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Lightbox 2021 Portfolio Reviews
Hey everyone! As part of Lightbox 2021 this year I was able to get some pro artists together to do some portfolio reviews for you free of charge :) This list may grow during Lightbox, but so far we have @Tj Geisen, @Anthony Francisco, @Scott Flanders , @Tayler Olivas , @Antonio Stappaerts, @Christina Cornett, @Tyler James, and @Marco Bucci that will review the work that you submit. Feel free to post your portfolios between September 6th and September 12th for a chance to have your work reviewed. If you want to be a career artist this is an excellent chance to get feedback from others that are already succeeding in the field! Please remember to write a few sentences about your goals so our artists know what feedback to give and attach up to 10 images when you post. Thanks! Special Note: Posting does not guarantee a review by a certain artist or artists. This is also an open thread and artists will be popping in and out to leave reviews during Lightbox.
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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:
23 hours 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.
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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).
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working on illustration for a project
I am experimenting with plastics plates to create a sense of depth in this images. I am not using photoshop or any other program to make layers these are actual physical layers I am using to create depth. Has anyone experimented with this kind of technique and are there any pointers you could give me. thanks
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working on illustration for a project
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Collaborative vs individual effort in the art world
I've heard that there are generally two paths as an artist, to be a small part of something great or be a big part of something small. This is comparing a single animator for a film to an artist who makes his own illustrations. Although I love how personal the art of the individual is, I can't help but look at the glamour and masterpieces made by collaborative effort. But as someone who is a visionary, I am not very fond of working for someone else's dream. But if I work as an individual, there are heights that I simply cannot reach. To create some things with high execution, collaborative effort is needed. But in collaborative efforts, my control of what I want to make is limited. I feel like whatever choice I make, I will need to sacrifice things and not be satisfied. Well, not if I direct a film with hundreds of people working for me, but that's not gonna happen. This is just a rant, tell me if you have any thoughts.
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Art & Demotivation
Hello, I have just graduated from high school, and I decided that I am not going to an art school because it is just too expensive for me and my family. In addition, I am one of those people who believe that there are better alternatives for art schools, such as online programs, workshops, and more. That being said, I have been drawing for five years already and took a 1 year break from art recently, and I want to keep on my journey as an artist, but I have a problem, I am feeling very lost and demotivated with my art journey overall because I don't know how or what to approach with my art, as well as I don't know how to deal with the emotional part with my art. Just for reference here are some drawings I have done:
1 week ago
Art & Demotivation
Art & Demotivation
Art & Demotivation
Art & Demotivation
Art & Demotivation
Art & Demotivation
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Fan art
I am a bit of a newbie to all this, but I get the impression that fan art is perhaps looked down on a bit in the art world - but I find it a real release from the Anatomy studies and shading drills. After many weeks of input, I went for a bit of fan art output - I lost count of the amount of false starts I had with this guy, but I found it incredibly hard to block him in - when I finally got something I was happy with my paper was all scruffy and worn, so I traced out my shadow shapes and transferred him onto a new piece of paper using old-fashioned carbon paper - and pressed way to hard, so when I needed to amend things later on I was fighting against my lines - hey ho - I would be interested to know what you think. @Liandro I know you are busy at the moment, but would value your feedback. Jo
1 week ago
Fan art
Fan art
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Morning drawing/Sketching routines
Good Day Proko community! I am trying to get myself it the routine of sketching or drawing for 10-15 mins every morning. I did it today (YAY!) but I found myself doing my warm ups... asking myself if this is what I want for my morning time. (This is totally an internal question, just typing out loud) What are some routines you all have for yourselves. Could be morning routines, could be routines in general.
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Art Critique
Hi guys I've been drawing since when I was 4. Unfortunately, I stopped drawing when I was 14 (I drew a rarely). I'm 22 now and am dedicated to become an artist again. How's this drawing I just drew? Thanks
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Art Critique
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Conventions or expositions similar to Lightbox?
Hi everyone! I found out about Lightbox /LBX2021 recently and I'm super excited for it to start tomorrow! This is one of the few benefits of the pandemic as I would not have been able to attend if it were not virtual. That said, I'm wondering if anyone knows about similar art conventions or expositions that are focused on art learning (e.g., presentations about careers, the drawing process)? I live in Canada, so I would also love to know about any local happenings here. Thank you! :)
2 weeks ago
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Fan Art
I get the feeling that Fan Art might be looked down on a bit in the Art world, but after weeks of input and Loomis Heads I decided to go for a bit of Fan Art output. I lost count of the amount of times I messed this up before the block-in looked even remotely like him but I am pretty pleased with this end result. Be happy to get some feedback. @Liandro I know you are pretty busy right now, but I would appreciate some comments if you have time. Jo
2 weeks ago
Fan Art
Fan Art
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Fan Art
This was a good distraction from the Anatomy class and Loomis Head drills. Critiques welcome. Jo
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Fan Art
Fan Art
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What are the best resources or/and classes
i have been drawing seriously for 7 mounth so not that long, after doodling for many years. I started 7 mounth ago with the Proko figure course which im stil on and in the end of the measurement asignment. i have been doing the drawabox on the side too, where im at the lesson 3. im a big fan of realistic art mostly Artists that i like for examples are - Jeremy geddes - Wlop - Eliza ivanova - Stephen Bauman - zhaoyang3665 as a few I was thiking of after being done with the proko figure to either go to the anatomy or portrait course, i has also been thinking of trying the barque book, or loomis or michael hampotons book on figure drawing. and would also love to hear peoples opinions on the bargues what would you guys receomend for me to go next thinking of the kind of art i like? either what of the courses i mentioned or if u got any other ideas of courses out there thank you in advance :D
2 weeks ago
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
What are the best resources or/and classes
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What are the best resources/classes (RE:draftmen s3 e20)
Hello Proko community! What are the best resources/ classes I should be looking at or taking to one day make it in the entertainment industry. Specifically animation (prop, storyboard, character) My question was recently featured in the most recent episode of Draftmen (section titled too many resources.) Anyone who saw this episode knows I was given a homework assignment to ask my question here, thanks @Stan Prokopenko & @Marshall Vandruff once again. Thank you to the community for your time
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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/
2 weeks ago
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Should I leave my Bachelor's???
Hi everyone! I want to become a 2d animator/storyboard artist in the animation industry. I'm currently in year two of an animation Bachelor's degree and i'm 19 years old. However, I haven't learnt much in my Bachelor degree and i'm finding out now next year is going to be a lot more writing and we'll just be working on a group project (I want to build my own portfolio of stuff) So i'm wondering if I should leave my Bachelor degree and not bother completing it. But at the same time, I want to keep the connections I have with my classmates, and I hear a Bachelors degree could help me get a job as an art teacher (If I need some money) and can help with travelling overseas. My question is, should I complete my last year of the animation Bachelors degree with my friends, (even though it wont help me improve in my skills and I'll have to use programs I don't want to) or should I ditch year 3 of my Bachelors and become self taught? I already have a curriculum in mind and I can use the forums for feedback to improve. I'd really appreciate some perspectives and opinions on this. Thanks!
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Marco Bucci AMA - Concept Art and Illustration
@Marco Bucci is here to answer questions about art stuff and non art stuff! Ask him anything you want. He’s taking your questions now and will start posting answers at 12pm PDT on June 18th. Make sure to check out Marco's course - The Color Survival Guide! Marco is a professional artist with 15 years of experience in the film, TV, game, and print industries - primarily as a concept artist and illustrator. Marco’s previous clients include: Walt Disney Publishing Worldwide, LEGO, LucasArts, Mattel Toys, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Nelvana, GURU Studio, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, Yowza! Animation Inc., Pipeline Studios, and more. He has been on YouTube since 2008 with videos about painting fundamentals, applied painting demos, and insights into how to grow (and work) as a creative person.
3 weeks ago
Marco Bucci AMA - Concept Art and Illustration
Marco Bucci AMA - Concept Art and Illustration
Marco Bucci AMA - Concept Art and Illustration
Marco Bucci AMA - Concept Art and Illustration
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Study Schedule
Are there any working parents out there who have a balanced study schedule for art? I am a 37 year old who has 2 little kids and can give my art maybe an hour (sometimes two) each day. I am very new to this and really enjoy it. I am currently focusing on drawing. Should I just be attacking classes and assignments each day? Should I break up my week and have days that are for classroom and days that are for practicing and applying new skills?
3 weeks ago
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Dsily Values study
Hi here I will be uploading daily value studies of a film, master and real life. Feel free to post yours if you want or give any kind of feedback.
3 weeks ago
Dsily Values study
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