advice for people who aspire to be artists?
(your question is quite vague so i’m not sure which kind of advice you’re looking for exactly, but i hope this will help you anyway!)
- please accept this humble offering
- okay kiddi—no, actually, i’m not kidding. don’t be afraid to start. pick up a pencil, pen, whatever, and scribble your heart out! of course you’ll suck in the beginning. we all do. just draw on the arms of whoever gives you crap for it 👍
- don’t think too much
- what i mean is: do think about anatomy. do think about composition. do think about colours. don’t think about wanting to make “good art”. focus on the task at hand and do your best. quality will come naturally with experience.
- dive right in and draw until you hit a wall >> step back, evaluate your art, look for mistakes (get an outsider’s opinion) >> find references and tutorials that will help you fix those mistakes
- try to get involved in a community that can give you feedback! don’t be afraid to ask friends to check your art for mistakes (even non-artist friends)
- positivity! i’m a big advocate for training yourself to approach tasks with an optimistic mindset, and it’s taken me a long time to adopt that habit, but once i did it’s done wonders (you’ll start to see the works of people who are better than you as inspiration rather than competition, you’ll laugh at your own mistakes, others will enjoy giving you feedback etc!)
- don’t badmouth your own art or negate someone’s compliment. don’t do it. please. i know it will feel like you’re being narcissistic, but think about it from the pov of the one who compliments you: you’re basically telling them that they’re wrong and that they shouldn’t like this thing you made. and if even the creator can’t stand up for their work why should anyone else? believe in yourself! no one expects everything you make to be perfect
- try to accept all constructive criticism
- remember that you’re not your art; if someone doesn’t like your art that doesn’t mean they don’t like you