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Sat Mar 23, 2019, 5:24 PM
This is gonna be a little long. Please check out the tl;dr at the bottom if you wanna skip it. But I could really use your opinions!

So, a few years back I developed a condition that has drastically slowed me down in every possible way. It's been a major upheaval to every facet of my life and I'm still adjusting to it. I'm on medicine, but the condition can't be cured. It's not really deadly, so it's not a huuuge deal, but it's made me very slow. 

And the problem is, I really love painting so much. It's my favorite way to draw now. But I'm depressingly slow about it. It takes me days to finish one pic, with on and off work. 

So I've been toying with the idea of changing up my style and moving away from total painting to only partial painting. You can check out these two pieces below to see the difference of what I mean:

Painted:                                 Partially painted:

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The major difference is lineart.

Which style do you like better? Or does it not even matter that much?

I'm still going to stick to drawing fanart, because that's honestly what I prefer to draw. My thinking is a lot slower and my creativity has been REALLY damaged by the condition, so fanart makes my drawing life loads easier. So you'll still see the same content from me, just done a little differently. If you were going to commission me, would you mind getting the partially painted one instead of painted?

tl;dr: Would you mind if the partially painted style replaced my painted style, if it meant I could work faster/potentially churn out more work than I currently do? What about as far as commissions go?

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DrawingWithJerin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why you might want feedback on something like that, but the truth is the one who will have to live with the decision is you. Hear people out if you want to, but it sounds to me like you're trying to convince yourself. What would YOU prefer, regardless of the outcome? Either way, i'm always of the persuasion that the harder path is usually the right one. It will only take a long time till you're epic at it, and then it won't seem to take any time at all. That parabolic curve of mastery is a bitch till you pass the 1:1 slope. There is also the third option of experimenting with something new till you find something that works better than either current option. This is art after all. There's no need for straight lines and black and white thinking. Tackle the problem with some color and see if it doesn't yield better results!
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
The main thing that makes me enjoy art is creating things that other people like. I don't get a lot out of it personally, so I focus on other people enjoying it instead. It's weird and hard to explain. It's fun and I like to do it, but I don't want my own pictures. I don't need them. So why not tailor it to what other people want? :]

Unfortunately, I really think the disorder is to blame here. I really used to be lightning fast with drawing. Even now, switching to the lineart method, I'm still pretty slow. It's a common side effect that I'm just really struggling to get used/cope with. It's rough going from being able to churn out pics one after the other to now needing lots of breaks and getting exhausted fast...just from drawing. It's kinda pathetic but I can't help it. Luckily there's good days and bad days, so I just have to look forward to the good days.

I agree with you about the harder path being the right one. I'm still going to aim to keep adding more dynamic lighting/color/details to my pieces. But utilizing lineart is definitely helping speed me up a bit. Or at least make things less stressful. I may end up returning to not using lines one day, though. :]

Thank you for your input! I definitely agree with a lot of what you've said.
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AndronicusVII Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019
Well, I am a patient person, so no worries there.  You make both styles work pretty well, so no sweat.
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
You are indeed patient. :] Thank you! 
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Philosophoholic163 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Hobbyist
Sorry to hear about the condition. Take the time you need.

As for the style, I quite like the partially painted style; but either is fine.
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that's sweet. Everyone seems to prefer the partially painted style, so I'm going to be sticking with that. :D
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I like both, but I do enjoy the simplicity of the painting style in the partially painted.  I think a fully painted one could be something for special images, so you don't have to do it all the time. 
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! It seems everyone prefers the partially painted style so I'll be sticking with that. It'll hopefully make things a lot easier and faster. And I agree about a fully painted piece being for special images, or maybe I can just save it for commissions if people want it.
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Wiseboy101 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019
I like the partially painted better, myself.
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I do too, honestly.
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robraph Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019
Your art looks great in both styles.
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D I really appreciate that <3
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DoodlieDork Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
either is good. Just draw the way that suits you best
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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FriezaReturns00001 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Eh I guess drawing fanart has it's perks since it requires the study off said character in popular fiction but imo the real test comes down to being able to draw OC because that's where the true test begins on what your limits are on how you can draw.
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I agree completely, but I feel like for me, personally, I could only draw OCs if I were secure financially so I had the free time to do it. And that's a ways off. But I do have lots of OCs and draw them rarely, I just never really share it that much.
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FriezaReturns00001 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Student Digital Artist
But that shouldn't be a problem even if you feel like it may not be much of a reason to share OCs you've drawn financial or not, people may just want to see how GOOD you are in drawing them regardless! I personally watch people who draw OCs and they all draw them pretty darn well. Just baffles me why nobody wouldn't want to capitalize on that, I'm sure that there is someone out there that would be willing to pay heaps of money to get their OC drawn.

I wouldn't say give it time, I'd say just ask around!
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AerianR Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I love drawing others' OCs. To me, that's no different than fanart. :] I just don't draw my own OCs very often.

Besides, if you can draw fanart, you can draw OCs, and vice-versa. :D
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FriezaReturns00001 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Then perhaps this is a good opportunity to show off what your own OCs are. Some people need months or years to develop OCs of their own but I still think it's a good idea to expand your horizons imo. I'd say fan art is easier but I don't say that it would be easy of course, most fan art stuff we already know by name/any other name/friends/family/etc since it's passed around like Booette, She Hulk, Boa Hancock, 2B, and most of that is study of anatomy at base and tweaked depending on who is the artist but it's usually stuck with those thematics but to the same degree on the opposite side, OCs can be quite out there sure but I'd argue in favor that it grants you more experiences and perspective on a lot of things that you couldn't do with just fan art alone then transfer that into your own art style as like a "addition".

For example not many are proud to say they do line gun art, I do this myself on my streams and patreon most of it is based on RL weapon then at some point I go berserk and design a weapon out of the ordinary so the first step > second step gives me ideas of some strange guns that could be use as concept art or a potential weapon in a video game, something that I may/may not be comfortable so I focus on that certain skill set over years, refine it so you have a longer career because the art meta doesn't shift too much in what you are going to do or suppose to do. At least that's how I've taken things.
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