Also, I guess acrylic paint and I are finally reconciling and putting the past behind us, though I’m still pretty convinced they cheat at card games and swindle money.
Client: I threw out that black pen, it was out of ink.
Me: What black pen?
Client: The one that was lying on your tablet.
Me: You threw out my $150 Wacom pen?
Client: I tried writing with it and it didn’t work. It must’ve been out of ink.
nothing on this website has sent shivers down my spine quite like this one has
Also, my computer was down for about a week (and I’m SO glad it’s working again), but because of that I haven’t been able to make much art lately. FORTUNATELY there are these things call sketchpads which I GUESS I can draw in when I REALLY HAVE TO…. so I have a couple of sketches to upload still
spaceauddity said: the problem with a lot of young artists is they think that they aren't artists unless they make clean, tight work. That's why it takes so long for them to improve. Sketching and gestures ARE the fastest way to get better at drawing. So "Sketches are all you draw?" type people just don't get it, plus sketches are aesthetically pleasing and beautiful.
I couldn’t quite tell what the tone of the last anon was, so I didn’t go into it as much, and I’ve talked about it a little on my personal blog lately, but I’ve been deliberately doing more sketches and less finished drawing to some extent, as well. I feel like something that I need to work on right now, as an artist, is my ability to draw.
This time last year I was at the end of an eight year stint of working a job that was all wrong for me and had me at a point of looking into other careers. I didn’t want to draw any more - I hated what I was doing by the end of that job.
Maybe I’m just slow, plodding along at my own pace, but I still feel like I’m recovering a sense of who I am as an artist, instead of what I was creating for that job. I’m still getting back into good habits that used to be ingrained in me - life drawing and studies and actually thinking critically about the things I was putting down on paper. Me spending so much time sketching is the best possible thing I can do for myself as an artist right now.
No matter how long I render something, or how smooth the lineart is or how much it’s cleaned up, no matter how “finished” it is (which is different in everyone’s opinion, I think) nothing I put over the top of it will hide a fundamentally poor drawing.
So I’m spending more time drawing intentionally and less time perfecting, at the moment, which is the healthiest way I know how for an artist to improve themselves. Not that I’m never working on more finished pieces, but I am trying for a healthy balance. The more time I spend sketching something, the better a final result image will be anyhow.
Also I just really love looking at other people’s sketches, too. Theres so much life in them, I hope mine are as enjoyable, haha.
This is something I used to be so good at, but I think I’ve forgotten along the way. Reading this has been a really nice reminder.