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Pride

LOVE IS LOVE

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for the past week, i tried to draw at least one skull every day. i watched videos, read articles... 'i wish that i had started drawing skulls sooner, it would have helped me a lot with drawing faces', they all said. so i did exactly that. i want to be able to draw faces, so what better idea than to start drawing skulls. learn the basics, they will be needed sooner or later.  

day after day, i tried my best, even if it wasn't quite enough. even if i didn't have the skill. even if the shading was never fit, even if the jaw wasn't exactly accurate, even if the back was a little distorted, i didn't give up. or at least i thought so.

but, you know that 'comparison monster'? yeah, the one that makes you look at what you did and look at what others did and immediately think 'well, look who hasn't improved at all!', 'well, look at what you did, its so mediocre!', 'oh, look at that, at your age she was probably drawing skulls from memory!'

with that it all piles up. my doubts and my ambitions, my fears and my greed. i forget the whys that brought me to where i am. i start to question 'when will i ever be able to do that' 'when will i own such skill',' will i ever be able to draw that'

i keep telling and telling myself. no one is born knowing everything. i wasn't born talented. you have to get the skill. through practice. through hard work. even if it means repeating the same damn thing every single day. even if it means the eyes you draw will always look angry, even if it means the lines you draw will look way too dark. its by doing it again and again that i'll see the flaws and overcome them. 

still...it's hard.

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leilarts Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the watch! <3
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theitaliansoda Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! :hug:
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bys0n Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much for watching me!!
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rilemee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! It means a lot to me Heart
Have a lovely day Here's a kiss for you, my love!
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DeezzArt Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the watch, I'm glad you like my art tho 
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Star-Shiver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
obrigado pelo fav ^-^
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KoalaTheArtist Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Awe! Thank you so much for adding my Male Anatomy Poses to your collection!

Face / Head Tutorial by KoalaTheArtist
Please feel free to support me by becoming a watcher! I will appreciate all the support!
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Thank you so much for your favorite on my hands progress report!

Looking at your page, it looks like you're using deviantart mainly to teach yourself how to draw, since you haven't yet posted your own art.

I actually like to help other artists by giving them critiques on drawings if they want it, or posting figures or tutorials that someone needs.

As you can see from the hands progress report, I still have a lot of learn. But if you ever find yourself struggling with a particular concept (for example: drawing legs with different thicknesses), or want to request a particular drawing, it not only helps me learn as I try to make the tutorial, but I hope to help out a fellow learning artist too :) 
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its-nokas Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Hi Emily and, damn, that is so nice of you!

Yes, the main reason I have yet to post anything it because I'm trying to teach myself out to draw. It's been a very hard progress since I do have to start from the basics of the basics (as in all concepts). Most artists I found started with anime art but I don't want that. Digital art is a no no for now. My goal is to simply improve the way I 'doodle' most things and start to create something I'm proud of. (I also don't post cause all my cameras are pretty weak)

That drawing you made gave me a lot of motivation! I always get to hear about artists progress are around 2-5 years but damn, those hands were so nice. You must be so dedicated to this!!

And, sure, you may have a lot to learn yet, but don't we all? :)

Anyways, I'll make sure to keep that. For now, I'll give you a watch and 'watch' from afar.
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
Watch right back at ya :)

If and/or when you decide to post your first thing on deviantart, I'll be happy to see it, as well as your overall progress and improvement.

To be honest, I know some people on DA who post their art from the beginning: At least alright enough to call the art standard or decent, but also still definitely in need of improvement. I'm one of those people, and I know many others. 

Though it's embarrassing at first to post something that you think you could do better on, sometimes posting on deviantart helps motivate you to draw more frequently and to practice, because you feel obligated by your watchers to provide them with drawings. 

Though I very occasionally post some finished artwork (I'm very busy currently in college)<da:thumb id="672018584" format="200H"><da:thumb id="642559405" format="200H">

I'll keep a separate folder for unfinished drawings or sketches like the hand progress reports or trying to make my own "tutorial"-like drawings. It has accelerated my learning process to the point where I've figured out more in this year than I had in the last 2 years.
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For example: In april I didn't make a huge amount of progress when it came to drawing hands. Then when I decided to start posting "progress reports" on deviantart, it motivated me to really dig deeper into the structure and anatomy of hands, how the fingers flex etc, because I wanted to prove to my watchers that I wanted to learn, and to also help encourage other artists that in the beginning we all suck at a certain drawing concept, and from there it takes a lot of patience and analysis to overcome that initial stage.

So don't feel afraid to post something on your deviantart page :) I guarantee you that someone will favorite it, or someone will give it a critique, or even if you ask me to do my own sketch of the drawing, I love to do that because it helps me learn too! Plus, deviantart is dynamic enough that once you start drawing art that you consider to be amazing, then your page will pick up in popularity pretty quickly. 

But I understand if that's not your thing, just putting out a suggestion.
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its-nokas Featured By Owner Edited May 27, 2017
Honestly, Emily, you're too nice!  I do hope to watch you grow as an artist, although I can't be of much help.

It's not only the shame (sure, that is definitely one of the reasons). Drawing, I'm learning now, it's very much like trial and error. But I'm a lazy perfectionist most of the times ^-^ It's not like I force myself, no. I wouldn't be trying to create art if I was forcing myself. I do it simply because I deeply enjoy it and have only noticed it now... It feels so comforting to have a pencil between my fingers and be able to create something full of feeling out of a couple of lines!

I am so glad to know you feel as if you've improved! Really, DeviantArt does seem to work wonders. And that 'trick' of yours, to stack unfinished drawings and sketches, seems like a wonderful idea. I just need to find the courage (which is...growing), the good camera (which  I'll get next month since my birthday was recently and I'm buying a new phone) and the time (which I'll manage since summer break is coming).

Since you talked about college, do you see art as a possible career path, Emily? If you don't feel comfortable answering this, you don't have to. I'm just curious :)
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Akyura44 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Olá, olá, olá! Welcome to dA :iconspiralsmileplz:
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