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Journal Entry: Fri Nov 4, 2011, 2:33 PM

I'm really jealous of you artists out there. You show so much passion, are forever improving and trying out new things... I wish I had that passion to improve in my artwork. I'm good at art, yes, but I'm not brilliant. I'm like that with a lot of things such as playing the piano and doing Graphic Design, but I'm not brilliant at either of those things.
I just want to be "brilliant" at something, just like you guys are brilliant at art and would do everything and anything to improve in your skills. I really wish I was good at art but I'm such a lazy arse that I prefer just sitting down doing nothing. I do get those days where I feel really good and draw pretty decent stuff but for the past couple of months I haven't really had the inspiration or the will to do so.
I think another reason is that I don't take things seriously. If I did take things seriously then I would actually be getting somewhere but I'm just too laid back. I need someone to kick me up the ass to get me into gear because... I want to improve, I want to be good, but I don't know where to start. I guess I could buy books but then I know I'll get bored after a couple of days and would abandon the willpower to improve, to set back into my lazy routine.


Does anyone know how they could help me on this? I do want to try, but I just know that I'm going to be lazy. But maybe I still could improve even in my lazy state?
Could you help me, please?




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rins-art Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
I agree with ~Darktaru i think reason is a big motivation of doing something.. thi "reason" is hard to find sometimes but as the time goes usually it'll become clear enough, i love art as a fun thing to do ^_^ i have ask myself before will i do art as my job? at first i easily answer yes of course, why not? but later i found many "reason" that make me think "no, maybe i'll make money from art as my side job and something fun to do but not a main job" i found myself in my job right now with a (too) many goals in front of me that make me going strong and not give up..

i think motivation and reason is the things that make you keep going.. it'll create your goal.. ^-^ because i think there'll no goal if there's no reason.. i don't think the reason like "because i want to" "because it'll cool" is one real reason C: but try to stay on the ground :D because even dream is important and people said make your dream as high as the sky but if someone keep looking at the sky while walking, they'll fall for sure ^^

for inspiration~ i think it actually something that come to you when you least expect it :D you have to keep sketchbook or something to make a sketch/something to remind you when the inspiration strike ^^ and.. i found see other art, listen to music, read book usually make inspiration flowing

and never forced yourself.. i think unlike other things art is not something that can be forced.. you'll find yourself stress out if you think you can create amazing art every single day~
that at least i think.. in DA "amazing artist" usually not upload "amazing art" everyday :D :D
you have to practice everyday of course because consistent is a great thing, but i think doodle/sketch every day in your free time will do and you have to have fun while do so :D :D :D if in one of your sketch you think it'll become great then you can continue with it and take it to the next level :D :D

okey mostly i'm only mumbling aren't i? but i think you'll ok :hug:
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! It made me think a lot~ I've got my reasons now, and I'm gonna' try my best to achieve my goals ^^ I think I might start looking at books in the library instead of the internet all of the time, 'cause then I could stay away from the computer (where I'll most likely get distracted :P)
Okay! I've got an A4 sketchpad that I would use, although I'm worried that it's too big to carry around with me ;__;
That's a very good point! I think I was forcing myself to do art which made me feel really stressed out about i t>_>
I shall do my best! ^^ Thank you so much for your help :D :hug:
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rins-art Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist
good luck hun :huggle:
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks sweet! :D <3
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SirKittenpaws Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
I need that passion too T__T
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sucks D:
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Darktaru Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
You have to think about the real reasons why you wanna improve, you can't just improve to be good at something, that's not a good enough reason. Think about why you wanna be good at something, for example: "I wanna be good at something, why do you wanna be good at something?; because I want to be rich, why do you want to be rich?; to buy lots of stuff, why do you wanna buy lots of stuff?" etc. Just keep digging deeper and deeper until you really find the real reasons why you actually want to imrpove, once you do then you will find the inspiration to work harder. Make a big goal of where you want to be in lets say 3 years, then 2 years then 1 year, then 6 months, 2 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 week, today, break it down into something you are sure you can do in that time, dont make it too easy but dont make it hard, infact is better to make it too easy than too hard. Make it something you are sure you can get feedback on, when you see yourself working for this and knowing that if you hit goal# 1 then you can work on goal #2 and then #3...when you actualy do these and see yourself how you are working to get to that big goal, if you really do have a good reason for achieving this you will work your ass to do this because you will understand that doing this will bring you that thing you want. Whenever you feel like you dont want to do your work just look at what you wrote for your goal and that if you do your work you will be closer and closer to reaching what you really want. This should motivate you to do your best and not be lazy.

Think about it like this....if you study like 1 hour of anatomy you would become really famous on deviant art and you will be amazing (or whatever the reason you want), would you do it? You would probably be really happy to do it, but the thing is that you are not thinking like that, the truth is that that 1 hour of anatomy will be a step towards the next thing and the next and the next, but since you are not seing it, you get discouraged. Plan out things better and just take it step by step, I know the process is long as hell and it seems like is never ending but atleast this way you can actually see how you are progressing, kinda like a videogame. You see your guy reach lv 1 then lv 2 if you keep working him it might take you a while but you know you will eventually reach lv 100. Plan things out and always remember the reasons why you want to improve and if they are good enough, you will be really happy to improve.
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is incredibly helpful. Maybe it is bad of me that I only want to be good at it because... Well, because I want to. I always wanted to be a good artist so that I could look at my work and be proud of it. It might also help me become a successful graphic designer as well as an illustrator, which is what I want to do in future.But I don't know if they're good enough reasons.

So if I created a goal, say, to learn anatomy by the end of the month do you think that would help me? Or shall I create more goals like learn lighting effectively by the end of the week? I think that if I do these things I should submit them here and make sure that people could critique them... Would that help me out?
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Darktaru Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I think first you gotta think of a good reason, there has to be something better, if you can't find something really worth doing it for you won't push yourself to work hard. The reasons have to be very specific, for example you can't just say "I want a lot of money" that's not good, money is just paper, if you are stuck on an island with a lot of money, that's not gonna help you. A good reason for me to work for a goal for example could be like: "I want to have enough money to buy me a 1 million dollar house and spend $20,000 a day partying with my friends, then go out everyday on a Ferarri and just drive to Miami beach with a hot Brunette in my car, making out with her every stop light till we get to the beach! Then chill on the sand with a pina colada in my hand while I take the sun, then play some soccer with my friends, and go to the clubs at night and dance all night long till I pass out! Then on the weekend i will take my little nice to toys r us and just be like 'buy whatever you want, here is $2,000 and just look at her smilling when she plays with all her toys" See? Like that.

Now I think about that and I want to work hard lmao. But just saying, "Imma study so I can get a lot of money" That won't really get my heart started to really motivate myself to draw cause I dont even know what "a lot of money", that's not a clear objective. Find your goal, and where you really want to be at and exactly why you want it. Keep asking yourself a lot of questions until you find good reasons. It has to be something deep, really take your time and think about how good you want to be and how your life will be like if you were as good as you want to be, imagine everything, when you wake up, the things you will do, the people you will meet,what you will eat, just EVERYTHING, as much as you can. Just imagine one whole day with your new skill, how everything will be like, the best possible scenario, how you want everything to be, just imagine you are God and you can do anything! It has to be like that. Then that will get you excited cause you will think that if you actually work hard you will get all those thing and the truth is you will, you just gotta plan it right and not give up.

Ok let's take that anatomy goal for example, it probably started on something like this " I want to draw amazing anatomy so my characters can look realistic and they can move great when I draw them" Goal #1. Study human anatomy, Goal#2 Study shading and coloring, Goal #3 Study portrait, Goal #4 study facial expressions and hands expressions. Ok, for the next 2 months I will work on human anatomy, Month#1 I will study Human anatomy book#1 , week#1 i will study page 1-30, week2 i will study pg 30-60, week 3 pg 60-90, week 4 pg 90-120. Monday i will study the first 5 pgs, Tuesday I will study the next 4, Wednesday the next 4 etc. i know it seems like a lot of work, but doing this will get you incredably focused, it might take you a couple hours but is not like you plan this everyday, and once you have your plan setup you yourself will get up and do all thise because you know EXACTLY what to start, so you wont waste any time at all because your brain will be very focused on what it needs to do and if you ever get lazy, just take a moment and read your goals and imagine that this is just part of what you need to do to acheive the big goal.

And yeah you can submit them or you can just draw and draw, me for example, I dont submit my sketches but when I feel like I am not improving, I get my old sketch books and I just look at them and start to analyze and WOW I see how much I improved month to month, it keeps you from thinking that you are not improving and you can see the feedback yourself and see hoe much your hard work really paid off! You can also submit them here and have people critique them, some people learn really well with critiques, if you find it helps you, sure you can do that too.
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh okay! So if I said, "I want to be a better artist as that will also help me understand nature so that I could draw from my ideas in future. This would help me in my Graphic Design course at uni, and would then help me be successful when I go looking around for jobs. When I get the best job that I could get I would be living the dream of being a successful Graphic Design, and I'll have the money to support myself to live a comfortable life." Would that be a better reason? Or do I still need to expand on it? ^^

Wow, that's a brilliant idea! I was thinking of my goals yesterday and I decided that by the end of this month I would be able to understand the effects of light (colour theory). The thing is that I don't know where to look in order ro learn this~

Okay! I'll do that then. I have a tumblr art blog now which I keep on private so that I could analyse my progress ^^ Thank you so much for helping! ^^
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Darktaru Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I think you gotta be more expecific with your goals, like for example look at the example I gave you that I wanted to go to the beach and do this and do that, you actually know exactly what I will do, I dont know what you really mean when you say " would help me be successful" What exactly is successful? and what is a "comfortable life" What do you want to have in a comfortable life? Be very specific like the exact things you want, like " I want a 2011 red Ferari California, with beige interior." The thing is that the more specific you get , the easier it will be for you to see your dream and goals which will help you become more pasionate about achieving them. See for example if I tell you this " you will have a successful life" and then I tell you " You are gonna get up in the morning in that big Malibu house where Ironman lives, you are gonna go to the beach, lay down take some sun and drink juice from a coconut" The first one you don't even know exactly what it is. It could be a million things. You gotta write exactly what you want not something general.

You can look for specific books in amazon, read the reviews and see if the people that bought it thought it was good, that sometimes helps decide, or you can google for some info maybe you can even download some, just don't get caught lol
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay then! Here's my third attempt:
I want to be good at art as it'll help me boost the grades that I get for uni which would mean I would have more of a chance in getting a job. This means that I would have a comfortable income to buy all of those clothes I want and to also buy me my own house or even a flat that would look all flashy like in the movies (although preferably in somewhere like London instead). I wouldn't have to rely on anyone when it comes to money so I wouldn't stress about falling into debt. I would be able to have a successful marriage with the love of my life and be able to make our children's lives a lot easier by getting them whatever they needed for the future (especially when it comes to university funds). When I'm ready I'll probably become a freelance Graphic Designer and can travel all over the world for my work.
Is that better? ^^
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Darktaru Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
yeah, thats much better. Now think about this, if you go and study and buy your books and do all your work, you will have all those things, think about that and it gives you motivation to do what you have to do. Anytime you are feeling lazy or down just remember that this is a step in achieving your goals and once you do your work you will get all those goals as a reward, which will be true if you trully do it and dont give up. And that will give you that pasion that you were looking for ( This is what this journal was about right? ) You also have to trust yourself, that is why is important to cut all this in very small steps, and do your goals one by one on a daily basis, then as you keep doing them and advancing you will trust inyourself to achieve all this and you will trully believe in yourself and push yourself to keep going, you will find you will actually do more than you set to do because you feel more pasionate and have more energy, but if you fail in doing those you wont trust yourself as much and therefore when you see your big goal to try to get inspired you wil lsee it but not believe you can do it because if you fail on the smaller ones your mind wont believe the bigger one. So plan ahead, little by little, find people that did something similar, look at their work, how they did it in how much time, maybe ask them what they did, how they did it and plan ahead how you will do all this, you will have motivation everyday and be really happy to study. I hope you understood everything cause I wrote this very fast and I dont have time to re-read this so it might not make sense, that's your job lol :p
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for everything! :D The only problem that I have is the lack of time; Because of uni and work I hardly have any time left over ;_; So should I do really really small steps everyday rather than big things? IT's gonna take me ages D:
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think sometimes you have to draw what you see, and try to fill up a whole sketch book with that, it will really help you to improve. =)
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh! Do you think that by carrying a tiny sketchpad around will help? Because I've got a really nice sketchpad that's really thick but it's A4 size ;__;
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A tiny would do, if you have not enought space to carry a bigger one. But a A4 is a good size, it let you plenty of space! ^^
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay! I'll do that then ^^ Thank you very much! <3
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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Skullb3at Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist

omg.
I always get that feeling.
And I also get quite frustrated with myself. It's like, I know what I want to do in my head, I know what everything should look like. But it never looks like that in reality, and it makes me upset. Then I see someone do something amazingly, and I just become envious, jealous, and everything else. All those emotions keep getting in the way of my work.

Thankfully, right now, what I'm doing is just making myself upload just one thing per week. That means I have to complete something at least once per week. I started this as once per month, but I'd forget by the end of the month, so I try to do it once per week.

It doesn't matter how good or bad it is, as long as I can power something out. Even a doodle is fine, if that's all I have accomplished that week. But really, doodling is sometimes annoying, because I can doodle great sketches, and I'll have this great idea, but once it goes beyond a doodle, it gets worse and worse.

I feel like what I drew " last time " was better and I can't improve. But whenever I feel like this, I look back on my drawings in 2007, I feel better. [ ... ] usually. But I'm frustrated, just like you, at why I can't improve and why everyone else just sped along in their process, or why people have so many more talents.

That's why, I've been working hard on trying to get all my ideas down everywhere, no matter what it's about. Because I'm lazy, and I never like to work, and I prefer sitting on my butt all day dreaming but never working to make those dreams. This year, I've been working on my actions instead of my dreams, but always recording down my ideas in case my current ability now will never be able to make it happen. I've noticed, every time I read my journals or diaries, I feel like, "Wow, I was so imaginative back then." So if I work off that idea, I should just keep recording what I'm thinking, and some day, I'll say. "Wow. That was so smart of me /back then."
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ZOMG I am so happy that I'm not the only one!

I used to do this theme thing with a friend, but because she abandoned the idea so did I. We used to draw a particular thing each week - which extended to every 2 weeks - such as the Seven Deadly sins and then critic each others work. I thought it was the best idea in the world as that was the time I was really into art and just flowing with ideas.
And now? Well, I've tried doing that theme but it didn't work as I didn't have anyone else to do it with, so there wasn't that adrenaline ;__;
So your idea of uploading one thing per week is amazing. If you don't mind, I might try and do it? I might even try and get back with my themes but I need to find someone to do it with me because then I'll actually stick to it~

Tbh, I feel better with my drawings back then as well even though they were crap, but at least they were different and I was drawing pieces nearly everyday! And drawing so much helped me improve, but I too found that others seem to be taking greater leaps than me~

Recording ideas? Would you record them in a sentence, or as a tiny sketch? It seems like a really good idea ^^
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Skullb3at Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
When I'm recording my ideas, I do them in however way I can best express it. So if it's a sketch, it's a sketch. If it's a sentence or two describing what it should look like,then so be it.

And also, feel free. Maybe we can help keep each other on top of uploading at least one thing per week? So far, I've been holding true to it, so maybe I'll be able to work with you while I'm at it.

Also, if you want themes, why not try the 100 themes ... contest/thingy/majigg?
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh okay then! I think I might just do that ^^ The trouble I have is that I hate messy sketches in my sketchpad, so I tend to avoid them. Maybe I could do light sketches and then go back over them to overcome it >_>

That would be brilliant! I think I might do it once every two weeks, just to take it slow at first. Would that be okay? ^^

Ah yeah, that's a good idea! I might just have to find one somewhere, or make my own :P
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Skullb3at Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh, I do my messy sketches all over sai. And I also do light sketches in my note books, or I do the sketches in pencil and then go over it in three different colors of pen...

.. or I just do it all in pen.

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and of course,
it's much easier to make a difference if it's gradual instead of doing a big change all at once. Although, I seem to have pressured myself into changing really fast. /shrug

xD There's one going all over dA, I'm sure it won't be too hard to find. Just search 100 theme challenge. I also have a list in one of my 100 theme drawings [ in my gallery ]

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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh okay~ I can't really sketch in Sai, which is why I do all of my drawings on paper D: Three different colours of pen? Why do yoou do that may I ask? ^^

Awhsum! I borrowed a book all about colour theory and another about Graphic Design, so hopefully that'll help >:]

Okay then~ Would you like to start this theme thing then? Like, we both think up of a theme, and then draw for it in say, two weeks? ^^
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Skullb3at Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I do that because first I do the sketchy sketch, then I start fixing all the anatomy etc and in the end it'll be at least more realistic.


>:3 I read like five books on Graphic Design, but they don't really help me. As for colour theory... well, I've had briefings about it in art classes.

Sure!, What theme should we do? Lately, I've just been doing whatever I feel like,..
But how about something like [ breaking away ] ... ? I'm kind of dry on ideas, since I've been through a long day of classes and I feel brain fried.. T^T
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh okies then! Maybe I should do that? ^^

Lololol n'aww bless ya :P Well the one I've borrowed is called Graphic Design School and it looks alright~

Breaking Away sounds like an amazing theme! Shall we do that then? ^^ Could always do it monthly if yoou want~ I don't mind though ^^
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wolfXdemonXkaguya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find listening to a song helps, one youve never heard before C: If you cant think of anything to draw, just doodle. It really does help and improves your art over time
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I could do~ I've tried that and it works a couple of times~ ^^ I was thinking of doing stuff like little sketches whenever I'm free, or saving loads of photos onto my phone for references and shizz~
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wolfXdemonXkaguya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds good. Even if you have to force yourself to draw, do it
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
But then wouldn't that make it seem like a chore? ;_; But I suppose it'll be a good thing >_> I just wanna know how to overcome my laziness and to actually take things seriously but without applying loads of pressure onto myself
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wolfXdemonXkaguya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh, well, you could always try 30 second sketches. they help improve getting things in proportion, and you don't really waste too much time on them
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! That's a brilliant idea, thanks! ^^
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wolfXdemonXkaguya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! I hoped i helped >.<
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lizjowen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Yes you did ^^
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