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This is a very long post but it’s something that’s been on my mind a while. It’s advice, if anything. I wanted to be a professional artist once, too.
So you want to be a professional artist. That’s wonderful! The world can always use more professional artists.
Now that you’ve decided you want to be a professional artist, there are some roads for you to take:
Become a Star Artist
You’re every gallery’s favorite. Your stuff is certain to bring in money. People are dying to get your stuff. Collectors pay big cash for what you make. You’re a big name in the art industry, easily recognizable. You can do whatever you want and people are sure to pay for it.
This will not happen unless
1) Someone in a high place takes an interest in your stuff and decides to sponsor you
2) Something happens and the public at large becomes extremely interested in your stuff, which in turn means someone wants to sponsor you.
Chances are neither thing will happen. This isn’t a road you can take unless it opens itself up first, so don’t aim for it.
I don’t necessarily wish for super popularity, just to be recognized for all the hard work I do. There isn’t anything spectacular about my artwork, and nothing that makes it super unique. I wish I knew how I could change that.
submitted by -tsukahime
Style develops on its own over time. Just keep at it, you’ll get there.
dear everyone who draws on paper and can’t use this tip for getting symmetrical eyes, you can still get some symmetry with freehanding
(swearing in image 2 btw
i-i wasn’t high when i made it or anything.)
I keep seeing these traditional vs digital art debates and one subject that always comes up is with regards to how digital art allows “cheating” and so traditional art has more value.
I’ll say this straight up as someone who spent five years at Fine Arts in university and dabbled in everything from sculpture to etching: that’s bullshit.
Yes, digital art has several tools which are not available to traditional artists. You can, for instance, stretch, lasso and move bits of the image instead of redrawing them. You can flip the image and work on the flipped version before flipping back. You can increase canvas size if you run out of room and you can crop off unwanted empty space. You can use palette generators, you can copy and flip bits of images to make perfectly symmetrical patterns. You can blur and sharpen, you can undo and redo, you can save the image at different points in completion so if you fuck up you can go back to something you liked better. You can color in layers, you can lock transparency so you don’t go over lines… the list goes on and on.
Some of these you can mimic with traditional tools - you can use a mirror to view a flipped picture, you can use transparent paper to copy a part of a picture and transfer it. There are ways to create symmetrical patterns with rulers. Some tools you can’t emulate, like saving the picture at different stages, or changing palettes with a simple hue/saturation shift.
But saying digital artists are “cheating” by using tools to get more precise results is like saying traditional artists cheat when they use a ruler to get a perfectly straight line. Is it much harder to do it without a ruler? Yes. Is it impressive if someone can do it? Yes, quite. Is it cheating to use a ruler? No. Excuse you if not everyone is able to get a perfectly straight line on paper without a ruler.
Of course it’s a good thing to learn how to do things without needing to resort to tools. But using tools to speed up a process isn’t a bad thing. You can get green paint by mixing blue and yellow paint, but that doesn’t mean people should permanently abolish paint that is already green. Hell, with enough patience, you can make a pinhole camera that you’ll get clear pictures out of - are we going to bash on other cameras just because there is another, more difficult method of taking photos?
Art isn’t about mediums competing to get the exact same result. It’s about getting the most out of your chosen medium, with its advantages and its restrictions. If you’re actively comparing two completely different mediums just because it’s possible to get similar results out of both, you’re doing it wrong.
Digital art is not traditional art. Etching is not painting. Carving marble is not sculpting clay. You could make a very similar-looking sculpture from marble and clay, but the process to get there was completely different, and neither is better than the other. They’re different methods.
Next time you screech at a digital artist for “cheating” because there is a tool available to them that isn’t available to traditional artists, remember that they are different fucking mediums. Just like clay is different from marble, because you can add and remove clay, but you can only remove marble.
Or idk you could keep on screeching and then I’ll find something to screech at you about, like. Man those traditional artists, look how they cheat by using paper with texture! True artists deal with the lack of texture, you know. That’s how you really do it.
collab with jnoyume for new VN project!!
yes yes I know I’ve been promising projects for months now but this time it’s actually seeing progress holy shit. We’ve actually written things!! I’ve coded things!! Art is being made!! it’s amazing you guys.
this time though I’ll keep info to myself mostly until we have at least 50% of the prologue done so I don’t disappoint anyone /goes to corner…
Cinderella Story by Min Jeong Seo
Read here the original story by The Brothers Grimm
…dat original story.
Headshot sketch commission for Megan whose Tumblr name I don’t know omg ):
Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Zetsubou shitaaaaaaaa-ing.
Or “what happens when you add someone who wants porn and someone who won’t draw explicit porn”.
DRAWING THIS STUFF IS REALLY EMBARRASSING YOU GUYS…
(this is more hair porn than anything that hair would be so tangled irl…)