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Journal Entry: Tue Sep 22, 2009, 2:02 PM
  • Listening to: the sound of printers in the morning
  • Watching: Photoshop batch process.
  • Drinking: the best jasmine tea EVAR. STILL.

Been out of the art-groove again since...um, June?  July?  Whenever I posted my last thing here.  I had a brief bout of Final Fantasy-itis, but that passed.  Since then, I haven't even been able to get past the initial having of an idea before I lose interest.

It's taken me this long to figure out why:  all my ideas lately are either beyond my current abilities, or else they bore me with their repetitiveness.  I want to do something *different.*  I don't even know what that means, exactly, but I know I feel dissatisfied with my current style, let alone with my usual subjects.  Boring boring boring!

Clearly, then, the solution is to learn some new skills.  I've begun doodling around with tutorials and workshops, and while so far none of it has resulted in anything I even care to save, let alone post, it feels more satisfying than anything I've thought of doing in months.

I suppose this happens to everybody sometimes.  Hopefully it'll result in changes in my work to something I like better.  My favorite piece ever is probably "Rain."  I'd love it if my usual work started turning out a bit more like that.



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Miskatonika Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I hear ya. Every artist seems to end up in the same position every once in awhile. I read that doing exercises or just copying photos/life drawing is the way to go until something cool comes to mind.
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tearra Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Awww, I'm sorry to hear that. You really do incredible stuff... Playing around with new styles and concepts and stuff is a pretty good idea, I hope it pans out. And don't be scared of posting your ideas here! Even if you're not satisfied with them, they might make us smile, too! And our responses might help inspire you!
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I might post some of them if I get anything interesting (I won't promise they'll necessarily be good, just interesting :D ). That's what Scraps are for, right? :)
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Madartiste Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I still say you should give water colors a try. I offered you my set. Or pastels! You were always good with those. I know you think they're too messy, but that's why we have a basement... and tarps!
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I would like to try watercolors. You could dig those out for me sometime.
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Madartiste Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
Sure! They're just up on the shelf in my closet. We should grab you some proper water color paper too.
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Jagash Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What programs do you use? If you are photoshop thus far, try the GIMP or a real media painting program (such as Painter). Or try Inkscape for vectory fun.
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
I have tried GIMP--you like it so much I felt like I really ought to give it a spin :)---but the interface frustrates me so badly I can't work. Even the Photoshop-style layout unfortunately gets me nowhere. I primarily use Photoshop and openCanvas. I've tried Painter and it's kind of fun--enough that I've considered purchasing a copy--but I haven't found the money yet.

But the problem is not in the programs. It's in my fundamental art style. Not even in the trappings of what sort of linework, but in the basics of composition and my understanding of things like color, light, and anatomy. Now that I've got the cause worked out, I'm choosing to look at it positively: it's pushing me to learn some new things, after all, and who can complain about that?
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Jagash Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*nods* Useful. I had found the use of different programs as a way to get out of certain ruts, but you are quite right that in situations where one's fundamental art style is causing the problem, that isn't the solution. I wish I had some positive advice, but I will have to settle with just giving you encouragement. Your current art is excellent and your future works will be even greater. Good luck!
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