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Mon Jul 2, 2018, 6:49 PM






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Hey guys!  I've set up a new adoptable account so I can stop spamming this one with characters for sale! 
www.deviantart.com/owlette-ado…

I'm starting things off with a breedable adoption sale, check it out here:

Cat Breedables!  [ OPEN ] by owlette-adopts

I will also be eventually adding free lines and bases, down the road -- so be sure to watch!







Hey guys! 

For those who don't know, my husband recently lost his job. Unfortunately due to a non-compete clause, he is unable to find a job in his area of experience, which means he is stuck looking for a job he will be overqualified for, until December. Until then, we are hurting badly for money, and I'm doing my best to make my work as an artist pay the bills we have. 

Because of this, I'm opening up commissions! I am offering:

- $20 Fullbody sketch
A fullbody lined sketch of your character!  Multiple characters are +$10 each.
Examples:
Sketch! by little-owlette

$40 Headshot commissions
A large headshot portrait of your character! Simple background included. Matching sets can be made. c:
Examples:
  Headshot commission 01 by little-owlette

$90 Fullbody pinup commissions
A character-focused image, with a simple colored background. Multiple characters in the same piece, for +$70.
Examples: 
Teasing by little-owlette  Obey Me by little-owlette  Meditate by little-owlette

3 $150 full painting commissions
Full painting of your character, with complex background included. Extra characters are +$50.
Examples: 
Pinned 'ya! by little-owlette  My sun in your eyes by little-owlette  A Quiet Moment by little-owlette
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Order form: Please send as a PM or email 
Name -
Commission type - 
Character ref(s) - 
Character species -
Details (pose, expression, etc) -
Your paypal -
Background preferences -


If you have any questions, let me know! Thank you very much for your time.

Discord Channel

Sat Mar 17, 2018, 11:27 PM






I recently opened up a discord server if anyone wants to come hang out and chat with me! :) Chat, share art, get critiques, etc. I'm still setting it up, but feel free to join up and hang out!

discord.gg/6PtQnDr



Streaming!

Fri Oct 27, 2017, 10:50 AM






Currently streaming!  <3  Slot available 11/17!  

Come hang out with us and watch!  

picarto.tv/owlette

Hey guys!  Just a quick note to say you may start seeing some art for :iconfelvargs: and :iconshivali-empire: popping up.  Basically just art featuring feral wolves and lion-creatures.  I'm using the ARPGs to keep me motivated while doing practices and exploring new techniques.  It also gives me a reason to show more of that work, which I normally would keep to myself.  I hope you guys enjoy the upcoming art!  Normal commissions are resuming as usual, meanwhile.  c:

If you have a question about commissions, feel free to send me a note or an email at pudgy.little.owl@gmail.com.

Happy October!  
It's the best month.  :heart:

Currently Streaming

Thu Sep 8, 2016, 12:08 PM






UPDATE 4/18/17: Hey guys! I have stream commissions available today for $20/hour! If you want a quick drawing from me, come hang out with us in the stream! :excited:

picarto.tv/owlette

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Waiting to hear about an update on your non-stream commission? Please send me an email at  <3 Thank you!

Stream Home

Tue Jul 12, 2016, 1:20 PM






I'm streaming art every Tuesday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm Pacific time.  Come watch, subscribe, and hang out!  c:

picarto.tv/owlette









Felisfire is an awesome game in Beta testing that you can join. It's an adoptable breeding SIM with a winged-feline theme. 

I'm an artist working there, I've done lots of items and breeds for the site! I've done a lot of work for them in the past, but I've only recently gotten back to making art for them. I've already got a brand new species underway, with more to come. :aww:

Come join up: www.felisfire.com/?ref=2054
And be sure to send me a poke at Pepokish (2054)!  :blowkiss:

Updatey-ness

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 11:41 AM






Hello guys!  :love:
So Lance-C-Bones was incredible enough to help me out with a core membership, which was AWESOME!  :excited:  That means if you're here for paws, there may be something cute coming to my gallery soon!

I'm working on a new journal skin, since my old one is a bit broken.  So for now, we've got this adorable skin by @
angelnablackrobe!

I've been doing regular streams, and I'm about to start one in about 20 minutes if you'd like to come hang out!  :aww:

That's all for now!  I'm super excited to get my features going again; I want to make some epic skins to go along with them, first.

EDIT: Woooo!  I have a new journal skin!  Credit to Verticae for making me this adorable background.  c:


Well goodness, I've been sorely neglecting you guys!  :omg:  Let's see, lots of stuff to share!

  • I did get my new PC, and it works like a charm!  I'm pretty happy with it -- even if it is Windows 10.  Actually, I'm super happy with Win10, it's pretty cool.  And that means a lot coming from me, because I'm pretty resistant to change.. :giggle:
  • Speaking of: there's a bit of a change for commissioned art.  I now spend most of my days streaming hourly commissions (you can check it out here: picarto.tv/owlette ).  
  • I no longer use Patreon at the moment, at least not until they smooth things out a bit on the customer end.  You can subscribe monetarily on Picarto if you wish, but sadly I can't really offer any special incentives yet.  
  • I still do non-streamed commissions, but I'm currently a little behind and I'm trying to get caught up on currently owed art -- so those are closed for now.
  • My core membership's run out, I'll be trying to get that back up asap to prettify my page and get the submissions rolling again.  :love:
  • I have been neglecting some groups; the bigger groups which still have me on staff will see me returning 100%, and I'll be cutting down the number of groups I'm involved with in order to focus my time rather than spread it thin.
  • I will be reviving my weekly featured anthro art journals as soon as my core membership is purchased.  :excited:
  • THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes!  :party:  I'm an old lady now, quarter of a century old.  I actually had someone call me a greymuzzle recently! :noes:
I think that's all, but I'm sleepy and I'm probably missing a fair few things.  

Please let me know how you're doing, what I've missed out on, and what's new in your life!  :heart:

Funds needed for new PC

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:58 PM


Hey guys!

Let me preface this by saying, I don't like asking for things, and I'm all for being financially responsible so that when things happen, you have the funds to fix it. But sometimes life gives you more than lemons, it throws an entire lemon meringue pie, and you just gotta do what you can. 

The short story is, my PC got water spilled directly into the tower. We worked quickly to dry it and repair it, but the damage has definitely been done. I've been using it to work and stream for the past couple of months despite the damage, but the PC is clearly wearing out fast. Now the video card connections are failing, which is not really something I can work around. I need a new video card at the very least, but given the water damage I would like to replace the entire thing. 

We have a little money saved up for things like this, but not quite enough to get us the needed replacements. If anyone could spare a dollar or two, I would appreciate it so much. I have set up a gofundme account here: www.gofundme.com/Owlettepc 

If you don't like using gofundme, you can send a donation directly to paypal.me/Owly 

Thank you so much for reading. <3

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wait WHAT

Sat Nov 21, 2015, 7:00 PM


So I've been out of town all week, and when I got back I had quite the surprise waiting for me!  A DD!  :omg: :heart: :heart:

My awesome husband Verticae made the suggestion, and PixlPhantasy featured me!  Oh my goodness, I am so excited about this!  :excited:  Thank you so much you two!

Anthro Challenge #115 by little-owlette

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:star: Looking to pay in art!  <3 :star:





F2U Green Checkmark by FoxxFiresWANTED
:bulletgreen: Base Coats
Pearl
Raven
Velvet
Azure
Jade
Amber


:bulletgreen: Ears
:star: Droop
Elf
Floppy


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Ram
Devil

Dragonic

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Smoked or Siamese
Piebald
Candied

Iridescent

Gradient

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Deer
Short
Kirin
Twin


:bulletred: Other

Regular or high ears

Folded ears

Bristle

Crown

Prairie

Watcher Feature #07

Mon Jun 1, 2015, 12:00 PM


Another issue of 'watcher feature'!  :dalove:  I like to check out who's watching me, and once in a while I like to feature some of the awesome people I find!  (I have a lot to go through, and I go in random order.. so don't worry if you haven't been featured yet!)  

So please, do check out some of this fabulous art, and maybe leave a comment or two!  It never hurts to brighten someone's day.  :love:

Callisto10
Above the clouds by Callisto10:thumb488691711::thumb478432331:

TheRiversEdge
:thumb496214313:

Dotachin-san
Chuu by Dotachin-san Blow by Dotachin-san

MonsterMeds
Synthony by MonsterMeds Courtship by MonsterMeds Tip of the Hat (Animated!) by MonsterMeds

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Watcher Feature #06

Mon May 25, 2015, 12:00 PM


Another issue of 'watcher feature'!  :dalove:  I like to check out who's watching me, and once in a while I like to feature some of the awesome people I find!  (I have a lot to go through, and I go in random order.. so don't worry if you haven't been featured yet!)  

So please, do check out some of this fabulous art, and maybe leave a comment or two!  It never hurts to brighten someone's day.  :love:

khelgui
Udu by khelgui Koi Fish by khelgui After Dark by khelgui

tchaikovsky2
Pawsies! by tchaikovsky2 Rain above rain by tchaikovsky2 Wings that work by tchaikovsky2

furry-bob
Chase by furry-bob Wu Yang by furry-bob:thumb493983313:

Lunewen
Rayamira - Collab by Lunewen The Fire-Death's walk by Lunewen Eternal morning embrace by Lunewen

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Art in the Profession



The most important part of being a professional artist is being able to advertise yourself and your art. Being able to market yourself is immensely more important than any amount of talent and artistic experience you have.  Even the most talented artist ever known would not be able to make a living as an artist if they made absolutely no effort to promote themselves.  In fact, advertising yourself and promoting your art will make up for a very large chunk of your day to day life as a professional artist.

Think of your art as a product to be sold -- no one will know what you can do, unless you show them! But how should you go about doing it? And what, exactly, should you be advertising?



Find Your Audience

Every artist is different, and every artist has a unique set of skills.  So what sets you apart from other artists?  What is it about your art that would make a potential client choose you over someone else?

Clients need to be aware of what it is you’re selling.  Are you a vector artist or a photomanipulator?  Do you specialize in dark macabre scenes, or bright and cheery cartoons?  Your gallery will do most of the talking on this point, so be sure you’re showcasing the type of work you’d like to do in the future.  Not everything needs to be kept in your portfolio -- sometimes a small and clean gallery is better than a well-stocked and cluttered one.  Think about what type of art you have on display, and whether it’s sending the message you’re hoping to send.

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Just remember that no one can do it all.  Find the one thing you do well, the thing you love to do most, and focus on that.  Aim your advertising toward a specific group of people -- whether it’s children’s book authors or TMNT fans.  You should have a good idea of who it is that you’re marketing your work to.  

The world is a big place, and you can find the market you’re looking for, given enough time and effort.  Figure out who your dream clients are, and focus your efforts toward finding them.

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Advertising Yourself

There are many wonderful websites and communities out there to help get your career off the ground, but in this article we'll focus primarily on what you can do right here on Deviantart.

Deviantart has some wonderful resources for artists starting out on their professional path.  In the Deviantart forum, for instance, there are two different boards for those who are in the business of art.  The Job Offers forum is a place where potential clients looking for artists will post descriptions of their projects.  The Job Services forum is where you can advertise your own art, in search of potential customers.

Another great way to advertise yourself on Deviantart is to utilize your journal.  Let your watchers know you’re open for commissions!  Ask them if they have any leads for you.  You may be surprised with what you get!

Deviantart AdCast is another great way to get your work out there.  By using AdCast to advertise on Deviantart, you can get some great concrete feedback on how well the campaign is doing!  You’ll know how many people are clicking on your ad, and you may be able to see your audience increase in size.

There are also many, many groups on Deviantart that can help you advertise your art.  If you’re not sure how to find suitable groups, take a look at this handy tutorial: How to: groups (by Salix-Sericea)

Whenever you begin a new marketing campaign, be sure to keep an eye on how well it does.  Mark down how many pageviews you’re beginning with, how many watchers you have, how many commissioners you usually get per month, etc.  Regularly compare your statistics to see whether the marketing campaign is working well for you.  This way, you’ll know whether or not it would be worthwhile to repeat the process!

Communicate Effectively

Before taking on any commissions, be sure to clearly write out all of your policies.  What if someone requests a refund when you’ve already started sketching?  What are your policies on editing the completed artwork?  Do you have policies on what the completed art can be used for?  The idea is to solve any foreseeable problems before they happen.  When the information is laid out right at the beginning, it makes the entire process much smoother.

Be sure to also clearly state what you will and won’t draw.  Some artists are happy to draw any- and everything, but there may be things you just aren’t comfortable drawing.  Would you draw a steamy romantic scene between two characters?  Are you comfortable drawing vehicles or buildings?  What about animals or humans?  Your gallery will offer the basic information of what you have done before, but it’s also good to list the things you’re willing to do, and what you’d rather stay away from.

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Customers should also know what your basic schedule is like.  You should have a general idea of how long it takes you to complete the average commission.  Some artists can complete a project in a few hours, while others may need several months.  All artists are different, and all clients are different -- so don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself and your customers.

Whenever you interact with anyone, be sure to remain polite, pleasant, and professional.  There are times when your patience will be tested, there will be customers who are rude and demanding, and there will be those who deeply upset you.  These issues may even arise with people who have never commissioned you before.  It’s important to remain professional and polite during every exchange, even when you think no one else will ever know.  In this age of easy access, any conversation in which you’ve acted unprofessionally or unkindly will haunt you -- and it will discourage potential customers who would otherwise have loved you and your work.  It isn’t always easy, but it is certainly well worth the effort.

Along those same lines, it’s extremely helpful to speak in complete sentences and use proper grammar.  Just because you’re sitting at home in your PJ’s and chatting online, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to use chatspeak and improper grammar.  Clients looking for artists will respect you more if you speak clearly and professionally.

Conclusion

Success is not a matter of chance: you are in the driver's seat, and it's up to you to decide where your artistic journey leads.  Be flexible and adaptive!  If something isn't working for you, try a different technique.  Never give up on your journey.  When you aren't getting the results you'd hoped for, it isn't a sign that you should just give it all up and forget the idea of being a professional artist.  It will take a lot of time and effort, and it is definitely possible -- yes, even for you.

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Art in the Professions


So you're dreaming of the day when you can stay home and draw the hours away, without a care in the world.  You're looking at artists who have made names for themselves, with a pit of envy in your stomach.  You know you could make it as a professional artist, if only you knew where to start!

But the idea seems pretty daunting at first.  But with a bit of planning, you can begin your journey as a professional artist.  Be ready for long hours, daily drawing, and lots of marketing!  Being a professional artist takes more than simply opening up commissions and waiting for clients to shower you with money.  It takes planning, dedication, and lots of hard work.

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Evaluate Your Situation


The first step toward becoming a professional artist is to examine your current situation and decide what expenses you currently have that need to be paid for.  If you have rent, electricity, and cable bills, you’re going to need to make at least that much in order to survive.  Write down all of your monthly expenses, and be a little generous with the amounts (I like to round everything up to the nearest 5 or 0), to give yourself a little wiggle room.

Once you’ve figured out what your cost of living is, you’re going to want to try and remove as many expenses as possible.  Keep only what is vital to your survival -- food, shelter, electricity, etc.  It’s going to be tough starting out, and the less money you need to spend, the better your chances of succeeding as an artist.  As you gain clients and steadier work, you can begin to add those less important expenses back in. 

Now you know a bit more about your own situation, and what you’ll need to make as an artist.  Using this, you can figure out the minimum amount of money you need to charge for each piece of work.  If you need $600 every month, but you can only get two paintings done in a month, you’re going to have to charge $300 for each painting.  If, however, you can get 12 drawings done in a month, you can instead charge just $50 for each painting.  Lower pricing at the start of your career is very important, because you have no popularity with which to support yourself.  Once you become a little more well known as an artist, you can raise your prices bit by bit.  But when starting out, you should aim for the lowest possible amount.  Once you begin to have very steady work at these low prices, you can begin raising your prices by $5-10.  At the beginning, you aren’t going to have a name for yourself that you can stand on, so you’ll need to depend on something else to get you work (such as competitive pricing).

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It’s important to note that even the lowest price you need to charge can be quite expensive for most clients.  You probably won’t find many people willing to buy $300 paintings from you, until you’ve built up your business a bit more.  When starting out, it’s better to do several smaller paintings, rather than a few very large ones.  This will help you build a foundation of fans and commissioners, while also fattening up your portfolio.  A well-stocked portfolio is a good sign for potential commissioners.  They like to see that you can do good, consistent work.

If you’re still having trouble getting started, it may even be worthwhile to give out a few free commissions.  Free art has a way of attracting all kinds of people -- people who might later decide to buy something from you.  Don’t assume that those looking for free art are cheapskates and aren’t worth your time.  Anyone who shows interest in your work is worth your time.  Even if they never buy a commission from you, it’s likely that someone who has been treated well by you will tell their friends about you and your work -- and one of those friends might just be your next regular customer.  Never underestimate the power of word of mouth!

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Have a Back-up Plan

Let’s face it -- taking that leap into self-employment is terrifying.  What if you can’t scrounge up enough customers to make ends meet?  What if no one buys any art at all?  For this reason, it’s important to have a back-up plan.  I find it’s best to live with roommates or loved ones until you’ve really gotten up on your feet as an artist.  Just be sure to talk to them thoroughly about your plans, and make sure they’re 100% on board with picking up some slack during those first slow months.  Don’t assume there will be a safety net there for you when you fail.  You need to put that safety net together yourself, and make sure it’s nice and sturdy.  

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Even if you live by yourself, it’s possible to make a transition into self-employment as an artist.  This route will be exhausting and very difficult, but it’s possible.  Without anyone to cover your rent when you can’t make it, you’ll need to keep a part-time job (or possibly even full-time, depending on the cost of living where you are).  Working a “day job” means you’ll have less time to spend on your art and building up your business.  You’ll essentially be working around the clock, for a while.  Days will be full of money-making (maybe a job at McD’s, maybe just cleaning cars in a parking lot), and nights will be full of drawing and promoting yourself.  Once you’ve set your business up and laid out the foundations, you can quit your day job and focus entirely on your art.  But it might take a while for this to happen.  Be patient, and don’t lose heart.  Once you’ve struggled through the first bit, you can claim your sweet reward!

Keep Detailed Records

Record-keeping is an insanely crucial part of being self-employed.  I like to use Google Docs for my records, as I can access them anywhere.  I have laid out a spreadsheet for each year, and sectioned off each yearly spreadsheet into months.  Every month I mark down who has commissioned me, how much they paid (and when), what type of job it is, and whether or not it has been completed.  Keeping records of all your clients is very, very important.  When a refund needs to be made, you won’t want to be digging through your finances trying to figure out who paid what and when.  It’s so much easier to have that information at a glance, whenever you need it.

In addition to keeping records of your clients, it’s important to keep track of your expenses.  Expenses can be written off when you do your taxes (and yes, you do need to pay taxes on commissions!), which makes it easier on your wallet when tax season comes around.  I think of it this way: Either I can spend money on art supplies and write it off of my taxes, or I can not get anything, and pay that same money regardless.  To get the most for your tax money, it’s a good idea to make at least a few expenses throughout the year.  These can be shipping costs, art supplies, advertisement, etc -- anything that pertains to your business (and only your business).

Don’t Spend the Money Until the Job is Done

One thing I’ve learned, that I wanted to be sure to include, is to never spend the money you receive until the project is completed.  You never know what might happen, and it’s good to keep the funds at the ready if you ever need to give a refund.  I cannot stress how important this is!  It’s so tempting to take the money and run, but this is where a lot of artists trip themselves up and get in a lot of trouble.  You should always be able to give your client a refund of some sort, until you’ve fulfilled your obligation entirely.

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Know your Product

How well do you know yourself as an artist?  In order to sell your art, you need to understand exactly what it is that you’re selling.  Ask yourself these questions:
  • What do you really want to draw?
  • What are you willing to draw?
  • What will you absolutely not draw?
Try to be as descriptive as possible!  If you can’t define in words what it is that you do, how will you ever get the message across to your customers?  

Once you’ve figured this out, you can move on to the more difficult questions:
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What do people like about your work?
These answers might take a bit more work to figure out.  Write journals asking your watchers what they like best about your work.  Request critique wherever and whenever you can.  Don’t be shy -- email your friends asking them to give you an honest evaluation of your work.  This won’t be easy, but it’s a very important step.  If you want to sell your work, you cannot be living in ignorance.  Being a professional artist means knowing which areas you are really terrible at, and which areas you’re really good at.  You need to be very, very honest with yourself, and you need to encourage those around you to do the same.  No artist is perfect, and no artist can do everything.  You need to find that one thing you do amazingly well, and use that as your focus.

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Conclusion

In the end, it's important to realize that the journey will be very long, and very difficult.  If you want to become an artist because you think you'll make lots of money, you may want to reconsider your plans.  Working as a professional artist is a labor of love.  It requires an extreme amount of dedication and time, and the reward is being able to do what you love every day, not piles of cash.  Be sure to plan everything out in as much detail as you can, and be honest with yourself about whether you can make it work.  

Most importantly, don't ever give up.  It might take months, it might take years.. but you can reach your goals, if you keep working at them.

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Watcher Feature #05

Mon May 18, 2015, 12:00 PM


Another issue of 'watcher feature'!  :dalove:  I like to check out who's watching me, and once in a while I like to feature some of the awesome people I find!  (I have a lot to go through, and I go in random order.. so don't worry if you haven't been featured yet!)  

So please, do check out some of this fabulous art, and maybe leave a comment or two!  It never hurts to brighten someone's day.  :love:

CotyKaye
Al by CotyKaye Rhyden by CotyKaye PokeTrade - Octoplanet by CotyKaye

H-ero-Time
:thumb506999663: meme- 20- writh #4 by H-ero-Time:thumb506839393:

WildloreCreatures
Andromeda by WildloreCreatures In Nature by WildloreCreatures Otorovor by WildloreCreatures

AceOkarito
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Watcher Feature #04

Mon May 11, 2015, 12:00 PM


Another issue of 'watcher feature'!  I like to check out who's watching me, and once in a while I like to feature some of the awesome people I find!  (I have a lot to go through, and I go in random order.. so don't worry if you haven't been featured yet!) 

So please, do check out some of this fabulous art, and maybe leave a comment or two!  It never hurts to brighten someone's day. :love:

Doran-Eirok
Shift by Doran-Eirok Putting On the Boots by Doran-Eirok The Reading Spot by Doran-Eirok

MichaelPatrick42
The Dragon Witch Sherazekhorath by MichaelPatrick42 Zalli Dawnburner of the Goremound Tribe by MichaelPatrick42 Reverie by MichaelPatrick42

halloumicheese
A SpaceMutt Came Travelling by halloumicheese Koi Pond by halloumicheese A King Under Your Control by halloumicheese

Disoxyde
Holocene by Disoxyde Come Away To The Water by Disoxyde

Mature Content

The Real You by Disoxyde


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Beating Artist's Block

Sat May 9, 2015, 1:14 PM










It’s something I think everyone has had to deal with at some point -- artist’s block.  Some call it lack of inspiration, or even burnout; but the idea is the same.  You’re sitting at your desk, staring at a blank page or a half-finished sketch, and you have no idea what to do next.  


So what can be done to unblock the flow of inspiration?  Everyone has their own methods of dealing with artist’s block, but I’d like to share a few things that have worked for me in the past!  If you’d like to share some of your own ideas on how to get over artist’s black, please do feel free!


One of my favorite ways to get the creative juices flowing is to create stories.  I’m going to give a few examples of how this can be done to get artist’s block out of the way, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer or storyteller.


Coming up with an idea


If your problem stems from the fact that you have too much freedom and you’re not really sure what to draw, start with a word.  It can be any word at all.  If this is a personal project, it can be absolutely anything.  If it’s a themed project, pick a word related to that theme.


Once you’ve settled on a word as your subject, think about how you could make it unusual.  


:pointr: For example, let’s say you’ve chosen ‘apple’ as your word.  Start brainstorming ways you could make an apple unusual.  What if the apple was purple?  Giant? Sentient? Glowing?  Now think about why this could have happened -- why is your subject unusual?  Nuclear fallout?  Magic?  Go a step further.  What caused the nuclear fallout?  War?  A total accident?  Alien invasion?

Working backwards like this, you can easily create a world and a story to work with.  

The end result could have absolutely nothing to do with what you start with.  You might not feel inspired to draw an apple, but maybe now you have an idea to draw a world ravished by nuclear fallout, and what a character living in this situation might be dealing with.  


The basic idea is to take something -- anything -- and create a web of ideas that stems out of it.  You can start with really anything at all.  Create as many branches as you can think of.  Soon you’ll find that you have a huge wealth of ideas to choose from.


Already have an idea?


Maybe you already know what you want to draw, you just aren’t sure how to go about it.  Narrative can help with this too.  Take the basic premise of what you’d like to draw, and describe it in as much detail as possible.  Create a timeline by thinking about what happens right before and right after the moment you want to illustrate.  Think about the emotions that might be associated with the story.  Don’t overthink it -- sad, angry, happy, etc are all valid descriptive words!  


:pointr: For example:  Let’s say you want to draw two lovers embracing, but that’s really all you know.  Ask yourself, what leads up to this moment?  What will happen after?  Create a narrative about the characters involved, and the scene they will be in.  Where will they be?  Why will they be there?  Are they meeting in secret in the middle of the woods, or are they meeting for the first time before their arranged marriage ceremony?  

Sometimes you will be given the exact specifications of an image, but you still find yourself lacking in inspiration.  You won’t be as free in your ability to create a narrative, but the above technique can still work!  As long as you start somewhere -- whether it’s from a randomly chosen theme word, or whether you’ve been given all the details you could possibly need -- you can ask questions about the situation and stitch together a story in your mind.


Hopefully this has given you a few ideas to get you started on breaking down that artist’s block -- but if not, I have a few more ideas I’d like to share in later articles!  


    :bulletgreen: Have you come across any really excellent techniques on ridding yourself of artist’s block?  Please share your thoughts!