The Art of Doing it Yourself
I’m about to get on my soap box here, very afraid of what I’m going to say, but the more I think about this… trend(?), the more I think it needs to be brought up.
So a lot of artist get questions about techniques, tutorials, the dreaded brush settings and the like. Whenever I get a message like that, I try to answer them as straight forward as possible so nothing can be misinterpreted or unclear. But the underlying message in all the posts I send out is that you need to actually DO the art and practice in order to understand what I mean.
I feel there’s a tendency to ask questions towards artist for the right answer rather than asking yourself and doing something to get the answer. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions, especially when you’re confused or unsure about something, but if it’s the same question with similar answers by many different artist…? It doesn’t hurt to ask for a little help, but if it’s something that you can learn yourself, why not spend the time and do the research?
Getting basic foundation advice is important, but after that, learning and educating yourself would lead to a more refined development. Learning is slow and painful, confusing, and really frustrating but the result, experience, understanding, and personal improvement you gain has far more worth than a paragraph of words giving generic advice.
You don’t learn how to play the piano by watching a video of someone playing it, using the grandest of pianos, or getting someone to explain music theory to you, it’s the years of practice and the motivation to do well that gets you there. The external stuff can be useful, but there’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and getting to work that really helps you learn and figure out what exactly you’re getting into.
Perhaps it’s unfair of me to say everyone should learn the hard way, mainly because everyone learns differently and there’s no one way to get the right answer. But I feel there’s more merit to taking the time to learn things for yourself, by yourself? Then again, the people who usually ask questions are those who already tried it themselves, right? They went through the years of effort already and they just need that extra boost to get over that speed bump, right? I dunno, I’m not your mother or you, I shouldn’t tell you what to do or how to feel about this.
Anyway, I should probably get off my high horse because I’m just some rando artist on the internet who draws trees, and anime, and stuff, but I encourage you all to use the time spent asking questions and waiting for an answer to going out and finding personal solutions yourself. I will continue to answer questions and try to help you out when you need it. But if the problem can be solved with a little more thinking, time, and some elbow grease, I’m probably going to say “Practice with patience!″. Remember, it’s never to late too get into art, age doesn’t matter, so take your time and really invest in your work!