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Make your personalized work schedule!

Working with a schedule will help you get more things done as an artist (Most people at least.)
You can download a PSD file on the right and customize your own time blocks, studies, work and themes.
Make sure you do take small breaks in between to walk away from your screen now and then! Or work traditional for a change.
The sample image is pretty much my schedule from this week (Did not include the tutoring time I give every day.).

Feel free to use it and let me know if it worked for you! :D

Here are some journals I made especially for fellow artists (in training?) (You'll find more in my journal history.)

  So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
  Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
  What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
  Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
  Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us  keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
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I'll try to personalise something like this! Thanks. Also, 16 April 2014? Phew.

Amarthrien's avatar

I'll try to use it, don't know but hope that it works.

AMusoke's avatar
A few questions about this schedule
What's "Master Study?" and "Experimental art"?
ThePurpleHooligan's avatar
Just curious about your break times. Im sure you take break throughout the day so I was wondering how many you take and for how long. Sorry to ask but its only because Im trying to be more organized at home,Thank you for this schedule its helping me out a lot!
AMusoke's avatar
So most people can hold focused attention on any task for about 45min: at which point a 15 min break is dope. So work on that ration of 3:1
For example, 2 hours of straight work would allow for 45min break for most healthy recoveries
ThePurpleHooligan's avatar
Thank you so much for getting back to me! Imm try it out and see how it works for me :)
AMusoke's avatar
EZ dude. I persoanally struggle to keep tto any defined schedule haha. So I when I started this schedule, I would started with 1 hour a day spent drawing (either perspective, or anatomy or whatevz)

Any time, whether its morning or everning, as long as I get that time in. THen I went up to 2 hours. Now I'm drawing 3 hours a day (except weekends lol)
JBCBlank's avatar
I have always tried to put myself on a scheudal but never found a way to do it. 
this seems like something that will help 8D thank you for making this. 
Luminaara's avatar
Damn I wish I hadn't had school so I could try this out immediatly! La la la la oh well summer break is there for a reason :D
draneas's avatar
Thanks for this! I think I'll start with a less busy schedule though. 13+ hours is a liiiiittle to much. I burned myself out 3 years ago, after I practiced and drew not less than 10 hours a day for about 3 months, so I'll be cautious.
But hey, maybe the structure will make me so efficient, that I don't want to stop xD
oOEyedragonOo's avatar
wow thanks i might that schedule but i think ill change some stuff so it fits for me thanks though :D
Mh211's avatar
Thanks so much Clap 
SxxN's avatar
Thank you so much for the ideas.
kbrakARtS's avatar
Genial, andaba buscando algo como esto. Pura Vida
GMaestri's avatar
I will stick to this! Thanks!
mucuss33's avatar
Im training about 6h a day, but that completely destroyed my dreams xD. Working from 9h to 12h is not healthy, i want to have a certain balance in my life... to me, this is a little insane
Hntpo's avatar
Interesting, I'll make one as soon as I need :)
Ellofayne's avatar
holy. shite. why didn't I think of this? I LOVE THIS! Like, I will now make one now and this will be my schedule for a month. YES!!!!!! thank you!
VespertineFlower's avatar
cool! but wait a minute - when do you eat? prepare your meals? wash, clean and so on?...
DarinHuddy's avatar
:D (Big Grin) Nice one. Thanks!
Azurewhiterose's avatar
Wow awesome.I should totally do this too. ;3
andbrg's avatar
I shall love you for this! Thank you so very much! :)
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