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How to become a better artist for FREE! Part 2

Before I start: Don’t listen to the people who tell you to change the style you love. You will find work and people who love your style as long as you do what you love, period.

There are two type of people: The people who can work on their own and people who need structure. If you can work on your own follow the advice below. If you need structure, you will need to go to an art school or take online art classes. There are tons of awesome professional artists who teach online classes. Here’s some: www.schoolism.com/school.php training.cgsociety.org/ www.conceptart.org/go/learn/
www.gnomonschool.com/

To improve your art, draw what you want to improve on. You want to learn how to draw feet? Copy photos of people’s feet 30-60 minutes every day until you got it down. If you need reference photos, deviant art has tons of them. search ‘feet’ or anything you want. Draw your own feet. Take photos. As a professional, I always use reference before I start an Illustration. I gather photos from google, pinterest, deviant art, I take photos of myself or friends and use them to help me see what I can’t imagine. Try this: www.pinterest.com/characterdes…

Drawing from life will improve your illustrations 100%. When I started out, I refused to draw real people. I just wanted to draw in my style and I thought it was useless to me. I was sooo wrong. You can still draw in your style and learn from life at the same time. Its a tool. use it. Another way to improve is to gather a list of 5 artists you admire and copy their illustrations every day for a year if you need to. Copy 80% of your time and use 20% to draw from imagination. It’s a slow process and it will take years to get better. there is no secret to it. Just plain hard work and dedication. You can’t be a pro athlete in a few months. From my experience, It takes 2 years to get good at something and 3 to 4 years to start making a living. (Use it as a guide and break it with a faster time. I challenge you). But they need to be completely focused years. There’s no excuse. When I started I had 2 kids, I worked a full-time job and struggled with depression but I still made time for art everyday.

MAKE time for art. Give up a few hours of TV or games or going out every week. You NEED to make art a priority if you want to make a living from it. TV doesn’t pay your bills, Games don’t pay your bills, Your friends don’t pay your bills. This choice will make or break you. I promise. It’s definitely OK to take a day off every so often to have fun.

You will lose heart, you will want to give up, you will hate it sometimes but just keep working EVERY DAY and you will be one day closer to living your dream.  

To sum up:
1. Draw what you love.
2. Copy, copy, copy.
3. Draw everyday.

Don’t forget: 
I’m giving you guys:
– A full size JPEG for my new batman poster
-2 Photoshop files
-plus all of my Photoshop Brushes for FREE! 

Here: gumroad.com/l/Batman

Enjoy guys and let me know what you think by leaving comments. Please share with fellow artists.
Have a great day and work hard!

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How to become a better artist for FREE!

Hello,

There are a lot of artists out there who need help with becoming better artists but they have no idea where to begin. I’ve gathered some of the best free resources out there for becoming a better artist. This also applies to the people who want to know how to make a living as an artist.

ProkoTV – (Youtube) How to draw everything- from basics to advanced. Refine your skills.
Theartorder – Advice from one of the best art directors in the Illustration industry.
muddycolors – Advice from professionals and art directors in the industry: Art process, finance, promotion.
illustrationage -Advice on how to make a living as an Illustrator.
IceflowStudios– (Youtube) Everything you never knew you could do in Photoshop. Technical know how.

Below are invaluable resources if you have some cash to spare:

Artpact -How to price your work/downloadable contracts/reviews of companies by working artists. Low fee. $
Thegnomonworkshop – The BEST training videos from entertainment professionals. Technical know how. (Film, Video game and Illustration Industry) high fee $$.
There is a way to get videos for free. You will need to enter their monthly art competitions and place in the top 4. I got a lot of videos this way in the past.
Programs: 3ds Max/After Effects/BodyPaint/Boujou/ImageModeler/Lightwave/MatchMover/Maya/Mari/Modo/Mudbox/Nuke/Painter/Photoshop/Real Flow/Shake/Stitcher/Unreal Engine 3/XSI/ZBrush

The list above applies to most artists out there. There are also other aspects to becoming a professional artist, such as: Developing mental stamina, physical health, balancing life and work, etc. All of these things are extremely important and you will need to learn them. If you guys have questions or want to give links to other websites, post them in the comments below.

Please favorite this post and share with other artists. Thanks!

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Dungeon Delve

Hello again, I wanted to show you my work in progress for the Dungeon Delve competition on Art order. I’ve been working on this on and off for the past month or so.

I’m supposed to portray an adventurer who is lost in enemy territory. The full description is here. I came up with the idea of adding a previous adventurer who carved ‘no way out’ on the wall, before his death. I quickly came up with these 3 sketches. In the 1st sketch I was trying to capture the feeling of desperation in the woman’s face. I chose a woman because I thought that people would feel more sympathetic towards a woman and they’re also easier on the eyes =). In the 2nd sketch I wanted to capture the feeling of fear and in the 3rd I wanted to have the adventurer looking at us with hopelessness, almost as if she’s asking us for a way out. After some feedback I decided to go with number 2.

After a few hours of work I ended up with this image.

I took a few days off from painting and came back with a fresh eye. After looking at it for a few minutes, I realized that I painted this with no effort at all and I wasn’t satisfied with it. It felt too claustrophobic and I wasn’t getting the feeling I wanted.  It’s an ok painting but I had to push it to another level. I feel that if I’m not struggling with a painting, I won’t learn anything new. I had to step out of my comfort zone and do something else. I wasn’t sure what that was though…

A few days later I was looking through some art and I had an ‘a-ha’ moment. I remember that It was a Sunday and I quickly got out my Wacom and trusty pen and I just zoned out for a few hours and this came out.

I couldn’t stop myself. I remember thinking ‘what am I doing?’ I hadn’t sketched this out or used any reference or played with composition or colors but I just kept going. I was pretty happy with the results. I added so much more depth than in my previous version and I felt happy with it. I had the foundation and now all I had to do was build upon it..All that was left was getting in there and adding detail.

Today I came back to it and I wanted to share what I have so far. I took some pics of myself for ref and added some more detail. Let me know what you guys think. Here is a funny ref shot that I used of my self. =)

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