Reminders to myself (and any other artsy people who follow me i guess)
#probably the best ive heard
#should print this
-You don’t get better at drawing by avoiding drawing until you are better at drawing.
- You don’t have to make a new masterpiece every day it’s okay if all you drew is a doodle of a bug. You are now +1 bug doodle better at doodling bugs.
- Also it’s okay if the thing you drew didn’t turn out very good. Everything you draw makes you one step closer to being able to draw good. You are still +1 step better at drawing whatever you drew no take backsies.
- You are the only person who knows if your art didn’t turn out as good as you wanted it to. You are the only person who can see the things in your art that weren’t what you imagined in your head. No one else will know unless you tell them.
- Comparing yourself to other artists just isn’t fair. You get to see all of your art, the best stuff and the worst stuff. You usually only get to see the best stuff other artists make. You don’t get to see that half drawn badly propotioned face they drew at 2 am and immediately scrapped. So don’t compare your badly drawn 2 am face to their best work.
- Just keep making art. The only way you can really fail is if you give up.
A superb fuck-ton of clothing references.
Obviously two of the images are too large to see on tumblr (because tumblr’s an asshole, sometimes), so simply reverse-image search ‘em and click on the largest size. The one on the left is quite helpful for cloth in general, and the one on the right is just for creating lace.
[From various sources]
Hey I started a webcomic about 6 months ago with no idea what I was doing, and it never once crossed my mind until now to ask, but what sort of advice do you have for someone just getting into comics? Specifically in the online space.
1. Webcomics are one of the only places where you can do whatever you want with no one to answer to. Take advantage of it. Do the stories that you’ve always wanted to read but have never been able to find. Don’t make choices just based on what you think will be popular.
2. That said, learning to take criticism is a must! A lot of webcomics criticism is…not exactly constructive, but occasionally there will be a nugget of wisdom. Learn what to take to heart and what’s just noise.
3. Don’t be afraid to learn, experiment, and grow! If it’s your first longform comic, it’s some of the best comics education you can get.
4. This one isn’t applicable to every comic, but it’s important to me: be on time. Especially if you’re just starting out. Figure out your update schedule and stick to it. Have several pages drawn in advance so you’re not working up to the last minute. Updating on time shows your readership that you’re dedicated to the story and that you can consistently be relied upon to provide it. Obviously hiatuses have to happen sometimes, but if you’re new you can lose a lot of readers by not updating consistently when you’re getting started.
5. Keep on truckin’. Do it for the story and not for the fame and mad riches (because uh…there really isn’t any of that). It takes time and patience to build an audience, but having even just a few people care about the story you’re telling is an amazingly rewarding experience.
#this is so beautiful I'd love to do this
An open call to action to ALL artists everywhere!
All artists, (that means students and professionals, painters and cartoonists, sculptors and illustrators, animators and fine artists, EVERYONE who creates) this September 2nd is World Art Drop Day. Wherever you find yourself that day, drop a piece of your art and tell someone where to find it. The world needs this right now. We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there’s nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving.
I recently just finished a cross-country art drop this summer and it was exhilarating. The emails and responses I received from the finders ran the gamut of funny to touching. I want that for everyone!
Here’s how it works:
- Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
- Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both.
- Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media of your choice. Be sure to included the hashtag: #artdropday
- Then move on, hoping someone finds it. OR hang around and meet your new friend.
I need your help spreading the word on this. Reblog it, retweet it, facebook it, or even tell someone in person!
September 2nd, lets connect the whole planet with art!
This seems really enjoyable hoho~ I’ll be dropping some art around Manhattan and maybe Brooklyn (don’t let me forget).
Hi! I was wondering how you feel about your design job? What kind of things do you design, and do you enjoy it? I recently graduated college and I've always been afraid of hating my job, however I've been thinking maybe I should just suck it up and do something I dislike if it means I can do something I like on the side, (like drawing). What do you think?
Well, there are good things and bad things.
I do design for a company that caters to politicians, political parties, and a few big companies. In this way it is very demanding, so many edits, so many opinions, and at the end of the day there is little creative freedom. My skill sets are used to make other people’s visions come through and I really don’t get much input into what would look good because they are often very stuck in what they think something should be.
That being said my co-workers/bosses are great and make up for everything I don’t like. I work 40+ hours a week, and being around people you like really makes it possible for me to keep up the grind.
I worried about having a job I didn’t like too. I mean in most lives lived there will be many jobs we don’t like having. I think that is one of the biggest lies our generation has been fed—grow up and do well and you’ll have a job you love. It isn’t true, at least not this early in our lives. Sometimes we do have to just wake every morning and work to survive. Every job we have pushes us closer to having our ideal career, so I try to look at it like that.
#shitballs I should get my act together
My painted shorts came out beautiful! I stole the idea off this blogger who painted the Martinique Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper pattern on shorts for a charity auction and as a DIY feature for her blog. Well, I wanted a pair too!
This is regular acrylic paint with liquitex’s fabric medium mixed in. Although liquitex’s medium didn’t specify, I also set the paint with an iron since most fabric paints require that. So far I’ve worn them around the house with no problems of stiffness or cracking. Fingers crossed it stays that way, though I think it could also look kind of cool “distressed.”