Not a day goes by that I don't ask questions to myself while I do my work. In the end I feel better afterwards.
Looking forward to meeting a lot of you fellow artists. I'll most likely be lurking for a while till I get a hang of conceptart.org.
Happy trails folks.
Wow! There are a lot of emoticons.
As noah said most of these are valid questions but theyve been answered loads of times before and could easily be found with a quick search
which would save a lot more time than just opening an account to ask a question and never returning again. That and some questions are opinion related is it better to draw with a pencil or pen, what kind of paint should I use theres no right answer for them kind of questions and the only way you would find out is to experiment with them.
This post is good, very good, but I think we need to take a step back and differentiate something. That not every complaint is whining and at times people do feel like bonafide failures and instead bury themselves in work.
I was and still am one of them.
Burying yourself in your work is one of the worst things you can do as it is escaping from the fact you still, deep down, feel like a big failure at the core. This requires counseling. I thought for years I was whining until recently I had an emotional breakdown and thought "perhaps this is NOT normal".
You owe it to yourself to take criticism but not kill your self esteem just to improve as an artist. The two cannot go hand in hand or else your life will be in shambles.
very cool and to th point
@OP : Well said.
@Whisper: A Person need to be able to step back and separate himself from his creation to receive critique, the art may contain the artists imprint, maybe even a fragment of his soul but it is not the artist himself and as such he is not the one being reviewed.
I did take a review personally once when I just started in class and was very defensive which I later regretted felt ashamed at, but I never lost confidence in my talent and past that point I learned not to take critique negatively, a constructive critique means a person is trying to help me which is a good thing even if I don't need her/his help or I disagree with his/her assessment.
If there is a final lesson I learned from going to animation school is that you have to develop some confidence, stick to your guns respectfully when you have to(teachers can be wrong too), and realize (respectfully) that even if Vilpuu himself ,in a phenomenal act of generosity, came and gave you a critique, he is just a Hue'maan and it is up to you to decide to yourself if what he says is right for you.(and regardless don't forget to thank people for taking the time to try to help you)
TL;DR: Self-Esteem problems should never arise from a critique, if they do then it means the person already had very little confidence as an artist and the reality is that if they were actually focused on doing art they wouldn't be so focused on all that negative brooding.
(and yeah to sleep now)
Last edited by LightandDark; June 28th, 2012 at 09:08 PM. Reason: added somethin
Well, I appreciate the intention behind this thread. Way too many people spend ALL -not some- ALL of their mental energy and time on the net, just looking at tutorials that they NEVER follow, and looking at art and artists to get 'Inspired' by, but then never even pick up a pencil, for weeks at a time! ( Yeah YOU, you know who you are, LOL!)
I agree that in most cases all the questions mentioned above are simply time wasting excuses not to buckle down and do the hard work that simply CAN NOT be skipped by using any 'secret tips'.
With all that being said, some of us are not begginer artists. I have drawn traditionally for my own pleasure all my life, and now in my 30's I have discovered the digital tools that allow me to work faster and without spending all my paycheck in expensive art materials (Photoshop & Wacom tablet).
Even though I'm not a begginer in art, I'm a total noob when it comes to digital painting.
No matter how much artistic ability you might have, if you're simply lost in the software, you just wont get any decent results.
You see, when someone like myself asks questions about how to use the software, or what resolutions are more appropriate for eventual printed sizes, I'm not trying to cut corners in my art, I ask because digital media is something entirely new to me, and I thought a community such as CA, would be the best place to get pointers and help on these subjects.
Now you see, that for some of us, getting dismissed with a cold: "Don't make excuses, just go draw!", might sometimes be just plain offensive.
Just my two cents.
Last edited by Holydivered7; June 29th, 2012 at 11:54 AM.
By your token, we all should NEVER visit this site and simply wander aimlessly for hours on the net, because all it takes is a "Simple Google search" to find all the answers!
I don't mean to be abrasive, but telling someone to go search about concept art somewhere ELSE than at "Conceptart.org" sounds contradictory and self defeating.
You simply have proven my point about how useless and egotistical certain types of responses can be.
There is a photoshop section to direct questions, but googling the site with photoshop might lead you to the answer you were looking for. A lot of people just can't be arsed to do the minimum and expect it laid out for them on a plate. Members here have been answering the same questions since the site began.
in CA i found A really hard worker artists , they draw thousands of pic just to get , and this is the key of success .....
Maybe "shut up and draw" works for some people but it doesn't work for me. It makes me more frustrated and lost. I really do like having support especially when I feel frustrated. Call it emo, pathetic, overly sensitive, lazy, or attention whoring if you want. I don't care. If you don't cry you don't get titty.
Preach! Great post!
How arrogant some can become.O well..There is definitely some ppl I am gonna stop watching on DA.
Sorry I don't have any examples of my work,
I'll try to get some up when I feel ready and more confident,
I hope you can appreciate my honesty and be a little patient with my lack of contribution.