sketchlock:

kowabungadoodles:

pingass:

laubhaufen:

monkeyscandance:

speakslittle:

ashlee-ketchum:

abakkus:

fishwifemcguinn:

hilarydesign:

kurokotetsuya:

same

same

Pretty much

2003:

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2014:

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just fucking draw. don’t compare yourself to other people, don’t stop because you drew a lot last tuesday and you haven’t visibly improved. it takes time, effort, and a lot of perseverance. besides, no matter how “bad” you think you are, there’s still gonna be someone who thinks the stuff you produce is the best goddamn thing they’ve ever seen in their entire life. the artist you were five years ago would have their mind fucking blown by the artist you are today. so just draw a fuckton, because every new thing you draw is one drawing better than you were before.

I really needed this post

2003:

Trying my hand at shoujo always ended in a hilarious disaster.

2014:

Jumping on this post as well, because it is important to remember this at times.

2003:

2014:

13 year old me would be stoked to see where I am now. It’s really good to look back sometimes and appreciate how far you’ve come. And then imagine how much further you can go when you keep drawing.

2001:

2014: 

Even though I want to laugh my head off at my old stuff… it really is important to look at how far you’ve come in time.
And I think it’s not only good for yourself but for young artists / beginners as well, to see how other artists started out. So they see that no one is a great artist right off the bat.

2007:

2014:

It has already been eight years wow man.

This post gives me so much strength, i love to see everyone’s progress please do it too…

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2014:

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I’m a total sucker for progression things ahh

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I remember that it took me several hours to get what I got in 2007 while I literally just speedpainted the one on the right in maybe 16-30 minutes (I forgot to time). But yes, ALWAYS REMEMBER, YOU GET BETTER. 

2004 and the height of my Pirates of the Caribbean obsession:

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2014, Crowley for a friend:

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A message from cyrilvamp
Just so you know you're a flawless creature and I love you and all of your artwork. I've just dropped out of art school, it really took all of my passion out of me. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get my groove back?

engelmech:

littlefroggies:

My advice for losing passion or drive is kinda different than most my friends so take that with a grain of salt, but I can only say what’s worked for me: Make yourself work. Doesn’t matter what you’re working on, don’t let yourself sit around not doing anything. You don’t have to take on, like, your opus or anything… but you need to be doing something with your art. You need to make a project, and hold yourself accountable for finishing it. Even if it looks like trash or its a failed experiment, its okay to make bad stuff. You learn from making bad stuff. Just keep your hands busy, keep your brain busy.

If I waited for when I felt my “groove” or had passion for it, I’d probably be out of a job because there was a 3 month period not long ago when I was burnt out and tired of drawing/writing, but I had to cuz its my job. I did good work I was proud of, regardless of being in my groove. I just had to find a motivation that wasn’t passion for those 3 months… which turned out to be “fear of not getting paid” and “refusing to drop quality.”

I am not of the opinion people should only work when they feel inspired. Sometimes, you just have to do it. You have to sit down and work. You have to find a reason to keep going at it during the times when the passion isn’t there, cuz the passion will not always be there.

like I said, take my advise with a grain of salt. This is what’s worked for me and how I function.

This is very good advice.

I also find that it can help to do a *different* kind of art to build up your groove. I got burned out on digital art after I had 3 big projects plus working full time in a one-month span, so I took a break from photoshop and did a lot of mixed media arts & crafts. I had another friend take up glassblowing when she lost her passion for jewelry-making.

starwars:

Artist of the Week - Terese Nielsen

tartii:

kikiface:

succulentthighs:

"Ahh your art is great, you’re a natural!"

Nah son it’s just years of practice and hard work.

"Oh my gosh you have a natural talent!"

NAH SON IT’S JUST YEARS OF PRACTICE AND HARD WORK. 

"You have a gift!"

SON.

"No, really! There’s no way I could draw like that, no matter how long I tried!"

Not with that attitude.

juliedillon:

Imagined Realms: Book 1
I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Imagined Realms, an annual art publication featuring positive and diverse representations of women in fantasy and science fiction. Each book will feature 10 exclusive and new illustrations created by me specifically for the book.  

Available for purchase are the printed books, 6”x8” and 11”x14” print packs that have all 10 illustrations, limited edition fine art giclees, and a downloadable process video showing my digital painting method. 
Please check it out and spread the word! The more successful this first book is, the faster I can Book 2 completed. :) 

juliedillon:

Imagined Realms: Book 1

I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Imagined Realms, an annual art publication featuring positive and diverse representations of women in fantasy and science fiction. Each book will feature 10 exclusive and new illustrations created by me specifically for the book.  

Available for purchase are the printed books, 6”x8” and 11”x14” print packs that have all 10 illustrations, limited edition fine art giclees, and a downloadable process video showing my digital painting method. 

Please check it out and spread the word! The more successful this first book is, the faster I can Book 2 completed. :) 

I just don’t get it when people say they don’t have the “talent” for art. 

Because i feel like that shows a lack of understanding how much work people put into their crafts. I mean, yes it possible to be unable to do something— a tone deaf person probably won’t be a good musician. But a colorblind person can be a painter. It basically comes down to finding your weaknesses and practicing until they’re no longer a weakness (for me, that was the ability to draw hands), drawing in such a way as to hide that weakness (when I couldn’t get a handle on body proportions I would just draw portraits of people’s faces), or emphasize that weakness to the point of satire to show you’re not afraid, which is another way of turning a weakness into a strength (like I couldn’t paint with smooth brushstrokes so I would full on impressionist paint splotch that shit). 

It’s work, hard work and requires a lot of patience and practice but you can get there. ‘There’ being the place where you can look at something you’ve created and go “Hey… that’s actually pretty good.”

But for you to draw a picture— without any training, without having practiced recently (which, let me show you some of the h̶o̶r̶r̶o̶r̶s̶ things that I’ve drawn after not drawing at all for 6+ months…) and when you don’t like how it turns out, you decide that means you don’t have the talent for it. 

What, do you think artists come out of the womb with perfect skills? We don’t. Some very very few artists are naturally talented— that 16 year old classmate you had that could do photo-perfect portraits, maybe— but they’ll never advance past ‘good’ into ‘great’ without practice and hard work.

That’s what it takes to be an artist. They have these sayings:

1% inspiration and 99% perspiration

and

20% talent and 80% hard work

and my favorite

10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will,
5% pleasure, 50% pain, and 100% reason to remember the name

These sayings exist for a reason.

If you’ve got other things you want to dedicate your time to, and that’s fine. That’s good, even. We should do the things we enjoy! But if art is something you admire, something you aspire to, I don’t understand why you’ve written off even trying.

Maybe it’s laziness— because I don’t know how many times I can emphasize that, for art, hard work and dedication means more than talent could ever aspire to.

Maybe it’s a fear of failure. If you don’t try, no one can say that you didn’t succeed? Except that art isn’t something you “win” at. You measure your success by improvements made.

20 years ago I was drawing stick figures and balloon people.

10 years ago I was drawing above-the-waist anime portraits with mismatches eyes and faces always in 3-quarters perspective.

5 years ago I could only draw people standing or sitting in rigid, awkward poses, and what are backgrounds anyway?

I’m still working on the backgrounds but at least I think about them now. And my hands and faces are rad.

I say it again: You measure your success by improvements made. Not by holding up your art to someone else’s dubious standard. Like a swimmer races against their previous best time, an artist works to make each piece of art better than the last one they made.

So maybe you tried to draw a dude in a tuxedo and you think it looks like balls.

I say unto you, look at pictures of tuxedos and tutorials of how to draw suits and pictures of dudes in suits and maybe youtube videos of guys in suits walking down a catwalk so you can see how the pieces fit together. And your next drawing of a dude in a suit will look better.

That’s succeeding at art. That’s being an artist. It has little to nothing to do with “talent.”

marthajefferson:

momorsa:
Louis Comfort Tiffany “Window design” late 19th–early 20th century.Watercolor, gouache, pen, red ink, and graphite on Bristol board, mounted on grey matt

marthajefferson:

momorsa:

Louis Comfort Tiffany “Window design” late 19th–early 20th century.
Watercolor, gouache, pen, red ink, and graphite on Bristol board, mounted on grey matt
daslandihrergeburt:

Ivan Aivazovsky, The Black Sea at night, 1879.

daslandihrergeburt:

Ivan Aivazovsky, The Black Sea at night, 1879.

pinkgabbercat:

Birds Rights Activist is the best twitter and sometime perfect satire

reapersun:

Okay, this mentality is hugely fucking problematic. I put my stuff on the internet to share with people who like the stuff I like, in a space that I’m in control of. People taking it and putting it elsewhere against my wishes is not “just how the internet works”, it’s a disrespectful practice perpetuated by assholes who just want to take stuff that’s not theirs and use it to get notes or earn money or what the fuck ever. If people really liked my work and had respect for me as an artist and A PERSON they would allow me to control where my own work is displayed, and stop assuming just because you CAN download it and put it somewhere else, means you SHOULD. I don’t even understand how people could NOT understand the artists’ desire to maintain control of their work?? I’M the one who spent hours making it, just because I let people see it and have access to a digital copy doesn’t mean I suddenly wave all rights to it or should not give a shit what people do with it. If there were a way to share without allowing people to save it, believe me, I would do that.
Also, it doesn’t matter how respectfully the work is taken. Consider a scenario here: the image is taken once, and put on instagram with credit. Then three other people see it from instagram. One puts it on pinterest with the tumblr source. The second puts it on weheartit with credit to the instagram, because hey, that links back to the source, that’s good enough, right? The third person forgets to link back at all, oh well. More people take it from all of those places, crediting any of those places in between. All of the different sources of this image mess with search engine algorithms and override the actual image source, making it harder to find. Someone from etsy looking for copyright free images to use on products finds one of these unsourced images and takes it and makes a bunch of money off it, hurting the artist financially and wasting their time as they struggle to get the products removed. Some idiot who wants to print out a bunch of johnlock porn to shock the actors on a talk show finds some reposted nsfw easily on google and suddenly an artist who just wanted to share their art with a few like-minded people is being mocked in front of millions of viewers. Eventually, the image comes full circle and is reposted on Tumblr with no credit, when it could have easily just been reblogged from the artist.
This is ignoring all of the people who lie about the source and claim they made it, which DOES HAPPEN despite your claim that it does not. People claim ownership, people trace, people copy the style, people do all kinds of things when they think they’ll get away with it.
This fucking happens. To almost all of the images I post. Multiple times. A day.
How hard is it for people to just decide NOT TO BE AN ASSHOLE AND STEAL IT? Why do people always come back to the artist with this bullshit “well if you didn’t want it stolen why did you put it up??” victim blaming garbage? How does that make any sense except to people who want an excuse to steal??
I’m going to publish this in case other people had this question burning on their mind and because I’m honestly so incensed that people even still ask this question after pretty much every internet artist has had to explain it a dozen times. However I hid their name because even though I’m really pissed off by messages worded this way I have nothing against them personally and don’t want to get them flooded with hate mail or whatever. I’d like to think you are honestly asking, but considering your message is worded like the millions of other messages artists get constantly questioning their rights to control how people share their work, with the standard assumption of my ignorance when it comes to “how things work” and undertone of judgement for thinking I would ever dare try to change “how things work”, forgive me if I’m skeptical.
People who ask questions like this, YOU just don’t want to accept that you have done something the artist dislikes, so you throw the blame back on the artist. YOU don’t want to change the comfortable little way you’re spending your time online taking others’ works, so you try to convince the artist it’s their fault and it won’t change. This is YOUR problem. Ask yourself if you really want artists to stop sharing their work with you and then decide whether that’s a viable solution to this issue.

This! REBLOG don’t repost! SOURCE YOUR FUCKING IMAGES!

reapersun:

Okay, this mentality is hugely fucking problematic. I put my stuff on the internet to share with people who like the stuff I like, in a space that I’m in control of. People taking it and putting it elsewhere against my wishes is not “just how the internet works”, it’s a disrespectful practice perpetuated by assholes who just want to take stuff that’s not theirs and use it to get notes or earn money or what the fuck ever. If people really liked my work and had respect for me as an artist and A PERSON they would allow me to control where my own work is displayed, and stop assuming just because you CAN download it and put it somewhere else, means you SHOULD. I don’t even understand how people could NOT understand the artists’ desire to maintain control of their work?? I’M the one who spent hours making it, just because I let people see it and have access to a digital copy doesn’t mean I suddenly wave all rights to it or should not give a shit what people do with it. If there were a way to share without allowing people to save it, believe me, I would do that.

Also, it doesn’t matter how respectfully the work is taken. Consider a scenario here: the image is taken once, and put on instagram with credit. Then three other people see it from instagram. One puts it on pinterest with the tumblr source. The second puts it on weheartit with credit to the instagram, because hey, that links back to the source, that’s good enough, right? The third person forgets to link back at all, oh well. More people take it from all of those places, crediting any of those places in between. All of the different sources of this image mess with search engine algorithms and override the actual image source, making it harder to find. Someone from etsy looking for copyright free images to use on products finds one of these unsourced images and takes it and makes a bunch of money off it, hurting the artist financially and wasting their time as they struggle to get the products removed. Some idiot who wants to print out a bunch of johnlock porn to shock the actors on a talk show finds some reposted nsfw easily on google and suddenly an artist who just wanted to share their art with a few like-minded people is being mocked in front of millions of viewers. Eventually, the image comes full circle and is reposted on Tumblr with no credit, when it could have easily just been reblogged from the artist.

This is ignoring all of the people who lie about the source and claim they made it, which DOES HAPPEN despite your claim that it does not. People claim ownership, people trace, people copy the style, people do all kinds of things when they think they’ll get away with it.

This fucking happens. To almost all of the images I post. Multiple times. A day.

How hard is it for people to just decide NOT TO BE AN ASSHOLE AND STEAL IT? Why do people always come back to the artist with this bullshit “well if you didn’t want it stolen why did you put it up??” victim blaming garbage? How does that make any sense except to people who want an excuse to steal??

I’m going to publish this in case other people had this question burning on their mind and because I’m honestly so incensed that people even still ask this question after pretty much every internet artist has had to explain it a dozen times. However I hid their name because even though I’m really pissed off by messages worded this way I have nothing against them personally and don’t want to get them flooded with hate mail or whatever. I’d like to think you are honestly asking, but considering your message is worded like the millions of other messages artists get constantly questioning their rights to control how people share their work, with the standard assumption of my ignorance when it comes to “how things work” and undertone of judgement for thinking I would ever dare try to change “how things work”, forgive me if I’m skeptical.

People who ask questions like this, YOU just don’t want to accept that you have done something the artist dislikes, so you throw the blame back on the artist. YOU don’t want to change the comfortable little way you’re spending your time online taking others’ works, so you try to convince the artist it’s their fault and it won’t change. This is YOUR problem. Ask yourself if you really want artists to stop sharing their work with you and then decide whether that’s a viable solution to this issue.

This! REBLOG don’t repost! SOURCE YOUR FUCKING IMAGES!

euclase2:

I often get notes from people who are worried because they think they will never be able to draw, so I asked some fanartist friends to help me prove how far you can go in a pretty short amount of time if you work hard.

Artists shown above:

Brightfallenstars
Kittrose
Everkings
Armellin
Tillieke
Euclase
Alice X. Zhang
Naturalshocks
Secondgoddess

Armellin: “I was afraid of digital art for quite a long time. I had to practice for four hours a day for almost a year to see results. And I still have so many things to improve.”

Kittrose: “See how terrible we all were at the beginning!”

Everkings: “I don’t progress as fast as some people, but I haven’t given up because of that. And I absolutely traced back then—we ALL trace to start, I think, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if you learn from it and keep going.”

Tillieke: “With hard work you can improve a lot. The first drawing in my DA gallery has all kinds of flaws, and I don’t even like it anymore, but I keep it there as a reminder.”