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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:
2 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.
7 months 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
2 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/
4 days ago
Wish there’d be more Draftsmen episodes from artists from Asia & Pacific Islander
Islamic type of art artists, mangakas, Korean webtoons comics, Southeast Asian artists, South Asian artists artists etc etc I’ve seen a lot of people in the comments ask for more East Asian manga type art interviews. And I know western artists look weirdly at Asian artist’s especially in the anime field cuz apparently to them FiNe aRT iS tHe BEsT. there’s an awesome platform to be used to expose people to so much diversity and learn from it. just frustrated with the lack of diversity. It’s like the comments section of his previous Diversity in Arts with Jennifer Wang podcasts scared them. Felt like the knee was bent to some really loud misogynistic conservative voices.
1 week ago
When should I stop doing gesture drawings?
Hey. I feel like all the artists i stumble upon generally advice people to do gesture drawings all the time. But don't you get to a point where you'd be better off not doing gesture drawings and focus on other things to improve? I don't want to do gesture drawings everyday if it doesn't help me improve.
2 weeks ago
Fun Daily Practice- Disney expressions
Practicing Disney character expressions is a great daily sketchbook practice. I’ve been doing one a day everyday for months now and always keep learning.
3 weeks ago
ModernDayJames Online "curriculum"
I've spent the last 7 years as a full-time graphic/web designer because of the fear of the 'starving artist'. I've recently decided I want to actually pursue a career in art. I haven't found exactly what that looks like yet, but I have found what looks like a good foundational online "curriculum" and was wondering if anybody else has seen or tried it? https://i.redd.it/7ns7su264gp31.png I've done some research and this looks pretty well rounded and reaches from a lot of resources, both free and paid. My goal is to work a couple hours each day starting with the lessons laid out, but also working on personal projects that try to tie in the lessons. Anyways, what are your thoughts? Have you tried this or any other lesson plans for 'relearning' to draw? (Pictures of the curriculum and random painting of one of my first personal watercolors while taking an Aaron Blaise course)
3 weeks ago
Any study recommendations for me?
I have been bouncing between deciding whether to study portraits or figure drawing or anatomy more right now, because I know I need all of them, and I feel that my way of drawing heads reliably with properly placed eyes and such is just wrong, but I also can't reliably draw full body characters unless they are a monster or something. Any recommendations on what I maybe should focus on more? Sometimes I also use a 3D tool like Magic Poser to come up with a ref scene for myself, which does help the believability a lot of times. Tracing over a scene like that to get overall shapes right does feel kind of like cheating, but I do get somewhat reliable quality that way. I really want to make very cinematic types of illustrations. I also am a game developer, and I want my illustrations to feel like a look into the world I am creating, kind of a thing. I am not really going for being a character concept artist, or environment concept artist, I am more looking to combine a lot of elements together into a scene that just looks fascinating and striking. I think Adam Duff is a good example of the kind of stuff I aim for, although my inspirations are extremely diverse. So I have a lot to study beyond just figure drawing and stuff, so I want to maximize my time as well as possible to accommodate making full scenes with a story, hopefully without it taking 10 years before I can finally make stuff I want to. Thanks y'all! 😊 P.S. I do mainly digital drawing/painting on my iPad Pro in Procreate. I learned a ton from Hardy Fowler when it comes to digital painting, so you might see some hallmarks there. 😄 Here's some thumbnails of my work below:
4 weeks ago
I've noticed a lot of artists I follow on Instagram use red pencil when they make sketches. Can anyone fill me in on the reason for this? I think it looks great - just wondering where this idea came from and why it's a thing. Have tried looking around on google for answers but there seem to be a lot of conflicting opinions. Here are some examples from artist Rik Lee: Thanks!
4 weeks ago
Photoshop is a laggy software?
I've really tried to make photoshop work for doing lineart but it is always so laggy compared to other softwares. I have a 16gb ram and a 2.8 Ghz processor which I think should be enough? Even if I use a 14 px hard round on a 600 dpi canvas I will experience some lag. It really feels really bad to draw on. Any kind of setting that increases performance inside PS itself I have already tried. Preference settings, spacing, smoothing off, purge.
4 weeks ago
What good digital drawing program?
I’m thinking of getting a tablet but I don’t know what we a good drawing program to put on it
4 weeks ago
my 1 year of sketchbooking
on aug 22 2021, i saw fenghzhu's video of keeping a digital sketchbook and started on that day itself. Few days ago i finished year of it. Most of the days were 1-2 hours of practice except for finished paintings. here's the link https://imgur.com/gallery/wujkJVX feel free to let me know your thoughts
1 month ago
Minds eye, blind or what?
So just wanted to ask or rant or whatever about this stupid thing. I have what I think a vivid imagination, like when I read books or something I see the story in a dreamlike color film as opposed to aphantasia. But the problem is, when I sketch or draw from imagination most of the time I can't imagine anything, and just see a blank paper 🥵. Anyone else like this, or have any input to help me see the drawing in my mind? Most of the time I just go with the sketch and iterate from the lines I do, but when I have a piece in mind I have a hard time sketching it because my mind doesn't see anything 😁
1 month ago
Overlooked Art Class?
What is an overlooked or underrated art class you have taken that you would recommend to all art students?
1 month ago
Greetings fellow artists! I saw today Stan and Marshall's Draftmen show ep05 of s01 "Adopting Art Parents to Develop Your Style" it was tremendously illuminating. How all this time, in search of forming my style, do I not reflect on the fact that one learns and absorbs a little of all the artists that we like or catch our attention?. As a self-taught artist I always navigate freely through all the information and illustrations, without closing myself to a particular school or styles, maybe , unconsciously I choose my favorite patterns and tools but never paying special attention to what things of this artist influenced me the most. Today I'm going to start to be more vigilant about what things I really want to use as communication tools and separate it from the things that I may like but are not really what, so to speak, ignite my passion when it comes to drawing or painting. I also proposed as an exercise to explore ,among all, the many books that I have of classic painters, films, video games, the current artists that I follow most in the networks, and see from which I really want to take artistic elements that contribute to my creations, basically order my internal register of styles and ways of making images, with the hope of being able to take another step in my search for my own style. In the Draftmen video, Marshall, at the end asks the audience and I would like to ask the same thing to the active proko community, Do you know who your art parents are? Do you know what elements do you take from each of them?
1 month ago
I'm going to try and complete Proko anatomy in 30 days.
I know this is sort of a dumb challenge, but I thought it would be a fun and silly undertaking. I'm going to use this thread to post my results! Also I'm making a youtube series about it. May the universe have mercy upon my soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPjSm0hhQWc&t=15s
1 month ago
Hi All, I find it difficult to determine the differences between Conté crayons, pastels and colour pencils... was hoping someone could educate me a bit better. Is there a difference, or is the terminology interchangeable? My difficulty is that when I order art supplies online, I'm expecting it to behave a certain way (I prefer oil based/waxy feel) based on how it is either described, or possibly the brand name (hello, Conté a Paris?!) but I guess this is incorrect because often it's a chalky medium instead. My basic understanding is that crayons are either a rectangular bar or cylindrical shaped form of pigment which is either chalk based (soft pastel) or oil based. Does 'Conté crayon' simply describe the rectangular shape, and it can be both chalky or oily? A coloured pencil basically a wood encased crayon, it can be either oil based or chalk based...How do you determine which is which if you were ordering something online? Do you just watch Youtube reviews, try to find one in a local art supply store and test one out? At the moment, I've been enjoying drawing portraits with Staedler Lumocolor permanent pencils. I would love to be able to use a refill for my clutch pencil, but they only do the non-permanent version. Does that mean it would likely be chalky instead of oily? In Brevelliers Cretacolor set of 6 artist leads, would you expect the "Sanguine Oil" to have an oily feel but the White Pastel, Sepia light, and Sepia dark to be chalky? https://www.cretacolor.com/en/products/artists-leads-set/ (I know what to expect from charcoal and graphite, so they're not under discussion here...) Thanks in advance! Sonya
2 months ago
How do you make a setup ergonomical?
im trying digital art with a tablet without screen... dont know what is a recommended setup so i can draw a long time, it feels like every position i try is terrible for my joints, on traditional (pen and paper) i dont have the same issue, how do you grab yor pen, how much do you tilt your drawing tablet? how is your posture? laid back on the chair? you rest your hand fully on the tablet? please help me.
2 months 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).
2 months ago