So I've always wanted to have a store. Just a little place online for me to sell some of my art to help me save up for a new cintiq and other art-related things.
So my buddy Noodles (you remember her from one of my earlier posts) uses Redbubble too and highly recommended it to me one day so I thought I would give it a look-see.
See you next post!
What do you do when you get a lot of feedback from a lot of different people? You want to take the feedback, but you don't know which feedback to trust? This is a common problem when everyone commenting on your work thinks they know best.
Here are some of my tips for how to look at the feedback you are given and how to best put it to use.
These are just a few points to keep in mind. As your skill set grows, you will start to see patterns in the feedback you get and if you are careful you can use those patterns to really attack problem areas you have in your work.
Remember that being an artist is a constant learning curve. Just because you are done with school, does not mean the learning is over. You need to make it your mission to continue to grow and expand your knowledge.
Hope this was helpful!
First of all, Pride and Prejudice the book is AMAZING. Second of all, pride and prejudice in the animation/gaming industry is not.
Never let your pride get in your way. You need to be as open to new ideas and humanly possible or you will never get anywhere. You might think I'm kidding and what do I know, I'm not even that great of an artist. Well that's pride and prejudice at work right there, because I know things you don't know and you know things I don't know. It goes both ways. And for the record I am totally aware that I am not the best artist, I actually covered this in an earlier post. I work really hard to pick the brains of the people I work with. I'm not perfect by any stretch, but I'll be damned if I don't give it my best shot to improve with every task I complete.
People won't want to work with you if you let your pride constantly get in the way. If you can't graciously accept feedback and put it to good use, not only are you going to tick people off, but you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
The main thing you need to know, and this info is based on a true story, is this:
Two artists, artist A is really talented and artist B is good but a little more average. Artist A is arrogant and thinks very highly of themselves and artist B is more mellow and enthusiastic to be part of the team and fit in. It doesn't even matter that artist A's portfolio is gorgeous, their attitude is not and they don't get a second interview.
So take a look at yourself. If you are finding industry life to be a bit difficult, ask yourself if you could be part of the cause and then take a moment to change your perspective.
Just something to think about!
So today I want to take a second to post about the importance of observing everything around you. People love to ask me how to draw things and I love to tell them to go look for reference. Really. Nothing I draw, do I draw without previously referring to something else. Whether it be referring to images on Google, the work of other artists, or your own reference that you've made from life drawing, observing everything around you will help you improve and be more accurate with your work.
Go to your local coffee shop and do some sketching. Draw while you are cruising to work on transit. Head to the park or the beach. Basically, if you are out of the house you should have a sketchbook of some kind with you and you should be doing a little bit of sketching here and there.
Trust me, nothing beats real life reference.
So a number of these hands are mine, a few are from Tarzan reference and some are from a glorious APP that Steven Silver put together that you need to go check out (it's called PoseBook). These two pages were part of a set that I did where I drew 100 hands in an attempt to conquer my inability to draw hands. I am actually thinking of doing another one of these soon.
So to sum up, GET SKETCHING!
For this post I want to feature a co-worker of mine who I really admire and who makes an absolutely epic comic that I highly recommend you all check out as soon as you are done this post!
You can follow her comic and view previous pages here:
What do artists do when they have to draw, but they don't want to draw? Is that a loaded question or what?
When you are in school, sure there is pressure, but it's not quite the same as when absolutely everything is on the line because it is when it's your job.
So what happens when the inspiration and motivation runs out? Artists just whip out their trusty "easy" buttons right? You know by now I love people who think that...
Here's what I learned at my first job in the industry:
Those are just a few of my standard go-to moves when I get a bit unmotivated to draw. It's still a challenge, but one of the most important skills you are going to acquire over time is the ability to draw when you don't want to. If you aren't an artist, this might be a bit of a foreign concept, but trust me that nothing feels as lousy as not wanting to draw.
I hope this helps a few of you out there and if you have more to add, I would love to here what some of your techniques are for overcoming motivational issues!
See you next post!
Hey guys! It's my birthday today so for this post I wanted to do something extra special since it's such a big part of who I am and how I do things in my life that I really want to share it with you all!
Happy Birthday to Me!
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
Artwork and Content is © Courtney Pearson 2016