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VampireSelene13Hobbyist General Artist
I love her tail and the lighting! Lighting seems to be one of your specialties.
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NadnerbD Digital Artist
Well, I certainly try. I figure that understanding light behavior is pretty much the core of what I do. There would, after all, be no images and no sight without light. You can make the most surreal forms, but if you light them well, they'll still feel real.

It's also the most generalizable skill I can get out of this. I can draw all the ponies I want, and as long as I'm striving to improve my lighting/coloring, I'll be learning things I can apply to any art I might do later on. :D
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VampireSelene13Hobbyist General Artist
You definitely have more of a drive than myself when it comes to art XD I do love drawing but it's more of a hobby. I find personally that I just get frustrated with not being able to do better. I have that problem as well of comparing myself to others a lot, especially when I see that they're younger than myself. I know the logic of course"age doesn't matter", "Don't compare yourself to others", "you have to practice" etc etc. And that is 100% true! But sometimes it's mentally difficult to surpass those blocks.

I'm getting better though I think. I have some very supportive people around me right now. Sometimes I do rage quit on a piece but I find that it lets me look at it with a fresh perspective when I come back to it which can also be good. Helps you notice errors and such.

lighting/shading is definitely something I need to work on. I always shade from the same side and it completely lacks depth.
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NadnerbD Digital Artist
I kinda chuckled darkly to myself at "more drive". Which of us is in art school?  Who has an order of magnitude more posted deviations? Granted, you've been posting much longer than I. I just mean to say, I totally understand the blocks. I find it easy to get stuck in a loop of negativity, and think "what am I accomplishing", "I'll never really get anything out of this", "what do I even want out of it?". I'm occasionally reminded that I must have accomplished something when people randomly post comments full of praise on my profile, but then I get down about not knowing what to say to most of them. I absolutely appreciate it though. I don't think I could have picked a nicer group to draw for.

I find I need to compare myself to others to have any motivation at all. If I don't see someone doing better than me, I just get complacent. As for all that technical art stuff, I too find that my results are pretty much always better if I work in several separate sittings, as staring at a piece long enough blinds me to it's flaws, which you mentioned. Also everything takes me an incredibly long time, so it's basically physically impossible for me to complete something in one sitting anyway.

Sooo yeah, I dunno. I think it's hard for everyone, and some people just know how to make it look like they're not struggling.
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VampireSelene13Hobbyist General Artist
I suppose you're right. Everyone sees it in their own way but in the end we're all working for it.

I apologies for the short reply. I just had a long-ass day at work and I want to die XD

I really appreciate your comments though :hug:
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NadnerbD Digital Artist
hey no prob. Silly work always getting in the way of artistic pursuits. Thanks for ... being interesting. :) It's nice when someone puts some thought into their comments. Gives me a reason to have a conversation.
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VampireSelene13Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah for sure! But you gave me a reason to talk XD which most comments don't. It's been nice talking to you ^^