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Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
This is a journal I posted on Deviantart. (The DA version includes images.)
http://suzanne-helmigh.deviantart.com/journal/Fast-lane-to-becoming-a-better-artist-436016932



I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?
Self portraits over time. by Suzanne-Helmigh

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general.
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.

1- Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!

2- Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. You will hardly notice that you are learning things, but you really do. Just remember you need to try and understand the image while you are copying it. Don't draw what you think you see, draw what you see and understand why it looks that way.

3- You want to get better art art? How much? Measure it with the amount of time you spend on it. Busy lives can create reasons to not be able to paint, those reason will also mean they have a higher priority in your life. (Sadly some of those reasons are forms of illnesses like MS or Crown, it will limit yourself, you must take the slower route, but that does not discourage you from getting there!)
This means sacrifice, perhaps not go to hang with friends that often, maybe don't waste time on Facebook that much or 9gag. With that in mind you will eventually pretty much guild trip yourself back to painting. Don't over-do it!! Don't give up on your best friend or your grandma! Leaving a job is a big step, so seriously reconsider that. I did give up my job, but I am able to :)

4- Always keep in mind, that you will ALWAYS have to feeling that you want to get better and this is good! Wanting to get better is your drive to improvement. If you're ever satisfied with your skills, you wont be able to grow that much further.

5- We all go up and down. This means that sometimes you feel okay about your current work and other times you absolutely hate it. It's not just you, we all got it! Some people get those terrible Art-blocks, and this is what's causing those feelings:

Your sense and knowledge of great art and realism, often outgrows your current skill-set = Feeling bad, the lack of inspiration, art-blocked.

When your skill-set catches up with your knowledge and you see it in your work= Feeling good and motivated to go in.

So when you're art-blocked or feeling bad about your work. DON'T STOP! Keep painting, even if it looks terrible, keep painting so you keep developing.

6- Take rest, catch the right amount of sleep, go watch a movie or play a game, even catch some daylight perhaps? Even though you might be guild tripping yourself into wanting to paint because you want to get better. Being well rested and healthy will keep you in the right track to getting better. Nothing beats keeping you back than being sick or depressed.

7- Challenge yourself. If a topic seems easy to you, choose something more difficult. You will grand more satisfaction when you've reached the end result.

8- Make many mistakes, if your work seems to look bad, or perhaps an older piece that used to look good for you but looks bad now: Find out what you did wrong and how to do it right. This is a personal way to cure your own weaknesses.

9- Ask for feedback. For some people this is really hard. Asking something from a person can be hard, or accepting someone's critique that might hurt your pride a bit, because oooh we artists can be so proud sometimes XD Some artists offer tutoring (I do to) Take this chance to learn from another. It's really a more direct approach to your personal requirements to getting better.

10- Having said all that, some things might not add up: Work hard/ Take rest. Sacrifice elements in your life/ Don't give up on important things. The real key in the end is balance. find the balance that is right for you.


Hope I was able to motivate you guys! Feel free to ask me for feedback or some motivational words!

Thanks!

I do video's btw: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwrDw4hpquJsHWBX9OTkEvA
And I'm making an artbook! :http://www.facebook.com/Caldyra
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RE: Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
you are here too? That's awesome
RE: Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
Wow, great post! Very inspiring, completely agree to forcing yourself to focus on getting better. It's hard as a game developer sometimes, as people playing the game don't often care how readable and modular the underlying code is.. Got to keep the focus on the learning process :D Thank you for sharing!!
RE: Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
Very good post and very nice comparison piece there :).
RE: Fast lane to becoming a better artist.
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