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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


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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.


ALSO if you have a moment, please check these links out:
It's important if you rely on the internet for anything, in anyway. Protect the net, stop internet censorship!

Shut up and DRAW by sexpizza Shark Week by skinnyveestamp Feraligatr Stamp by NoNamepje
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Catire Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I commend you for this
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!
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
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
Teavian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General 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.
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.
Sketchy-Boy-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Wow... This is some pretty awesome stuff. Thanks!
aftertaster7 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Very uplifting! Thank you! :w00t:
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
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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