I just came back home after being away for 2 months. I have never lived alone before nor worked in a real job, and I decided to do all of that for the first time in a another country… Lol I’m a massochist I know haha. Not only that, but this was in the United States and my first language is not English! You may ask wasn’t this blog about how to be a better artist or something? Yes it is haha I’m getting to that part. But before you get the wrong idea, my job at the United States wasn’t related to art at all, I was a cultural exchange student in a program that let the students work. It’s a program where the student can only stay in USA during his/her University vacations, in which you work with the employer you selected. After the 2 months contract, the mayority of people travel for a week in the USA with the money they earned during the program. It is called to be a J1 student, more commonly referred as a Work and Travel program. It’s a really good experience!! but… I’m not gonna talk about it’s details here! haha You can search about the program if you’re interested after reading this blog *wink*.
What I wanted to say here is how can you growth as an artist while traveling, whether you should do it or if you should just keep being surrounded by your blankets like a burrito in your bed!! Actually as I’m writing this I’m also being a burrito at the airport waiting for my flight to return home.
So I divided this entry in three points but if you’re lazy like me, you can just jump to point number two xD It’s the most important part haha.
So why should you travel?
Why not be a human burrito?
Well, let me tell you what happened in my trip, what I got from it and let’s see if I can convince you hahaha.
Ok, first let me tell you there are two ways of traveling: The first one, is when you go to some popular place, maybe by plane, check-in in a hotel, visit some popular attraction of the area, do some shopping and then go back home. I have done this before, as a kid. Yep, some years ago I went to Florida to visit Disney with my family. It’s a Seriously Super Fun place! And obviously, since I was a kid and I didn’t know english, I only talked to my own family there, but I enjoyed it anyways (I mean it’s Disney!!). Now, the second way to travel is to actually…how do I say it…Live in the place..to try to explore it, to try to know the people and the food, like really get to know what make this town what it is hahaha Does that sounds strange? I mean this time I also went to Florida (to Miramar Beach), not to a super exotic place. But I assure you, every place has a thing you can discover, and that makes it different than the other. And each place has someone worth knowing.
For example, when I went to Miramar beach, I really though the beaches were going to be just like back home. Normal, you know. But on our day off, I decided to go check the beach with my brother, and boy I was wrong! Walking in that sand was like walking on flour, so soft and white! And the sunsets!!! I never expected to find so beautiful beaches and skies. Sometimes they had like a violet hue that was so magical. Of course I took some photos to use it as reference in my future art projects haha.
When you travel, the world can surprise you with unexpected things that, obviously, you can use as reference for your art or simply to study. It doesn’t matter what style of art you have, or if you only paint fantasy themes, or science fiction, because while you sketch animals, houses, trains, sidewalk, trees, or simply anything from the real world, it will all help you to train your eye to discern shapes, colors and structures. I really think that the best way to improve your skills, is to study the real world! Plus, you get to have references for future art that can also inspire you to do very interesting things… like Cthulhu being inspired in sea creatures haha.
I know at first you could find difficult to know where to search for interesting places, but you can see on the Internet where you should visit or ask locals where to go. Or simply move around and be observant, you can find things other people hadn’t notice before… And don’t forget that while you’re at it to enjoy yourself, too haha.
And talking about being observant…
At first, I didn’t notice how interesting the people that lived in Miramar Beach were and the tourists that came to this place haha. I worked as a cashier, and at the beginning I was too nervous and focused in not repeating the same mistakes I was making while I was on training. The culture of the company I worked for was: to serve with personality, in short, be the best friend of your costumer, LITERALLY the best friend. I mean, you needed to ask them about their day, give them tips or advise, to ask them how was the family, how come they are in Florida, if they were locals or on vacation, traveling alone or with somebody else. It was a mega contrast with the service culture in my country! But seriously my costumers were so nice haha (maybe because they were on vacation?). A lot of them were interesting people, with funny personalities and very different styles of dressing! I know normal people won’t understand this but since I’m assuming you’re also an artist xD Here is a photo of some sketches I made about my constumers. I wish I had taken notes from the beginning. This will turn out very useful when I’m designing characters for my comics.
By the way, it would be totally reasonable for you to be thinking right now: Hey but I don’t need to travel to do urban sketching, or observe people on the streets or talk to them…I could to do that if I stayed in my hometown, so what’s the difference?
For me, the differentce is that while you travel you can become more human.
I know this could sound weird to some people, so let me talk to you a little bit more of the trip I did, and how it is related to my art.
The personal reason why I made this trip was to prove to myself that I could live in another country, despite my complexes. I always think of a certain “defect” that I have. It doesn’t bother my daily routine in any way, as one might say about someone that has a disability, but I always had it in mind, how that “defect” is the first thing people see in me and how they must think that I am not capable of doing certain things because of how I am. I also was very wary of comments made about me. But I survived this trip. I worked alone and lived in another country, and all of that being who I am. I feel that confidence can take me wherever I want, and help me in any artistic work I do. Really, who you are, is your brand, it is the trace that only you can leave in the world. Nobody else has lived all the things you have and lived from your perspective. How to say it? I finally checked after many doubts that being myself works. And could only see that after throwing myself into the world and worked very hard. Because it was hard. At the beginning I wanted to “compensate” who I was doing things that putted me at risk in my work, but little by little, I realized that it was not necessary, being who I really was, doing the things in my own way, not only worked, but made me shine. Specially my good attitude. It’s not me who said it haha Others told me that!! Sometimes I did feel that I shine haha sometimes not, but it was always better and it gave me more peace than pretending to be something that I was not.
I don’t know how are you in this area, but for me, it has always been difficult to empathize with others, to really care about them, to feel feelings of joy or sadness for other people’s lives. I have improved a little over the years. But, even then, my thoughts and life are always revolving around me and my projects. On this trip, I did something I have never done before. I cried for someone else. His personal situation and problems didn’t affect me directly or indirectly, and I didn’t grasp the whole ordeal until after sometime of knowing him. He will tell me little pieces of himself sometimes directly or sometimes just as a joke, and in my house I could not help to cry for him. For me this guy, was the strongest of us all, despite all of his problems and complications, he came alone and managed to survive and work in another country. He is very admirable and independent. I’m no telling you this, to say that on a trip only sad things will happen, on the contrary, a lot of fun things can happen. What I want to say is that the encounters you can have on a trip with other people can make you discover something about you, or make something be born in you. In my case it was empathy for others haha Thank you my pinguin :3
Well my dear reader, you should know I actually don’t have that many friends…haha I have friends xD but they are not the type of friends with whom I could spend hours talking to and not feel uncomfortable, not trying to search of what else to say. Until this trip hehe. I know it could sound cliché for you… but yeah I met someone I could talk for hours and with whom it feels ok just to be silent. I found someone I could trust. I didn’t gave my vote of confidence from the beginning but little by little, as some things happened, or just in daily life, we demonstrated to each other what type of people we were, and we took care of each other (please keep in my mind we are kilometers from our homes). Actually, he was more of help than me haha with all his cooking and medicine knowledge, but I listened to his problems and we had the same vision of life. Now, I’m not sure how you feel about life haha but I have always felt myself different from others and finding someone that cool, that I can learn from and look up to, and that shares my same vision of things, it’s very beautiful. I have people in my life that I can count on in bad times but I’ve never had a person who seems like they can be part of my life…effortlessly? A person that you know that if you give, he will also give. For me is rare to find.
Thank to God for this trip haha.
I’m getting to the art part again in a little bit don’t worry haha but just to give you idea: Traveling opens a door, where you can live many experiences, meet new people, know more things, and feel new feelings, you will grow as a human, and all of those things will feed your art. Because your art reflects, who you are, what you care about and what you know, and what you love.
I’m almost done so bear with me xD.
I actually didn’t go completely alone in this trip, I went with my brother. I already knew he cared about me but he showed and said things he hadn’t before. Like when he verbally told me how he worries about me. Or that te would be angry if someone breaks my heart. And for the first time he told me he loved me, hahaha I wish nobody had entered the room at the moment but the words were there! I already knew that he is the best brother of all, but it was a great experience to be in actual situations where he was my support. A trip not only allows you to meet new people, or change the way you see yourself and others, It also allows you to know a little more about people who are already close to you, have experiences with them. And maybe you will have the opportunity to show them how much you care about them, too.
Awww that’s so sweet, now the real question is what will YOU get if you lived in another country, for two weeks, two months, etc.?? So I made you a list haha:
Soo how to prepare for the trip?
My art medium of preference is digital art, but since I don’t have a laptop and because there was no way I was going to bring my big computer with me, I decided to keep it simple and I just packed things to do sketches and inkart. I didn’t even think of bringing colours with me because when I do traditional art I just do black and white drawings.
Also I wanted to keep everything to the minimum since I didn’t know if after work I will feel too lazy to do anything. Furthermore, I bringed like two or more of each of my tools because I’m always losing things. I know myself pretty well. So this is what I bringed:
I also setted three goals ahead of time, of what to do with my free time: to do a fantasy background, to do a cat’s paw study and to do a clothing study, so before the trip I downloaded pictures to use as reference to be ready at any time to work on the goals I just mentioned. At the end, I only fulfilled one goal but it’s better to set your bar high so that you can achieve more things than if not.
So if you’re confuse of how to prepare yourself if you’re going to travel, I think it depends mostly on what kind of trip it is, where are you going, what you will be doing. I packed it simple because I was going to work a lot and I wasn’t going to have a car to travel comfortably hahaha Pack your tools in a realistic way, taking in count if you’re going to move in long distances, and how comfortable you will be , and if carrying certain stuff won’t actually torn them or damage them. To stay minimal is my recommendation but do what works for you. Above all, put some goals or points to work in this trip and pack according to that.
Don’t forget to take notes and photos of everything you find interesting to use as reference later. And my last piece of advise would be that, if you are traveling, and you find yourself with not enough time paint, draw, write or whatever it is that you love doing, it’s ok! Things happens, just take a quick note or photo and finish drawing later. It’s better to use that time to visit more places, meet more people, do more new things and feel many things. Because I assure you what you invest in growing as a person or living, it will reflect in the art you make.
Hope you want to travel a little bit after this rant hahaha.
Thanks for reading and please have a beautiful day and a nice meal,
Team Naoki Expedition: Pt 1Naoki
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Traditional Art Basics: IntroductionTraditional Art Basics
and welcome to the Traditional Art Week here at projecteducate!
Once Upon a Time…
That was the last time Traditional Art was given some PE love and attention, so it’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure. But we are back, hoping the community will forgive us for our absence, and help us and the talented artists who so kindly gave their time and knowledge to get the word out by faving and sharing the articles we are going to post this week.
Back to Basics
Instead of pretending no time has passed and simply jumping in at the deep end of the Traditional spectrum, we thought it would be a good idea to go right back to the beginning - quite literally - and start again:
With the Basics of Traditional Art.
We have some wonderful articles lined up for you over the next five days, covering quite a bit of ground, to hopefully help some of you find your feet and ma
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