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   As artists we seek for constant improvement. We learn, we strive for perfection, we fail and we keep doing things we love to do - here are my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 



1. Take notes
    If you read something useful and inspirational - write it down. In journal, sketchbook - anywhere. Sketch something, put some lovely quotes - the information you'll see on tutorials, books and articles. You can't remember everything, so if you take notes and write the most meaningful things and then look through them - you'll learn more effectively. 

2. Get out of the comfort zone
    Learn something new with every new artwork you make. Challenge yourself, don't be afraid to study new things and push the boundaries of what you know. It feels so safe in comfort zone, but you won't improve if you stay in one place and do repetitive work. 

3. Change the perspective
    Show your art to others, seek for feedback and critique. There are so many places online to publish your works and don't be afraid or discouraged about what may happen. Look for different opinions, but stay true to yourself and work on your weaknesses. Also after finishing an artwork - take a look at it in the next day, flip the canvas (digitally) or put the the art facing towards the mirror, take a look at it from far away - maybe you'll notice something that you can improve on. 

4. Try different mediums
    Traditional and digital art - both of them are good to experiment and make some lovely artworks. There are so many ways to express yourself and getting to know as many ways as possible can influence your workflow and choose the most suitable medium for art you make. Watercolors, acrylics, oil paint, charcoal, pencil, ballpoint pen - there are so many options and if you try them, you'll eventually see what works best for you. 

5. Experiment 
Let the happy accidents to happen - change your way of working - indoors or outside, in the early morning or late night, alone or with other artists, small canvas or huge ones. Limit yourself to few colors, on set timeframe, make daily sketches, discover new music, books, travelling and let them to inspire you. 
    
6. Join some contests
    Participate in as many as you can - you'll never know what may happen. You'll be motivated to finish artwork in limited time and you'll learn so much in the process. 

7. Be ambitious
    Start a daily challenge, make some speedpaintings and studies every single day, don't be afraid of projects of things that you always wanted to make, but was afraid that you were not good enough. Just do it and have some thoughts about concept of your artowrks, ideas, stories - what makes you stand out from the crowd and work hard on your goals. 

8. Study
    Learn from books, art magazines, interviews, podcasts, blogs. Learn from life around you - how things are made, how colours, materials, shapes look around you. Learn fundamentals - composition, light and shadow, proportions, anatomy (great journal about the topic by Goodnight-Melbourne). 

9. Focus on a certain subject at a time
 If you lack the knowledge about certain things, focus on that and do studies, learn about that for a while. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by how much there is to learn. Avoid disctractions and just put all your effort and attention to one thing at a time- a book, artwork, tutorial - to be the most productive and avoid procrastination. 

10. Draw and paint a lot
    Practice, practice, practice. Your arm needs to get used to work freely, the more you put an honest effort, the more you'll be better at the chosen medium and you'll have gain the experience and skill. Also paint and draw what you like and enjoy the process. The journey matters. 
 
It's important to see your own improvement over the time and take a look back, to compare the changes over the years. (as you can see, I painted a 1967 Chevrolet Impala few times in the past - in 2011, 2012 and 2014)  It's suprising how only after certain amount the time we can really see a difference and it serves to us as a motivation to keep moving forward and put a lot of hard work on things that matters so much to us. 

Draw This Again - Chevy Impala 67 by snowmarite"The road so far"

So, how about you - what are your favorite ways to improve? 

This week I found some lovely resources - great tumblr post about how to use a tablet without hurting your wrist, art fundamentals by jonone, taking a walk digitally in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, reference site referencereference.com/for artists of people, animals in motion , would suggest watching amazing tv series - "In the flesh" - It's something between Supernatural and Shameless - with great storyline, mesmerizing mood and soundtrack. (The series won the BAFTA for a Mini-Series in May 2014) (take a look at this list of reasons why more people should watch it) and this game - "Loved" by Alexander Ocias - about decisions, will and order, disobeying and emotions. 


P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.com/  and weekly 8 songs playlist. 

Have a wonderful week!

""I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."
Ken Venturi.
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Vestia-the-Fallen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   Writer
Thank you so much for sharing. :D I've tried many of these tips myself [for painting/drawing, textiles, soft toy making, photography and writing]. :D
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Bountybreeder Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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mitoXD Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
+favlove Cheers,
shows me that I've been not that wrong. Especially taking notes basically shows, you can trust your senses, and hence strengthens your self-confidence. – I (almost) always carry my little notebook with me; would be too bad to loose good ideas or impressions in the daily hassles. Reviewing the notes, sketches etc. helps overcoming hard times. In periods of "impression floods", one must also be careful, not to start too many projects (coming from these notes) at the same time, however.

"You'll be motivated to finish artwork in limited time" – yeah, that's hard stuff; when will a work be considered as "finished"? And there's a nice contradiction here, when this journal later cites: "It does not matter how slowly you go."  *gg*
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C0MPASSION Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOT's of cool ideas...thanks for sharing! :iconlovewhiteplz:
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HomuraSnow Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you for writing this, all of these tips are amazing!
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MyGalaxyHeart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A way I improve is watching how others do things in speed paints and I learn a lot of better techniques through those and it gets me in the mood to do more art 
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Jennikey23 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! after reading this, i think that im in the good way! :D :D :D
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SchroBest Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. It makes me feel better reading this, because while I tell myself if I try hard and practice I can do well, sometimes it can be hard to make myself believe that.
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adarkworldfantasy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard of this journal from a friend and I must say you gave some wonderful tips! :clap: very nice! :w00t:
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tropicalblue23 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
wait. so the mirror thing actually does work, it actually shows what you did wrong and/or what you can improve on???
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