Imagine dragons sleeping the same way giraffes do
Yessss! I wanna draw sleeping dragons tooo
Maybe they sleep like camels…
or…. uh… snakes?
Or maybe they sleep on trees
There is nothing about this post I don’t love
Anonymous said: I have a kinda personal art question if you don't mind my asking?You post amazing art works a lot and you have a very distinct style of drawing that is obviously from tons of practice. How did you manage to start practicing so much? I always get frustrated with my work that I can't get myself to draw anything for days again at the earliest, and that's if I can even draw something in the first place without getting embarrassed looking at my work. I guess I'm just curious if you have any tips?
I kinda always need to fidget, basically… I can’t have my hands not doing anything while I’m listening to someone talking, or watch a movie, or when I’m waiting, so I canalized that into the fact I’m constantly scribblign on something, and that means that in the end I’m constantly practicing without the stress of being it something finished.
1- SCRIBBLE: because the secret is not to think about it: practice is practice, it’s not something finished you should post! you’re just letting ideas flow. if you like what came out of your scribbling you can make something decent in a second moment, but scribbling is what makes you confident in your lines, in your strokes, in how you compose the figure. cover pages and pages of scribbles, I’ve got like 6 different sketchbooks scattered around the house, doesn’t matter the kind of paper, the size of the sketchbook, anything… just put shit down. and if you scribble on the side of a newspaper or on a paper towel then cut the scribble out and put in inside your sketchbook! you should not take it as a task, but as stretching before running a race. it’s just warm ups, no contest, no standard to reach, no people to confront yourself to, you’re just getting your hands ready.
2- PAUSES: it’s normal to get days without drawing! if I have to study many times I don’t have time to make a fully finished drawing for weeks, if I can I still scribble… see this as some resting to get ideas sorted and recharge batteries, it’s not a negative thing not to draw for some time!
3- IMPROVEMENT IS NOT FAST: it would be awesome if it was, I would have spared myself nights and years of hysteric cries and depression breakdowns if it was fast, or easy. but still, it happens. I have so many fields I’m still working on it looks really discouraging: backgrounds, texture, shading, colors, anatomy. but that means it’s fields you know there is still improvements to be made in. it’s stuff you know you WILL get better at if you look at fucktons of masters, if you let yourself learn from artists you admire, if you practice, if you look at lots of tutorials. it take me YEARS to figure out arms muscles in a way that felt natural for me, without needing to reference them every time. at least 3 years of work. but after 3 years I can say I cracked the code on that and I’m a better artist because of this! it’s one of the best feeling in the world, just requires lots of patience and determination, there is no such thing as innate talent.
4- INSPIRATION: it’s healthy and necessary to have artspirations, artists whose work greatly influence yours, but try not to become them! you have to be you, and that means to have multiple source of inspiration that influence your growth as an artist, to recognize and never deny those source of inspiration, because they are what make you what you are, they are your fathers and mothers… but, really, make sure you have many and never fixate on one! otherwise instead of developing YOUR thing, you’d just be doing theirs. influences have to help you create your style, they don’t have to be a patchwork of things you copy.
5- REFERENCE: don’t let ANYONE tell you that using reference is “cheating” or similar bullshit, using reference is the basis of art. it’s FUNDAMENTAL. it doesn’t mean you have to copy, using references is taking inspiration, taking one or two details, the general feeling. photograph yourself, use stock photos, photograph your friends, but use references! if you don’t know how to make something, don’t guess it, chance is that you’ll get it wrong. there is a reason every single master painter of the past drew from life or with a model, even the less realistic ones like Picasso: you need a anchor to reality to work on.
hope this can be useful somehow @.@