Submitted by http://satans-cactus.tumblr.com/
Left-handedness has nothing to do with artistic ability D: I know some amazing artists who are left-handed. You probably just don’t hear that they are.
Have you ever seen an artist online and thought “damn, she/he’s amazing”?
And when you happen to find out the person’s age (at least for me) there are two possibilities:
1. if the person is older than you, you think “I have X years to catch up to that person’s talent, and then I may be as awesome as them!”
But if 2. the person is younger, you feel desperate, because you feel like you should be as good as them (or better) already.
I know this is silly, and EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN PACE (this is important!!!), and every single piece of art is different and should not be compared like that, but this happens. I know I feel like I should sit and practice a lot more than I usually do or else I’ll feel left behind.
I do not want to be one of these people that make others say “I should give up on drawing” or stuff like that. It’s very sad.
Sorry for the long text, and for any writing mistakes, as english is not my first language.
submitted by -sayfarewell
Hey kiddo. We have a lot of coincidences going here.
I’m also Brazilian. My name ends in -milla! I could’ve been in college when I was 16 (I missed the deadline for Fuvest the year I graduated from HS, so I was in college when I was 17, instead). I was already good at drawing then. In a lot of ways, I was you, 12 years ago. I distinctly remember people’s reactions when I told them my age. They treated me like some kind of genius, and a genius is what I felt like.
I wasn’t a genius, you know? I wasn’t half as good as I thought I was.
And neither are you. You’re not half as good as your confession makes it seem like you are.
I know everything about people treating you like a young prodigy and the overwhelming pressure that comes with it. I know everything about how other people treat you when they think you’re better than them. And my only advice to you is: get your head out of your ass while you’re still young. Climb down from that pedestal while you’re ahead.
If you don’t, someone who is better than you (and younger than you) will come along and you’ll get knocked right off of it, and that’ll hurt a lot more than learning humility now.
Maybe you don’t realize it but this secret comes across as rubbing your perceived talent in people’s faces. You sound full of yourself, even if that’s not what you mean to sound like.
Realize that age doesn’t mean anything. Heck, even being good doesn’t mean all that much. There are better people out there and there will always be. All you can do is keep working at it, and if someone else thinks you’re better, try and be an inspiration for them.
And take care of yourself, eh? I was out of school when I was 16 but that meant I was even less ready for life than my peers. I had no idea what I was doing and I wish I had someone to tell me this back then instead of people ooh-ing and aah-ing at how amazing I was (I wasn’t).
It isn’t that I’m not trying hard enough; It just won’t stick in my brain. it’s like how I am with math: I can study it, but its like it just slips through the cracks…it really frustrates me.
I drew something that I was pretty proud of, and posted it online, only for it to be received with a few comments about the bad anatomy.
I think I’ll stick to coloring for other people…
submitted by -Anonymous
I am a firm believer that if you can’t learn something as well as other people, it’s because the method of learning isn’t as fitting for you as other people. Which doesn’t mean you can’t learn it - it means you can, but not the way you’re being taught. This is a problem with math, especially - the traditional way of teaching it doesn’t work for a lot of people, so they end up thinking they’re bad at math - nope, they’re just not being taught right.
If you don’t think you’re learning, try a different approach! There is no single way to learn anything.
That said, two years is actually a very short time, especially if you’re young. I’ve been drawing for over 20 and I’m still nowhere near anatomy mastery. I know it’s frustrating (it frustrates me that I’m not good at backgrounds even though I’m still learning) but don’t give up! D:
Submitted by -Anonymous
Admin note: escher-girls is not a source - the artist in question is kikkawa kabao though, me thinks, correct me if I’m wrong
What’s an embarrassment to the community is consistently stretching female characters - purposefully - beyond the point of physically possible to show off their ~assets~ in every goddamn shot.
Okay, let’s get this straight.
You will not progress while drawing only from head and in style. The fact is, this way leads to stagnation and therefore it is wrong. You see, artists are not symbolists - they are illusionists, they’re making illusions of things on a canvas or whatever they’re drawing on. Therefore, you need to study life in order to find out how this all works, to get skills like sense of form, sense of space and color. And the whole idea of recommending studying anatomy to a person without sense of form is utter bollocks.
Submitted by anonymous
Art by novawuff
I’m so confused by this confession - it says you need to study life to find out how this works and then says you shouldn’t recommend studying anatomy to a person without sense of form and I’m like ??? isn’t the whole point of studying anatomy figuring out how things work and getting a sense of form for the thing you’re studying
You’ve lost me, anon
(this is a confession about this page)
Honestly. This makes me mad, mostly because I’ve posted here twice already. The first time I got about 55 comments which were all telling me that my art was trash and I was a ‘special snowflake’ and I actually remember nearly tearing up. My second time was much more of a neutral confession, and I didn’t get too many comments, around 30, and they all said the same thing (the confession was about bases); bases are theft. I was cool with that.
I have internet friends (ESPECIALLY on Deviantart) who can’t stand this page because everyone is rude and I know a deviant (don’t remember her username, sorry) who actually erased her Deviantart because she was stressing out over people complaining about her art in the comment sections.
Personally, I’ve grown to love this page. I hated it at first, but people AREN’T rude, guys! They’re honest!
I think people who do comment on things aren’t trying to ruin your art career. They’re trying to help people. And if they don’t agree with you, they’ll say so. They may know something you don’t, etc.
So to people who think people are rude on A-C, they’re not.
-subbmitted by ninjabuuu
No particular comment on whether or not the people in the comments are rude, but I felt the need to say something because
You can be both rude and honest. In fact, most rudeness stems from honesty. Saying “it’s not rude, it’s honest!” doesn’t stick because they’re not mutually exclusive.
It’s entirely possible to be honest and polite, too. Honesty is not an excuse for rudeness, most of the time.
am i supporsed to honestly think that u can improve this fast?? i mean from where u started? idk i just think it gives ppl false hope cause ive been posting my art for like 3 years online and i havent suddenly poof IMPROVED like this so i don;t mean to be rude but get how this can happen
image from- http://fav.me/d607x75
-submitted by Anonymous
It can most definitely happen, it just takes a lot of dedication and more hours of practice than most people are able to squeeze in.
I don’t get why people draw anime???? Like seriously, just STOP! Big eyes and cute faces is ok every now and again but when your entire DA gallery is ALL anime?? You should probably try something different! You’re never going to improve if you just keep drawing the same things over and over!!
It just makes me so angry! I hate seeing anime everywhere!! STOP DRAWING ANIME SO MUCH!
screen cap of http://spruik.deviantart.com/ ’s gallery
submitted by -Anonymous
NO I DO WHAT I WUNT
YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME
This seems….awfully suspicious….
As mentioned in the picture, art is by Meago. “Characters” by LaMisere. And respecting copyrighted characters belong to Nintendo and Lucasfilms/Disney.
submitted by -Anonymous
i don’t think this is stealing so much as just flat-out not trying.
Stealing and not trying aren’t mutually exclusive. It can be both. Not trying doesn’t negate theft.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but “referencing from a photo” doesn’t mean copying it so perfectly you can even recognise the person on it and then adding sparkly fantasy effects, and when it’s done selling it claiming it’s 100% your work (even if the original is credited, I just don’t feel like it’s okay to call this only “referencing” when it’s clearly more than that.)
Art by sanguisGelidus
submitted by -Anonymous
Speaking as someone who painted over photos once - if this was painted directly over the picture, it’s tracing. If not, it’s eyeballing. Definitely not just referencing, but definitely not tracing, either.
That said, even if it was just eyeballing, legally it’s not acceptable to sell it as original work unless the artist owns the rights to the photo. Period.