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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:
4 weeks 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.
4 months ago
Art sites for inspiration, portfolio and community?
Hey all, just wondering what others' thoughts are if anyone is similar to me in not using Instagram (Facebook) on principle... TL:DR: I hope Proko becomes the top place for this, but what are the options... As a base I'm looking at sites to both host/publish my artwork with good security/rights ownership, etc. I use Proko for this mainly, but there's no real public interaction for it (browse/search/comment/reactions, etc). Instagram is the obvious answer, but as mentioned I will never use it while it is a Facebook entity. The other main ones I'm aware of are Artstation and DeviantArt. - Artstation seems more 'pro' focused, but for some reason I'm always finding it quite uninspiring for the most part, it's very generic and similar in 'feel' of the content. Anyone else feel like this? - I find much more interesting and unique art on DeviantArt, but I keep reading the site is trash because a) there's way too much inappropriate content (i.e. fetishes, nsfw etc) and there have been problems with art being plagierised and poor moderation related to the above topics. Is this a feed algorithm thing because I don't see all the unsavoury stuff, but I'm also not interested in looking for it? - both don't have a community side really as far as I can see (maybe DeviantArt, but seems a lot of bots are there?), ArtStation is full of "Great Work!!!" and no real useful feedback. Others seem to be Pixiv (Anime focused - also a lot of disturbing content imo), Behance (more product than art focused?), Dribbble (like Etsy?), other? I don't see these sites being strong in terms of community and proper critique, like say WetCanvas or the old ConceptArt.org was, and also haven't found anything strong in that space (is everyone just on Discord now?)? I'd also like to see some sculpture/3D focused sites, but can't see anything in particular aside BlenderArtists.org and I have no idea where to look... To sum up, I hope Proko ends up being the perfect place for all this, with the key focus on community and learning with a side order of portfolio! Thanks if you read all the way down :)
3 days ago
Disabled Artists Group!
Hi all! My name is Adam, I am an artist and musician in Denver, CO, love Proko. I am also disabled. One thing I have found from most podcasts/content I have listened to, and very much Draftsmen as well, is the emphasis on getting into "the industry" be it at a studio or freelance or other. There is a big focus on artists doing "what you love" as your "career," ("career" usually meaning means of income). For many with disabilities, this is simply impossible due to barriers both internal and societal. For example, I truly believe I have the passion, talent, and drive to work at a studio like Naughty Dog or Pixar---yet given my medical condition, making deadlines on the conventional corporate and Western timeline is literally impossible. Freelance work is also not an option, because of barriers with health insurance, medical bills, etc. The reality is that even corporate jobs fail to provide ample accommodations for most disable people, and governmental aid is shaky at best. That said, I DO believe that I can live a fulfilling artistic life apart from "the industry" and apart from "doing what I love as a career." *Intro Over* The point of this thread then, I guess, is to bring disabled artists together to discuss the ways they find fulfillment and joy in their work in their own unique way! Let's talk about the creative ways we get around societal barriers to promote and express our art. Please, let's keep this thread positive, and use supportive and inclusive language. Let's rewrite the narrative of disability and art!
5 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).
5 days ago
Welcome to Proko 2.0!!! 🎉
This is the start of a new art community, so it's important to have fun and introduce ourselves! People can use this post to say who they are, what they like drawing/painting, and maybe show off a piece of theirs or two (or three!). Thanks everyone! o/
1 week ago
Lightbox Expo 2022
Was there anyone that was going to attend lightbox this year? I think it might be cool for the community if there was a meet up with a drawing session or coffee gathering.
2 weeks ago
Life Drawing in Cologne, Germany.
Hi, is anyone here living in the Cologne area interested in life drawing sessions? I am planning to start a group to share models. I have a cool little studio with drawing horses, good light and all that good stuff.
2 weeks ago
Alright so I got this art book (force drawing human anatomy if anyones interested) and I was flipping through i when I found this ABSOLUTE gem. Behold:
2 weeks ago
Fear of white canvas
does anyone else look at your sketchbook or drawing display and just gets terrified and doing any sort of mark due to overthinking what to make on this canvas? How do you overcome the fear?
2 weeks ago
About 2 months ago I started illustrating a well known 85km tourist route in the area I live in. I just wanted to post on the art forum to see if anyone had anything to comment on with the 4 I’ve attached. I do them on location to a point where I can bring it back home and refine things a bit. I’ll spend anywhere from 3-4 hours outside and another 1-3 hours touching them up. I keep the supplies to a bare minimum using only HB pencils and Gummi erasers/hard erasers, just don’t want to be lugging around a lot of things since I’m mostly walking (and later when I have to go much farther I’ll be taking public transport/cycling). I’ve only done around 10 illustrations so far, the weather here has been just a buzzkill for this as it’s been raining so much. Anyways. Hope you guys like them and thanks for taking the time to look. .
3 weeks ago
Jobs to work while building art skills?
I am just so sick of working in grocery stores or garbage Mexican restaurants, It brings my mood down every day I work it's always so depressingly boring I get in my car and scream after every shift just to get out of this funk they put me in. I was working at a fuel center attached to a Kroger (Which is just some texas based organization similar to Tom Thumb or Albertsons) and it was my favorite job so far just because I sat in front of a window, and with the sun pointing at me, I doodled in a sketchbook and sold grumpy, wrinkly trailer trash people cigarettes, So of course when I find some sort of balance between doing something I enjoy with something I have to do for a living, they throw me out. And it WAS NOT because of the drawing, the reason why is unrelated, but I got fired nevertheless. I always look for jobs online that pertain to my interests but they're always in another state or require knowledge I just don't have yet. (I can draw cartoons and basic perspective, but the moment you ask me to draw a portrait I'll be completely stumped) so... TL;DR : I want advice on any sort of job that I can pursue my own interests while working. Like a job where you barely do anything at all, or leaves you with lots of downtime to just doodle in a sketchbook. It's a childish request and I understand that. I'm frustrated today and I want to ask around for an answer to my troubles.
3 weeks ago
Looking for some art friends/accountability partners!
Hello! I'm Wibly, and I'm looking for some like minded people to work on improving as artist with. I haven't met anyone around me who has any interest in art so I kinda feel like I'm alone in pursuing this ridiculous carrier that no one else seems to think is a "real job". Anyway... to those interested, introduce yourself below and lets start a thread doing a weekly drawing prompt and offering helpful critiques! Don't worry about style or skill level, we all have something to offer and learn!
4 weeks ago
Draw 100 characters in 100 days
I'm going to do a challenge where I try to draw 100 of my favorite characters in 100 days. My first drawing is of Aang from Avatar. If anybody else is interested in trying this challenge, you can join in and pick as many characters as you want to draw and then draw one of them every day. I'll be posting my drawings here ---> https://www.proko.com/s/6h79
1 month ago
What living artists currently inspire you?
Last week during the @Loish Livestream, she mentioned two of her current favorite artists. Yun Ling (www.instagram.com/lingy000/) and Andrew Hem (www.instagram.com/andrewhem/). What living artists currently inspire you?
1 month ago
How do you allow yourself to fail?
I've recently gone back to studying the fundamentals. I've realised I pushed perspective off for too long and I'd like to go about drawing the right way so I struggle less when doing art. However I find that I now have such a hard time starting any art because I'm afraid of failure and mistakes. Though, I know it's an important part of growth despite being stuck. I was curious if anyone had tips on how you deal with these feelings? Also any fundamental advice would be nice too. It seems hard to find books on perspective that isn't about drawing the form. Thanks for reading!
1 month ago
Artstation is boring because it’s all squares
Does this annoy anyone else like it does me: the gallery/explore page is all squares, mostly the same size! I’ve been wondering why I find other sites like DeviantArt far more interesting to just browse, then it finally clicked today that the aspect ratio (aside so many images with just a black or white background) is the same for all works on the page on Artstation. For a site all about design, that seems terribly poor! Is it just me?
2 months ago
Hello! I would love to hear suggestions on affordable laptops for digital art
2 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?
2 months ago
Just discovered Fechin's sketches - couldn't resist having a go...
2 months ago