Hey all! I decided to do this meme now that I feel like I've actually made a significant enough leap from when I first started drawing XD (and yes I realize this meme is really old lol)
But anyways, it has really been a long journey in art for me. I've started off with poopy, horrendous anatomy, perspective drawings, that I thought was good back then. I cringe at myself to this day. (as I do with lots of stuff I did when I was younger...) Near the beginning of my art journey (2013, the "lost year" lol) I just had a really terrible art teacher that almost made me quit drawing entirely. She had a very specific criteria for all her art assignments that everyone had to follow. Anything remotely imperfect, and any style other than absolute realistic was deemed "bad." Obviously there is no one way or style of art that is considered the "best," isn't the point of art self expression, and creativity? Everyone has their own unique styles! But anyways, I eventually started picking up art again.
Somewhere along my art journey I had hit a wall in my art, (2016 P.1) where it seemed I can't seem to improve any further. I thought that was my limit, and I have hit my "personal ceiling." At this point I tried tirelessly to practice and improve, but the more I dwelled on it, the more frustrated and stagnated I actually got. I eventually took about half a year long hiatus at this point to give myself a rest, and come back when I felt like picking up art again with a fresh new perspective.
When I came back ready to do art again, I actually surprised myself with how different my art became even with the half year long time I had been away from it. And it had actually improved. It was as if sometime during my long hiatus that wall blocking me had broken down on its own. I was suddenly seeing many things in my art I had not even noticed before. The way color work in relation to each other, and the way it interacts with light suddenly clicked in my brain.
So what lessons have I learned from getting this far in my art? Of course I know that not everyone is the same, and the things that worked for me, might not work for someone else, and I am not claiming to be a master at art or anything like that, as I myself still have a long ways to go, but from my 5 years of creating art, I do have a few advice for anyone trying to improve. The first is the cliche don't give up. (I know you hear this everywhere, but it's really true! If you completely give up, there is absolute no chance of improving anymore) The second, if you are frustrated or stuck, step away from it for a while. Take as much time as you need, until you feel ready to come back and start working again with a fresh perspective. Thirdly, Color theory is very important! Just putting in colors you think belong in a drawing only gets you so far.
Use references for everything you do not completely know like the back of your hand! (it helps a lot I promise)
And lastly, and most importantly... have fun with your art! Draw what you enjoy drawing, if you enjoy what you are drawing, it really shows through on your art brightly and in the end, that is what really matters isn't it?
This is my little story with art I wanted to share, thank you for listening to my rambling guys, and I want to thank you all for all the support you have shown me since the beginning of my little art journey. To my the friends I made here, to all you watchers! Truly I am very grateful for you all!!
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