Love all of these!
Here is mine Good luck, everyone!
Love all of these!
Here is mine Good luck, everyone!
Love all of the entries coming in!! Here is mine
Last week during one of @Will-Terry 's painting sessions (I think.. it may have been the podcast) @Lee-White mentioned how when he was in art school he mentally had a 100 bad painting number before he put any pressure on himself (or something like that) Well... that really stuck with me and I have been mulling it over in my mind since I heard it.
SO often I am just crazy paralyzed because I feel like I have to produce something "good" to be taken seriously.. and not even really seriously by anyone else, mostly myself. So.. I think I am going to tackle this. This will be my thread for my paintings... I hope not all 100 will be bad, and my aim is not to be self deprecating at all.. that is really the last vibe I want to give off. The point is that it is a low pressure way that I can experiment and grow without having to feel like I have something to prove.
I'd like to document it on the forum to keep myself accountable. Feel free to give any critiques or comments or just to watch what will hopefully be my growth and development!
Once again! Love seeing everyone’s projects!
Hello! This is month I am going to be trying to simplify and focus on design and composition. I have a really hard time focusing on one style of illustration because there are so many people I admire out there, and most of them are doing vastly different things. I have been working through "Creative Compositions" and it has been super helpful- I can't wait to see how I am able to implement the things I have been learning into more drawings.
I am also trying to work through characters, which is naturally a weak spot for me, but is becoming more enjoyable as I try to simplify!
Love seeing what everyone is doing here.
Hello! I’ve been messing around with brushes and color palettes the last few days. It’s been really fun. I’m enjoying just making stuff. I often feel like I can make things for me, but as soon as there is an audience in mind I freeze up- so I’m trying to figure out some processes to keep it lighthearted and yet challenging- like a puzzle
I completely agree with what everyone is saying. It was really fun and challenging to be able to hone in on one piece. I found myself daydreaming thumbnails and playing around with so many more ideas within my initial concept than I thought were possible. It certainly highlighted some growth areas for me- but it was good to get a piece out there, as @Lee-White and @LauraA said, that was the best I could do right now. I think sometimes when we don't push ourselves to do that, we are either better or worse in our heads than in actuality. It was really helpful to get a pulse on reality. Thanks a lot for this one.
@xin-li - This was really fun! I love this sort of thing.. thanks for sharing!
I also struggle with social media.. it is so draining. I am glad I'm not alone!
Hi @Tristan-Lapetz !
I haven't listened to that episode in awhile, but I remember listening to it when I was getting started. I personally don't think that the number of sketch books matter... I would read or listen to "Ultralearning" by Scott Young before you really make a gameplan and maybe "So Good They Can't Ignore You" and/ or "Deep Work" by Cal Newport. I think you could fill 7 sketchbooks with things that will not move your needle forward and you could fill 7 sketchbooks that could completely change your work. You have to think about what you are trying to accomplish, develop taste, experiment, and always (especially with illustration) remember that the skills you are learning are communication tools... I think its so easy to get lost in the trap of just pushing the pencil... I spent a long long time in that trap- that's why I responded to this- so hopefully you don't!
I 100% think sketch booking is important and I think you should do it and I think you should fill 7 sketch books- but I would just be less focused on the number of pages and more focused on why you are doing the exercise- if that makes sense.
If you do start- I hope you post! I would love to see what you are up to!
I totally deal with this too!
I have limited childcare and when I have childcare and I can't sit down and do something it is SO frustrating. I have found that in those times I stick an audiobook on and do random admin/ tidying so that I am set up for the next time. If I push through and try to draw something awesome or give up and watch TV it makes it worse.. so I clean my office, send some agent queries, do research and development, re read (or even copy out) the manuscript to see if I missed anything I can bring to it, or sometimes I just get paints out and play with random layerings and shapes . Since I started doing that.. I struggle with this less often. I think the anxiety of not being able to draw make it way worse- its a vicious cycle. So I TRY to acknowledge the struggle and say "ok well this is here today, what am I going to do about it so I don't completely get behind"
This is such a good thread. I am loving reading how everyone deals with this!
@carlianne This video was awesome. Thanks for sharing. I have loved seeing all of your posts on here and instagram, but hadn't watched any of your YouTube videos before... I LOVED seeing your fun personality in front of the screen. I definitely subscribed! Congratulations!!
In the last critique arena they mentioned the format would be changing.. is that for this month as well? Just curious what it will look like
This is tricky. I am running into sort of the same thing. Basically I am learning that I have been getting better way faster by doing MORE lower paying jobs. I am learning speed, skill, and communication at such an exponential rate compared to when I was just trying to work on my portfolio. I am not at the level where I can make what I want to per project yet... but I feel like I am playing the long game and I am getting there. I don't know what your art looks like (I'd love to see!) or what your financial situation is. I also see I your picture you have a baby (I have three- I get the time thing!) but that's what I have found in my own life. That was probably not super helpful lol. But, you're not alone in your ponderings... Best of luck!!