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Tiny Tips: Patience
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Published: March 17, 2016
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I cannot stress enough how important it is to have patience when aspiring to become an artist. So often we pick up brush or pencil, only to put it down for good when we're not masters right away. How many pieces turn out to be less than they could have been.
It's said to "get out your bad pieces first"; or to "get low-hanging fruit out of the way". Working - in the sense of going through boring, tedious parts in order to create beauty - can rarely hurt a piece. While there's also truth in keeping a piece fresh, intuitive, effortless, it's also true that this can only be done when you have a grasp of your tools and skill. Every artist needs mileage, no matter where in their career, which takes patience to gain, but it is invaluable.
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KatoisStudent General Artist
Motivated me :D I feel bored doing the same thing for long time.. But if I'm starting something new is much harder to come back to abbadoned piece..
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RanarhProfessional Digital Artist
I know what you mean. I use this as a trick though, and have paintings in every stage of finish around so I can always do what I fancy at that moment. When you get into that, you may do some extra work on a piece you might have considered finished otherwise, just to be done with it, and I always find it improves the work.
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NocluseHobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree with you. But there are times where the more I paint over / detail a section, it looks worse than before and I just give up.
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RanarhProfessional Digital Artist
Yes, that happens. Usually the best way is to figure out the problem with a more "meditative" mind. Leaving it alone for a while helps me; especially when I'm getting this feeling that I want it to be done or I get tired, I leave and come back with the new energy and desire to make it the best I can. Only then do I tackle problems I wouldn't have yesterday, and it always turns out better.
Asking artist friends for help is also a good thing. It's said Caspar David Friedrich didn't paint all figures in his paintings himself because he was so bad at it, but asked friends to paint them for him.
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NocluseHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I guess I'm too impatient lol. Thanks for the tip!
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RanarhProfessional Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Naay-AtsuaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Completely agree.

When I sketch some thing, I can't wait to see the piece finished, and usually I skip  and go with colors.
The result is an ugly work. Then it's the time when I think "Maybe I should just have taken a bit of time in cleaning the sketch..., and fixing proportions..., and looking at some references too..." All the effort deserves it when seeing the final, complete and finished piece.

Patience is a MUST in order to improve.
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RanarhProfessional Digital Artist
Indeed. I just took up traditional media again. At first I was shocked that I had to draw everything several times; the drawing, the transfer, then painting, oh, and a colour study too. But I found that after doing it several times, it turns out better than when just doing it once.
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