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macintyrerath asked: I love everything you do! Thank you for creating all the great things on here. Question; how do you approach drawing practice? I'm feeling kinda stuck lately, and I want to try other people's methods of getting going, and are there any resources that you would suggest? (Books, videos, the like.) I really appreciate it!

Thanks for the kind words! I’m just another art pilgrim like you so please take everything I say with a grain of salt.

When I’m feeling like I’m in a rut, there’s a few different things I like to try:

  • Go outside and draw from life, or attend a life drawing session with a model. This is where I like to explore new things and not have to worry about accuracy or whether or not a drawing is “good” or “bad”. Just draw.
  • Observe and replicate a piece you admire (this is where keeping reference or “art” folders on a computer come in handy). This should be purely for practice, not for showing off. How did this artist treat the arm, legs or anything? Why did they do this? How did they do this? Always ask questions. So much can be learned by what others have already discovered. This is a great way to become versatile with “style”, whatever that is.
  • Be honest with yourself and determine where your strengths and weaknesses lie. If all you find yourself drawing are monster heads (hahhah)or muscle-bound dwarves THAT’S FINE, but chances are you haven’t taken the time to try much else. Draw everything! Coffee mugs, chairs, plants, clouds, dogs, anything and everything. Don’t expect the first drawing to be any good, that’s not the point. The point is to expand your visual vocabulary while trying new things. Sometimes making a list can help ("I’m good at ___, but not great at ___" etc).
  • Walk away from the drawing board and do something different before coming back. Read a book on philosophy, whatever. Chances are you’ll come up your best ideas when you aren’t even holding a pencil (but when they do come go write that shit down!).

Don’t try to force greatness upon yourself. Be patient. Work hard but don’t forget to go outside and live a bit of your life away from art forums and blogs. Art books and how to’s can only get you so far. Let experience inform your art and try to have fun!

Here’s some extra reading from the brilliant Wouter Tulp on taking your time: link

Posting this publicly in case anyone else out there is struggling (aren’t we all though?).

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I bought a used Cintiq 21ux the other day and finally got it set up for use… it was missing a lil plastic donut that the whole thingamajig rests upon. Needless to say, prepare for more digital poops coming your way in the near future!

I bought a used Cintiq 21ux the other day and finally got it set up for use… it was missing a lil plastic donut that the whole thingamajig rests upon. Needless to say, prepare for more digital poops coming your way in the near future!

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quoridor said: like in the same style or

Yeah, kinda.

I don’t quite know how to put it into a coherent statement but as I’m scrolling through art blogs (which seems to be my dominating hobby these days) I keep bumping into treatments of shapes (shapes of anything really) and colours that strike me as being very similar. I don’t believe it’s an entirely bad thing: it may just be a reflection of what is aesthetically pleasing to the majority. Patterns of stylistic choices that repeat ad nauseum.

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antlor asked: Your art is my favorite and you're one of my artistic idols. * u * Do you have any tips for improving? I feel like I'm in a total rut.

Woah woah woahthank you! I’ve never considered myself “idol” material, but I’m honoured you think so! —,-,”# (< blushing gator)


1) If you feel as if you’re in a rut, don’t worry! Recognition of your rut only means you’re bound for bigger and better things! Work through “ruts” and eventually you’ll find they cease to be a problem.

2) Take your sketchbook and go outside. Go downtown, visit the mall, go to a petting zoo— Immerse yourself in life and draw from it. Try observational drawing (contours, how subjects appear to you), then move onto analytical drawing (structure, volume, how subjects actually are). Analytical drawing is easier if you do some homework first (i.e. anatomy studies). Try drawing stuff you’re struggling with, because the more you practice the better you get!

3) Rifle through your reference folder, find a piece of art and ask yourself why did I save this— study it, break it down. Is it the colours? What colours? Is it the linework? Why? Try to ask yourself questions on what appeals to you and eventually your art will begin to reflect your tastes. Chances are what you find appealing will appeal to someone else!

4) This is related to 3: A wise man told me once to “stand on the shoulders of giants”. If you find yourself really digging an artist or piece, copy it. Don’t post your copy online or show it off to others as your own because that’s STEALING, but through copying your favourite artists you can pick up on why they’re your favourite. How they treat hands, animals, trees, etc. You’ll absorb that knowledge and be able to draw from it when you sit down to design.

5) Life-drawing classes are a must if you’re serious about art as a career. You’ll be doing yourself a favor years down the road when you finally come to the point (thanks to life-drawing and studying) where you can say: “Yeah, I know how that joint/muscle/limbs works” and then utilise that knowledge.

6) Get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, and never give up! Believe you can do it and you WILL.

Sorry for such a long response… Hope that helps! Happy arting!

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