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February 5, 2013


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TLDR: You have to give yourself permission to suck.

I just wrote up a new blog post about the Pokemon stuff I've been doing and grappling with paralyzing art-fear:…

I'll probably post some of the pokemans around here soon!

  • Mood: Winter Downs
  • Listening to: Kingdom Comes - Sara Groves
  • Reading: The Silmarillion
  • Watching: Castle, Season 4
  • Eating: Homecookin'
  • Drinking: Homedrinkin'
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flinx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just like you to know that your blog has helped me draw :) I like writing on my drawing pages ' Permission to suck!' THankye muchly :)
nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ glad to have helped at all
flinx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Vardagaladhiel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   General Artist
Your blog post came right at a time when I was struggling with a good old case of art fear(I'm just very late in commenting...). I've been taking life-drawing classes for a few months now and whilst I've developed in skill, I am still frightened of the blank page and messing up. I can see that fear as being a motivating force in small healthy amounts, but it was at a level that it was taking me almost 2 hours to simply get the basic sketch (which always seemed to be riddled with proportional and position errors) of the figure down!

However last week I decided to just go for it and by the end of the 2 hours I had an almost completed drawing, and whilst I still had a few tweaks to make I felt brilliant! I felt a so much freer and more confident, and it stopped me from agonising over every detail and in the process losing sight of the actual pose, so thank you for sharing your thoughts on the issue!

Thank you♥!
SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the post! I think we all need to hear this from time to time. :hug:
ScrambledMeg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student
Thank you for writing that blog. ive been going through somewhat of an art crisis since starting my first year of art school, reading it helps. it reminds me that art can still be a freeing experience.
inktoad Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this. I struggle a lot with art-fear myself, but the things you wrote in your blog have helped me get one step away from it. Never tried watercolor before tho, but the pokemons you've posted look fantastic:D
hyamei Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
actually started scribbling a few gestures in watercolor after reading this a few days ago. (baby steps too!) Turning something into a habit is always the tough part for me.:doh:
I'd really love to be good at watercolor, and it's a big challenge since I know I'm too spoiled in the digital medium. you can't fully control it and the way of forces you to think in a different
process to approach your artwork (painting from light to dark layering).

it's just sad I know the difficult part for me is actually the sketching part, I've been so used to sketching/tweaking things easily in photoshop that I feel my trad sketches are inferior.
I guess this journal is a good little reminder that I can overcome that and embrace my mistakes. so thanks! :)

I did laugh at the thought of making that inner monster uncomfortable with silly dancing :lol:
javawombat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Hahah, this seems crazy to me coming from someone whose style I just adore and look up to, but it seems like the ebb and flow of artistic confidence happens to everyone, and more than once in their careers. I find that as long as I force myself to just keep producing, I'll get through those occasional dips and funks - or maybe I just always feel like I have a lot of room for improvement, so I'm never too terribly surprised if I turn something out that's not amazing. I guess since I have to pay rent, I have no choice but to keep chugging. I really like your way of looking at it, though - as sort of an integral part of the art-puberty process.

Also. I TOTALLY hear you on the watercolor thing. As a medium, I adore it. I just love the texture and I wish I could make an entire graphic novel using watercolor. But I'm just not that good with it. (The director of the ill dept at AAU basically told me I was bad at it when I told him I'd like to do more. It's the truth!) Like you said - it takes planning, and even then, watercolor tends to laugh in our faces. I've been also experimenting a little by just using watercolor textures on top of my lineart and seeing where that goes.

What a journey, huh? :3
javawombat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Somebody at AAU also once told me that if you're having a hard time, and you're struggling, it means that's when you're learning and growing most. Growing pains! I have no idea if that's true, but it makes those crappy works of art seem productive, at least. :)
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