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May 29, 2008
*laugh* Actually, I hadn't read your journal yet, so I guess maybe I'm psychic.
The funny thing, though, is that I *was* thinking of you, and Nibblekat, when I wrote it, because you'd both expressed the same sort of dissatisfaction that I'd been feeling about your art, and I wondered--in that way you do, where you wonder if it's just you or something common to people in general--if it might be for similar reasons.
I suppose the subconscious knows what it's craving, and it's good to remember that even when Big Art just isn't happening, it doesn't mean we're not improving. Doodling, half-finishing pictures, and even just looking at other art and taking in the world around us are all ways of growing. For a couple of weeks, I didn't even want to look at my sketchbook; I just surfed DA and looked at what other people were doing.
And you know, I think it did give me some new ideas.
Drawing realistically is awesome. I don't think there's any better way to improve in the fundamentals: anatomy, shading, and all that jazz. And a good realist drawing is always cool to look at. But to develop our own styles, we play around with other things too. Maybe you've hit a point where subconsciously, you're feeling ready to branch out and do just that.
Your owl, by the way, is adorable!
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May 30, 2008
Hobbyist General Artist
"it's good to remember that even when Big Art just isn't happening, it doesn't mean we're not improving."
This is SO true!! Even when I'm just copying a photo, I'm figuring out the medium and each one gets a little bit better. dA can be really inspiring, that's kind of what got me to look at my own gallery. I wandered around in the Art and Project forums too, just to see what was going on in the big wide world, and that helped some as well.
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