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Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
Heya, my name's Zenith, nice to meet ya! I love the way this site looks already and I'm excited for what the future holds for it. Let's drop some of our art down in the replies and a little message introducing yourself if you want. Here are some of mine:
1 week ago
On Giving and Receiving Critiques
Seeking feedback is necessary for artistic growth, but it is also possibly the hardest thing to find reliably. Good teachers and excellent peers can lead you on the path to having a thorough understanding of your craft. Being a helpful teacher yourself is another acquired skill-set. How do you know when you have helpful advice, or just a personal preference? It’s worthwhile to make the effort to be a helpful peer to your fellow artists. You’ll make good connections, broaden your appreciation for different art and ideas, and strengthen your understanding of art concepts by verbalizing them to others. === HOW DO I GIVE A GOOD CRITIQUE? === A good critique tries to consider the artist and their goals. Give context for your opinions, and try to be objective about what is technical vs. your own personal tastes and biases. Ask artists what they want to improve on, and be curious about their interests. Try to frame things positively, and push people to have hope and want to work hard. “I like this pose, but the shoulder is looking dislocated. You might need to move it forward to make it feel more natural, like in this reference.” “There’s a ton of detail going on here, but it can be better to have a few places of lower detail to balance out the composition, here’s an example.” “What sort of art do you admire? I feel like you are aiming for this style, but knowing more about your goals might help us give advice.” === WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF BAD CRITIQUES? === Bad advice does not consider the person receiving it. Critiques shouldn’t be designed to crush someone's spirit or make them feel hopeless. If something just isn’t your thing, it may be better to let people comment who are more experienced and interested in that area of art. Even if someone is picking up concepts slowly or getting frustrated, it’s not an open invitation to treat them poorly. “There is nothing I can say to you other than read lots of Loomis books.” “Stop drawing anime.” “Fan art is unoriginal.” “This style is a fad that will go away, you should just do something else.” “You just need to try harder.” “You’re too much of an amateur for me to even start critiquing” === HOW DO I GET USEFUL FEEDBACK ON MY WORK? === Help us cater to your artistic needs and goals. When posting work, consider including this information for context: - Tell us what your objectives where with the piece you want critiques. - Share anything you were struggling with while you were working on it. - Tell us what your goals are as an artist. Are you a hobbyist learning landscapes for fun? Putting together a portfolio to get into art school? A professional refining your skills in a certain area? - How long have you been practicing this form of art? - Who are some artists you admire who's style you strive to have in your own work? === HOW SHOULD I RESPOND TO CRITICISM? === There are a lot of ways you can respond. Generally, it is polite to show that you appreciate that someone took the time to give you feedback on your work. It’s important to keep in mind that critiques on your work aren’t personal attacks. Feedback is meant to help you see things from a different point of view. An artist might be trying to guide you away from mistakes they feel they made in the past. Arguing with the person critiquing you won’t be productive. It is their opinion based on their knowledge (or lack thereof). Think of them as simply opinions intended to help you out. You don’t have to accept every critique that comes your way, especially if the critique is subjective rather than objective. With time and experience you’ll have a better understanding of where you want to go with your work. Try to keep an open mind, but also have confidence to shed advice that doesn’t serve you. If someone is being hostile and rude or is actively trying to discourage you, report it. === KEEPING YOUR EGO IN BALANCE? === Egos come with being an artist. It is just a fact. If you didn't feel good about your work and didn't enjoy creating it, why would you do it? The sense of accomplishment is a great feeling, and you SHOULD feel good about the hard work you do. In communities, it’s easy for egos to get a little out of control. When a bunch of artists in a room, each with their own opinion of what is good art and what isn't is always bound to lead to a bit of head butting. This is a community that is meant to be friendly and helpful. Be proud of yourself, be proud of the work you do, but keep it in check. Be respectful to your fellow artists who are different from you. As much as possible, be open to criticism from people of various skill levels. Whether you choose to use them or not is up to you, but be open to the fact that they're going to happen. If you accept them with courtesy and grace, and maybe try to learn a bit from them and open your mind, you will help make this a strong community. If you choose to disregard everyone who gives you advice because you consider yourself better than everyone here, then this is not the community for you. Finally, people who post rude, off point or otherwise useless comments posed as criticism will be penalized by the mods. If you see posts such as this, use the "Report" feature to get the attention of the moderators. === WAIT, WHAT IF I THINK I SUCK? === Everyone has to start somewhere! Art takes hard work, and it doesn’t help to get down on yourself. Being humble is fine, but remember that having a little confidence is sometimes needed for motivation. Believe that you are worthy of kindness and that your art has value, even if it's just to you. Find enjoyment in learning and studying, it’ll guide you through the times when you are getting down on yourself. Just remember, begging (or demanding) praise, attention, or sympathy won’t generally go over well with your peers. Wanting to work hard is what gets you support. Embrace your work ethic and show effort whenever you can.
6 months ago
What is your DREAM Art Job?
There are a lot of different career paths when it comes to the arts. What is your dream art job?
3 hours ago
If you could apprentice for one artist...
I have been lucky enough to work with many artists that I admire. If you could apprentice for one artist, living or dead, who would it be?
4 hours ago
hi, Do you have any art books you would recommend for leaning composition figure drawing, color, drawing fundamentals and so on? (I've already read Color and Light and Imaginative Realism)
1 day ago
Best Domestika courses?
Hey, I know it's kinda blasphemous to advertise for other art courses on here, but the Domestika courses look really fun and I'd like to treat myself to one of their course bundles. Do you have any experience with the platform and which courses can you recommend?
4 days ago
Shackman's art journey
Greetings! I am Shackman, a failed novelist who became a failed game developer and now I want to become a… really good artist! I used to be a poker player and publicly writing about your journey was really common because it encourages honest self reflection, motivation and tips from others, and the occasional friendly kick in the butt. It was also really cool to have those blogs all in one place and in a forum so there is high visibility and very little friction for discussions. I keep hearing about this thing for art journeys back in the days at conceptart.org, but that site is gone and I couldn’t find an alternative. Instead of whining I decided to take a shot at getting the ball rolling myself. I chose this site because there are a lot of artists here who are beginners/intermediates but dedicated enough to have a promising future ahead of them. I also trust in Stan and his team to keep this site alive and bustling. I asked in the suggestions forum if I can do that here and got the go ahead, I also asked for a category but there is of course no demand yet. I’ll do my best with this blog so it will motivate other to start their own thread, and maybe one day we get a category. Week 1: I have been drawing on and off for a few years now, but lack solid fundamentals. About 2 months ago I decided to go all in with art. I have made a challenge to draw from life every day. Currently at day 50 something. I use watercolor and paint mostly plein air for maximum frustration. So this week I want to do a few watercolor tutorials, Marco Bucci just uploaded one and there is a recent Gouache tutorial on the Proko channel. Besides that I’m doing the 250 Box Challenge for drawabox.com and some Blender tutorials. I use an app to track my progress, and split my time into equal parts of drawing tutorials, drawing for fun (podcasts listening allowed), Blender tutorials and Blender freestyling for fun (no podcasts though as that would just irritate me when trying to do things in Blender).
6 days ago
Live Online Art Classes?
Hi, does anyone know of any art classes that are taught live online (zoom or smtn) and take place in summer? I'd particularly like to take either a figure drawing or anatomy class. I've found a few that are online but the timing works out where they overlap with school :/
1 week ago
Post your best art memes 😁
Hey I'm looking for more art memes. If you've got some post them here and if we use them we'll promote you on our social!
1 week ago
I have no art 'goals' :(
So, today is one of those days on the rollercoaster of artistic endeavour where I ponder the big questions... Where am I headed, what does it all mean, why am I at this point again? Here's the problem: I love drawing, I'm also starting to really enjoy digital drawing (no wasted paper, no paint fumes, no materials down the drain or in the bin). I understand the fundamentals and I'd say I'm between beginner and intermediate in 'skill.' But. I don't know where I want to end up and I struggle with thinking up 'bigger' ideas and goals. To make it worse I then see all the amazing ideas others create and get depressed. I love insects, creatures, comics, robots, sci-fi, fantasy, cyberpunk, birds, dinosaurs, anti-heroes, landscapes, nature, video game characters/worlds and more, but I have no idea which of those I want to dive fully into with my art, and because they cover such a diverse array of art discipline and style I have no idea where to focus other than wanting to be able to draw it all really well :/ I also don't 'compose' drawings because I'm always just drawing 'things' rather than ideas/concepts. Because of this, I sit here 'stuck,' not knowing what to learn next or how to structure my learning. I want to do projects (as Stan has mentioned a lot lately as an incredibly useful learning tool), but I don't know what of. I just sit there sketching insects and other things, but with nothing going over 30 minutes and rarely 'properly' finished. I thankfully just found Alex Huneycutt's (radiorunner on reddit) 'solo artist curriculum' mentioned in this thread (https://www.proko.com/community/topics/self-study-systems-for-art) which I think I will follow to continue to build skills and practice, but I don't know how i would tailor it as I don't have goals to tailor it towards. I would love some advice or shared experience with insights? Thanks!
2 weeks ago
Does anyone use Sketchbook Pro for digital art?
The title sums it up. I've been using Sketchbook Pro for a while now; downloaded it for free when it was part of the Autodesk suite, and paid for it when it split off to become its own thing. And I don't see much reference to it. Usually I see Procreate or Photoshop or Krita (which I have). And part of me is wondering if that's just a matter of popularity or there's something with Sketchbook where a lot of people avoid using it. Is it worth it to switch over to Krita and work on getting better with the art there, after I sank a lot of time into getting used to Sketchbook's format and functions? Is there something wrong or lacking with Sketchbook Pro?
2 weeks ago
First reference sketch that I feel good about.
Just sharing my baby steps.
2 weeks ago
Please can anyone recommend me a 2d animation programprogr
Can anyone recommend me a 2d animation program like tv paint where there is an option of onion skin like in the following image???
3 weeks ago
I cant face drawing anything
I'm so stuck and I don't know what to do. I would really appreciate any advice. I haven't picked up a pencil or ipad to draw something in over a month. The last time I spent more than an hour on any drawing was probably a year ago. The last big project I put any effort into (a tattoo apprenticeship portfolio) basically got laughed at. Every time I try to make a start I just feel overwhelmed. I get stuck in the same cycle. I know I have to draw in order to improve so I can reach my goals. Then I think about all the things that I need to improve and get intimidated (I don't even have a solid grasp of basic fundamentals). When I can force myself to sit down and draw something I hate it so much I throw it straight into the bin. I try and psych myself up to draw but I know that most of the time I feel too overwhelmed to start or hate what I make and can't bring myself to do it. Then I'm back to square one and beating myself up because if I don't draw I won't ever improve. I know that Stan and Marshall say to plan out your art school and put the hours in and skills will come. I have ASD trying to plan a syllabus on 'how to draw everything' or even concentrate on something for more than twenty minutes is a nightmare. I've tried purchasing various online courses but find them so difficult to follow it makes me feel like an idiot. I know I started drawing because it used to make me feel relaxed and because I wanted to put beautiful things out into the world but now it just makes me want to cry. I haven't really seen any improvement in my drawing for a couple of years, if anything it's gotten worse because I haven't been drawing as regularly. Has anyone here ever been in the same position? How do I get out of this slump and back to drawing? I've tried forcing myself to draw but whenever I do the experience is so negative it makes me want to draw even less. I don't like giving up but I don't know what else to do.
3 weeks ago
How to study cinematography?
I remember Marshall Vandruff mentioning to learn cinematography as a form of cross training. But how do you study cinematography. What can you learn from it?
3 weeks ago
Hi everyone, I occasionally do self-portraits to document my art progress, also I'm a very cheap model. I've attached some of my favorite portraits (most from the last 3 years, the one where I still have hair is from 30 years ago). Some of these were done using mirror, some from photo reference. Does anybody else like doing self-portraits? please share some of your own.
3 weeks ago
How do you guys avoid distraction and procrastination?
During my drawing session when I get just a bit tired or it gets a bit challenging, I find myself unconsciously opening Instagram and Facebook feeds, and checking my messages :/ Which can make me lose the flow and is not at all constructive. Anyone has been there? Any idea on how to discipline myself out of these bad habits/reflexes? PS: I work digitally on computer :/ Here's the drawing I'm currently working on, it's taking me ages due to the distractions..
3 weeks ago
looking for art parents
Who can suggest to me artists that do paintings depicting a sense of triumph Like say #frazetta but in more modern contexts .. Its for inspiration.. Exemples here thanks y'all
3 weeks ago
Hello guys. I don't know whether I can ask about it here.
So I am drawing right now on pro art smooth newsprint and using conte a paris pencil like Proko, but newsprint as Proko said in his video is not archival and mine is a little bit yellowish after some time. Is there any alternative newsprint brand that is fully white and archival?
3 weeks ago
When will Marshall release his Perspective course?
I really want to take a perspective course and I am excited for Marshall's new one that will be on proko but i haven't heard a single peep about it since he mentioned it on draftsmen. Is his still making it? Is there any estimate for the release date?
4 weeks ago