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In follow up of the obvious "how to" journals on both anatomy and color, I'm gonna continue this series with a how to on drawing every day.
Over the last year I've participated in many challenges that required me to do a drawing a day for a period of time. Most notably the color challenge and refinement challenge, but also a lot of speedpainting and daily sketching

. Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me how the hell I would manage to do a sketch every single day, so I figured it would be nice to share some of my own experiences, tips & tricks with you to help you step up your drawing game.

About time management


Save The Kitten by Xinom
Every person has priorities in life. We deem one thing more important than the other, so we tend to do that first.
"I have no time for this"
is the equivalent of:
"There are other things that I deem more important, so I prefer to spend my time on those"
This isn't inherently good or bad. After all; some priority's are very valid (work, study, spending time with family/friends). It is, however, something to be aware of. If you're one of those "I have no time for drawing" types of people, this doesn't mean you really have no time to draw. It means other things in your life demand so much of your time that you end up with no time left for drawing. Figure out what these things are. Are they really that important for you? Is it really that impossible to squeeze in half an hour of doodling into your day, perhaps when waiting for the bus or having a break at work or school?

You don't have to put in a tremendous amount of time

Environment thumbnails - 20151208 by DamaiMikaz
You don't have to produce a full blown painting every single day. On some days you'll have all the time in the world and you can manage to do a full painting. On other days you'll only have 15 minutes and the only thing you can manage is a quick sketch on a scrap of paper. It doesn't really matter.
The act of drawing daily is mostly a way to maintain your skills. To keep your hands flexible, your brains up to par with drawing and your inspiration flowing. Unless you're planning up to end up at the high end of the art industry, there's no reason to force yourself to keep to meticulous 12-hour-a-day training schedules (and even then 12 hours a day isn't that healthy). It's quite the contrary. If you're a hobbyist, one of the most important things about art is to have fun while doing it.

Know your weapons of mass distraction

162/365 bloodborne 4 by snatti89
With managing your time, also comes to topic of distraction or procrastination. About things you don't deem useful but still spend a lot of time on. These are activities that are easy to cut time on. Think about things like watching Netflix, TV, using Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp... or browsing the internet in general. 
Be aware of your weapons of mass distraction. Only then can you make the conscious choice to sign off, turn off your computer or your phone, and focus on what you really want to do.

About your mindset

It doesn't have to be good

You always follow by Hellstern
Many people get hold back by their own mind when it comes to drawing.
"What if it doesn't look good?"
"What if I try drawing this pose and I can't pull it off?"
"What will people think of me?"
These are all very familiar thoughts for a lot of artists (and some very valid ones as well) but the thing is; these will get your nowhere.
Every single artist has suffered a moment of self-doubt. Most of them suffer more than just a moment of it. It's common. Not only you suffer from it, but there's a huge chance that amazing artist you follow suffers from it as well. We all do.

The difference is that some people decide to let the self-doubt paralyze them, while other people fight it as a boss and just keep on drawing.
Be one of those people that fights it like a boss! If you're afraid other people won't like your art, then don't publish it. You don't have to put your art on the internet. Hell, you don't even have to show it to your friends! Just keep it to yourself if you feel that keeps the pressure off for you. Of course you won't pull off drawing that new thing at once. Nobody does! And yes... people will always think things about you. Some good, some bad. You can't change that, so why bother? People's thoughts have no power of you unless you let them have that power. Confide in yourself as a person, in your ideas and your (growing) skill. 

You don't have to be inspired

Peggys rocks by beavotron
Not every drawing has to be inspired. The goal of drawing daily is... to draw every single day. It doesn't matter what you draw, as long as you sit down and make a drawing. Nobody is inspired 365 days a year. If you feel uninspired, just take a picture from another artist*, a landscape, an object in your room, and draw it!
*Note: when publishing a picture that's copied or highly referenced from another artist, credit that artist. Otherwise that might get you into trouble.

It becomes routine

Perspective practice by MugenMcFugen
I don't know if you ever started working out or training, but it's a familiar feeling. When you first start out in bad shape, the training hurts. Both physically and mentally (as you get confronted with your own lack of capabilities) and it's for that reason hard to stick with it. But when you do keep up with it, you'll gradually find it easier. You get in better shape. The training doesn't hurt that bad anymore. Instead you're fueled by seeing how you improve, and you try to keep pushing your body to its limits to see what you can do. And gradually the social part gets easier too. Saying "you're going off to gym" is no longer getting you weird stares, as people in your environment know that's what you usually spend your time on, and they get used to it soon enough.
Well, this whole thing goes for drawing. When you first draw, you suck. You'll get better over time, and you'll be fueled by your own improvement. When you first tell your friends/family you're not coming because you've got other things to do, they'll frown upon that. When you do it more often, they'll start accepting that as part of who you are.

borderland by ptromea

The bottom line of the story is; keep up going. It'll get easier in time :huggle:

Star! Star! Star!  Read my other how to's as well Star! Star! Star! 
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Good exercises
Drawing from life

Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time. 
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
How to: ColorAs a follow up of my "How to: Anatomy" journal that was received so well by the community, I will continue this series with a how to on color.
Color is considered to be one of the hardest subjects when it comes to art. Most beginners (and even some advanced artists) struggle to get the colors of their work right. I myself do as well. This journal is by no means a full coverage on how to color. It will however be a good list of resources to get you started on this hard subject.
A few things to get started
There are a few things to color

There's hue and value. Hue determines what place in the color spectrum the color is in (red, green, blue.. etc). Value determines how dark or light a color is. In order to understand colors, you have to know how to influence and work with both of them.
Your brain is deceiving you

This group focuses on encouraging artists.

February's feature, the first for 2016 contains a small selection of the amazing artworks I receive as submissions from our very talented members, which I hope everyone will enjoy and be inspired by.  Our membership is steadily growing and at the time of submitting this journal is now 5,726 and our galleries as I always write, contain even more inspirational artworks, which are well worth viewing as well as adding to your :+fav:.

I would like to congratulate one of our very talented members :icondenzelajackson: whose  skill recently gained him a two page spread in the ImagineFX magazine. Denzel is a perfect example of what self motivation and hard work can achieve. Below is a video of him sharing his achievement with us, which is well worth viewing and I have included two of his artworks which are featured in the ImagineFX magazine as well as one of his most recent artworks.


    Always Be Yourself by DenzelAJackson    Idea Driven by DenzelAJackson    Never Leaving by DenzelAJackson    

About our group

The primary focus of this group continues to be digital painting and digital drawing, which should be submitted to the 'Featured 8' folder. This group also accepts and has folders for animation, designs and interfaces, deviantWEAR, pixel art and pixel animation, vector and vexel artworks, comic strips, pages and panels, matte painting, mature content, mixed media, mixed media - 3D, 3D art, 3D objects, commission information, tutorials and resources, announcements, colourist art and wallpaper submissions.

As always, I would like to congratulate the members on the continuing high qualityof their artworks, which are always a pleasure for me to accept.

While it is understood that digital art is digital art in general this group primarily highlights art from:
:bulletpink: Digital Painting/Airbrushing
:bulletpink: Digital Drawings
:bulletpink: Digital Mixed Media
:bulletpink: Digital Miscellaneous

Please understand that if you are a member submitting photomanipulation, fractal, typography or traditional artworks, while I respect your work,  I will regretfully decline it because this is not what this group is showcasing.  We only accept completed artworks and not work in progress (W.I.P.) If an artwork is declined, I will always send a message explaining why.

Artworks containing nudity must be tasteful and have artistic merit. Full frontal nudity is rarely accepted, nor are sexually explicit artworks, hentai, pornography, fetish art or those containing an grossly enlarged body parts or an excess of crude language. Having said this there can be exceptions but my decision will take into consideration the high number of young members in this group.

If you submit mixed media, matte paintings or any other category of art, and stock/photos are used, it must be minimal, preferably in the background, with the majority of the artwork digitally painted or drawn, or I will regretfully decline it.  In most cases, if I really love the image, I will add it to my personal favourites as I frequently do.

Another wonderful selection of artworks, from the many talented members of our group. My method is to arrange the artworks in colours that work best together, and vary the subject matter, so that a portrait is not next to another portrait nor a landscape next to landscape.

routine maintenance - keep calm

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2016, 5:06 AM

multilemmas are back by m-lucia4ever by m-lucia

tout est relatif  by veroklotzempty head by veroklotz

L'opera des parkings, Acte 1, scene 1 : Le Cadeau by Pierre-LagardeL'opera des parkings, Acte 1, scene 3 : Le Fantome by Pierre-Lagarde

Bamboo in the city by Igor-DemidovObstacle by Igor-Demidov

W!NKZ by partiallyHerelove is not for everyone by partiallyHere

A Global Speed Art Affair by EintoeRn
And please do no hesitate to take a full preview of the book here:

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Flowers (Diffrents types) :
1Drawing - Flower  - Pattern by AytenSharif11 2Purple Drops by discoinferno84 3inferiority by essencestudios 4Mosaic Art in Oil by CarolynYM 5Cautiva by A-Todo-Creyon 6untitled by lottileibnitz 7[J4F] Beautiful Flowers by CAcorporation 8Aboveboard by JetteReitsma 9Flowers Watercolor practice by bielik42 10Happy by Sukilucky 11Garden by Selliria 12Summer by Maria-John-Artwork 13Cavaler by Andrei-Azanfirei 14Natural blue by Andrei-Azanfirei 15Acroclinium by Andrei-Azanfirei 16Blossom 26 by wuestenbrand 17:o) by MamaMika 18:o) by MamaMika 19Magic by MamaMika 20In Bright Orange by salman-khan 21Trio by Aquata92 22nices flowers of the last year 81 by ingeline-art 23Purple Flowers by TooMuchColor 24Blossom by jankolas 25Blue Flower by kgphee 26Shining white by Morrgrr 27Sunshine by MYPeanutGallery 28Liseron001 800 by Noomelo 29Raindrops by Meyby 30The Little Bells of Springtime by Kitteh-Pawz 31Pansy by Noomelo 32Another Flower Doodle by r-o-s-a-n-n-a 33BlueYellowish by Sukilucky 34Floral Fireworks IV by MadGardens 35Blue Flowers by MJaeroBS7 36Floral and Colorful by allison731 37Thanks for the Rain! by emizael 38Little Blue Flower by emizael 39Dew by Noomelo 40Sunshine Colors by CaryAndFrankArts 41Sunflower by natthan54 42Yujie's Blue Flower by CarolynYM 43Yellow Flower by CarolynYM 44Red water drops by Li-Soro 45Flower Doodle by r-o-s-a-n-n-a 46Untitled by Aeolina 47ROUGE by LEVIATAN-666 48Cosmos by Smclppp 49Symmetry by Alyss6 50Wild blossom by rosaarvensis
51Img 20150213 141107 by SimoGitana 521782013 10201471086810419 135362721 N by Becxzarose 53First Spring Asters by JocelyneR 54Little Red Flower by angel0421 55Orange Flower par Allison Christine Martines by FROG-and-TOAD 56Unknown flower by NB-Photo 57Spring by diana-0421 58Sunrise by diana-0421 59Unfolding by MaresaSinclair 60Cactus, a present for UAKimov09 by OneAngele 61burning like fire by ingeline-art 62Orange Power Mandala by yael360 63Roses by teresalaw 64Open Thy Petals by kj-davis 65Crown Chakra by kj-davis 66Pink Clover by gjenniferx 67Springtime Tree by Kasia1989 68Turquoise branch by Kasia1989 69Romantic bouquet by Kasia1989 70elevation by akthuro
71love me... love me not... by akthuro 72old memories by akthuro 73keep hope by akthuro 74Painted by blueRnN 75Flowers by Meyby 761279 Poinsettia by YourFavoriteRussian 77quilling card Antique :) by othewhitewizard 78quilling flower Happiness by othewhitewizard 79purple by garfield89 80White Stars by angel0421 81Little Sun by angel0421 82Purple Yellow Flowers by angel0421 83Joanna's Foxgloves by kach-back 84My Sunday Sunshine dA.jpg by CFTMPhotography 85Little dragon-butterfly by ElenPanter 86Flowers by art176 87Queens seal by Nuredhel 88Blue Spring... by JimmyLii 89Flowers by AriaTheMagicalElf 90Still life by MikaBesfamilnaya
91Dandelions As Memory by PlasticMushroom 92after the rain by prettyflour 93Guy's favorite by prettyflour 94Gerbera by elminino 95New August - The 3 Flowers by WillTC 96Looking for the Sky by WillTC 97Zentangle Flower by Anbeads 98Blumen am Wegesrand 1 by bluesgrass 99Pink Bloom by Makki-Summer 100Flower by flamingodancer123 101-Pink Sun- by MurasakiOrchid 102- Stairway to the sky- by MurasakiOrchid 103Colors by van313 104The first by van313 105Vase with Flowers by giart1 106Amor by French-Chocolaite 107Full Blossom by WillTC 108Green (2015) Study grey making of in detail by stefonthesea 109Flower1 by safaky10 110Burial by FreeSpiritArtSoul 111apple blossoms by chrisravensar 112And so the Bliss bubble bursts... by OMniscience1 113Retro by Sukilucky 114Rouge by Sukilucky 115Why ever talk of miracles... by OMniscience1 116Leilan by FlameForeelah 117Moonlight Shimmer by TernFeather 118MPv05299 by MPivot 119Flowering by slightlymadart 120Red Essence by polarpoisson 121Elegance by polarpoisson 122Venus Garden by paintforworldpeace 123Joy by Aquata92 124Like the Sun by Aquata92
125Pink Sun by angel0421 126yellow flowers by cristineny


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Progressive Saturday Night (v.83)

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 5, 2016, 11:57 PM

Saturday Night Fever

image by :iconbatsceba:

Please enjoy a selection of the latest photos of street galleries

and remember to visit the photographers' galleries as well ;) (Wink)


life in colours or in black and white, but is always a surprise

The Forehand Clear by MARX77
Street Photography by sagi-k
st2 by Pandafuckers
Postcard of Tokyo 24 by JACAC Postcard of Tokyo 23 by JACAC
The Ghosts and the girl with the red balloon by DaddyHoggy
People On The Street by HealthyCarrot
Relativity by IrynaFedorovska
Icey Chat (R3m04) by jesseboy000 Goettingen 6 by JonasDrude
Wipe Away Tears by ZiaulKareem I think I hurt my knee by ZiaulKareem
4am love by avivi
Hangimiz Sevmedik by sogni-di-margherita
We Take It Seriously by Vermontster
Loving The Alien by Batsceba






This Journal Skin was designed by Night-Beast

Enjoy some of the recent additions to our gallery


rest by michellis13
The Outsider by Unkopierbar
Universe by M0THart
whisper by arbebuk
Floating away by bwaworga
A Head full of Dreams by MilanVopalensky
Bookshop by Deere
Flamingo Siesta by borda
Portrait of a Daydreamer II by Michela-Riva
An Abundance by machihuahua
*** by oprisco
Red Island II by Epytafe
a blank space full of gaps by Saturns-Child
The Old Man and the Sea by Hengki24
Where Everything Starts Or Everything Ends by bliXX-a
Retrouver tous mes reves oublies by MD-Arts
Nymphaea by TanjaMoss
Woodland Sojourn by ramakbamzar



Wonderful and inspiring art:

*** by hello-goodby Mandala by deer-o Toronto Workshop by EmilySoto King of the Oxen by SylviaRitter
University of Toronto Knox College Cloister No 1 by thelearningcurve-da Stream by anotherone0 my weeping angel by ADAtheQueenOfHEARTS
Zueri by dasTOK Hidden In The Wilderness by AlexandruCrisan UUntitled-ntitledUntitled--1 by PolinaGajewskyKali
Send by rskrakau Driftwood Detail by dynax700si Rhythmic by Hengki24 The Glen of the Hitodama by brushandtea
Yes Yes Yes by deepgrounduk
Hiatus by marzenaabl entropy by windrides The Crone Imperiall by socar Lovers by multigrade
Dante V2 by Smattila arctic stare by Yair-Leibovich Scenes from a marriage by Piarvi-Recherreen
Cowsinsnow by staatsf Misty Crown by MarvinDiehl Selfie Time! by chloravirgo
Etheric Vision by TALONABRAXAS
Fairytale by Queen-Kitty Nikon Waterfall by Forestina-Fotos Christelle a Paris by duytter
23: Boston Panes by FramedByNature Modern Interior by EveLivesey Getting away for a moment. by PascalCampion
Thieves in Cloudland by Felideus [OCs]Aylmen and Sternie by Wavesheep 1724 by AlexandrinaAna
Heart On Sleeve by Bonniemarie Barn Owl - Ink by Bluecrow10his city by KieraV
Untitled by tmszpz
Bouvreuil by pledent I'm Afraid, Dave by robertwilsonivWest Of Light Cover by pacman23Tiphereth by GinebraSiddal
Sunlight by andrework Reds by pikaole LOVE Has Shifted My Way by StarwaltDesign
Nettie Set Her Hair On Fire by joeyv7 Firepower by Arcasar
02 by hoooook The Gathering by Yoann-Lossel Florence by RandallFischer
Bloody_Wind by noah-kh where are you going? by davespertine Biological Clock by NickyBarkla
Vanishing Act III by pesare River station by Ner-Tamin
With the Flow by robrey landscape #40 by Sylar113 Waiting for Spring by SidharthChaturvedi
... by BaxiaArt Saturnine Vigil by MarcelaBolivar 89 Click! by Sabine62
 4137 by straychi1d Askew by Wildweasel339
Sci-fi Album Art 2 by SylviaRitter Chief Wolf Robe~Digital Diptych by richardcgreen AE_BT_Rhino_03 by barontieri
Circles by Natalya-NSY Red dawn by AntoinetteStoll
Phoenician Memories by pledent Portrait of the Tibetan girl wearing a headdress by william690c Vase and Lemon by Wildweasel339
Magic. by CapnSarah Sketchcrawl 1 by jjnaas
Diary of a HypersomniacThrow the quilt over me and let me accompany the dust bunnies in between your couch cushions; I will never exist, and therefore will never be able to remind you of yourself.
Bend back the accusation of my finger, and break it in half. Shove the knuckles into my mouth so I can gargle bone and vein (if I’m lucky, I’ll choke). Take this foolish heart and mince it with the flourish of a British television cook, and sell the recipe of heartbreak to every salivating, hungry viewer. Let them write you on how sweet it tasted with a side of innocence, and how the aorta melted across their teeth and tongues.
Keep the shortened, secret version to yourself, please, because I do not want to imagine another screaming: “use the other half of me!”
Get rid of it – devour me: do not make me watch as you give away parts of it to everyone I know – morphing faces of care into lust, like I don’t know what evil looks like twisting the features of someone I love into
  saturday morning coffee.Seattle held many secrets in its dreary rainfall: college kids having sex in the 7-11 bathroom, a drug dealer staking out Rainier Valley for new clientele, and, worst of all, a secret agent working at the Starbucks on 5th Avenue.  I had watched him for months now and every day something suspicious seemed to happen. Today, the strange behavior revolved around the chocolate syrup pump sitting surreptitiously behind neatly placed metallic coffee mugs for sale.  The perfect hiding spot for seedy behavior!  A woman I earmarked as pleasant-enough looking leaned over the counter cautiously, eye over her shoulder to detect any prying eyes. She whispered something to the duplicitous cashier who squinted his eyes and squished his face, as if he smelled something rancid.  Perhaps it were his devious plans that smelled so foul!  But alas, all that would transpire would be a few extra squirts of syrup into the woman's drink.  This wasn't enough to convince me of his la

No music rec this week, as I lost my list in the big laptop disaster. :D Throw me your recs! I'll appreciate it.

Also, still a few oddities in the sizing of images in the finalized journal compared to how it looked when creating it, but still better than the other week. Maybe some bugs are being worked out?


My e-book, Stick and Stones, is on pre-order from Amazon at 50% off until March 28th.
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For those new to my page, as appreciation to all my amazing and dedicated watchers on my DeviantArt, I have been setting my usual weekly art competition, which showcases some of my watchers amazing anime/manga artwork! ^-^

As promised, here are the artworks for Week 57!

Bonus featured Anime/manga artwork were chosen from my watchers this week! 

 Chino Galaxy by chinchongcha Hotaru Shidare from Dagashi Kashi by Taikami-samaSylveon-Finished! by amelia250  Spoonful of Cute! by Hinoiiri Pink Anime Girl by KmaKmaChau my drawing yato. by PRIMIERRAD

If you would like to be featured in the the next week of my Watcher Featured Artwork, keep an eye out for the next journal I post for rules on how to enter for [Week 58] My Watcher Featured Artwork [OPEN ENTRY]!

[Week 58 link to be posted soon!]

Many thanks for the weekly inspiration and keep up the stunning work everyone!

~ Jirou-kun (/^▽^)/

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