inspirational, and light-hearted links that have served as a great reminder to myself to keep doing what I do. Sometimes we need these kind of reminders. They've just been hanging around in my bookmarks, and since I saw a few of these things resurface on tumblr today, I decided now was as good a time as any to share.

:bulletblue: Studio Shelter "Keep Drawing"
:bulletblue: Tales Of Mere Existence: "My Favorite Artistic Advice"
:bulletblue: Super Obvious Secrets I Wish They'd Teach In Art School
:bulletblue: How to Steal Like an Artist
:bulletblue: More Drawing Advice than Anyone Wanted
:bulletblue: Learn How to Fail
:bulletblue: A Good Quote from Ira Glass
:bulletblue: This incredible thread. This guy went from a total beginner to a professional painter and art teacher, and tracked his whole progress here!
:bulletblue: Creative Types: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

IN SHORT:

Motivation Stamp by In-The-MachineMotivation Stamp by In-The-MachineMotivation Stamp by In-The-MachineMotivation Stamp by In-The-Machine

Some of those links are a bit contradictory towards each other, mostly because some are the "JUST DO IT" approach and some are "WORK REALLY DAMN HARD," but in the end it's about finding a balance. Strive to be better, but don't forget that you want to be an artist because you love making art. Buckle down, stop beating yourself up, accept that you will inevitably screw up and it's okay, try new things, and remember to sometimes just draw for the hell of it.

I can't stress this kind of thing enough. There are times where, like every artist, I really hate my work, but I know I'll never get better if I stop. Move forward or die trying.  I get so many notes from people who are just... so self-defeating with their art, and they just want to give up because they can't be as good as they want right now. The other day I was asked by a begginner "if I draw every day for a year, will I be as good as you?" and I said "I don't know! Why don't you do it and find out? Regardless of the outcome, improvement will happen." As generic as it sounds, keep trying, don't give up, you will improve. Patience and practice go hand in hand here.

Don't believe me? Well, okay.

Here is one of my early digital pieces from eight years ago. Even back then I knew it wasn't very good, but I didn't quit. Can you imagine if I had?

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Honestly, I was struggling a bit with art today, but looking at the links above and thinking about this sort of thing got me motivated again.

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ALSO if you have a moment, please check these links out:
- americancensorship.org/
- www.change.org/petitions/stop-…
- www.avaaz.org/en/save_the_inte…
It's important if you rely on the internet for anything, in anyway. Protect the net, stop internet censorship!

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Catire Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I commend you for this
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That conceptart link with the guy who went from a beginner to pro is AMAZING :iconwowplz:
Thank you for collecting all these links together!
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Viewtube865 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Unlike Furaffinity, you can actually favorite journals. So I had to fav this one. XD
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PikaSonic Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
How inspiring! I am also inspired by artists that I admire, including you. Artists that never give up, though giving the occasinal self-criticism, it really means a lot to helping us beginners work on what we need to work on. :D
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Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks to these posts, I've become more inspired as well, especially from that guy who went from a beginner to an art teacher! I'm going to try drawing from life a lot more now, even if it scared me before.
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scabbed-angel-16 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god, thank you so much <3

It seems like every time I draw something, I end up freaking out over every little mistake I notice, and then once I put it online I notice like 20x more. Sometimes I even regret uploading it in the first place >.<

It's also really embarrassing for me to see earlier works of mine. They look like utter shit to me, heh. I guess I just need to get into the right mindset, but sometimes that's really hard to do.
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Sketchy-Boy-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Wow... This is some pretty awesome stuff. Thanks!
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aftertaster7 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Very uplifting! Thank you! :w00t:
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Merimutt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this, I've been in one hell of an art block lately, but this has really motivated me! :D
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Camarlengo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
:tighthug: Wow...I really didnt feel like drawing anything today because I felt I was gonna do badly. But now...I think I'll draw something today. And fail....But I'll be happy that I got something done :iconiloveitmoreplz:
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BlindDeath21 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
thank you, this turned a shitty day were i felt like id get nothing done into a day ill get somthing done
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eddsworld Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That last link made me feel a little better, thanks :)
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Dogwhitesector Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Its funny that many have art blocks, there is always inspiration, but it can only come up when the person is out there exploring, not sitting in front of the computer looking at DA 24/7.
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xlilCarol Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist
I love you again. Oh wait no. I loved you all the time. :heart: :heart: :heart:
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Versiris Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Good links and advice, bookmarked! :)
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hejinglan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
BLESS THIS POST.
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RyeDragon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You seem to have perfect timing with this, because lately I've actually started to accept how my art looks and accept that I won't become better right away. This just pushed me even further to want to become better cuz I know eventually (And hopefully) I will be. AS SELF ABSORBED AS THAT SOUNDS. WEEEEE~

Thank you Squeedge. :D
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Loobka Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
this rlly helped me,i myself draw alot (no device to put work on Deviant art) and ive noticed within a year there is quite the change! ty for these inspirations


on another note: congress cant do that! that would break and ruin a large group of americans (specificallly nerds,free lance artists,etc.) i understand wanting to make the web a little cleaner but this....this is REDICULOUS!!!
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LightLoveAngel Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
reading this is helping me feel better right now :3 even more so since you're an artist i really admire
sadly the self defeating mood i get about my art is kinda of making it where i don't draw very often... 'cause when i do i tend to get frustrated that it's not turning out the way i want it
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liguha Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I've had art block for oh, i dont know... a few years it seems. it feels like ever since i started high school! the past few years I've felt really uninspired. school tires me out too much. It doesn't bother me too much though. I love art and i love drawing, but I know it's not my calling in life, it's just a beautiful way for me to relax at times. Also I think working on art for a flash game all last year sort of made me want to take a break from drawing.. its never fun to work on art you don't particularly enjoy doing, even if it's for money :( It certainly did force me to draw and improve a lot though, so i'm grateful for that :)

anyways, I just have to say I love your journals squeedgemonster!
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Silent-Visionary Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I thank you for posting these links. I was just thinking to myself about making it out there as an animator and if my work was any good. You hear all the time that you should just go out there make mistakes and learn from it, but at the same time feel like your not allowed to make those mistakes. Seeing other artists go through the same struggle helps the anxiety of it all makes it less stressful ( at least for me). After working on stuff for school and trying all the time to out do what has been I lost sight of just trying to have fun with it. So again I thank you for sharing your pieces of inspiration because I sure do feel a lot better now.
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Becoming an animator is tough work for sure! All the big-name animators have gone through the same struggles too, I assure you. Just hang in there :]

I'm glad this helped brighten your spirits :heart:
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KingJackalope Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
There is some seriously great stuff here! I had read 'Steal Like and Artist' before and loved it.

Just today I was taking a look at my old (2003-5) work and it was a painful experience. GOD I sucked. It's a good idea to hang onto your work even if it embarrasses you, because it gives you the luxury of looking back and seeing how far you've come! Sometimes it really doesn't feel like you're making progress until you see how truly awful you once were, haha!

A quote I have always loved comes from Hokusai: "From around the age of six, I had the habit of sketching from life. I became an artist, and from fifty on began producing works that won some reputation, but nothing I did before the age of seventy was worthy of attention. At seventy-three, I began to grasp the structures of birds and beasts, insects and fish, and of the way plants grow. If I go on trying, I will surely understand them still better by the time I am eighty-six, so that by ninety I will have penetrated to their essential nature. At one hundred, I may well have a positively divine understanding of them, while at one hundred and thirty, forty, or more I will have reached the stage where every dot and every stroke I paint will be alive. May Heaven, that grants long life, give me the chance to prove that this is no lie."

I love the thought that I will never stop learning until I die, gives me something to look forward to. Thank you for posting these!
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I pretty much never throw away art unless something happens to it that was out of my control. Not only is it really awesome to have visible proof of progress but... looking through it with friends has proven to be a good bonding experience, ahaha!

Also YES, I love that quote so much.
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Mindroach Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist
Keep on drawing? FINE JEEZ!
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Wrens-Inner-Monsters Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I don't remember the last time I felt some honest insparation. I've been dealing with so much stuff in life lately that I've kinda put drawing on the back burner, but you know what? This seriously helped me out a lot. :)

Thank you :heart:

You're an amazing artist to watch, by the way. I don't comment on a lot of your stuff but you're probably one of my favorite artists on dA xD
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad it helped :heart: Life and art is a delicate balancing act, and I definitely know when things have gotten tough or hectic inspiration kind of trickles away. It helps to keeps stuff like this on hand, though!

And aww, really? That's awesome to hear!
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Wrens-Inner-Monsters Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Tell me about it. Sometimes life just likes to throw a curveball, huh? xD No time for creativity. I've never bothered to keep this sort of stuff around to help out though. I think I will now c:
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Elfuun Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Whenever I have an art block and don't know where to turn, I read this guide. [link]
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dragongirl77 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz: It's been over 6 years since I started drawing... and only now have I started to stop downgrading my work. I cannot thank you enough for help inspiring me with these links to continue onward with my chin held high ; A;

....thank you ; v;
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No probs :heart: Keep on keeping on :D
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FunFerret Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That keep drawing video is awesome.
>That moment when a whale turns into a rocket.
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is so my favorite part hahaha
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FunFerret Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now the question is... How long did it take to make all of that awesomeness.
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Faeora Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I silently admire your work and it always inspires me when I see it!

Thanks so much for all these articles <3 It helps refresh one's memory of what an artist is really about! Its so easy to get caught up in that negative cycle of disappointment and discouragement.
I remember when I first started drawing I drew right before bed every night for a couple of years, it helped a ton! Unfortunately being a Biology major in a University gobbles up time like you wouldn't believe D: but I totally doodle and draw every free second I get! xD

These articles will be super inspiring to those just starting too! I've gotten so discouraged in the past, and these would've definitely helped. But I'm just too stubborn :B

-bookmarks pages-
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think everyone needs a positive reminder every once and a while, myself included. I find it especially useful to keep EVERY SINGLE THING I DRAW, EVER, because it's so amazingly inspiring to go back through it all!

Ah, yeah, college definitely eats up time for art but like you said, it's worth it to draw whenever you can. I have a friend who's a Zoology major, so I hear second-hand about how busy she is, haha.
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Faeora Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! I still have the hundreds of paper drawings in my nightstand that I did 10 years ago. It always makes me feel good to see that I've improved so much!

Oh definitely. I had a break last week and managed to get 4 digital pieces done XD It also seriously helps having a painting class too. Its true when they say to move out of your comfort zone! Having to do a medium you've never done before and have to do realism instead of something stylized is terrifying but immensely helpful!
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KimmyMonstah Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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thank you
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
No probs :3
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maybirds Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
This is really inspirational and really great advice!! You should totally post the two journals you've written recently as a link to Tumblr because idk I always see a lot of self-defeatist kind of attitudes about art being reblogged on Tumblr ALL THE TIME and I'm always wishing there were more empowering things for artists out there haha. I'm so pleased that there's at least someone out there who really perpetuates a positive attitude to drawing!
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, tumblr is what prompted my last two journals. I saw the same kind of links floating around on all the blogs I followed, and I figured I'd go ahead and post them to dA instead of reblogging them for the... thousandth time, haha.

But yeah, I see self-defeating artists everywhere... it's basically the norm, sadly. I admit, I come off as having more confidence online. In person? I am wayyyy too self deprecating for my own good :[ I need to work on it, and I find promoting positive outlooks on art helps a lot.
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maybirds Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Haha well I love how they're all collected here! I really love how this (and your other journal!) is a resource collection. I'm super tempted to post both your journals as a link (linking back to your journals, of course!) to my Tumblr but I wasn't sure if you were planning on doing that yourself.

It is! I totally get that we all have really bad days and we all wanna flip tables and trash our rooms sometimes when things just aren't coming out well but I just really hate the pity parties people hold for themselves sometimes haha. I think everyone has a measure of self deprecation and I think that's OK, but people often need to moderate who they are whining to! I try really hard not to tout around a self defeatist attitude in front of the people who support me and who think my art is worth something, as it's not becoming, and it also doesn't help me become a better artist haha.
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You can go right ahead and do so, if'n you wish. I'm kind of avoiding tumblr for the time being because it's so freakin' distracting, haha.

Yeah, for sure. Modesty is a great quality because... well, no one likes a pompous ass, but I agree that it's way too common for artists to be self pitying and downright self destructive when it comes to their art. It doesn't get you places, that's for sure.
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maybirds Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Haha goodness thank you!! I'm just on this crazy rampant crusade to want to give out resources/advice for art and goodness your two journals have been so helpful and I bet there has GOT to be people on Tumblr that haven't seen them quite yet!

It's definitely a fine line to tread between humility and just throwing a pity part for yourself! It's so true haha if artists spent half the time whining about how they're not good enough actually concentrating on the areas they need work, I'm so sure there'd be a whole lot more productivity and fulfillment haha.
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BerryBurd Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been drawing every day for a bit more than half a year, and have improved tenfold.

I've still got a fair bit to go though, and I dont plan on giving up.
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's awesome to hear!

And everyone can make room for improvement... that's kind of how it is, being an artist. There's no real end to the journey, you just keep going and improving all the time :]
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Winornera Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God, I couldn't tell you how many times my parents have taken away my drawing things. They say drawing is stupid and it's basically addicting and gets old easily. Of course I'm always in one ear and out the other, but it hurts me to know that there are some people who think art isn't really art.
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well if I may be so blunt, if that's the case your parents sound pretty ignorant. They're wrong, that's all there is to it. They probably want you to succeed in other areas besides drawing, but... don't give up on art because they don't approve.
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Aquillic-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so inspiring! You are one of my main art inspirations, and I've seen so many digital pictures from beginners that look much like like that one. Never stop drawing is the true term here.

I love furries and your style, and I thank you for persuading me to do well with my art. :)
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squeedgemonster Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I see a lot of beginner art like that too, and I've also seen it get snarked on by older, more experienced artists, and I think that's so uncool. I don't know how I got so lucky that I never had to deal with that, but sometimes I wonder what would have happened if my art got picked on back then.

Anyway, no need to thank me, I'm just glad I could instill some motivation in you!
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