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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
Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
Hey, let's start a newcomer's art chain!✨
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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.
1 month ago
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1mo
I want to quit
Every cell in my body wants to quit drawing. I can't remember why I started drawing in the first place. I'm a college student and I've been drawing for three hours max a day for at least two years and I've improved a lot ,but as I keep going it's getting harder and harder. I don't think I have it in me anymore
1 day ago
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Sweet oblivion of studying as an excuse from actually creating
Byni
I wanted to share my story — both to warn other beginners of this mistake and to receive an advice from people who already have overcome it. I started drawing as an adult, at my twenties. And the first thing I ever did — immediatly started learning. Figure drawing, Drawabox, fundamentals and anatomy courses at our country's online school, etc etc. But the problem is...during this time, outside of courses I almost never actually created something my own. Before my education started, I only drew as a little-little kid, time I don't even remember. I completely skipped a phase of teen artistic freedom, when most artists draw their favorite characters, silly OCs, funny comics — all of it for pure fun, without much fear of their art being perceived by others as amateurish. I want to feel this pure joy and freedom too. I want to apply all of my ideas to paper and share it with others. But before I even tried that, I started learning, and only ever did that. Now my eyes are too trained to not perceive my artwork as amateurish. And my hands are not trained enough to apply my knowledge, since I never actually applied it outside of courses homework. This combination makes it even more difficult to give myself a freedom to create and also be satisfied with the result. This may sound like such obvious mistake you should't fall into — but it isn't. It's sooo easy to be completely absorbed by studying alone. You do what you've been told to do, in a way you're told to do, to the deadline that was already set by someone else. It's comfy. It's sweet. You can do it nonstop. Unlike your own artistic journey, where you must face all of the decisions, mistakes and fears yourself. If you're a beginner too, who like me wanted to become "good enough" before creating something — don't repeat my mistake. You started learning art for a reason — creating art! So be sure to create it right now, don't wait until you studied "enough". Be sure to flex your creativity from the beginning. There's no such thing as being "not good enough", anyone can draw a set of lines. Drawabox made a great point about that in this article https://drawabox.com/lesson/0/2 In order to fix my situation, I want to try two things: 1) Filling two pages of sketchbook daily and trying to make it as fun and relaxing as possible, by allowing myself making dirty, not perfect, silly sketches. While I will try to apply my knowledge to sketches to create something pretty, it won't be the main point. Main point is simply sketching what I want to, without concern that someone else will see it 2) Doing at least one serious large drawing per week. I will apply to it all of my knowledge to the best of my current ability, however much time it will consume. Not to study, but to produce my own, original idea, as good loking as I can. But if I don't know how to do something specific I want to do in the drawing — I'll make a brief research, which would also help me fill in the gaps I didn't educate myself with. These drawings I will also force myself to share with others — even if I don't like it much. It's the only way to overcome my fear of other's opinion More experienced artists — what do you think? Is it a good direction? Maybe you have other ides what I should try, in order to be more comfortable with creating my own art?
2 weeks ago
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NoAI Tag on Proko
Artists have clearly expressed that they don't want their copyrighted images being used to train AI image generators. So, until this ethical issue is figured out, all pages on proko.com now have the NoAI tag on by default. Proko people don't have to do anything to turn it on. AI is a technology that has impressively positive benefits that we already enjoy, but they need to figure out a responsible way to collect data. We've never sold or given artwork to data scrapers. We're doing this as a preventative measure for the future. Will the AI scraping robots honor these tags? I'm not sure, but I'm hopeful. Stable Diffusion recently announced they will let artists opt out of the data set. Still more to be done here, but at least they're thinking about the issue.
2 weeks ago
NoAI Tag on Proko
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What are some solutions when you cannot pay for art school?
1. Taking online classes. Pros: • Affordable in comparison to art schools • More value in terms of education  Cons: • It is harder to have a social life That being said, the reason why I am starting this post is because I would like to have some insight from others artists. For me, the best option would be to take online classes. However, the social aspect is what is difficult for me, because compared to an art school; where you will most likely meet people, online you would not be able to meet people so easily. Now, my questions are the following: 1. What are some things that you can do in order to take online classes, but still being able to meet people and perhaps make friends?  2. What online classes do you recommend?  (FYI I’m interested in: illustration, concept art, story boarding) I hope this post helps other people as well,
1 month ago
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1mo
iPad Easel Holder
Hi, I finally bought a Dulce easel, which I'm happy with. I was wondering if there are any recommendations for an iPad holder that I can attach to the easel for easy reference for figure drawing or other type of references. Thanks!
1 month ago
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1mo
My Inktober Journey
Hey there! I'm Gabriel. I haven't been here for a while, So as a refreshment I thought I'd post this year's most difficult undertaking. Inktober.
1 month ago
My Inktober Journey
My Inktober Journey
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1mo
Hello everyone
Today's my birthday
1 month ago
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1mo
Recommendations for an ipad desk mount for drawing?
I'm looking for an ipad desk mount that works well for drawing. I'd like something that is stable, has a wide range of motion, and allows me to quickly add or remove the ipad from the mount. I have an ipad pro 11 inch 2nd gen model with an otterbox case. The case has a thickness of about 0.5 inches.
1 month ago
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1mo
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 month ago
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What are some ways to improve your art skill fast?
So i am accepting that a.i. art is a thing and only thing to combat it is to become up my art skills where you master all the concepts. Any advice on that
2 months ago
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2mo
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Hi guys, i was wondering where I can get paid for my work. I am doing art for a long time now I am thinking maybe it's time for to earn li'l bit of money from here and there while improving my skill set. I am maybe not that good but I am not that bad either i guess😬. So plz guys help me. I am really in need of money.
2 months ago
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
Art job for beginner to intermediate artist.
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2mo
Doodlesaurus
This was something I was considering developing further for Scott Flander's #prokochallenge. I decided against submitting it for the challenge, but I still had fun drawing him.
2 months ago
Doodlesaurus
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2mo
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 months ago
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2mo
So i want to create a cartoon/anime
So i am wanting to create a short animation. but i know i'll need a team to make it happen. A few question i have How do i organize my idea so i can take take it to production? Where can i find a team of animators and voice actors? How much would it cost?
2 months ago
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2mo
How do you feel about this new drawing a I program dall-e
2 months ago
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2mo
MedsMaps Discord
Quick question: are you given access to the MedsMaps Discord when buying the course here or is that only through Aldoori’s own site?
2 months ago
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2mo
Hate your art? What do you do?
When you're frustrated or hate the art you're working on, what do you do? Let me know I want to see how other artists deal with it.
3 months ago
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3mo
取りの Diary 🌈🌸✨
Okay, so since I became committed and confident enough to finally join an art forum, I thought I'd just create a blog-type thing to post and track my progress until I get bored and maybe meet some new people along the way too! I'm still learning how this site works, but it's Proko right?! It has to be good!!! I'll probably either post some things related to Japan and Japanese culture since that's something that I'm very into! I've been posting art and artist struggles on Japanese forums before, so why not?! I mean, you can always delete your account and pretend like nothing had ever happened... 😂👀
3 months ago
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3mo
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