Lawd, I am glad to be back from holiday - yet dreading the week ahead.
My college delightfully jumped an assignment on me with an interim deadline (aka submitting a draft so that I can get feedback) of only a few days after my return from holiday - so I’ve opted to return a day earlier to (I hope) be able to get the info I need and yada.
I was going to type ‘I hope it’s worth it’ but really I suppose that’s a negative attitude I don’t need to take.
I guess what I’m concerned about is the combined assignment/practice work/revision completely taking over every scrap of my free time, which I do not want. I want time for myself, my family, friends and my own interests (aka ART).
Haven’t really being around much, been swamped with exams and trying to find a new veterinary practice to be trained in. Suffice to say its all gone well and I’ve never been so happy to get back into college in all my life!
I’ve been thinking lately.. While it is important to an artist’s growth to learn from others and listen to critique and try new things, not everything everyone tells you is gospel. Even if a critique is coming from a teacher or industry professional. Not everything they tell you is written in…
I, rather oddly and epically, came to this conclusion YEARS ago while on an art forum, getting critiques on a piece that was still in early stages. Someone who was regarded very highly as a professional took me to task for the way I sketched. Other pros (whose opinion I regarded much higher than the first), chimed in on either side of the issue, most of them defending me. Everything then devolved into bickering and arguing over who was right and who was wrong while I sat there thinking “But I just wanted an opinion on the composition!”
And it suddenly hit me that for at least a year, I’d been crippling myself. That I was so paralyzed with the fear that what I was doing wouldn’t meet someone else’s standards that I’d forgotten that the only standards that really mattered we’re my own, and they were already set pretty high. All the arguing did was highlight for me that there IS no one way to do anything, and that what works for one artist will never work for all.
So that’s the story of why I stopped using art forums for critiques and started trusting my own guy. And I’ll tell you, my work suddenly got a hundred times better the minute I stopped caving to other people’s opinions.
This has pretty much been my exact experience posting on art forums, and a big reason why I’ve since stopped posting. I felt really guilty about it for a while until I realized I was making good progress just by working and studying on my own and listening to opinions I valued rather than letting tons of people pull me in a dozen different directions.
I discovered this myself when I was sitting in a critique. My professor kept telling me to go in the opposite direction that I was heading - citing that it would look better that way, that it was new and unconventional and was essentially everything I didn’t want. It was at that moment that I had a silent rebellion and realized that I was the one in charge of my education. She wasn’t the one paying for my classes. She wasn’t the end all and be all of illustration. And at that moment I learnt to say “No.” The look on her face man… I’ll never forget it. From that point on I went through the rest of my school career and there after with the mantra “I DO WHAT I WANT” ringing in my head (while of course still taking critique, just… not letting it guide me as much as it had before).
Ahahahaha my art teacher (and family) flambeed my art work so much at highschool that I pretty much just gave up and abandoned all ideas of ever thinking of art as a qualification or career.
I don’t know if I should go with dialogue or no. I would love not to, to keep it simple and more in keeping with the theme of well, animals doing their own, secret, silent thing behind their owners backs. But I’ll have to be pretty sorted on REALLY conveying meaning, emotions and just communicating without words argh.
I don’t know how to do this ‘cos I’m fkin’ stupid. Sigh.
Well I guess I do ‘cos I’m going to draw each char displaying differing emotions and gestures until I’m happy. Or. Well. Confident that I won’t completely fuck up.
So I was moaning with my cousin how art is so hard, hand not co-operating, brain not learning, etc etc and I said flippantly - ‘Imagine if you could just somehow, I don’t know, ‘Download’ whatever knowledge you wanted Matrix style into your brain’.
Now I think more about that - it’s an interesting concept. I’m just imagining a distant erm, maybe or maybe not utopian future where you can do such a thing and the advantages would obviously be astronomical.
BUT… would it be the same as learnt knowledge through hard work? My immediate assumption is no as the learning process is just a whole complicated process of building and re-enforcing synapse connections in the brain. So would someone even be able to effectively access this bundle of learn stuff in their brain??
Then if you compared someone who had actively learn something to someone who had it magically inserted into their brain, there’s so much more to consider. The effort, perseverance and patience taken to learn something as opposed to gaining said knowledge instantly. Then art wise - if you just regurgitate pre-learnt stuff, are you actually an artist??
What is the program you're using for those sketches with the watercolor type effect? (It's really cool by the way!)
Asdfghjkl Aw gee thanks!
The program I’m using is actually an Ipad app called Paper, you can read/see more about it here if you’re interested, but I’ve found it’s quite good for just sketching and getting ideas down without fiddling around with a hundred settings and such.
Downside is it doesn’t allow for massive amount of detail. It’s hard to explain, but there’s no zoom function, or layers or anything.
Anyway, if you HAVE an ipad and want an easy to use drawing app - I’d recommend it.
Here’s what other people have drawn with that app.