PEAS Method to Artistic Self-improvement

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I came up with the PEAS method ("PEAS" stands for: Practice, Experiment, Ask for suggestions, & Study the world around you) about 5 years ago. In that time, I've seen significant changes in my own art and in the art of others! I figured that it's time to whip up a journal and share the PEAS method again.

These are the same concepts that I shared in the journal "How did you get so good at drawing?" which I posted about 5 years ago:

I my opinion and from experience, there are 4 things you can do to evolve as an artist...

:bulletgreen: Practice
- it's been said time and time again that "practice makes perfect". They're right, but there need to be a few other factors to make it work! You can repeat the same thing over and over... however that will only improve your ability to repeat a certain skill. To truly improve, something NEW needs to happen...

:bulletgreen: Experiment - even if you're afraid something will come out looking reeeaaally bad, try it anyway! It will give you more experience and the opportunity to see what is good about it and what needs work. Most of my artwork has some sort of experimental element! I try new backgrounds, new textures, new ways to do line-art... sometimes you may even try something new and develop a technique that you'll use every time!

:bulletgreen: Ask for critique - I know it can be a drag to hear what people think about your art but sometimes it's true. And a lot of people (like me!) won't feel comfortable critiquing your art unless you ask for suggestions first. Sometimes an artist is never satisfied with their work and immediately know what's wrong... that works too! As long as you're aware that there's something that needs improvement and work to change it, you can improve!

:bulletgreen: Study the world around you - If you see something that you want to draw, try to figure out how to translate that into art techniques. Fur is a bunch of highlights and shadows, layered over and over again with stray hairs and shadows, for example. Little did I know that all that photography helped me see things in an artistic perspective, but taking photos is a way to make artistic analysis of the world a little easier. That way you can see how things look in 2 dimensions and go from there.

So, if you don't have an open mind to try new things or take people's advice, you won't get far. If you're dissatisfied with your art, that's GOOD! It means you want to improve and you won't stop until you do! That's the ambition you need! Just keep trying and take breaks but DON'T GIVE UP!

I hope this journal helps! :heart:

Much lorf to my bubs! :hug:

And here are some examples of my art before and after implementing the P.E.A.S. Method:
BEFORE............. AFTER! :heart:
Craz Wolf Face - sample 2 by Crazdude + Night Shines for Aderyn + by Crazdude

BEFORE............. AFTER! :heart:
Angels with Silver Wings by Crazdude I want to be free - Redux by Crazdude

BEFORE............. AFTER! :heart:
Snow Girlie by Crazdude Roll in the Snow by Crazdude

BEFORE............. AFTER! :heart:
A vision of what once was... by Crazdude Life Goes On by Crazdude

BEFORE............. AFTER! :heart:
Craz-wolf Pixelized by Crazdude  Craz-wolf says Hi Thar by Crazdude

Draw a Wolf Face (Tutorial) by Crazdude Feather and Wing Tutorial by Crazdude Craz's Balloon Tutorial by Crazdude Coloring and Shading Tutorial by Crazdude

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mereni's avatar
My problem at the moment seems to be that when I have motivation, I have no inspiration. Then I become wildly inspired by something ... but lack the motivation. Aaah life xD
FenrisxWolf's avatar
This is exaclty what do!! ^^ :dance:

There was a time when I was younger, that I hated using references, and just wanted to draw from my own imagination and memory - not even structure lines or anything >< (I think I thought using references was kind of cheating)
Anyway, as the years went by, I came to find that I wouldn't get anywhere by not studying and using photos and such, and since then, I've learnt so much more about anatomy, lighting, and posing :meow: I'm still learning, but I have folders flooding my USB of art, photos and other references that I constantly look at :)
:icongoldenwolf: is who I mainly look at as I love her colouring style and tenchiques. I never copy, but I love to examine and study uses of colour, layering, texture aswell as papers and pencils :) It's helped me so much ^^

I have to say though, even though I have improved alot by studying others and the natural world, alot has also come from myself. I had to fiqure out what pencils would go well with the papers I used, and many times had to buy different sets to finally get it right. I also taught myself how to bring depth and shadows in eyes in a way that I really like (these are all in my newest art that aren't on here ><) So it's always worth making mistakes and trying over again until you get something you're comfortable with :)
(I guess there's still a part of me that just wants to be good enough on my own, so I'm always trying to come up with my own techniques unique to me that I find comfortable :D)

I think the next thing I'll try is painting (one of my many art foes! XD)
BreakNeckViolet's avatar
^^ Thank you for posting something so informative and encouraging.
Crazdude's avatar
You're very welcome! :tighthug: I can't resist helping others! :la:
BreakNeckViolet's avatar
:tighthug: Awe! I know what you mean; I always get excited to lend a helping hand. :dummy:
Peiridae's avatar
WOW! This is really inspiring and true. Thanks for posting it!

Of course, your "before" pictures are already fantastic... ^^ Seems like every artist's work that they consider "not as good" or "really old and bad" is fabulous (except mine). xD I suppose I'll get there someday. :)
Crazdude's avatar
Awww Keep trying and keep P.E.A.S. in mind! :glomp: If you really want to improve and keep working at it, you'll get there! :w00t!:
Peiridae's avatar
Thanks so much! :glomp: I'm determined to improve and become really good at art... I guess that's the first step! :)
IamETOH's avatar
Obviously this method works well for you ^^
LuckyKoneko's avatar
this is so useful! thanks a lot!
snikeye's avatar
Thank you A LOT!! :iconlachoirplz:
spooty-boo's avatar
Wow! This is a great method (:
Crazdude's avatar
Thank you! :hug: I hope you find it to be helpful! :la:
spooty-boo's avatar
Welcome, and it sure is ❤
CharbonArdent's avatar
I've just found this and it's actually really good advice! The only thing left to do now is actually apply it ^^;
Crazdude's avatar
Excellent! :la: Thank you so much! :hug: I hope that you find the inspiration and implement it with your art! :w00t!:
CharbonArdent's avatar
It's my pleasure and thank you again for making this! :hug:
JubilantArts's avatar
mind if i repost this on my journal ill be sure to credit you.
Crazdude's avatar
If you could paste the link to this journal in your journal (so that people can click the link and read the info here), that would be excellent! :tighthug:
JubilantArts's avatar
Yup will do and just finished actually. ^^
AnuOjat's avatar
I find this very simple and useful.

The psycological fear and selfmoaning and moping are also things to consider! ;)
Crazdude's avatar
Thank you! :hug: I'm glad you find it useful! :heart:

Oh yes... That's a problem I still face: trying to keep the inner critic and preconceived public views to a low rumble so that I don't get completely discouraged from doing my art - I've actually had to try to block out any real or imaginary pressures so that I could enjoy drawing again. :heart: I've fount that it's easy to get carried away with improvement and self-critique and forget why we're drawing in the first place.
Talia-WolfFang's avatar
oooh, that's true, in fact, my writer friend and I have challenged each other to go for a month without saying something degrading about our own works, and without comparing them to others. (For some reason, it seems that both me and her are our own worst critics, which lead to us not posting a lot of stuff.)

Thanks for sharing the PEAS method!
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