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How to become better at art? How to gain necessary skill and how to stay motivated and inspired?

There are no right, or wrong answers to these questions, as we all are different and we have our own creative journeys - but here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 

1. Make art with your heart 
    Make the art that you enjoy to create. Make what resonates with you, put your heart in it (not literally) and it will show through your artworks. 

2. Be consistent
Commit to yourself. Do something daily, even if it's just a sketch. Perhaps, do a study every morning or make speedpaintings. You may not see the progress at first, but you shouldn't get discouraged by that. Not every single one of your artworks has to be a masterpiece and it's totally okay to have a bad drawing every once in a while, just get over it and move on. 
3. Learn fundamentals
    Color, light, composition, anatomy, perspective, values etc. I wish I would have started with learning all those things. Do some research - there are so many books and tutorials to learn from. Take a look at this lovely video by Sycra (and other of his art related videos), also Proko art channel, and there is also a great pinterest board or check some of these lovely resources:

What Ruins A Painting?
What Ruins A Painting?
(or makes it better)

            We all had those kind of paintings at some point, looking at which we felt something is not right – something is not right – But could not find it. What went wrong? We have put every finest details and all our patience in it. Then?
Art has its own science. Science that makes a successful art – something that comes out exactly you thought of and leaves the same impact on your audience. That science is known as composition in art and music. Where your eyes will go at first, how you will draw attention, how much attention you will draw – these are not luck, but pure science. A well thought designed piece is always successful. So mastering the brushes are not enough, we have to learn about the basics that make a successful art!
Hence, today, we will talk about the 'bad' elements which are solemnly responsible for rui
Big Guide to Drawing the Body by Majnouna Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics. 
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format. 

First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi
Get Better At Drawing (Without Drawing Anything)Art is a process.
Like that of the scientific method and philosophical alchemy, art can be refined and improved through process. From observation, to experiment, to reflection and conclusion, art is improved by the steps we make towards change, not solidification and stagnation. Much of the advice out there for drawing is simply “practice” or “avoid distractions”. This advice is good, but there is more to creation than just throwing yourself mindlessly into a task and avoiding bad habits along the way. Good habits and knowledge will help to excel your learning process faster, and from that, improve faster and more effectively.
Look at it
As an artist, observation is key. The skill we develop is not just seeing, but interpreting what we see, remembering what we have seen and recording it in the form of visual art. This is a skill that, aside from blindness or vision degradation, you will be able to improve during your entire life. The way of seeing from an art

4. Have a certain goal

    Think about the main reason - what you want to achieve as an artist? Succesful career? Having astonishing skills or being able to inspire and make others happy? Write that down. Or write that on your wall. Remind yourself of that goal. Remind why it is important and look at it every single time you feel unmotivated. 

5. Be social..
It's so easy to stay away from anyone, to avoid any means of contact with people. As an introvert I totally understand you, BUT you also have to communicate with others and upload your art online. Yes, there might be the judgement and not everyone may like what you do.. but you have to remind yourself, that what you do matters. Learn from others and help those who need advice. Go to art conventions if you can, do some livestreams or watch them and chat with the artists, leave some meaningful comments etc.
6. ..but don't waste all your time online
   Would absolutely reccomend to not check your e-mail, social websites as soon as you wake up. As it's the start of the day and you do something productive, you will feel more fullfiled and motivated for the rest of the day...So often do we tend to spend time looking on blogs and new stuff, and news and cute images.. but why do we procrastinate instead of doing what we love to do? It's so tempting to seek distractions and yes, there is need to socialize, but you have to be also cautious about how you plan your time. As we all have such a limited amount of it. 

7. Seek for improvement
There is always so much to learn. The most effective way, in my opinion, would be challenging yourself with every new artwork, so you could study things about what you want to paint/draw and learn along the way. Ask others for opinions, seek for meaningful critique and don't be afraid to ask questions. 

8. Let go of negativity
   Not all people have a positive attitude and not all of them will support others. 
For example, as I was drawing on livestream yesterday, there was a one viewer, who said that I hold the pen the wrong way. Simple as that. That my parents never taught me how to hold it "the right way". Well, I explained that is just the way how I hold it (in fact, one of my first childhood memories was when I held the pencil for the first time and I was told that I should do that differently, but as a rebel I have always been, I've been holding it the way I wanted ever since)... why would it bother anyone else? 
People sometimes are just ignorant or jealous and It's known that one bad comment will have bigger impact on artist than 10 good ones... so if you ever meet such a person, who without any reason wants to ruin your day to make themselves feel better - ignore them, block them. Spread the positivity instead - if you admire other artists work, simply tell them - fave their work, leave a nice comment. 

9. Study from life
Observe things. How shadow works, how light shines in the sunset, how different textures look. You will notice small things and see the beauty in them. Sketch what you see around, go and do some en plein air studies, gather some photo references from your local place. Travel around, experience life and be inspired.

10. Believe in yourself
    Not as easy as it may sound. Like, there are so many motivational books, speeches, posts about it, but only you know the answer. Who else will believe in you, who else will know that you are going to make things happen?  
You and only you are in charge of your life. 
You'll know what are the best choices, as you'll follow the feeling of what feels right.
You are the one who can make things happen.
So.. go ahead and make the best of every single day. 
..because you know that you can.

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about becoming a better artist? 

This week I found some lovely resources - this inspiring article - advice for emerging artists, amazing Nathan Fowkes artworks on his blog (the use of light and colours are just so stunning), this great video about building your art career, cool reference and anatomy images by Paolo Siega, inspirational interview with juliedillon by kirileonard, this awesome tumblr post with huge list of movies and tv series with links to watch them online for free and a TED talk "Embrace the shake" by incredible artist - Phil Hansen, about how limitations can unleash creativity. :) 


P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 songs playlist. 
and a youtube art channel. :) 

Have a wonderful week!

"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint", than by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."      /Vincent Van Gogh
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Quetzal-Queen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is very helpful, thank you!
chimdi2000 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is one of the best art motivational posts i have ever seen on devian art. Thanks for this man
eissaY Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very motivational, thanks for making this! :hug:
DMK-Soul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wow you look so young but this words very smart and helpfull, great work!I wish you more inspire and luck!
ShipsofInk Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say you really rock for writing this. I've been feeling so down that I'll never get into drawing well again - but you've inspired me to do it because it makes me happy.
Yanialch Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing and truly inspiring article you wrote here: thank you so much! You have just put a big smile on my face! Great advice! Really Hug 

Thank you!
DarkHeart-Nightmare Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 This helped so much.Thank youHug 
CatClawGeneral Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps so much! Thanks a bundle!
BangGoesLazor Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Very nice and open minded entry!
Blossomleafstylez Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are like  really amazing omg xD
thank you so much!
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've nothing more to add, great article !
MrAlJang Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great read thank you
BengalCat5 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this journal entry, I have been struggling very much with believing in myself and believing that I will every become a good enough artist as I am in my third year of college and still have not even come close to mastering realism. I love the quote at the bottom, every time I draw something that doesn't work out how I wanted it to, the voice in my head keeps telling me that I'm pathetic and that I should just give up, but I love drawing so much that invariable I always end up with a sketch pad and pencil back in my hands.
Again, Thank You, I needed this. :happybounce: 
DougQ Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist
I have been having a hard time motivating myself.   Going around trying to get shows in coffee houses.
ZeniDaniel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
This is all very true, and I would add that if you are having trouble drawing anything and everything, that values, separating values, and understanding shapes makes you feel like you can draw anything you can think of. 
Zulwar Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I struggle with motivating myself, going to hang up this list in front of me.
I love drawing, but sometimes I just have to force myself to draw. Hope this make it easier for me,
I do love to draw, but studying fundamentals(anatomy, proportions) is at times.. as fun as chewing glass.

"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint", than by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."      /Vincent Van Gogh

Is what I am doing now, if I don't feel like it, i pick up my pencil and draw. Sometimes I'll surprise myself and regain the motivation that was once lost :)

Syrazel-NightRose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Been trying hard, not planning to stop ;) Thanks for posting this!
DigUpOphelia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Thanks for this :) It's really motivating!! 
PeppermintRain Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for this! :aww:
CharbonArdent Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Thank you very much for making this! It's really helpful :hug:
Leasaurus12 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this! :)
Clockblockers Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm thinking about making chibi ponies soon, and might give one to you.
TswordZ Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Lot of thanks for this. I've donde several points but still lack in others. Procastination in the mornings and lack of consistency are my worst. I'll start today to change this, thanks to you :icondragonhi:
Nsio Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tips for orienting oneself to make art. I would add:

"Try doing things differently: the way you draw might not always be the most optimal way of doing things. Although it gets the job done, don't be afraid of trying to do things differently. That way you may find answers on issues you haven't been able to overcome before. Look for various "how to draw" resources and find out which methods are most fitting for your needs."

At least I have found this very beneficial in my case. By not restricting myself on one way, I have managed to adopt various ways of doing things and devised the methods that work well for me. I'm not hesitating to change myself and my way of drawing if it will make drawing more enjoyable and efficient. :D

To comment on that pen holding thing, it's worth trying "the correct" way of holding it, for quite some time. I don't know how you hold the pen, but holding the pen in wrong way might make it harder to make certain strokes, or cause unnecessary muscle tension in your hand. Just like I mentioned above, "it might not be the most optimal way of doing things". But of course, if it works and you are happy with it, then there is no need for you to do anything about it. :D
aughtt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Majasam Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thank you! This is very hopeful, inspiring and motivating!
MrTommaya Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Thank you, i really needed that.
betoquintas Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips.
TropicalWeed Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
BaneEden Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for the wonderful advice, lately I have been in an art block :/ this really helps :hug: :love: also love the Star-Lord gif :meow: :la:
TheInfiniteGlow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the post it was very inspiring :D
btw I don't understand why someone would tell you you're holding the pen the wrong way....does it matter? lol
I don't use my chopsticks "the right way" and eat perfectly fine with the way I use them.
VioletMaeMills Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for posting this <3.
KOOLKUL Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Very well articulated. There are some things we know should be done, but never get around to implement. I'm sure your article would be a great inspiration for lots of people to get cracking.
That includes me,
Thanks, snowmarite.
faketalesofmine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this, it's just perfect :happybounce: 
rougespriter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would have made the list

1. Study
2. Practice
3. Don't quit.
WasahbiArt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
and this is yet again so inspirational to me.....thank you so much for putting this out here and not only giving me, but many artist that little helpful reminder that nothing changes over night and that you'll only get better by TRYING.
and i love that qoute...
adlescouflair Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Thanks for the advices :)
toba122 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
One thing that helps me: You need to make bad drawings in order to make good ones. Experimenting, messing up and making mistakes is a part of the learning process. No one nails it the first time. The point is to leave behind the bad and hold on to the good aspects of your creations.
Niikhavod Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great tips! I've also been told that I "hold the pen the wrong way", but I don't see the problem. I can still write and draw. It's all about preference and what works for you. I guess some people just do all they can to spot imperfections in everything, as petty as they may be.
TatsumakiPoopkick Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you..
HansTechrist Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So there are people bitching about how to hold a pen?


How 'bout we bitch about the way they should put a broom in their asses?...

Anyway, this journal is a nicer way to start the day than being told about Robin Williams's death.
ElLorenzana Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You the advanced artist of DV are a very good light-minded people, thats a thing I admire about you all. I imagine that enter in that ''hall'' of Elite-Artist may be awesome. 
Before take a work with a good quality, my dream is that my art evolves and become recognised.
Thanks a lot, guy. All for the glory.
AU AU AU! (Spartan shouting)
neeenamark Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
thanks ! 
lamedicina014 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
thank you for the tips!
fa2sh Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thank you <3
cool-ewan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
CosmicKitten89 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I study graduate level physics and math five days a week, eight hours a day.  I study at home on my own because my disability prevents me from doing well in school or any other social setting.  Art is just something I do on the two days that I don't study but I more or less have a publishing deal to make a book with my own artwork even though I have no desire to do art as anything other than a hobby and I'm a bit resentful that I could so easily become an artist as a career, when what I really want to do is go to a (good and accommodating) college and become a physicist or a mathematician, when the reverse (to finish college and get a career from that is easier than getting an art job based on talent alone) is true for most people.  Because of that the work on the book has been slow and even reluctant on my part, even though I know that I might need to finish the book and sell it in order to get enough money to buy a degree paper that says I can competently do physics or math as a career but I feel I am losing time for every day that I am not studying, don't say I study enough because my ADHD is so bad I have to take pills just to read the book without crying and think deeply enough to understand how to do the problems and it took me a long time just to find and get prescribed the right kind of pills too and if I wasn't such a science geek I wouldn't have the idea I got for the book anyway.  Plus I never think my artwork is good enough, I decided on a very difficult art style for the book and it has taken me a year just to get one picture finished and I still don't like it.  To be honest I find art kind of boring and mindless, I can almost literally draw decent pictures in my sleep, because of years of being a kid with nothing else to do with my hands.  Higher math on the other hand was not something I got the privilege to study until relatively recently, now that I have access to such books.  So I would be really bored and depressed and unable to follow through with it if I decided to just get the pictures done so I can publish and get the cash for school.
TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Advice taken...
Nightingale012 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous :) And exactly what I needed right now
mieufille Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Touching :)
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