More thoughts on art

kinomatika:

Man the one thing I can’t stop thinking about is how desperate young artists seem to be for shortcuts, and that’s kind of disheartening

When I was streaming I got a bunch of questions asking like ‘Do you have tips or tutorials for drawing xyz thing’ and my response to those questions was consistently ‘Just practise and research.’

And it seemed like a lot of people were not happy with that answer.

Like I mean if you want to get better at art, that’s how it is. That’s what you have to do. There are no shortcuts, there are no fast-tracks to learning and mastering techniques. Sure you can look up tutorials and stuff but the main issue I have with tutorials is not the tutorials themselves, but rather the way people consume them.

It’s like when they see something put down on paper and there are steps to it or whatever, they will follow those steps and follow that exact set of steps for as long as they can, until they realise that not branching out and trying new things has ultimately given them a sort of artistic handicap.

Learning to do things in different ways is very important for becoming a good artist. Trying new things and branching away from your comfort zone is wildly important to your development. I mean, it’s kind of like doing anything else that requires dedication and repetition and practise.

Sure, you can play a song on guitar, but that doesn’t mean you know how to play guitar. That means you know how to play one song, one way. And that’s not helping you at all.

Same goes for art! You need to try. You need to force yourself away from what you’re used to doing and try different ways. You need to look at the broader picture, as it were. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t go ‘Oh, this tutorial says that this is how I should shade skin so obviously this is the only way I am going to do it for the rest of my artistic career.’

Sure, you can shade skin to make it look like it’s in broad daylight. But what about if you want to shade skin to make it look like the character you’re drawing is illuminated by the moon? What if you want to draw them in a dark and dingy swamp? What if you want to draw them in a night club? Then where will your tutorial be to help you?

That sounds really ominous but it’s true. You have to move your assand try different things. Don’t rely entirely on what someone tells you as the end-all-be-all to your method of drawing. Expand and question things! Look up like a BUNCH of different references and try to combine them! STOP LOOKING FOR SHORTCUTS.

I mean idk, art isn’t an easy thing. It takes years to hone and change and improve and even the masters were still improving and changing and getting better when they were at the end of their lives! Sitting there on your computer going ‘WHY CAN’T I DO THIS’ probably has something to do with the fact that you’re likely jumping into the deep end rather than starting from the very beginning, and that’s when you’re more likely to get frustrated and give up.

No, it isn’t fun to realize that you have to go back QUITE A BIT until you end up getting to where you need to be, but yo, them’s the breaks. Everyone has the potential to be a great artist, but you need the motivation and the dedication and that means not cutting corners.

Any art college professor will tell you that. Joe Schmoe on the street drawing in his little life drawing sketchbook will tell you that. Even weird impressionist artists will tell you that. If you want to sit in your little bubble and stick to only what you’ve been told and not branch out, then fine, but don’t get all persnickety when five years down the line you realise you shouldn’t have done that.

Can everyone just read this?? Life lessons.

Portfolio project I’m working on based on MeWithoutYou’s “The King Beetle on a Coconut Estate”. 

Portfolio project I’m working on based on MeWithoutYou’s “The King Beetle on a Coconut Estate”. 

somethinginthenothing asked: Hello :) Umm, just wondering, do you think people can become good at drawing (I want to learn to draw) or is it pointless to try, and you're just naturally good?

Anyone can become good at drawing if you try. I don’t know if I believe that someone can be naturally good, maybe someone could have better perception of their environment and could copy things easily, but I worked hard to get where I am today. I’m still trying to learn stuff like drawing backgrounds (I don’t know if you noticed, but I pretty much only drew figures) and other things. It’s a bit like exercising - you’ll only see results if you keep doing it.

One of my NYE resolutions was to draw more landscapes and backgrounds. I wanted to start off with forests since they create interesting light sources and I gotta say, I’ve learned a lot in just two months.

All of these images are from photos I’ve found around tumblr, unfortunately I do not have sources. However, I do reblog a lot of nature stuff on my alternative tumblr: pepperdolly.tumblr.com 

tryin’ a warm up - haven’t drawn anything digitally in a long while! 

tryin’ a warm up - haven’t drawn anything digitally in a long while! 

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teffistrash-deactivated20140204 asked: dude, did you used to go by the name of kippery or am i just a dumb and mistaken artists for other artists oh god

Yeah I used to be Kippery but I have gotten tired of that name, you know what I mean? I wanted to restart.

I’m gonna make this public cause I keep getting this message, but nope, you’re not dumb.

It’s all good.

Power mama
btw hey thanks to my 1000 followers on insta, you guys are my jam

Power mama

btw hey thanks to my 1000 followers on insta, you guys are my jam

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u herd me

u herd me

a pokemon fusion 

an aged clifford and emily elizabeth
aka clifford fan art???

an aged clifford and emily elizabeth

aka clifford fan art???

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a coquerel’s sifaka within a 90’s portrait

a coquerel’s sifaka within a 90’s portrait

barn owlzzz

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