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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016   General Artist
Oh!DA not a place for getting really good at art?  Depends on you, I think.  If you decide this is going to be your workshop-studio, then that's what it will be. If you decide it will be where you hang out and get undeserved praise for chicken-shit, that is what it will be. Either way, it's your creation.

I have some links on my profile page you may find helpful for daily practice and research - like this book by Andrew Loomis www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…  If you search Alex Hays you can find more of Loomis's books, which I'd urge you to grab up ASAP, while they're available.  

   
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FoxyRepublic Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2016
It's not an ideal environment for me anymore. Too many distractions and it's hard to connect with people. I've been gone for several years and just came back so that doensn't help obviously lol. I miss the old message boards I used to lurk at a few back in the day and should have jumped in while they were around. I thought of going to conceptart but people have been complaining about that one too so I'm feeling a bit lost lol. 

I'd love to find people who are in a similar boat just trying to learn but in a bit more focused environment. It's so easy to get lost in fanart and all the extra bell and whistle features on here. So for now if I do any finished work in between studies I'll post it here but I plan to do a lot a lot a lot of studies since I'm so behind and I won't post that here but on my sketch blog instead. I'll still come here and look at everyone's lovely stuff I just think I've been gone too long and am finding DA a bit overwhelming.

Anyway I've got a nice collection of pdfs and books regarding drawing and anatomy etc. I'm actually working on Loomis's collection now as is evident on my recent sketch blog post. Got a long way to go!
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016   General Artist
Well, then, you're set.  Hope this time works out well.

Don't see the sense, for myself, in setting up a separate blog, as many seem to do.  I keep it all here. But maybe it's because I don't have to go along to get along, which seems to be what this place fosters.  "Awesome!" Right.  If you can be honest with yourself and others in crits, then there should be no reason why you can't keep it here and have a good time with it.  You don't have to make friends or solicit watchers.  Just look for your place in the great circle - there are those ahead from whom you can learn, and those behind whom you can teach.  And you never really know which way the gradient goes until long afterwards.  Haha.  Of course, that's more of an ideal than a reality, for me.  I came here looking for help.  Didn't get it.  Studied on my own, then, before I knew it, got a reputation for being good at what I wanted help with!  Go figure.  

I took a look at your blog.  Good stuff.  You should be posting it here.  No reason not to.  
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