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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.
9 minutes ago
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:
15 hours 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.
3 weeks ago
Daily Art Diary
Ever since 31 May 2021, I’ve been keeping an Art Diary to keep track of my progress. I’ve uploaded my entries + sketches/exercises every day onto my Twitter and Instagram (though it’s hard to look for them on my Twitter since I like to retweet fanart, hahaha). Anyway, I’ve decided to share my progress and diary here too. I hope it’s okay! ^_^ I’ll start off with Entry 43! If you’re interested in the previous Art Diary entries, I’ve uploaded them into my Albums here, as well as my Instagram and Twitter. Current Goal: To be able to consistently draw a clean lineart in under 10 minutes! Ultimate Goal (for far, far in the future): Reach WLOP and RossDraws level and be able to consistently produce a gorgeous artwork every day within 1 hour.
5 hours ago
Drawabox AMA - "I'm already Uncomfortable, so you may as well Ask Me Anything"
Irshad - or Uncomfortable, if you know him from Drawabox - is a concept designer, illustrator, game developer, programmer, and for lack of a better word, a self-taught instructor who has been teaching the fundamentals of drawing for just short of six years. He doesn't know how he got here, but here he is, so you may as well ask him some questions. Want to know what it's really like working for a small no-name studio? What about the ups-and-downs of drawing a web comic? What about his opinions on the idea of talent, or the notion of a "dream job"? Everything's fair game, so ask away, starting NOW! The answers will start flowing at 1PM PDT.
5 hours ago
When is a drawing "worthy" to ask feedback on?
I've been wondering this for a while now, I got quite a few unfinished digital paintings where I feel like it's not really worth it to post online due it being unfinished and I'm simply stuck on how to progress on it. I want to ask for feedback on it but cause it's an piece I'll probably never finish I feel like it isn't really usefull to anyone to really give feedback on it as it'll be a waste of time to whoever does so. would it be best to just post it, see what feedback I get anyway or just try and fix it on my own without bothering others?
10 hours ago
Free Brush Thread
Hey beautiful and amazing people I loving creating digital brushes, and also love trying brushes created by others, so thought it would be awesome to have a free brush thread where we could all post links to our brushes that we create as giveaways, or free brushes we've found. So I'll kick it off with some free Corel Painter brushes I created: Corel Painter Sketch Brushes: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40799204 Corel Painter Particle Brushes: https://www.patreon.com/posts/free-corel-45721335 Please note, although these are stored on my Patreon, you don't need to be a patron to download them. If you create something cool with them, let me know, I'd get a real kick out of that.
1 day ago
is realism necessary before any stylization?
for the last 2 years, i have been practising form and watercolour at home with online resources like draw a box and some yt courses my parents and school art teacher says that i should learn realism and portraits instead. what do you guys think?(i am 14 btw)
1 day ago
Seeking other Proko fans IRL, Denver, CO area
This is a wonderful online community but I could really use some art friends in real life. If you live in the Denver, CO area and are interested in meeting up at a Santa Fe First/third Friday or something similar, let me know - here or send me a message. Or send a message to anyone else who responds to this. :)
2 days ago
what are my weaknesses?
hi here are a bunch of images let me know what I could do to improve them,
2 days ago
Hello All, I am looking for an art mentorship and was wondering if any of you know whether or not the instructors here do this as part of the courses they offer or if they do it as an individual package through Proko? Cheers
2 days ago
Erik and Meadow Gist AMA - Illustration & Fine Art
Power art couple Erik and Meadow Gist will be answering questions about illustration, fine art, and . . . anything . . . Start asking your questions now! Erik and Meadow will answer at 3pm PDT on June 15th. @Erik Gist is a horror illustrator and teacher at the Watts Atelier. Erik’s clients include Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Entertainment, TOR Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Children's Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. @Meadow Gist is a fine art painter currently focused on Native American themes and instructor at Watts Atelier. She is represented by Sanders Galleries in Arizona and Bear Tooth Gallery in Montana.
2 days ago
Which digital artist inspired you?
I am thinking of transitioning from traditional to digital. I want to first gather some artists to learn and take inspiration from. One artist I've found is WLOP. Any other digital artists you guys like?
3 days ago
Are WIPs ok in a portfolio?
4 days ago
Jeremy Cranford AMA & Portfolio Review
Jeremy Cranford works at Blizzard as Hearthstone Art Manager (former art director WOW TCG and Magic: The Gathering). He will be doing an AMA and portfolio review here in this thread on Friday, June 4 at 12pm PDT. If you want to work as an artist in the entertainment industry this a your chance to get feedback from the person that hires artists! You can start posting now. Write a few sentences about your goals and attach up to 10 images. Or just ask him . . . anything . . .
4 days ago
Hi everyone, my name is Alberto and my goal is to be an illustrator. Recently i've come to realize that my artworks have some problems but i need someone that can give me an outside perspective on this. At the moment i'm studing art by myself and i didn't studied color theory yet, so please keep this in consideration. So i would like to ask you what, in you opinion, are the 3 main areas of improvement and what i could do/study to get better. Thank you very much for your time. P.s. i'm not a native english speaker so if you can't understand something please feel free to ask
4 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
Art learners with full-time non-artist work/school?
Hi everyone! I'm Siqi. I rediscovered my love of art a few months ago. It has been a very meaningful experience learning as much as I can about art, not to mention a timely opportunity to keep myself busy indoors! I was one of those kids who drew all the time, but I thought the only kind of artist I could become was a starving artist. Now I have full-time non-art work that is quite cognitively demanding, so it is often challenging and exhausting to do more learning and practising after work. I'm not looking for magic words that will give me extra time or energy (if only it works that way!), but I am curious about who is in the same boat. Maybe a sense of community might help us all to get in a bit more practice even when our brains just want to snooze? :)
5 days ago
I created this for a friend, but I am not to familiar with Warhammer 40000. If anybody out there is let me know if I got the look right, thanks.
1 week ago
Freelance artist career help?
Hey! I'm doing a paper on freelance artists and have some interview questions! Is there anyone experienced or knowledgeable enough to answer some of my questions? (so excited for some new knowledge & perspective!) I'll leave them down below thanks for all the help in advance!! Questions: 1. What is it that led you to pursue art as a career, did it change overtime? How did you make it to freelance artist? (did you know from a young age you wanted this?) 2. When you were just getting into the field, did you have to lean on other side jobs as a lifeline (or do you still)? Are you able to pay the bills just with work as an artist or did you have a lot of financial struggles (or still do)? 3. Were you nervous starting out as a freelance artist? Did everything fall into place immediately after pursuing this as a career? 4. How is it like in your shoes for a day at work? 5. Do you like your job? What are some cons to your job you struggle with? 6. How does it feel to be your own boss and manage your own time? 7. Has marketing yourself been difficult? (getting clients/making connections with people) Was it hard starting out getting them? 8. Do you think people need a bachelor's degree before marketing themselves as a freelance artist? Why is that? 9. What would you tell a person aspiring to be a freelance artist? Do you think they should go for it?
1 week ago