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Proktober starts now! Throughout October if you draw and post your work in the Proko community you'll have a chance to be featured in our IG story and Twitter.
2 hours 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:
1 week 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 months ago
I'm guessing that several people in this community are going to be participating in Inktober, so I figured we could share our art here. I'm going to comment the prompts and you can put your drawing under the prompt you drew for that day. If you want to see the rules or don't know what Inktober is, here's this link https://inktober.com/rules Good luck to everyone participating!
2 hours ago
How do you guys avoid distraction and procrastination?
During my drawing session when I get just a bit tired or it gets a bit challenging, I find myself unconsciously opening Instagram and Facebook feeds, and checking my messages :/ Which can make me lose the flow and is not at all constructive. Anyone has been there? Any idea on how to discipline myself out of these bad habits/reflexes? PS: I work digitally on computer :/ Here's the drawing I'm currently working on, it's taking me ages due to the distractions..
9 hours ago
I cant face drawing anything
I'm so stuck and I don't know what to do. I would really appreciate any advice. I haven't picked up a pencil or ipad to draw something in over a month. The last time I spent more than an hour on any drawing was probably a year ago. The last big project I put any effort into (a tattoo apprenticeship portfolio) basically got laughed at. Every time I try to make a start I just feel overwhelmed. I get stuck in the same cycle. I know I have to draw in order to improve so I can reach my goals. Then I think about all the things that I need to improve and get intimidated (I don't even have a solid grasp of basic fundamentals). When I can force myself to sit down and draw something I hate it so much I throw it straight into the bin. I try and psych myself up to draw but I know that most of the time I feel too overwhelmed to start or hate what I make and can't bring myself to do it. Then I'm back to square one and beating myself up because if I don't draw I won't ever improve. I know that Stan and Marshall say to plan out your art school and put the hours in and skills will come. I have ASD trying to plan a syllabus on 'how to draw everything' or even concentrate on something for more than twenty minutes is a nightmare. I've tried purchasing various online courses but find them so difficult to follow it makes me feel like an idiot. I know I started drawing because it used to make me feel relaxed and because I wanted to put beautiful things out into the world but now it just makes me want to cry. I haven't really seen any improvement in my drawing for a couple of years, if anything it's gotten worse because I haven't been drawing as regularly. Has anyone here ever been in the same position? How do I get out of this slump and back to drawing? I've tried forcing myself to draw but whenever I do the experience is so negative it makes me want to draw even less. I don't like giving up but I don't know what else to do.
2 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).
3 days ago
Sacrifices for art
Has anyone ever had to make some sacrifices for their art? I have several projects going on (writing a novel, drawing illustrations for novel, learning about art for novel illustrations, inktober, and 3 different illustration contests) for the next few weeks. I was drawing some tree concepts for one of the contests pieces when I realized that I just can't finish all 3 pieces for this same contest. I decided to forfeit this contest but use the same pieces for one of the other 2 contests. I guess what I'm asking is if it's normal to feel guilty about giving up something like this? I've had to do it several times for writing but not for art yet. The benefit I get is a whole extra week (not including this week) to work on the 3 pieces for the next contest but still feels weird to me because the one I'm giving up is something I only have one shot for and might not be able to do next year.
3 days ago
Hi everyone, I occasionally do self-portraits to document my art progress, also I'm a very cheap model. I've attached some of my favorite portraits (most from the last 3 years, the one where I still have hair is from 30 years ago). Some of these were done using mirror, some from photo reference. Does anybody else like doing self-portraits? please share some of your own.
3 days ago
How to study cinematography?
I remember Marshall Vandruff mentioning to learn cinematography as a form of cross training. But how do you study cinematography. What can you learn from it?
1 week ago
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
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.
1 week ago
this might be an odd topic but i think that it is an important one , i have dyslexia
i have known that i have had dyslexia since i was at least 15 i am now 18 and im just now realizing what dyslexia truly is, the pro's and the con's i have trouble with, reading, whiting, and of course there are many other things that make it hard to be dyslexic , for example some times i get head aches and feel very wheezy when reading or when trying to write . however its all not bad, its like life there are good things and bad things in life there for there is balance . right ? so the pro's of having dyslexia , i can see and fix problems that others cant i can use my brain to see many different things there for i can solve many different , problems on paper in my head in real day to day life ect . it can be hard living with dyslexia , but just realize that it can be a better tool than a burden, the best advice that i can give you if you are dyslexic, is that you need to see that you are not alone , and that you are not stupid you just need help seeing your potential , and how you can learn to use your dyslexia to you advantage . here are a couple of videos that are quit helpful with showing you these things that i just spoke of . watching these few videos will help you as a person, dyslexic or not will help you understand what its truly like to be dyslexic . i hope that this helps please let me know , with a reply god bless and take care. ✌ https://youtu.be/5fnYUbcrHJk https://youtu.be/_dPyzFFcG7A https://youtu.be/-Hf_B2-pz7U
1 week ago
Wooohooo! I've finally received my proko skull! Can't wait to do some studies 😌
1 week ago
First reference sketch that I feel good about.
Just sharing my baby steps.
2 weeks 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 . . .
2 weeks ago
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.
3 weeks ago
Art and Math
What are the links between art and math, and not just perspective. Fractacls, Chaos theory, Information theory, algorithms, tessellation etc. I would love to talk to anyone who has thoughts on this subject.
3 weeks ago
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!
3 weeks ago
Draftman giving out good vibes.
I was tuned in to the live show two weeks ago, (http://youtube.com/watch?v=YsB1FQ5iDCk). It was really fun listening to Stan and Marshall take calls. So I found a book he suggested that connected with me. Funny thing is I spent one penny more just to buy it from a Goodwill off amazon. It came signed by the Artist and his Wife. How things work in real life are super spooky sometimes and this is just another reminder that I am on a good path. Thanks Marshall! Adam
3 weeks ago