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What's difficult about perspective for you?
Hello there fellow deviants,
Perspective is probably one of the most difficult concepts in art to grasp. I suppose pretty much everyone has or has had problems with it, even some more experienced artist. I can tell you I'm not exception to that. Even thought I wasn't extremely bad at drawing, it still took me 6 years to even figure out where I needed to work on before I could address the deeply rooted issues I had.
I have basically based all of my artistic understanding on perspective and 3D. Although I can't say I'm perfect in my execution, by looking my gallery you can see that pretty much all of my drawings tries to convey the feel of depth and 3D. I think that's one of the factors that make my drawings stand out and maybe you also feel that way. Drawing depth has become a second nature for me.
You may also have noticed that I have about four tutorials (depending on how we define perspective) that tries to explain a thing or two about perspective. I have also few practices/demo
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Do you spend a lot of time drawing only to feel you aren't getting anywhere? Why does it seem your artistic friend improves faster than you? Are other people only telling you to keep drawing and that you will eventually learn making art?

If so, then this post is just for you.

What do you need to do in order to learn making art

First things first. It's true that if you just keep drawing a lot, you will eventually learn doing it. However, that's just partially true. It's also important to evaluate how much efforts are you putting on learning to make art. Maybe that friend of yours actually has a sound strategy. 

I had been drawing a lot in my childhood but it wasn't until 2009 that my friend told me how bad I was. I didn't see much of improvements in my works at the time, so I figured there was definitely some truth in his words. I started building a strategy that would allow me to learn at least some key concepts to achieve my desired goals and fair enough, after some experimenting and fine tuning, it has worked decently. In this post, I'm going to go trough some key points that you should consider if you feel stalling.

Learn to know yourself, even the darkest things you would rather not know

Are you sure what kind of person you really are? What do you know about yourself? Do you know why you prefer certain things over others? Do you know why you don't like doing something? Do you know why you are afraid of doing or unwilling to do something? Are you impatient? Do you think you already got the basics and therefore you don't find it worth practicing anymore?

The first thing you should be doing is to ask questions from yourself. Try to find out what kind of tendencies and desires you have, especially the darkest ones you would rather not know. Knowing what kind of monster lies within you is important in order to keep it at bay or even take advantage of it in certain situations.

There are myriad of potential tendencies and desires, but for example, do you rush you drawings to get them uploaded so that you will get quick satisfaction from potential comments, new watchers, favorites and views? Do you want to draw hentai to satiate your own needs? Are you trying to capitalize on something that's highly popular? It's okay, but you have to be aware that these things might contribute to your lack of improvements. It's easy to get allured by short term satisfaction at the expense of long term gains.

Jordan B. Peterson does a good job explaining the Jungian shadow and about the devils inside yourself. Here is a short example of just that: Jordan Peterson - How To Develop Your Dark Side. Although it doesn't have anything to do with art itself, knowing yourself also allows you to tackle with subjects like art as well. In other words, you will become better armed to take on various challenges.

Become your worst critic and embrace all the critique you get

It's often difficult to get critique, yet alone meaningful and constructive critique. Let's face it, the majority of those who would really have something to say (like great artists) tend not to comment on works that would need exactly that. Not voluntarily or for free at least. If you really want critique, it's worthwhile to consider becoming your own critic. While you may not know how you should fix your works, you can learn telling the difference between a good and bad drawing so that you can at least orientate yourself roughly towards the right path.

"Be merciless to yourself" is an inside joke at my workplace. I personally have been doing exactly that though. I have followed this principle: "getting critique feels bad, but I will embrace it as my friend so that I can work on my abilities in such way that I don't need to feel bad about myself ever again". I honestly don't like being critiqued, but I decided to push that part of me aside for the greater good. I'm like "bring it on, slap my cheek with all you got!". A friend of mine (the one who said how bad I was that is) said I'm a mental masochist, but embracing the things you don't want to hear may in fact be just the thing you should do.

Also bear in mind that lack of attention is also a form of critique (if it's not just about lack of visibility). To put that bluntly, that could mean "your works aren't worth my time". I have seen people who are absolutely confident about their abilities and yet they complain for not being as popular as their friend while also saying he or she isn't even that great of an artist. Maybe their niche just isn't that interesting despite their skillful execution. Maybe their execution isn't really that good either. Just maybe. Anyway, their resentment won't garner them any extra points. You should try considering whether you need to change yourself rather than blame others for not being everything you could be.

By learning what kind of person I'm and what kind of things I would want to see in art, I've acted as if that applies to others as well (and that's not limited to just boobs and booties mind you). Many of my thoughts aren't very pleasant, but my approach has gotten me this far. I have tried to write about this before, but I figured articulating my thought process won't do me any favors ^^'.

Identify your inadequacies and work on them, or face the consequences

You are free to choose what you want to pursue. If you don't want to learn doing something, for one reason or another, keep in mind that it may deny some opportunities from you. I for example don't like painting at all, so I haven't put any effort in learning it. Therefore I'm not able to jump into painting style coloring unless I'm willing to start from the very bottom. And I know I don't. I don't see that as a problem though, for I've always been more inclined to inked drawings anyway.

However, if you don't want to see the effort of (tedious) practicing, you likely won't reach your goals any time soon.

Keep in mind that drawing something like human figures requires mastery of many different skills and subjects and then make them work together. I have a tutorial about this called "Learning Order to Human Figure Drawing. It's an idealistic approach to the topic, but it will give you an idea what to expect. Human figure drawing involves some difficult such as perspective. If you ignore perspective, that will definitely prevent you from drawing certain kinds of drawings, and the little you can do may not be especially interesting for others to look at.

Repetition and drawing frequently is pretty much the only way to train your hand. Even if you don't want to, be prepared to spend some time on drawing "perfect" lines, arcs, squares, circles etc. Perfection itself isn't the end goal, but if you can't discipline yourself to practice, you will keep asking how to learn drawing at forums over and over again. Is that really what you want?

If there are things you don't want to draw, like drawing a canvas full of just circles over and over again, do that just like 5-10 minutes and then reward yourself by drawing something you want to draw. Challenge yourself and if things don't go your way, allow yourself to fail, proceed to something else and try again some other time. Not only will you draw more this way, you will also be working on some important albeit not so fun things almost without knowing. 

Don't settle with mediocrity

It's "easy" to draw a face from the side, but often times that's not quite as interesting as drawing it slightly off-angle. Similarly a front view can be a powerful view in certain situations, but it has to be justified. Regular 3/4th view can work in pretty much in any situation, but using the exact same viewing angle will look boring after a while.

I often see people drawing guns with meticulous detail, but they are often side views. That's something I just can't bear to do myself, even if drawing one in perspective is so much more difficult. I still take such challenges because I want to be able to draw things in interesting manner. I'm not willing to settle with mediocrity and I will rather fail to draw a challenging drawing instead of drawing easy works.

You however need to mind your skill level and adjust the challenges according to it. Typical tutorials tend to show you how to draw a front and side view, but remember that it's merely to make you familiar with the human body. Once you get more experienced and you want to upload your works, make sure to make them as interesting as possible. Think it this way: what kind of drawings you are willing to look at over and over again? Would you choose to look at drawings that you find interesting or drawings that are boring, even if the subject itself is relevant to your interests?

Deviantart is full of mediocre anime/manga inspired drawings (which is fine, people are free to upload what they want). Do you want to blend into the masses or would you rather be recognized as a top tier artist? Or maybe just above average? You don't have to, but you absolutely could. Anyway, the choice is yours to make.

Be infinitely curious to bypass your autonomous filtering

Why an object farther away looks smaller than one in close proximity? How many fingers do you have? Does your character have two left hands? Where is the ground? When a train goes past you, where does it go?

If you want to become an artist, you have to learn seeing the world as it is, not the way you think it is. You see, there is a lot of discarded information your brain doesn't even bother processing. You don't need to know how water looks in drawings if you just know how to satiate your thirst. Therefore, don't be so sure that you know anything at all how things really look like. You probably know how a car or a castle looks, but that's just an symbolic representation in your mind. Try drawing one and you see you know nothing really. Or rather, you both know and don't know.

The reason we are told to draw from life is just about this and you fail just because you keep drawing what you think you see, not what you really see. And well, you will keep failing for some time even if you drew what you see, but that's just your technical inadequacies. When you draw from life or any reference, you need to take everything in account at first. You should focus on learning to see the key points of reference and you should check how they are related to multiple other reference points. So maybe a part you drew looks fine on it's own, but the rest of the subject aren't scaled properly. Maybe some parts aren't proportionally correct in relation to some other parts.

Be aware that learning to see properly takes time and you have to keep applying your incomplete understanding to eventually reach a point where you start to see things in right way. Learning just basics won't help you to see the connection with the complex subjects and complex subjects are too hard to draw unless you are good with basics, so you sort of need to burn the candle from both ends until the puzzle pieces start to make sense.

Make hypothesis how to reach your goals, analyse your works and adjust your strategies constantly.

This is something you should be paying a lot of attention on and I couldn't possibly stress this enough. Even if you were doing this already, you should be pondering if there is still something you could do better. Be always ready to change yourself.

You can keep drawing mindlessly for years without improving much at all. You absolutely have to analyse what the heck you are actually doing all the time. You have to revisit your old works and analyse them to see them in different light. What were the merits? What is worth improving on? What didn't work quite so well? What was absolutely horrible about them? What kind of tendencies still had an effect on your actions and choices? What kind of aspects about yourself may have influenced your actions and choices that you haven't been aware of, or you have denied to work on either knowingly or subconsciously?

After doing some introspection, make a hypothesis what you should try doing in order to reach your goals, put them in action and see what happens. After few drawings, do you see any change at all? If not, make adjustments to your strategy. Try to asses things that you may not have taken in account before. Consider what kind of skills you would actually need to achieve your goals. Note that some subjects may require an approach that seems absolutely counter-intuitive on the first glance. For example, your goal is to become an artist, but what do you know about what constitutes being an artist? What if your conception of an artist is leading you astray?

The more you do this, the better your guesses will become. Once you understand some key concepts, you can make fairly decent assumptions where to focus on next. For example, maybe it's for the best to focus on basic 3D forms before tackling too much with shading, because if you are adequate with 3D forms, it's just matter of applying that understanding on shading. I did this, in fact, I have based my understanding completely on 3D forms.

Learn when to give up so that you can rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

Learning to know yourself is important but it can also be mentally taxing and painful road. If you aren't careful, you will encounter such dark, distressing or even frightening things that you would rather quit and stay inside your cozy comfort zone. My original strategy took me to places that still haunt me, which is why I'm including this topic here.

I don't regret visiting the dark corners in my mind, even though it caused some unnecessary anxiety. Remember that when you are planning your strategy, at some points you may have to admit that the path you have chosen doesn't quite work or it leads to a dead end. If you had all your eggs on the same basket for years, that revelation will hurt a lot. However, keep in mind that was just one path from multiple potential paths you may not have even considered. Even if you reach a bottomless pit, there could be other paths that allows you to circumvent it, or maybe some other directions will actually serve your goals much better.

When you reach a point where you are about to break, learn to give up and take few or even several steps backwards. Even if it may haunt you for a while (or even years as it was with me), it's better to sacrifice just part of yourself rather than actually die on it. The mental block I encountered felt infinite at first, but after years of introspecting and working on other frontiers made me understand it wasn't quite as big of a dragon as I originally thought.

This became quite a long post, so I think this will do for now.
Nsio of the Hermit Mystics


E~Nsio of the Hermit Mystics
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Profession: Architect
Artistic ambition: recreational hobby
Pen name: Nsio (derives from my second name Ensio)
Artist since: 2004
Drawing software: Paint Tool SAI 2 (primary), Clip Studio Paint (secondary)
Drawing tablet: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch (upgraded from Wacom Cintiq 13HD after 3 years of use)

I'm devoted to manga and aiming for authentic Japanese manga feel with my drawings. I'm not really aiming for becoming mangaka though, so drawing is mostly just a hobby for me.


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Kredri Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Artist
If one may ask (good day), could you be interested in collaborative works, by any chance?
Nsio Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good day, typically I'm not especially enthusiastic about collaborations, but first you could tell me what kind of collaboration you have in mind. It's worth negotiating before saying anything absolute.
Kredri Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Artist
Well, if you'd prefer not to stick around such activities, which is fine - it is understood and respected.
Numbsoul Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you are a liar! You are more than an extraordinarily intelligent organism!
Great artwork Mr. Ensio!Panda Emoji-11 (Clap) [V1] 
fac-fortia-et-patere Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2018  New Deviant
Your art is phenomenal.

I've tried the self-taught route as you've managed to do. But time and time again I always end up failing. I've actually been down quite the bumpy road to end up at the shitty art skill I have now. I am truly infinitely jealous of you and your art skills. I just mentally cannot handle or organize or put together works like you can. I really do feel like a failure. Congrats to you though man. I do wish you the best in your personal ambitions and that you continue making such great works -- I just really do wish I could do the same, and could teach myself to do the same -- but I just really can't. 

I'm 21 now and at this time in my life, I've spent my whole life drawing and yet I still draw shitty, I went to a local art school for a semester and ended up dropping out in order to avoid debt, I flew out to California to attend an unaccredited school (which was a really great art school) but I was living deliberately homeless in a park in a tent so I could afford the art school there (this isn't a joke btw) -- doing that left me overly sleep deprived and couldn't focus on the schooling so I flew back home. I was so determined to learn art I flew out to Cali to be homeless in a tent just to attend an art school and graduate without debt (that's either crazy ambitious or crazy stupid -- likely the latter).

Right now I'm taking a one-on-one mentorship online from a guy that doesn't really seem like he's helping any (so I guess I wasted money on that), and for the past few years, I've been repeatedly doing exactly what you've said, "constantly posting on art forums on how to draw" that statement is so so true. I've wasted plenty of money and plenty of time on lots and lots of nonsense.

I don't even fully know why I'm making this comment. I guess I'm just depressed and jealous and I don't know how the hell I can get to your level. I'm extremely ambitious and I know exactly where I want to be and what I want to know how to do -- I just don't know exactly how to get there or how to learn it or what material to learn from or if I'm even making good progress -- I just simply cannot learn by myself. I'm actually not that interested in Manga, nonetheless the fundamentals and the same concept still holds true -- teaching myself how to draw what I want to draw at a fantastic level... and I just simply can't do it...

Did you have any art schooling? I don't get how the hell you got to this level. I'm prepared to just go back to an art college and get $200k debt in pursuit of my goal but even that holds no promises on the art skill I'll attain afterwards.

Just how man? How?

Sorry for ramble. Respond back if you'd like I guess. You're a really great artist man. Keep going on strong.

Nsio Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you for the appreciation. Man, you have gone trough so much, to think someone would go that far to learn drawing, truly admirable determination. It's a shame that it hasn't worked out despite all your efforts. Why do you want to learn drawing? I also wonder what exactly you enjoy in my drawings? There are many better artists out there after all.

Sometimes I wonder how did I manage to get where I'm. I don't like regarding myself as particularly talented or gifted, but it may have to do with my success more than I would like to believe. It's not so self-evident though, I had been drawing seriously about 5-6 years when a friend of mine had the guts to say I'm not good at all (I don't know to what degree he just wanted to feel superior to me, but it was important moment for me nevertheless). For few years he gave critiques, but after a while I surpassed him (he was knowledgeable, but didn't draw much himself, so it was inevitable). At that point I decided to set things straight to become self-sufficient. It had to do more with mental side than on drawing itself. It's been ~7 years from that day.

I figured I had to change, so I spent a lot of time on introspection. It was more like an experiment whether I could consciously do things differently. I studied architecture at the university, but the schooling itself didn't give me much at all. I didn't believe that art schools would do the trick, partly because I have very narrow field of interests (manga) but also because the point in such schools is that it's ultimately up to you to do the exercises and develop your understanding on your own anyway (though you have access to helpful instructors). That said, I believed that if I just set my mind straight, I would lay the proper foundation for indefinite learning (while also reading manga, tutorials and other resources).

I didn't know how exactly to do that at the time, but I had a decent idea where to start. For example, I had to accept that I have to bear with failing indefinitely for god knows how long. I knew that I would be spending a lot of hours on drawing, just to practice raw execution. Even then I would have to bear with results that don't meet my ideals. I also had to be ready to make major overhauls on my approach at any given time. I knew I would need to repeat some tedious practices despite my urges to move on. Most of my problems had to do with my unwillingness to admit I wasn't all that I could be . We could say I tried to purge out every weakness I possibly could.

I'm competitive and stubborn by nature, so I actually spent like +10 hours a day at best just on drawing (as years passed, I drew less but more efficiently). When I wasn't drawing, I either pondered my strategy, observed my surroundings or I read a lot of manga that I admired, to implement the details on my drawing habits. I focused on perspective (which I falsely though having mastered already) so that I could draw any object in any angle. Then it would just be about pasting the details on the forms. The psychological thing here was that I decided I wouldn't care how long it would take. I felt anxious and impatient a lot, but I gritted my teeth and did my best to transcend those feelings.

Over the years I have developed a sense of what works and what doesn't, what people want to see, what kind of little nuances will elevate my works from the masses etc. I still practice to get better at it, albeit slowly.

Anyway, it's hard to say what exactly you should do to learn drawing. I don't know enough how you draw or what you would want to draw. The more you aim for realism though, the harder it is to meet your ideals (while manga style is relatively easier goal). Either way, I firmly believe that learning to draw has more to do with psychological side rather than drawing itself. Or to be accurate, you have to go trough multiple paths simultaneously, where the mental path is at the top of the hierarchy and which guides you trough all the other paths you choose to follow.

I believe that if you just could discard your expectations, you could at least enjoy drawing and then get the snowball rolling. You also have to do something about the depression as well, so you probably should do some serious introspection. Try to assess the things you can't do, because those are exactly the things you need to work on. Doing something like this can be extremely painful and taxing mentally, considering all the the time and efforts you have already gone trough. What I did wasn't all roses and lollipops, I had my share of art blocks and anxiety, some of which still haunt me to this day while also having made me mentally resilient.

fac-fortia-et-patere Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  New Deviant
I've been reading all of your posts for the past few days.

You're absolutely right about a lot of things when it pertains to self-teaching.

Anything can be self-taught, a teacher is only there to help you point out your mistakes. (I had that realization while homeless in Cali. and seriously depressed beyond belief).

I guess I haven't developed past that. I think now I need to do as you've said, "set my mind straight, so I can lay the path for indefinite learning", because beating myself up and just giving up truly isn't going to get me anywhere.

I really do have to get comfortable with failure and acknowledge that this will take time. I have to think for myself and 'use my own brain'. You, or an art instructor, or just some other random artist can't organize me a curriculum based on the exact specific goals I have and hold my hand throughout my entire journey. You certainly can give advice, and pointers, and point in the right direction a bit, but for the most of us, especially those who have specific goals on what they want to know how to do, there just isn't very many available resources that offer an A-B-C curriculum on exactly what to learn to attain your specific goal with an instructor to go with them.

For things like this, you have to venture onward in this journey alone. I truly do admire your ability to have done this if you truly are almost entirely self-taught.

Do you keep a journal or something like that? I don't mean a DeviantArt journal by the way. Like of your short-comings...

Is there anything you do to remember to suffer through, because even though you've put what seems to be 1000 hours into learning this specific thing, you've still seen very little progress (and when you observe your works you don't even know if you've improved at all)?

I think one of my biggest problems is being on the internet. I've gotten so used to just opening up google search and asking it all of my questions instead of asking myself first (as I generally already know the answer). I think I'm just always in the habit of looking for a better way, something I didn't know that could make this road easier. However, what I think I need to do, is to acknowledge that this one bumpy road is the only road to my destination there is -- to sit in a computerless and phoneless room, and to ask myself, precisely, "What do I want to be able to draw? And what do I need to learn in order to draw what I want to be able to draw?"

I think that probably is my biggest problem -- I just need to do a little more introspection as you have. I should never forget the lessons I already suffered to learn by ceaselessly asking google search for better answers to my questions. That and actually putting in the work...

To answer your questions, "why do you want to learn drawing? I also wonder what exactly you enjoy in my drawings?"

- Mostly because I've just always been intrigued by it. I actually want to go into the field of cartooning/animation, and try to make my own self-made, self-animated, independent 90 minute movie -- that's been an ultimate goal of mine ever since I was about 8 years old. I want to animate an entire movie out of my own thoughts and my own drawings (I however need to learn how to have better drawings to be able to produce something like this at the quality I'd like for it to be at (perhaps, after I produce my first movie, I'll also learn I need to learn how to have better thoughts (who knows))). There's actually a guy who's done exactly this, animated his own film entirely by himself, it's pretty inspiring (if you care to see it, google "nova seed").

- I think it's for a few reasons. One would be because you're a fantastic artist alone. It's always nice to see someone who has a genuine mastery (or near mastery) of any craft or field of discipline. Secondly, it's because you're allegedly self-taught and have suffered through numerous self-battles almost entirely alone. Those are two things which I personally have not been able to do or become, and so I think I just admire you for it.

Anyhow, sorry for the long post again.

Cheers to you man, and thank you dearly for responding.
Nsio Featured By Owner Edited Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Yeah, if you just think a while, you realize that you already know a bunch of things. It's easier said than done though. And thanks for the admiration, it truly makes me want to try harder.

I have written some of my shortcomings in my dA journals and deviations, but I haven't collected them into one place. There are many, here are just the tip of the ice berg:

I'm not ambitious about drawing like you are. I don't have grand goals to pursue for (in fact, I originally wanted to just draw hentai lol). I spent a lot of time on drawing, but I feel I should have spent much more if I wanted to make something spectacular. Currently I just have a decent idea how much effort I would need to go trough to achieve ultimate mastery. However, I'm not enthusiastic about artistic career for several reasons and therefore I'm also not putting as much effort on getting better as I potentially could. My strategy depends mainly on “one eventually improves over time” and it has worked splendidly for me.

I don't enjoy drawing as a job. One corner stone in my strategy is the ability to withdraw and start something new instead. That has allowed me to avoid stagnation, but as a result I'm erratic: I can't focus on one project for extended periods of time. I may get a new idea and then I would rather quit what I was originally doing. If I don't have that option, I tend to procrastinate, neither drawing the old nor the new idea (effectively causing stagnation of its own kind).

Although I claim to be humble, my stubbornness makes me too proud for my own good. I believe in my ability to manage on my own to a point that I don't ask help from others. So the very thing that has allowed me to succeed also slows me down to a degree. You could suck up your pride and ask, even if it was mostly out of desperation or jealousy. I wouldn't say it's a sign of weakness at all, considering all the paths it can potentially open for you. You should be ready to use whatever it takes to reach your goal and you seem to be that kind of person according to your words (but I believe it's possible to do without spending huge amounts of money).

I've been rather busy at my job as an architect, so I don't have the energy to push my limits during my spare time as much as I used to. That's why there has been long breaks in drawing and my output suffers from constant warm ups and breaks. If I can't dedicate literally all my time for drawing, warming up is waste of time. I like my job as an architect despite that, designing built environments feels much more meaningful than art alone, so it's not that bad of a trade-off.

I won't let my shortcomings to make me depressed, it would just make things worse. I accept the consequences of my choices whether they are good or bad for me (I try to work on the bad ones though). I'm honest to myself, so I can identify if I'm improving or not. Due to aforementioned things, I'm improving slowly right now but there are bunch of things I can work within my mind without drawing at all. I use the down time to address those things.

That Nova Seed animation looked pretty interesting. I'm sure you read his notes about the project: “there were many sacrifices”. In addition to those he laid out, I'm sure he also had to make decisions about the animation itself according to his abilities and time constraints. For example, how to balance the amount of details vs. time it would take to animate it all? What are the features he can opt out and what he can't afford compromising without the movie suffering from it?

Without knowing his background, I assume he has spent quite a lot of time on drawing/animating prior starting the movie project. He probably has done hundreds if not thousands of tests to find how he should go about it. I don't know the details though. Anyway, I advice you to do just hat, to create as much content as you can to prepare yourself for real thing. Make experimental drawings and animations to get the idea of the process. Only by doing things yourself you will see where you need to put your efforts to make your dream as great as you potentially can. If you start making your dream too early, you will only get disappointed for not being able to meet your or your audiences expectations. The other side of the coin is that you need to deal with postponing your ultimate goal for the greater good. When is it the right time to start then? It's a tough situation to be in.

There are lots of things to take in account. I honestly don't believe having what it takes to make something like that reality, not for the time being. That's why I'm not putting all my eggs on the artistic basket. For now I try to work on improving my abilities within my capabilities so that I'm ready when I deem the time is ripe to shift gears. That's better than nothing. The odds are against you (like it's for everyone who aim for creative endeavor), but man, I honestly wish you can rise from the ashes and show the world you aren't a dead fish in the river.

By the way, I suggest making friends with :iconlzyboost: Lzyboost, he is absolutely amazing with animating. There are a lot of great animators, but man, his works hit just the right spots and I'm sure he will only get better at it. He surely knows a lot of good resources which you can study.

I'm used to long posts, don't worry about it. I'm used to write essays with dozens of people, writing helps me to sort out my own thoughts as well.

Vixeria Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I color a few of your image poses for your OC named Sayaka? I absolutely love your artwork. I mostly just want to practice coloring. ^_^
Nsio Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, just link back to the originals if you decide to upload the colored versions on da. In that case it's also advisable to mention you have my permission. :)
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