10 Tips to Improve your ArtThis is a short summary of the – in my opinion – most important points I found all over the internet, while studying what it needs to improve your drawing and painting skills. I hope it will be helpful to many aspiring artists!10 Tips to Improve your Art by Bernuviel
1. Learn the basics
Perspective, composition, color theory, anatomy, lighting & shading – this may be boring, but it's very important. You have to understand the basics to have a foundation to build on.
Also start with realism. You can simplify it to comics or Manga once you have mastered the fundamentals.
2. Have the right attitude
There is no such thing as talent. Expensive equipment or an art school won't automatically make your artworks brilliant. Don't expect anyone to teach you, but study on your own. You have to work hard to become a good artist.
3. Start early and have a plan
Start working on your art as early as possible. You just have mor
Dear, deviantart fellow artists,
So the topic of this week is about being persistent and avoiding distractions.
It's always difficult to manage your time efficiently. There are so many things to do, to learn and study, to watch and experience.
Over the time I have tried making lists, read a lot about motivation & productivity and yet here I am - still anxious about all the stuff that needs to get done. (wishing that I had that awesome Hermione's Time Turner) And It's so easy to get distracted nowadays.
Oh, the mighty Internet and all the possibilities to waste time. I used to play a lot of games, even those on Facebook (shamefully continues to write) and my justification was that I needed to relax and distract my mind from all the stressfull things. But that was such a lie obviously, as running from your problems is never an option. It's not a magical solution, but just a waste of time, that has no benefit. And the tumblr, and all those lovely blogs and videos to watch, and tv shows. I also used to be a person who watched them by seasons like in a day or two. Cooking shows, sci-fi, apprentice related ones - I watched how people reached their goals, their dreams and then I was like.. but what about my dreams. Yet I'm the only person who can achieve them, so with a hard work and being persistent I'm on my way. Slowly, yet determined.
So I got a lot more productive. Well, joining a deviantart and making a blog surely helped a lot. But the main thing, in my opinion, is to acknowledge the distraction and just stop doing it and do something useful instead. Or/and reducing the time that is needed for disctraction, but still enjoying it from time to time. Or the cool things can be combined, as watching favorite tv series while drawing, listening to podcasts while traveling by bus etc.
The best way for me to get focused is to listen to lovely music, soundtracks, rainymood.com, podcasts, livestreams livestreamstatuslist.appspot.com ), to avoid spending way too much time on the internet, writing all the inspirational stuff and sayings everywhere I can, keeping in my mind that everyday is a gift and we are running out of time and what matters the most is that we spend the time we have - wisely - by doing what we love and not forgetting to be thankful for the things that we have - family, home, health etc. and inspiring others.
So, how about you - how do you stay focused? How do you avoid distractions and spend your valuable time?
Also j0w3x wrote interesting journal series about ADD/ADHD vs creativity and sleeping habits, inspired by my last week's post. I also wanted to recommend the movie "Her" - stunning story-telling and amazing scenes and overall watching experience.
There are a lot of art related books in this awesome concept art thread - www.conceptart.org/forums/show… and a huge resource and reference list on tumblr about, like, everything germanottaaa.tumblr.com/post/7… and for my Supernatural fellows - dajo42.co.vu/post/78942468621 - hilarious and wonderful audio post "What does the Cas" say that I accidentally discovered today.
P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I also post 8 new/my favorite songs on 8tracks - 8tracks.com/snowmarite and a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/
Have a wonderful week!
"If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do work that matters, this is it.”/ Seth Godin