For artists, sculptors, model-makers, doll clothes designers,animators & photographers
Please tumblr make this happen, the models they sell at art stores suck.
Reblogging, because I really want this to happen! O: 68 hours to go people!
Reblogging the ffffff outta this. the mannequins in art stores are ridiculously expensive considering how USELESS they are as reference. This is definitely something we need! Please spread this around and contribute to the kickstarter if you can!
“I want to have your talent, i wish i had your skills.”
“How are you so good at art, how did you get this good”
I get those questions countless times, and almost everyday and i almost always answer with the same phrase, 5% talent, 95% work. Let me tell you my secret of being an artist.
Look at the pictures up there, do these look like schoolbooks to you? no? exactly!
Those are the sketchbooks, and piles of paper i had drawn in and on the last four years, and those don’t even include bigger paper sizes and the drawings in my notebooks from when i still went to school.
quite a lot hm?
What i want to say with those is that the greatest advice i can give for becoming a better artist is simple: pracise. hell, practise your ass off! Draw until your pencil blows smoke and your hand hurts and your brain actually gets out of ideas.
I’ve been spending a lot of my time and put my whole heart in my art back then, and i still do, art is my passion and greatest way of expressing myself.
What helps me most for improving and getting inspired is going to places where i could find inspiration, this can be a bigger city where you can observe people and buildings, observing the night sky while taking a walk through your hometown, visit and explore ruins of ancient builings, ravines, mountains, or simply spend some time in woods with a stream nearby and where you can hear the soft rustling of the leaves.
Open your mind for the things around you, try to understand them instead of avoiding the different and suspect. Talk to other artists about their experiences and lifes, experiment with things and different media.
Make up stories in your mind, write them down, give them a life with characters with unique personalities. I, for my part, have written quite a few stories and made a lot of characters, and created three whole universes with different concepts till now.
That is a great way to create inspiration through yourself.
The important thing is to believe in yourself.
Accept the fact that there will always be someone better, or at least someone you will look up to as artist, but remember to not look at them with envy, i promise you will not come very far when getting frustrated about someone else being better than you in your opinion.
And age is not a factor here, everyone has a different way and speed of learning.
But i also promise that there will be people who look up to you, and with each step you make, with each tiny thing you learn, there will be more, and the ones already here will admire your art even more.
And remember, you will always learn.
There is no limit in learning about different concepts, styles, ways of lining, sketching, colouring, different methods of art! maybe you enjoy grafitti more? maybe sculptures are your thing? maybe carving little figurines into pencils is your thing! Everyhing is possible, as long as you believe in youself!
And the best thing is, you can always get better and improve youself, there are literally endless possibilities, and there is no border as long as you have an open mind and are eager to experience the new.
An artist is not born with talent.
An artist learns their talent through their open mind and will to learn and grow.
The average sketchbook is about 20-50 sheets and costs between £2 and £17 depending on paper stock/binding.
You know a sheaf of copier paper is about 500 sheets. Costs £3- 5.
I get through about 2 of those a year.
Artists don’t get to where they are without constant practice! I keep everything even if I hate it, because I can learn from it, and even improve upon it. I don’t even have a decent “art desk” or anything. I just draw when and where I can, until I run out of inspiration, and I have to seek it out again. This is a wonderful post.
Oh yes…So much of this right here…I may be so very far from where I actually want to be, but I’m so much better than what I used to be because of years of practice and tons of patience…And I’m sure that if I continue drawing like I do, I’ll continue to see more improvement! Never give up and keep pushing forward!
oh look at those great comments!
i think you guys should read those as well. thank you for your input, I am so glad my post inspires so many people and seems to be this much appreciated!
I was just sent a link to this stunningly /massive/ archive of character references, concept art and designs
the sheer amount of images they have here is ridiculous, all (most) of which is sourced correctly
thank you to the user who sent this to me
reblogging this here because this archive is absolutely incredible
Sometimes I get comments on DA that make me want to shove my head into a toaster
You had me at “Man, if people on here didn’t ask for money and things It would be a lot easier on me…..”
THIS. ALL OF THIS.
Reblogging this post because more people should see this.
YES this has happened to me far too many times. I’m not a big-name artist, but it doesn’t mean I do shit for free.