girl. GIRL. someday i am gonna scoop you up and make you my wife and take you to live in the big chicken with me
i do, it’s shifuusakurai
this is probably going to be an obvious/cliche/unhelpful answer, but: draw what you want, and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing!
i actually struggle a lot with being proud of my work and career, and i find it almost always comes about because i’m comparing myself to other people, which is incredibly easy to do when there’s SO MUCH TALENT out there on the interwebs. but as long as you covet someone else’s style or work or whatever, you’re going to be playing an eternal game of catch-up and it’s going to make you feel sad and unfulfilled. this is also cheesy, but think of your art as more of a journey, not an end goal. don’t get sad that what you produce doesn’t look like (insert other artist here)’s finished pieces, just enjoy the process of drawing or painting in the moment, doing studies and thumbnails, creating for the sake of creating. if you don’t enjoy your current process, try new things until you find one you like better! instead of drawing whatever subject matter anyone else seems to find interesting or cute or sexy, draw what YOU find most interesting or cute or sexy. try not to rely too much on outside sources of inspiration or looking for tutorials or any of that, it wastes time you could be spending on self-improvement and figuring things out on your own, in your own unique way. (the exception to this is studying art history and seeing the changes art has gone through over the ages, i think it opens your eyes to how many possibilities there really are.) it’s going to be rough and awkward and completely imperfect at first, but if you’re really devoting yourself to it i think you’ll learn and improve quickly, and as long as you keep learning and improving with every piece then there will always be something in your work you can be proud of, even if the overall picture isn’t perfect. don’t forget to look back on your old art every now and then, to see how far you’ve come! compare yourself to yourself, not other artists!
there’s also no shortage of self-professed art critics on the internet who just haaaaave to say something snide about your stuff, which can be a harsh blow to an already fragile artist ego if you let it get to you. unless you’ve specifically asked for critiques (or if they are your art teacher or paying client, of course — in which case you are creating for them, not you, and these rules don’t apply; separating yourself from your work a bit is essential here) don’t listen to these guys, even if they claim they’re trying to “help” — they don’t know anything about your art goals and they may have totally different art standards that they are trying to make you feel bad for not adhering to, and honestly, most of the anonymous internet critics don’t care about any of that, they just want to make themselves feel better by putting your work down. yeah, it’s completely fucking trite to say “haters are just jealous!” but as long as you’re constantly analyzing your work and finding ways to improve on your own, what right does a random stranger have to show up uninvited and tell you what your art should be? most skilled, accomplished artists don’t bother going around leaving dick comments on other peoples’ work, either, so……there is that.
anyway, i hope some of that textwall was helpful, and i wish you the best with your work!!
it’s a surface pro, and a while back i wrote some thoughts about it in this post. it’s not bad as a supplementary tablet, especially if you can get one for cheap like i did (woo ebay!)
hey, thank you! unfortunately i do not have any tutorials atm, sorry!