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May 24, 2013


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It feels like my art has gone to the next level.  It feels really good now when I start sketching.  People and buildings are getting a little easier for me, landscapes still rock so I thought I'd just take a minute to highlight how I got to this point.

Practice, lots and lots of it. I know that sounds a little cliche and it probably is a bit, but honestly, that's all I've been doing is practicing.  I digital paint nearly every day.  Sometimes I just sketch black and whites all day long just pulling what I see out of the chaos.  Besides the practice, I would have to say that commissions also helped me get to this point.  Sometimes I get commissioned to do things that I'm not really comfortable with so it makes me buckle down and try harder.  While I hate doing things I'm not really not proficient at doing, it forces me to adapt and overcome.

So I guess the lesson is, practice doing things you love, but also go outside of your comfort zone and do art that you normally wouldn't do.  These two things will help your art improve and move it to the next level.

So go level up!

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IrmaZwart Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey JJPeadboy, thanks so much for this advice. I've always been wandering how you could improve everytime I saw another painting of yours. I've got one question, how many hours a day do you practice? Cause I'd really like to practice everyday but sometimes I just don't have time for practicing very long, and when I draw, I like to draw for hours and hours on :P 
So how do you do that if I may ask? :D
jjpeabody Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's just like 15 minutes a day now during the week because my life has changed a bit, but on the weekends I'm usually painting for about 9 hours a day doing different things. I found that if I get too ambitious during the week, then my weekend art-juices are all dried up and the art isn't as good.

Do small studies when you have time for them. They don't have to be full art productions. A head, a shoulder, a tree, a bush, etc. You'll find when you do get to do the fun stuff, you'll be able to do it more easily because you most likely have done a small study of it at some point.
IrmaZwart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the answer!
That's good to  hear, 15 minutes a day sounds reachable, haha :)
And there's plenty of time in the weekends, so I'm totally gonna try to do that.
Also thanks a lot for the advice!! :dance:
WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know dem feels.
Phesant33 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So so true :)
MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew that practice makes perfect, but going out of the comfort zone is a great piece of advice for me. I kinda knew it helps before, but just did not think about it as a strategy I guess :flowerpot:
koukuro Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Great words!
imFragrance Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013   General Artist
reading this motivated me a lot and made me feel better. I am soon getting a full time job and i wasted my 3 months doing nothing productive in regards of drawing and illustrating. So i have been feeling so bad that i will never be able to improve my art works, especially after getting a day job. Reading that you are a software engineer just encouraged and motivated me. It would be nice to hear some tips about creating time and matvating yourself for your art besides your day job. Thanks :)
JPRisFinal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well said. Practice, time, and reflection. Practice to physically improve, time to improve concepts, and reflection to analyze mistakes.
DanielH24 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are right! practice is the key to succeed♥
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