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April 11, 2013


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So you want to be an artist?

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 4:21 AM
One of the most encouraging things for me, being a part of DA, has been the ability to see the improvement and progress in other artists. And most of all, realizing that great artists all started out like you and me! At the same lowly beginner status. Is that not encouraging?!

But maybe you haven't realized this yet? XD I am amazed at the amount of discouraged deviant comments I read on DA. Especially under the work of great artists. "I will never draw that good." "I might as well quit.""My work sucks compared to this." And the most common: "I wish I could draw like this!"

Well, the good news is... you can! Yes, YOU! But, here is the catch... It is going to take a lot of work, and a lot of dedication. Studying, drawing... and yes, failing too. You will put years of daily work under your belt. So how serious are you? Well, this is the history of your favorite artists!

"Practice is the key to becoming an artist--all good artists come from cruddy ones who refused to give up!" - Saimain

All my growing up years I had this horrible fear of failure. I would rather not try then risk failing. Only in the last 5-10 years have I realized how much this has cost me. Failure is not an end. Not at all! It is only a step on the road to success. However, quitting, or not trying at all is an end. But it is an end that you choose.

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." - J.K. Rowling

Now, there is this little issue of talent. One of my most despised arguments with artists/writers is about talent. And my most despised point of view is from those that feel if you do not have the talent you will never learn. NOT TRUE! N-O-T! In my opinion talent speeds up the process. That is all. But even talent does not beat out passion. If you have a passion for art, you will learn, talent or no talent. Passion. Perseverance. Practice. The Ps to success! XD

And, lastly, never stop learning. NEVER! No matter how good you get, there will always be something to learn.

Alright! I am done with my ramblings! On to features! First though, an encouraging journal by the incredible artist RaSen
Advice for artists...While I don't know if I'm exactly qualified to give advice on the matter I was thinking about it while looking for tutorials on youtube and I can't get it out my head now. I've had alot of comments in the past from artists about them not being able to do things and I always tell them that they can but it seems like very few actually believe me. I notice that on other people's tutorials as well. People saying "I wish I could draw like that" and it stuns me that they don't know they can. I guess it shouldn't though...I remember thinking like that myself. I mean, if you asked me when I was 18 or 19 if I'd be able to draw/paint half the things I do now I would have laughed and said that there was no way in hell. I realize I've probably ranted on this before, maybe on some of the exact same subjects but...what the hell... one more time I swear.
Things I've learned about drawing:
* Unless you're just an incredibly fast learner, most tutorials are useless for beginners. Not saying you shouldn

:la: Improvement Memes to encourage you!! :la:
If you would like yours added in please let me know!

Improvement Meme - 2003 - 2012 by Sleyf 2000-2014 Art Improvement Meme by Saimain :Rez_With_Time: by RezwanaDimech Improvement Meme by anikakinkaImprovement meme by CrimsonChidori
Mrinx - 1997 vs. 2011 by mrinx 2000-2012 color images by Maria-Sandary
Meme - Improvement -Rilu- by Ai-Bee Before and After: Cougar Cub by Professor-R 2003 vs 2012 by Sheridan-J Draw This Again Meme by ThreshTheSky Before and After: Rapunzel by Professor-R Draw This Again Meme by Radittz Improvment Meme by Owlivia How Do You Measure A Year? by AlatusAquae Draw this again meme by VengefulSpirits Meme:Before and After -Dedde by LadyDeddelit Improvement Meme- GLs Light by Arkillian Sparrow old and new by popChar Draw this again by Tanya Bosyk by tanyabosyk Ivy Dream: Before And After by Isriana Draw this again meme by LittleKidsin :thumb320368183:

I hope seeing the improvement of these amazing artists (and where they have come from) has encouraged and inspired you! Never give up! :la:


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grafnarq Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
you are the best one encouraging people!
Gnewi Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I don't know about the best, but I do love encouraging people. :hug:
Professor-R Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
These are great. I love looking at improvement memes!
Gnewi Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! I love seeing how people grow and change in their art! :D
mariamukaji Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
i used to feel like i couldn't draw well … or i used to feel that i wasn't improving no matter how hard i tried so i did an improvement meme here it is: [link] and realised i had improved a bit :shrug:
i think the trick is to re-do an old drawing and compare them that way you know you're improving :hooray: thanks for the advice by the way and sharing the links with us :heart:
Gnewi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these improvement memes! I think they can be so encouraging! like you said. Doing a re-draw and comparing the two can show you how far you have come! It might surprise and encourage some people! XD Your welcome! I definitely hope this helps inspire someone! :hug:

Your meme is amazing!! So much improvement in the way you draw clothes. They have so much more form and shape and you can see the flexibility and softness of the fabric!! Amazing job!
mariamukaji Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
i love doing improvement memes too :nod: sadly i can't find most of my old drawings so can't do a huge comparison one ^^; but maybe one day =D
and thank you for your compliment :blush: and for the :+fav: on my meme :hug:
Sleyf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow look at all those great improvements! You'd be surprised, most people don't even realise they've improved until they look back, then all the whining about never being good enough is sort of forgotten lol
Gnewi Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! I think it is hard to see improvement from one piece to another but when you look back in time it is much easier to see. I don't think people always realize how far they've come. XD
Sleyf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's true, that's like seeing someone for the first time in notice how much has changed in them, but seeing them everyday you don't
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