Art Goals for 2024
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Gannon Beck
It's that time of year when people generally take stock of where they are and set some goals for the new year. I figured it would be a good time to talk about what we all want to accomplish artistically in the next 12 months. Courses I'd like to complete (or at least be current on): 1. Drawing Basics 2. Portrait Drawing Fundamentals 3. Figure Drawing Fundamentals 4. The Color Survival Guide 5. One more (TBD) Other art goals: 1. Steve Rude master study in gouache 2. Submit portfolio for acceptance in the the Marine Corps Combat Art Program 3. Continue progress in watercolor 4. Continue progress in gouache 5. Complete rough cut of issues #7 and #8 of Space Corps comic and publish on Ka-Blam. Issue #7 is almost done, so this isn't crazy. 6. Publish comic book anthology with friends on Ka-Blam. This one, too, is almost done, but I nee to get it across the finish line. 7. Make progress in Anatomy of the Human Body course. That's plenty. Much of it is already underway, so it's not as much as it seems. We'll see how much gets checked off. Who's next?
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@mariabygrove
Art goals for 2024: 1. Do two art courses - carry on with Drawing Basics and sign up for another one, ideally an in-person one. 2. Start curating a portfolio of my drawings so that by the end of the year I have a collection of 10-12 pieces that I'm proud of and happy to show off. Also, this year I'm defining "process" goals for myself: 1. Finish all the art pieces that I start. 2. When it comes to learning, do more quicker studies rather than perfecting one drawing (Stan's advice). Good luck everyone with your goals!
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Dan B
Been a while since I posted in here... Get my sh*t together and do some proper practice. I've (surprised myself!) drawn every day since July 7 this year, but it's mostly filler and little real progress. I've struggled for a while with actual 'ideas' of what to draw, but recently realised a lot of that is actually not being confident to be bad at art for a while and just have a go. I see the things I would *want* to draw and think 'no I couldn't make that,' or 'well I'm just not that interested in topic X to do serious practice.' For example, - I'd love to draw characters from my favourite video games or novels, but feel I'm not into learning figure drawing. But, I don't need to learn figure drawing; I need to learn character design and clothing because I'm not trying to be Michelangelo. - I love Rally, but I feel I don't like learning with measurement and tools like rulers, ellipses, etc. But, if I want to draw car, plane or sci-fi ship designs, I need to buckle up and take it on. - I like wasps and insects, but I feel it's too tiresome to sit and do all the fine details with accuracy. For this, I need to just give myself more time. The 'draw daily' thing has actually hindered this, as I'm more in a rush to 'fill a page' (I started each day on a dated fresh page) rather than work on a longer piece. This subject has also hurt my progress because I have actually done some 'good' paintings of wasps and so feel I should be further than I am otherwise! For inspiration, I'm going to make sure I read more inspiring stuff: I enjoy fantasy and sci-fi, but have honestly read only little. I want to have a vast library of source worlds and characters to create from. So these are my goals: - Learn character design, including figure fundamentals. Draw some of my favourite characters, do studies of them. Be comfortable being bad at it. - Learn vehicle/spaceship design: be able to draw cars at different angles and do sci-fi vehicle concepts. - Do more detailed wasp/insect drawings with some fantasy creature designs based off them. - I will jump around between these to keep interest and perspectives fresh. - I will not 'draw every day,' but might do targeted practice for a week or so at a time when I feel I need it. - I'll keep enjoying it, If I stop having fun it's time to stop or re-evaluate - Bonus goal: find an online or in-person community that I can contribute to and benefit from to push myself and enable positive feedback, support and engagement And, Happy New Year all!
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Gannon Beck
"Be comfortable with being bad at it"...That's the trick! I'm right there with you.
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Jake
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Carry on drawing as much as I can 4 - 7 days a week. But remember that it is useless if I don’t push myself to progress. To get more involved with the community. Not get ahead of myself. I’m doing the drawing basics course and I don’t want to have to re-do it!
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Gannon Beck
I'm in the Drawing Basics course, and I'm finding that redoing things is sometimes unavoidable. I've done each exercise once, now I'm going back and redoing the ones where I feel the concept haven't fully sunk in. One of the things I like about the Drawing Basics class--and every class on Proko--is the lifetime access. This puts time on our side as we can revisit lessons as needed. And at least for me, its needed lol.
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Devon D. Yeider
Solidifying some art goals in 2024... 1. Learn how to make art (Specifically: finish purchased courses i.e. drawing basics, marvel storytelling, designing a comic page, character design, revisit drawing exercises and designing a children's book) I'm with Vera on this one; I've made a habit of making money off of all my hobbies and before I could even draw without copying someone else's work I was wanting to make a career out of it. I hope to retire as an artist but 2024 will be the first year where work is work, art is fun! I'll get to the professional level one day, it's just part of my personality and I've already made great strides towards a career in comics (this last year I received three scripts from a professional writer i befriended at a con, and this last week I was granted my FIFTH scholarship through my local art institute!) but I really just want to learn how to draw and continue to have fun with it! 2. Finish projects I've started I have quite a list of projects I've begun but haven't finished. It's certainly a trait I struggle with. And I certainly have no shortage of ideas; but what good are they if I don't have the skills and focus to start turning these ideas into reality and then actually finishing them? I think I'll just keep it to that for now. That's plenty :) Oh wait! One more! 3. READ MORE BOOKS Whether that be comics or book books, I've already made a goal that I wouldn't buy anymore books for the remainder of the year. I HAVE WAY TOO MANY. Plus books are what got me interested in drawing in the first place so one should certainly support the other. All things in balance. Excited Gannon got us all together! Very looking for another year of drawing it's you all. Happy New Year!
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Gannon Beck
You're already crushing it on the effort front. That's 99% of it. I think you're going to make some good gains this year.
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klaibee
I have already achieved one major goal thanks to the 12-day challenge: I have stopped procrastinating. I often didn't even start drawing for fear of a bad result. I've learned that it’s not about the result but the process- even making mistakes is fun, believe me or not ;)No progress without mistakes! I drew every single day during and after the challenge! I am incredibly grateful for that. Now to my goals: 1. practise every day with the wonderful reference bundles and try to invent and draw my own characters 2. complete the "Anatomy of the human body" course  3. Color survival guide 4. immerse myself in the world of oil painting with Cornelia Hernes At this point I would like to thank this amazing community for all the inspiration and for sharing your wonderful art. I wish you all a creative and wonderful time
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Gannon Beck
I'm with you on the reference bundles. I think I'm getting addicted to them, which isn't a bad thing. I'm interested in the Color Survival Guide, too. Hopefully we'll overlap in it some so we can compare notes!
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Charline B.R.
Ok I'm game, I can list some goals... 1- find time or arrange schedule to be able to draw every day or at least several days a week 2- advance in Proko human anatomy course 3- finish at least 1 comics script properly (meaning focus and not get lost in endless world building) 4- finish the 4 page comic made long ago for test purpose 5- resume watercolor "irl" versus digital test for colouring 6- ...finish the unfinished illustrations started 2 years ago... Well, all really depend on point 1, wish my little one will start to do full night at some point, that would greatly help :')
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Gannon Beck
It's tough now, but once your kids are old enough to learn to flat, the comic book page production goes way up;)
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Vera Robson
My goal is to have no goals! Art is a hobby for me, and it actually takes some effort to keep it that way. I like it that I have something in my life that I do purely for fun. Good luck to everyone in accomplishing whatever challenges you set for yourself in 2024!
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Gannon Beck
You've got to keep it fun:)
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Blake Pawlikowski
Love your goals! Mine is fairly simple...make drawing a habit and not something I do inconsistently. I would like to start a Proko course (I got a gift card towards one and have to pick what I'm going to do!), which will help with this goal. I'd like to make it to one of your zoom meetings, too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Looking forward to inspiration and growth in 2024!
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Gannon Beck
We're taking a break from the Sunday calls for the holidays, but we'll pick up right after. I'll be sure to send you the link for the next Sunday call.
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