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Are you trying to improve?
Looking for new ways to improve?
Just to IMPROVE?

There's one thing that people always repeat(I'm not trying to offend anybody) is that when they watch another artist who's art is very good, they either think, "I won't be able to be that good" and feel like they will never improve.

Sad thing, but true.

Only a few people think about improving to get to the same level as their favorite artist.

BUT! There's always room for improvement! ;D

Well, then. I'm not so sure if this is helpful or not and if you will learn something new or not, but, continue on, please. c:


1#
Ever heard of 'practice makes perfect'? I know some people out there practice until they hands feel dead(not literally) but don't give up! Like I said, there's always room for improvement! c: And it doesn't matter if you waste paper. Paper can always be recycled. If you think you're wasting paper, try finding old envelopes and doodle on them!

2#
Don't give up! EVER! Be strong and face those hard obstacles. If you feel down and feel like giving up, get some refreshment and find inspiration! If you do not know how to find inspiration, try listening to music(the common way of getting inspiration), watch some movies, talk a weird conversation with people(dA chatroom) and maybe just laze around until you get an idea(this isn't really helpful but I do it).

3#
Scribble, doodle and draw like there's no tomorrow! Like in 1#, practice makes perfect! Oh and, the more you scribble, doodle and draw, the faster you draw something(speed on drawing something) and even if there's a little improvement, at least there's progress!

4#
Don't think negative, be positive! If you feel down, try converting that negativity to positivity! Don't think, "I won't be able to be that good" but instead, think, "I'll try to improve!".

5#
Try new things, even things you hate! Be it poses, expressions, males, females or even animals! Let's use 'Haley', shall we? Let's say, Haley always draw people, with a straight face and standing straight, no pose, no feeling. Why? Because she hates doing poses(thinking she sucks at it) and expressions(same as before). Then, someone tells her, "Try drawing someone smiling, with a peace sign" with some motivation. She keeps on trying and guess what? She begins to draw more poses than same old, same old. She can even do more complicated ones than just standing like a stick! How about you?

6#
When you draw, always ask someone(friend or family) to give a critique. It doesn't need to be that long, even, "try improving on the hair" helps someone. That way, someone knows what they did wrong and what they need to improve on. A compliment also helps someone as it motivates them to do more. A negative compliment or critique is always unnecessary. Don't ask yourself what is wrong. Another person's opinion is always the best.

7#
Love what you're doing! Love what you draw! Embrace that talent(may it be small or big) and keep on trying to improve! And ignore whoever says your art is 'horrible', 'ugly' and etc. I don't mean literally ignore it and move on. Use it as some kind of fuel and improve further.

8#
There is no secret or some shortcut to getting better. The only way to improve is practicing! Life has no shortcuts and everything is not free in the world. You have to earn it.

9#
If you're a digital artist, don't keep on using the digital art programs you use such as the common SAI and Photoshop. Traditional media is good too, even if there is no shortcut to some kind of light effect, copy and paste, cool effects and etc. If you're a traditional artist, try downloading one of the digital art program and learn. Even if you don't have a tablet, you can always use a mouse. See what mouse artists can do? And only with a mouse!

10#
Age doesn't matter when it comes to art. Be it young or old, you still love to draw. And when it comes to how many years you've been drawing, that doesn't matter too. In fact, you could have been drawing for 5 years and never bothered to practiced. The days you've spent practicing and the experience you've gained from drawing every moment matters.

11#
Don't be afraid when you make a mistake! To improve, learn from your mistakes. And, I'll give you a fun thing to do. Take a drawing from when you drew it as a kid or from last year(any year will do, actually) and redraw it. Don't feel dejected if you don't see any improvements. Remember, use it as some kid of fuel for motivation!

12#
Try doing major pieces and by 'major' I meant from sketching to lineart to coloring to shading and then to add the final touches. It depends you have time or not. Also, put your heart and soul in it!




And that's the end of it! I hope you(the one reading this) managed to learn something(but I kinda doubt that) and have a great time drawing!

Remember, practice makes perfect, there's always room for improvement, try new things and etc! Work hard to improve and never give up as well!

Also, tutorials are always a great help. If you do not understand something from the tutorial, don't be shy and ask that person who made the tutorial!

Thanks for reading! <3




PS: If you see any grammer or spelling mistakes here, I am very sorry. Sometimes, I overlook that. Hey, people makes mistakes, nobody is perfect. xD and also, sorry for crappy-ness. This is my first time submitting news. x3
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Physii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
I have a question though, I know everybody always says practice makes perfect, but how do I know I'm practicing in the right way? I always feel like I'm unorganized so I just start fucking around for shits and giggles and see what pops up. Have any advice?
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Schwannie Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
How about you look over at your old drawings and try to redraw them? If you see that you've improved, that means that your practice in improving is worthwhile :la:
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Physii Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Ok I'll give a shot, Thanks!
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Destinymaker92 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks for the advice. This journal just made me want to improve my skills even more
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Foxolive Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very motivational! I shall try to improve! No... No! I WILL IMPROVE! :iconfinallyplz:
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Nightscales Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah. You give some good tips! I'm currently working on drawing things you don't usually draw. But one of the best things of your tutorial is also your excitement and happiness you put into writing it. It gives off this bubbly feeling! :D
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think this is a great tutorial for someone who needs a little help and the fact it provides the mental perspective helps a lot. definitely something i would want to keep on me ;)
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Cappippuni Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
omg thankyou so much for this optimistic and heartwarming tips! This article is so true, I really needed to read it for taking a good decision and not giving up, always improving!
Thank you so much!! :heart:
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PuddiCat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome, my dear. <3 hope you make the best of it.
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Insanity-Installed Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Q-Q I love you. *random glomp hug*

Thank you so much for typing and sharing this on dA. I love #5 and #7.

I will be using this as a reference for my art. ;3;

At school I just flip through my art book and practice, when I'm home I draw new ones. :meow:
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