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I'm here to announce that for not-certain set of time I won't be posting weekly journal that I post on Sundays. Due to the fact that I'm having way too much things to do (mostly school works) and 4-6 hours I usually spent on writing/research/posting them I at this time need more for my studies. Also I feel that I have written almost everything I know/had to say in previous journals (and as 2-day most popular journal list is only in "Today's" page, so It's impossible for more people to see them as it was before). 
Nevertheless, I will keep working on my own art - personal projects, drawing and paintings. Focusing more on drawing in livestreams (I'll post a small journal with link when I get online and delete it afterwards) on younow - www.younow.com/Snowmarite - i draw there almost every day for few hours. Feel free to ask me questions, chat about art and fandoms or just listen to some calm songs. (or feel free to send me a note on deviantart whenever you need some advice/tips or someone to talk about art&motivation) :) 
Adding now all the journals I have written in this time (in chronological order), so it would be easier to access them anytime. :) 

Changing HabitsDear, deviantart fellow artists,
So.. how does one even write an inspirational post?
I just thought that It would be a lovely idea to share my insights and perhaps inspire you to be more productive with this journal post (and maybe some more in the future). 
Last week I started something new - a new habit, that completely changed my overall mood and made me more productive and less anxious. In other words - I'm now waking up earlier (at 7am) every single day, even when I'm at home in weekends and have an opportunity to sleep all day. I wake up, drink a cup of coffee, turn some lovely music in my headphones and paint for an hour with my tablet in Photoshop. And It feels amazing. 
In the first morning it was of course almost impossible to wake up as I unconsciously knew that I have at least an hour to sleep, before going to academy (where studies are from 8:30 am to 19:00 (7pm)). The main thing was that I wanted to paint more personal
Staying FocusedDear, deviantart fellow artists,
So the topic of this week is about being persistent and avoiding distractions. 
It's always difficult to manage your time efficiently. There are so many things to do, to learn and study, to watch and experience. 
Over the time I have tried making lists, read a lot about motivation & productivity and yet here I am - still anxious about all the stuff that needs to get done. (wishing that I had that awesome Hermione's Time Turner) And It's so easy to get distracted nowadays.
Oh, the mighty Internet and all the possibilities to waste time. I used to play a lot of games, even those on Facebook (shamefully continues to write) and my justification was that I needed to relax and distract my mind from all the stressfull things. But that was such a lie obviously, as running from your problems is never an option. It's not a magical solution, but just a waste of time, that has no benefit. And the tumblr, and all those lo
Being HumbleDear, deviantart fellow artists, 
Have you ever felt .. not good enough
That anxious feeling that is always there. No matter how hard you try, there are those thoughts of - "I'll never be as good as that particular artist" or "I'll never reach that skill level" or "nobody likes me and why am I even trying" etc. 
BUT you know what - that feeling of humble never really goes away. And you have to deal with it. Now and for the rest of your life. 
Everyone starts from somewhere and to develop your skills and learn more - you have to do the hard work of studying and becoming better at what you love to do every single day. There is no other way. ( & we become by doing
And don't just sit there and feel sorry about yourself - it won't solve the problems. Inner doubts can affect your productivity and willingness to do anything - leading to being disappointed, but not able to do anything about the situation. Don't wait for things t
Dealing with ArtblockDear, deviantart fellow artists, 
Artblock can be such a tough thing to battle with. 
Some lack inspiration, some motivation and there are plenty of other reasons, but It's really vital and necessary to face it, deal with those obstacles in order to make some awesome stuff.
 
For me It's not about not having an inspiration/right conditions to create. It's more about that I want to paint and study a lot, but time and other stuff can get in my way, so I get frustrated. And that I put way too much pressure on myself - I guess I'm a perfectionist, but I really try to loosen up. 
If you are not inspired - get out of your comfort zone - for example, if you're drawing characters all the time- try to do landscapes, etc. Listen to new music, read some lovely books, watch some movies. Change the medium - try to draw/paint something with pencil/watercolors/ink - even the simple ballpoint pen can be awesome to draw with. Go outside and take a walk
Being PassionateDear, deviantart fellow artists,

Passion. That spark. That shines through the eyes, through works of passionate person can be seen from first glance. And It's contagious. 
In my opinion, there is a difference between hobbies and thing that you want to do for the rest of your life and what makes you truly happy. Years ago, when I joined deviantart, in September 28, 2011, I really liked photography and I would go outside in the coldest days to just take pictures of sunset and snow in the river. I really liked the process (and I still do), but something changed one day.
I was in the local museum, visiting the exhibition of photos and just randomly I spoke to the photographer (do not remember his name, but he was quite old and very serious about his profession). I asked some technical stuff – smth about image procession software he uses, and he gave me advice – “If you are passionate about something, then do it with all your heart.” 
I
No ExcusesDear, deviantart fellow artists,

No time. No motivation. No inspiration. No necessary art supplies/right conditions. Not in the right mood. No skill, no patience... 
Sounds familiar? 

Why are we so afraid to do what we love, why we keep making these excuses and just waste our time on stuff that doesn't matter. It's so much easier to focus our attention on why we can't do certain things. Procrastination leads to nowhere and at the end of the day we feel upset that we haven't done anything productive. And It's discouraging. There is even a word for that - Farnham (n.) - the feeling you get about four o'clock in the afternoon when you haven't got enough done.
But if you really, really, really want to make your dreams come true, to make amazing things and be persistent on your goals and ambitions. If you want to succeed, to leave a mark, to achieve what you always wanted. ... 
There is a way. Difficult? Yes, of course. You'll
LonelinessDear, deviantart fellow artists,
In this world, when there are more than 7 billion people (aproximately 7,226,225,900 as I'm writing this), It's easy to feel lonely. As everyone rushes to live their lives, to deal with problems and make decisions - we tend to isolate ourselves, stay indoors and wait for things to happen. But the most lovely things tend to be out of our comfort zone. 
As for myself - I'm really a shy, introverted person and I won't talk If I don't necessary have to. (Always sketching something, being quiet with headphones on my ears).  That's why It's easier for me to put my thoughts in written words, photography, art - social media has been a lovely thing for that. As I started to write a blog few years ago, made an account here -in dA, tumblr, things have changed a lot - I realised that there are so many passionate people out there - whether It's art, music or tv series - It's incredibly inspiring. Writing comments, starting conve
ProcrastinationDear, deviantart fellow artists,
How to deal with it? How to get things done and achieve all that you ever wanted? 
If only I had the right answer. 
Sometimes I feel that I have not enough time. But maybe I just should be more conscious about the time I waste and that I could spend more wisely. I guess. 

Distractions are everywhere. Wonderful photos, blog posts, tumblr, tv series, movies, social media sites - time flies away so fast when looking through them and by the end of the day there is always that question - have I done something meaningful today? These things can be useful and good as source of inspiration, wonderful to see and watch, but in small portions - to have the time for hard work and for leisure. 
Over the time I have tried many ways to be more productive:
Making lists - it helps a bit, setting the goals for certain day, week - just writing down what you need to do and putting the note in visible place.
Being o
No failure, no growth.Dear, deviantart fellow artists,
Nobody likes to fail.
But things can't always happen the way we want and life is sometimes so unpredictable. And we fail and life goes on, despite that we are upset and we have to accept failures and learn from them.
Being sad and complaining everytime things go wrong, won't change anything. Decision to get over it and do something about the situation - that's what makes the difference. Think about the reasons that caused the failure - what you can do next time to prevent the same outcome to happen. 
Mistakes help us learn. Even if it looks like everything is bad and there is nothing good about it. For example, if the drawing/painting doesn't look the way you wanted, then don't be afraid to start over. Don't get way too attached to things that you make. Over the time I had to start some drawings over again, for example, "Sonder", because it's always so tricky to work with ballpoint pens  - as you can't erase those str
Comfort zoneDear, deviantart fellow artists,
It's 10th post of my journal post series. :party:

Every now and then and certain point you'll be in your comfort zone. It's easy to stay there, be repetitive and doing what you now how to do is indeed compelling. But, what about the improvement? 
If we stay in one place - in one certain way of doing things - we just stay in the same place and in the same skill level. We can't learn anything new if we don't want to, if we are afraid to step outside the comfort zone, where everything is easy and wonderful. 
So, how to overcome that fear of failure, of not being succesful and of difficulties and improve faster? 
By variety - experimentation and exploration. 
Try new techniques - different ways to express your creativity. Whether it's the medium - traditional (watercolor, pencil, ballpoint pen, oils etc.) or digital.  The materials - canvas, papers,
My StoryDear, deviantart fellow artists,
    After making these weekly journal posts for a while, I realized that I hadn't written anything particular about myself - how/when did I start to make something creative and what is my background and such, so here it goes..               
    When I was younger I was interested in many things and had lots of hobbies - papercrafts, origami, scrapbooking, playing guitar/ piano etc. , but It all lacked something important. Although I was keen on learning - I had no idea what exactly was the right choice for me. I went to local children art school for a while and graduated it in 2011 (made a little dragon sculpture btw), and then I did a lot of photography - I spent my time capturing sunsets and sceneries around me.
    I joined deviantart in 28th September of 2011. (two days after my birthday) I have no idea why I decided to have this u
5 reasons why we fail to get things doneDear, deviantart fellow artists,
stop wishing, start doing
    As usual I had no idea what would be the topic of this journal, but I managed to think about and write down these 5 reasons why we (and I) tend to fail on things we want/have to do and I hope you'll find this journal post helpful. :) 
1. Time management issues. 
"I have no time for this", "If only I had the time for that" .. we tend to make these excuses, as if we all wouldn't have the same amount of time every single day. It's how we manage to spend that time, that matters. A lot of us have other important things to do, but let's be honest, if you have the dedication there are really no obstacles in your way. There will never be the perfect time for anything and with proper planning It's easier set the priorities for the right things. 
2. Distractions. 
They are everywhere. Especially on the internet. We tend to waste so many hours on checking what's new, reading bl
Art and fearDear, deviantart fellow artists

We all fear for something - whether It's related to our art, lifes, decisions. We fear about how people will react, about how what we do can influence what will happen next. And we are humble about that. 
1. Fear of critique. 
People will always have their opinions about things. And sometimes they might say it out loud - whether It's a relative, teacher, random observer - the main thing is not to take things way too personal. If It's about your art - even though you put your heart and soul in it, don't be afraid to listen to advice (when it comes from someone whose opinion matters to you) and seek ways for improvement. Ignore trolls and surround yourself with people who support you and make you happy. 
2. Fear of not being good enough.
Just admit that you'll never be good enough and move on. There is always so much to learn and artists work all their lifes to get the skill and make artworks with an honest effor
10 ways to get motivatedDear, deviantart fellow artists

    Motivation is such an important part of our lifes. Without it, we wouldn't get anything done. It's the reason why we do the things we do. And when we have the lack of it, then It can get quite depressing and give us an anxiety that keeps us away from making artworks. And it sucks. So here are my 10 tips that have helped me over the time and I hope that It'll be helpful for you too. 
1. Reminders
    Have some inspirational quotes all around your workplace. Put the artworks you adore as your desktop picture. See them as motivation, something to strive for, to remind yourself what matters to you and trigger positive thoughts. Try to write an inspiring letter to your future-self - about what and why you want to achieve and whenever you'll feel down,  read it and you'll be inspired to move on. 
2. Music
    Discovering new songs or playing the old ones - that
Art and confidenceDear, deviantart fellow artists
   Confidence is very meaningful thing for an artist - It helps us to not be afraid of our goals, but we have to remind ourselves that too much of the ego can lead to arrogance and vanity. Here goes my thoughts about the topic and I hope that my insights might be helpful. :) 
How to boost the confidence? 
If you feel that you are not good enough and you lack the willingness to make & post artworks, just because someone else is better, you don't have the right skill and there is not enough time, and there is no point in that... stop.  You are good enough and you have everything you need and there is no reason why you can't do what you really want to do. Don't make excuses. You and only you have something valuable to offer to the world - your life experiences, your influences and creativity make you special and no-one else will do that in your place. And there are people that
10 ways to improve fasterDear, deviantart fellow artists
   As artists we seek for constant improvement. We learn, we strive for perfection, we fail and we keep doing things we love to do - here are my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Take notes
    If you read something useful and inspirational - write it down. In journal, sketchbook - anywhere. Sketch something, put some lovely quotes - the information you'll see on tutorials, books and articles. You can't remember everything, so if you take notes and write the most meaningful things and then look through them - you'll learn more effectively. 
2. Get out of the comfort zone
    Learn something new with every new artwork you make. Challenge yourself, don't be afraid to study new things and push the boundaries of what you know. It feels so safe in
10 ways to get inspiredDear, deviantart fellow artists
   Inspiration is such an important subject for every artist. When we have it - we feel amazing and full of creative energy, but when we lack it, we tend to be anxious and procrastinate on things we really like to do.
So here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Go outside
    We tend to spend way too much time indoors. Try to do some plein-air painting/drawing. Explore the world around you - It's not only good for your health, but It's also a great way to get inspired by nature, people in streets, clouds and sunsets etc. 
2. Gather pictures in inspiration folder
If you see some amazing art, photography - save it on your computer. Or fave it in dA, or collect in your tumblr/pinterest board. Look at that folder every once in a while.  If you see some really advanced and cool art
Art and perfectionismDear, deviantart fellow artists  
Perfectionism can be a good and a bad thing at the same time. We strive for it, but sometimes the result doesn't exceed our expectations. And that's okay
Not every single artwork you make has to be a masterpiece. Make some sketches, speedpaints, studies - just do something. See your flaws, be aware of them - and work on them. Don't put yourself down with negativity. It never helps. It takes time to learn, to gain new skills and make art. Through many hours of work we achieve what we want. And it takes time. 
It's so easy to give up. To think - what's the point in doing this, if the artwork is never perfect. Art doesn't have to be always perfect, it has to be made. We have to get used to the fact that we'll never be good enough - there is a beauty in that, because we have something to strive for, to experience and observe. 
Making art is difficult and yet it's fun. En
Art and happinessDear, deviantart fellow artists  
Sometimes we feel happy about our art, but sometimes things don't go the way we wanted. It's so easy to just give up and get in the procrastination mode. But we shouldn't let those distractions, those art blocks and lack of motivation to stand in our way. We should be stronger and carry on.
We can't control everything, yet we really want to. There is struggle in life, problems that come in our way. We have no idea what may happen tomorrow, yet we decide so very often that in the next day everything will change - we will be more happy, excited to life our life to the fullest and be as productive as possible. And when non of that doesn't happen the way we wanted, we tend to get so depressive and blame ourselves, yet thinking that the next day will be different. 
Well, It won't be, if we don't do something about it. Now. 
Today is the perfect time. 
The main thing is that we get
5 ways to get things doneDear, deviantart fellow artists  
Continuation of my journal post "5 reasons why we fail to get things done" 
Often we try to be as productive as possible - so many things to do, so many artworks to make. But then comes the procrastination, indecisiveness, lazyness and other excuses that come in our way. How to deal with them, how to accomplish all we ever wanted..? Here are my 5 tips for you that I have been doing for a while and I hope that It'll help you too. :) 
1. 3 tasks for a day.  
In the morning or in the previous evening write down 3 main things you want/need to do in a day. Be realistic, but strive for the things that will help you develop the skill, move you closer to bigger goals. Check them, change them depending on each day and cross them over when you have made them happen. You will
Art and overthinkingDear, deviantart fellow artists  
There are times when everything goes well, but sometimes It's so easy to let those thoughts (whether caused by fear, life, problems etc.) to overcome your wilingness to do anything. So we let ourselves to get distracted, even though that's not what we really want to do. It's just easier. But we should not let overthinking to stand in our way.  
People do tend to overthink all the time. Worrying about unimportant things, while doing nothing about solving actual problems. If there is anything that you think constantly about, that needs to be done - don't put it away till the later. It will only get worse. So often do we regret our decisions in the past, yet we are the only ones who can impact our future. 
People also crave for distractions. That's why probably social media sites are so popular these days. Watching youtube videos all day - It's inspiring to see how other people get successf
5 ways to get into the creative zoneDear, deviantart fellow artists  
Sometimes we tend to feel unmotivated and uninspired to do anything... but there are also those blissful moments of creativity, when inspiration strikes and time goes by unnoticed. Not getting distracted, going with the flow, so merged in the process, that there is no need to do anything else until the work gets done. But how to get in that mood more often..? Here are some ways/tips that helped me over the time. :)
1. Prepare your work space
Make the place you work as comfortable and useful as possible. Clean the desk from all the clutter, gather your tools in a most accessible way, organize in order to avoid mess. Set the according light, have some inspiring quotes, goals written around. 
2. Avoid distractions
Turn off the internet. Or close all the tabs, you don’t need. Especially, social media sites. Don’t check the news/e-mail/mobile phone all the time. Get in the place where
Art and expectationsDear, deviantart fellow artists  
There are times when having way too low or way too high expectations can lead to bad results and have a negative impact on things that we do and how we feel.. but how to deal with this problem? How to achieve the perfect balance that would help us in our creative journey? Here are my thoughts about the topic, that I hope might be helpful for you. :)
Too low expectations
When you think that you're not good enough, that you lack the skill, talent that other artists have, being afraid of failing and overthinking all the time. But all those things do only harm - stopping you from actually doing the work, even though you may think that you are not able to do that, it doesn't mean that it's true. You'll never know if you won't try.
It's so easy to find all those excuses, but it takes a lot of persistence to not let doubts and low self-esteem stand in our way. We all are humble and we all have flaws.
Aim
10 ways to become a better artistDear, deviantart fellow artists
How to become better at art? How to gain necessary skill and how to stay motivated and inspired?
There are no right, or wrong answers to these questions, as we all are different and we have our own creative journeys - but here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Make art with your heart 
    Make the art that you enjoy to create. Make what resonates with you, put your heart in it (not literally) and it will show through your artworks. 
2. Be consistent
Commit to yourself. Do something daily, even if it's just a sketch. Perhaps, do a study every morning or make speedpaintings. You may not see the progress at first, but you shouldn't get discouraged by that. Not every single one of your artworks has to be a masterpiece and it's totally okay to have a bad drawing every once
Art and not giving upDear, deviantart fellow artists
As artists we are constantly self-aware and seek for improvement and support. But there are times when it feels like everything falls apart, when things go wrong and doubts overwhelm us. 
But we have to stay strong and continue. 
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
No one likes to fail. Yet, when it happens, we learn so much. For example – my first “inspiring” journal series where such a failure. But I kept going, as I have always had. As long as I can motivate, help and inspire others, through my journals or art, that’s what keeps me going. Also – things can go wrong all the time – the painting software could crash, ink can get accidentally spilled or It’s possible to unintentionally ruin the painting. It happens. Go through the struggle;
5 ways to be more positiveDear, deviantart fellow artists
How to reach the happiness, how to have and maintain the positivity in our creative lives? 
It's not an easy thing to stay positive all time. Trust me, I know... so here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Get away from negative people 
Stay away from those who don't believe in you, who only show up in your lifes when they need something. As mentioned in the latest journal by DamaiMikaz - some people are just pretending to be your friends in order to use you or your skills (don't let them). Be aware of those who are trustworthy and it's said that "person will become the average of their five closest friends".. so be cautious and surround yourself with like-minded people, ones who support a
10 ways to become more productiveDear, deviantart fellow artists
It's difficult to feel motivated and stay focused on our goals all the time. But how to achieve what we want, how to not let procrastination stand in our way?
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Set goals
Think about your ultimate goal - what is that matters to you the most, what would make you incredibly happy and excited. Write that down and work your way through to it. It will be the reason, the reminder for you to look forward in those times, when you'll feel less motivated. 
Try to write also weekly, monthly and yearly goals - be reasonable and realistic regarding that, but don't be afraid of challenges. They have to be S.M.A.R.T. - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. 
2. Plan tasks in previous day
Make a l
Art and dealing with struggleDear, deviantart fellow artists
There is a lot of stress and struggle in our everyday lives. Anxiety, resistence, doubts, self-loathing.. but how to deal with them and make the art we are really excited about?
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
People strive so much for the easiest ways to achieve something, the fastest way to get to results, to get the reward without actually doing things .. but, as soon as there needs to be a hard work put in the process, as soon as it happens to be more difficult along the way, we tend to get frustrated and give up, because of not seeing instant results right away.
It takes time.
Whether it's developing new skill, working on new project - meaningful things so often take a lot of patience in order to make them. Overnight success happens so rarely and mostly for those, who work extremely hard on their cr
Inspiration: youtube artists (part 1)Dear, deviantart fellow artists
Hi :) - so I'm starting new series of journals with useful resources - mainly because I'm running out of topics to write about and I just like some diversity. (I'll continue to post general art/motivational journals too every now and then)
Here are some of my favorite youtube artists, that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.  :) (Smile) 
Level Up
'Level up!' is an idea of two Polish artists - Wojtek Fus ( WojtekFus ) and Darek Zabrocki ( darekzabrocki ), who want to teach and learn from each other. Level Up has expanded a host team by amazing Jonas De Ro (JonasDeRo ) There are weekly, 2 to 3-hours long livestreams with critiques, overpaintings and Q&A's. It's so wonderful to watch them paint and talks about important tips on art and life as an artists. Also check out their
Inspiration: youtube artists (part 2)Dear, deviantart fellow artists
Here is the second journal post of some of my favorite youtube artists, (check also the 1st part) that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.  :) (Smile) 
Will Terrell
Amazing channel by Will Terrell (willterrell) , who is a cartoonist and his video series : people sketching are so fun to watch and they are full of great advice on art and life. 
Mark Crilley
Mark Crilley ( markcrilley ) is an American manga creator and children's book author/illustrator. His how-to-draw videos are so great and lovely - from manga & anime styles to highly detailed photore
Art and value of timeDear, deviantart fellow artists
Our lives go by so fast and the time for what we really want to do is limited. So, how to wisely value our time, how to make the best of every single day and keep on creating? 
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
1. Priorities
Sort what are the most important things you need to do as soon as possible and start with that. Make a list with what needs to be done and sort them by how necessary it is to do them, how much time it will aproximately take and how the result could impact your life. We have to make constant sacrifices in order to achieve our goals - instead of watching that useless youtube video, instead of checking e-mail and social media sites all the time, instead of whining that there is no time, but actually using what we have - everyone of us have 24h in a day, the difference between
Art and talentDear, deviantart fellow artists
It is believed that talent is that "magical" ability that some people are born with. But sometimes, just being talented isn't enough, without hard work and persistence you won't go far. 
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
We all start from somewhere.
(That's why I also don't delete my old deviations.)
I never actually thought that I was "talented". About 3 years ago (when I also joined deviantart), I just decided that I want to pursue art as a career. I was really into photography at that time (whole 50 day sunset challenge and such), participated in as many photo contests as I could and went outside to take some photos in coldest winter days.
But then, one day, as I visited local museum there was this local exhibition of photos and there was this old and wise photographer, who said to me that i
Art and honestyDear, deviantart fellow artists
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 
Honesty is such a vital moral quality of our lives. 
 Being honest about your technique. 
I know artists who keep their secrets by themselves - they work alone, never showing or explaining what they know. I'm quite the opposite - nowadays I try to pass along the knowledge/tips that I know, because I see no reason not to. Why choose to be selfish and greedy, never helping others who may need it?  (edit: yes, sometimes people won't share anything, because It's their own art and they can do whatever they want with it, it doesn't make them a bad person and it's completely their own choice)
I tend to make lots of livestreams (on younow - as much as I can) and some
Inspiration: art blogs (part 1)Dear, deviantart fellow artists
Here are some of my favorite art blogs that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.  :) (Smile) 
Muddy Colors
A fantasy art collective that brings together an all-star line-up of illustrators and designers with daily insights into the thinking behind the art of contemporary fantastic art. Great insights from spectacular artists, such as beyond creative and inspiring DanLuVisiArt
Website - muddycolors.blogspot.com.
Here is a cool video - painting demo by Rebecca Guay on their youtube channel
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Gurney Journey
 A daily weblog by Dinotopia creator 

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Here are some of my favorite art blogs that inspire me and I hope that these resources might be helpful for you too.  :) (Smile) 



Muddy Colors
Muddy Colors
A fantasy art collective that brings together an all-star line-up of illustrators and designers with daily insights into the thinking behind the art of contemporary fantastic art. Great insights from spectacular artists, such as beyond creative and inspiring DanLuVisiArt
Website - muddycolors.blogspot.com.
Here is a cool video - painting demo by Rebecca Guay on their youtube channel

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Gurney Journey
Gurney Journey
 A daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney is for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You'll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums. He wrote also a must-read art book Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter.
Websitegurneyjourney.blogspot.com.
Here is a lovely video of his latest en-plein-air sketch on his youtube channel. 

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Lines and Colors

Lines and Colors is a blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics etc. Inspiring and diverse art with great thoughts about the works. Hosted by webcomics artist, cartoonist, illustrator, web site designer and web animator - Charley Parker. 
Website - linesandcolors.com
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The ArtOrder

The Art Order

Insightful articles by creative/art director Jon Schindehette, also Stuart DeViva and Marc Scheff. It's also a community of artists dedicated to the education and mentoring of the art community. 
Website - theartorder.com.
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Empty Easel 

Empty Easel, the online art magazine with practical advice, tips, and tutorials for creating and selling art. Lots of interesting posts about color and art tips. Author had said that - " it’s a place where I hope to help everyone who visits here understand art better. Whether you’re a new artist, just interested in art, or even an established art professional, my goal is for you to make EmptyEasel.com your daily resource for art information.”
Website: emptyeasel.com.

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Nathan Fowkes Art

Nathan Fowkes Art

Nathan Fowkes is a concept artist for animation and entertainment projects. Teacher of drawing, painting, color and design. Notable clients include DreamWorks, Blue Sky and Disney. Beyond skillfull use of color and his charcoal drawings are just marvelous. 
Website: nathanfowkes.blogspot.com
Here is a video of his drawn portrait process on youtube channel. :) 




So, how about you - what are your favorite art blogs? 

This week I found some lovely resources - 101 Projects for Artists and Illustrators by Dani Jones, No Time To Waste - a website that calculates how many weeks of your life you have spent and shows how that looks in perspective in 100 years, useful tips about working at home in order not to procrastinate, great video series for figure sketching, and a cute comic under the video link by MooseCleenex.
For this weeks video, click here -www.dailymotion.com/video/xx5d… - couldn't find a decent quality video anywhere else - a short & one of my all time favorite animation.



P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 

(and I make livestreams on my younow channel) 
and I have a society6 store , nuvango store and etsy store too :) (Smile)

Have a wonderful week!

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
― Albert Einstein
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Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 



Honesty is such a vital moral quality of our lives. 

 Being honest about your technique. 
I know artists who keep their secrets by themselves - they work alone, never showing or explaining what they know. I'm quite the opposite - nowadays I try to pass along the knowledge/tips that I know, because I see no reason not to. Why choose to be selfish and greedy, never helping others who may need it?  (edit: yes, sometimes people won't share anything, because It's their own art and they can do whatever they want with it, it doesn't make them a bad person and it's completely their own choice)
I tend to make lots of livestreams (on younow - as much as I can) and some youtube videos. I spent some time sketching in park in summer and I just adore how people will communicate with you - share their life stories or thoughts about the artwork. It's like taking others on creative journey with you, not hiding anything.
Also I don't understand why few people who colour/add light effects digitally on traditional media drawings and don't mention it in description. Why lie to your audience, why trick them, so when they try to achieve similar effect with same tools, just are not able to do it (because it's impossible) and then feel bad about themselves. 

Being honest about your promotion methods. 
I've seen people in da to have bots on giving llamas, favorites, watch, comments. That's surely a method to gain exposure, but I see no sincere care about their watchers in that way. Whenever I give a llama/fave/watch I do it by clicking on profiles, spending quite a lot of time - discovering new awesome artists, making their days a bit better with a random&cute llama. It's a longer process, but enjoyable and I respect other artists - also by writing these journals and hoping that they would help someone who reads it along the way. :)
I've seen also people making a lot of fake accounts and then faving their own stuff in order to get in the front page. Don't quite get the meaning of that. I guess it helps to get some more views, but what's the point if large amount of them are not even real. 

Being honest about your intentions. 
Some people tend to use each other for popularity. I really can't stand those who remember about you when they need to promote/follow their stuff. I had that situation with my old "friend", who decided to write me after a year to share his social media account. 
I also really don't like people being nice - giving complliments, praising your art and after that assuming that you would give away your art for free (not like you would need money for food and art supplies anyways). 

Being honest about what you create. 
Reminds me of something that happened a few years ago - I was in this Latvian social media site and there was this quite popular artist (among the 'not so extensive audience in there"). I was like - oh, so cool that she makes cool artworks and shares them with others. And then one day she posted an exact copy of other very famous deviantart artist's work. She used a different technique, but basically copyied the drawing exactly as it was in the original one. Also there was (of course) no mention or proper credit of the artist, who actually made it in the first place. So I wrote in the comments, asking why she copied it and without any permission or credit posted it as her's (with a link to artwork). And then her "so called fans" just blatantly attacked me - "if she puts her signature on it, that means she made it", "It's normal to copy other artists work, I do that all the time" or "you are just jelous and can't draw yourself". 
The worst thing was that she was actually selling the piece, for quite a lot of money and that, as I after that discovered, she was "ripping off' many artworks of other artists as well (one of them was a digital painting, where she copy-pasted the whole character from existing deviant artwork and then filled a background a bit). 
Therefore I no longer post there like anything and use other sites to post my stuff online.

You have to be honest to yourself too.

Are you spending enough dedicated time on your art? Are you trying the best that you can, challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries with every new piece?
Are you slacking off when you could spend your time more wisely? 

It's not easy to be honest - to yourself and others. The right choice may not be the easiest one - so be cautious about what you do and what decisions you make in your creative journey. 

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about art and honesty? 

This week I found some lovely resources - amazing and cute artworks (adore the inktober related ones) by Vivian on her tumblr, awesome collection of foreign and Russian artists work in this website, a lovely blog, with so many useful art/illustration related links and posts by kirileonard on  kirileonard.com/blog/, this cool list of British Library blogs on various topics from European studies to Medieval manuscripts for research and this inspiring video where filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. :)

a


distraction:

seasons change and so do people

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile)
(and I make livestreams on my younow channel) 
and I have a society6 store and etsy store too :)

Have a wonderful week!

"Done is better than perfect." / WojtekFus 
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It is believed that talent is that "magical" ability that some people are born with. But sometimes, just being talented isn't enough, without hard work and persistence you won't go far. 
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 



We all start from somewhere.
(That's why I also don't delete my old deviations.)
I never actually thought that I was "talented". About 3 years ago (when I also joined deviantart), I just decided that I want to pursue art as a career. I was really into photography at that time (whole 50 day sunset challenge and such), participated in as many photo contests as I could and went outside to take some photos in coldest winter days.
But then, one day, as I visited local museum there was this local exhibition of photos and there was this old and wise photographer, who said to me that if you are passionate about something, you put your soul in it or not do it at all... and then I realized, that photography wasn't the right thing for me. (I still takes photos though, but not so often)

And then there was art. I did went to children art school - I spent all my time drawing while others used every free moment to run around and waste their time in there. I was somehow really serious about it and even had my little display of way too colourful crayon drawings in local child library (when I was 14). But then I guess because of school and other stuff (and that humbling thought (fear) of how I could ever make it as an artist in real life) I just kinda chose to forget about that. 

So there was I, 17 years old and indecisive (still am). And illustration somehow seemed the way I want to go with - at first I was awful, but I didn't care, because I started to fall again in love with the whole process. Making your own worlds, loosing the sense of time, while being immersed in creation of art, bringing joy to others. 
Whether you believe that talent exists or not - you shouldn't be discouraged by that. There is always someone who is better or worse in what you want to do. When you see these young prodigies, who paint like Vang Gog at age 10 - you have to acknowledge, that their parents saw the potential in that kid and allowed him/her to unleash their creativity (by buying art supplies, paying for art classes etc.). Of course they have - "the natural gift", but they work hard to get that skill and they have the right conditions to do that. 
Also it's not a good idea to look at amazing artists and see their art as something so great and feeling not good enough because of that. It's ridiculous - you should compare your art to yourself, seeing and seeking for the improvement. 

There is that famous 10,000 hour rule, that we need that amount of time to get really great at something. For me - you shouldn't focus on that certain number and expect a miracle happen when you reach it - focus instead on your skill that you want to develop every single day. Mindful work is so much better than repetitive one, don't get stuck in your comfort zone and try to find ways to get better and improve. 

When people complain that they lack talent at something and use it as an excuse  - it's just silly. Have you ever tried, seriously tried to do that thing, have you put all your honest effort, spent time and energy on that? For example, I realize that I'm not really good at playing guitar/piano, but as long as I'm having fun and I enjoy the process - that time is never wasted. There is an amazing book - "Drawing on the right side of the brain" by Betty Edwards, and it shows how people who drew "stick figures" could draw quite decent portraits within few days. It's about the methods, trying to find how to learn more efficiently. 

I know artists who have been drawing since young age, and I know also those who have been told that they will never be succesfull as artists, and they still make it. What matters is the attitude, persistence and willpower to work towards your goals. When people think that they are talented and then they slack off - someone else will work from their heart and be dedicated with every new artwork - they will get so much better and improve faster.
Don't take anything for granted and cherish what you have
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You have to remember that there is always so much to learn, no matter how good you think that you are
Having talent or not - if you put all your time, effort and passion to what you want to do, there are no boundaries and you then realize, that indeed your only limit is yourself. 

So, how about you - what are your thoughts about talent? 

This week I found some lovely resources - lovely ipad speedpaintings by Nikolai Lockertsen, cute masterpost of creepy movies/games and stuff, chart of 5 naps for all occasions, awesome music mixes for writing/painting, inspiring paper cutart by Morgana Wallace , how a creative man painted his own mural without knowing how to draw and 
amazing 4th part of Animator vs. Animation by alanbecker






P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile)
(and I make livestreams on my younow channel) 

Have a wonderful week!

"Only you can give the world your unique viewpoint.
- Neil Gaiman
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Our lives go by so fast and the time for what we really want to do is limited. So, how to wisely value our time, how to make the best of every single day and keep on creating? 

Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.  :) (Smile) 


8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil

1. Priorities
Sort what are the most important things you need to do as soon as possible and start with that. Make a list with what needs to be done and sort them by how necessary it is to do them, how much time it will aproximately take and how the result could impact your life. We have to make constant sacrifices in order to achieve our goals - instead of watching that useless youtube video, instead of checking e-mail and social media sites all the time, instead of whining that there is no time, but actually using what we have - everyone of us have 24h in a day, the difference between those who don't achieve anything and those who make great things and are succesfull, is that they know their priorities, their dreams and work every single day.

2. Feeling overwhelmed
Nowadays It's not easy to manage our everyday lives, as there is so much to do for every one of us - school, work, other things and responsibilities. We have to make decisions constanly in order to not procrastinate and plan our days accordingly to our needs. Sometimes we tend to feel overwhelmed, and it frequently leads to avoiding the problems and doing random stuff and wasting our time. If it happens - take a break. Step away from everything. (would suggest to change the environment by going outside, breathing some fresh air). Think before you act. Think about what makes you feel anxious. 
Perhaps, you know that you should be doing something more important instead. Perhaps, you want to do so many things and when you do one, you have regrets about everything else. Perhaps, you can't decide what exactly to do, what to focus on and then you feel helpless and sad, because it just feels that you haven't done anything productive.
You have to remember that you're not the only one who deals with such everyday struggle, ask for advice if you need it, communicate with others, read/listen to how other artists deal with these problems and remember that you have to stay calm and face your fears and struggles, and that "running away" and "delaying till the last moment" never helps. 

3. Family and school 
There are some things that you just have to cope with. If you are still studying in school - you have so much free time (it of course depends where and what you study). If studying for the test/exam the night before somehow worked before it may not happen in future life. If you complain that you don't have time because of school or family - then you are just blaming them, instead of managing your time properly. Try to find balance, structure your time, plan when you need to. Talk with your family - try to find ways to spend time on your passion and time with them. 

4. Making decisions
Which decisions help you to become a better artist, a better person? What will matter after 5, 10 years? 
I tend to be so indecisive, but I have to remind myself that I have to make choices and then to be okay with the consequences. Sometimes the drawing just doesn't work out and we have to start over again.  Sometimes we fail, but we learn so much in the process. And it takes time... and sometimes we have to challenge ourselves - getting away from comfort zone, but not leaving it completely. So often we don't do something just because we are afraid that it won't be successful, that noone will like it.. but you know - if you stay true to yourself and keep doing what you love with that inner drive and dedication, taking risks and pushing your boundaries, you will be suprised of what you're able to achieve.
(The answers to indecision are always in the action of drawing/painting)

5. Knowing the value of time
Somehow it's easy to forget that our lives are so fragile. That only when live hits us really damn hard - by having health issues (or near death experience), or when a relative, friend or pet dies. It changes you. 
It makes you to realize that we never know when our time comes, that every single day we should be glad that we are alive and aprecciate it.
We tend to tell ourselves that after some time we will life our life to the fullest - that when all those great things will happen, only then we'll reach the happiness that we always wanted. But you know.. as you read this.. you are alive and able to make so many amazing things. You have everything you need to do that, now, at this very moment. You don't have to experience something awful in order to realize that you are in charge of your own life and that tomorrow isn't guaranteed. 
You, and only you can do the best of every single day of your life and realize that you can't change past, but with today's actions make your tomorrows even better. 

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain." (Vivian Greene)


So, how about you - what are your thoughts about value of time? 

This week I found some lovely resources - great article on 99u - "Energy, Time, Priority, Work/Life: 4 New Ways To Organize Your To-Do List", also - Editing secrets from legendary editor Walter Murch (mind blowing info about the relation of blinking and video/film cutting in scenes), The Croquis Cafe: The Artist Model Resource - great for gesture/figure drawing practice, amazing Yun Free Stock Photos - free stock photos, over 6000 images in high resolution, incredibly inspiring tumblr blog by Reluin and creative video (that Erudithral kindly shared with me in last journal) about art process of Mark IllingSean Karemaker and Jon Shaw.






P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - snowmarite.tumblr.com/. and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on aerismade.blogspot.cm/  and weekly 8 songs playlist.
and a youtube art channel:) (Smile) 
(and thank you for all the amazing birthday wishes) ^^ 

Have a wonderful week!

"Everybody has this guilt complex that they’re no good, that they’re not talented, that they’re useless, that there’s something wrong with them. It’s not true. There’s nothing wrong with any of you out there, there’s nothing wrong with you. You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting. People will repress themselves from even allowing themselves to want…. At least allow yourselves to want."

John Lennon
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