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Hello, welcome to my podcast.
My name is Neal, I’ve been designing, animating, illustrating for some time now.
Well, I’ve been spending more time in the design and animation side of things, so I’ve noticed quite a few times where I’d see someone start out, and then they’re all about their art not being really good, or that great, and they then stop, or they don’t try again, or they just give up on the spot.
And then I’ve seen some other times where an artist would come to me, I would be at a convention or so I’ve been at a few. And they’d show me their work, but they would be slightly embarrassed about it. And I don’t never really understood why.
But what it comes down to is that they are pretty sure that they were not okay with their initial art pieces not being that good, important thing is that your first piece of anything you do creatively will suck.
And that’s okay, it’s okay to suck at your first art attempt, your first drawing of someone or something, your first clay sculpture, your first animation, your first design your first photo, your first music piece that you compose, or even your first piece of writing, it’s okay, that that is not a good piece of art.
In fact, it shouldn’t be good. Because you need to make mistakes to learn and you only make mistakes when you make bad art and then as you get better, you get good at hiding your mistakes, but you will keep making mistakes, and you will keep learning from them.
Because art takes long, and it takes repetition, and lots of practice, and some more practice, and then some more practice, and don’t try to get it perfect. If you try to get it perfect, it’ll never get done. I’ve come across many artists who say this, and I’m reminded of a video by Jake Parker saying this where finishing something is far more important than having something that’s perfect, that’s not finished, and I’ll add a link to the video below.
So you can go watch it this YouTube video and what’s also more important is you cannot expect yourself to be a master at art on your first attempt.
Nobody else can expect you to be great at your first attempt, because you haven’t clocked the hours needed to be a great artist. None of the masters of art were good when they started, none of the artists you look up to as good as they are now when they started, you will only get better.
If you practice and every one of those artists you look up to you can go ask them, I’m pretty sure they will tell you the same thing, that they only got better because they practiced and that’s the same for you, when you want to get better and grow, you have to practice you have to cement the fundamentals and you’ll only become great if you invest the time in the fundamentals and getting them right, you’ll only get better at doing art by doing a lot of art and you’ll only be getting better, by doing more and doing more and lots more and then some more art, it will be come something that you do so much of it that it pours out of your ears, and then you’ll do more of it.
It’s you could equate it to that saying about a mad person doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over every day. Well, that’s what you’ll be doing. But you’ll be getting better at making art, and every artist that makes an income doing art, whether it’s fine art, concept art, illustration, 3d, graphic design, motion design, animation, and any other artistic field that is used commercially today, they sucked when they started and that’s okay.
When I started out, my first drawings were bad, like really bad. I cannot imagine doing something today that I did then and thinking, holy crap, this, I thought this was good. But then again, coming back to that is when I did my first pieces of art, I thought I was doing a great job and I would say I was because that was the best I could do at that time, and if I had to look at art I do now I would say “cool”.
I’m doing good work because it’s the best I can do right now, and keep this in mind as you grow and to get better because the work you do now, you would think that you’re doing great work, and you are you are killing it. Because you are doing the best you can right now but you will grow and you will evolve and you will get better and then the work that you do as you’ve gotten better won’t be the best that you can do at that stage.
So don’t be too hard on yourself when you feel your work is not good. And when you look back at work that you used to do, work that you feel is not that good. And if you don’t cringe, it means you haven’t grown, you will look at work that you did. And you will see that it really right now, that work isn’t good anymore. Because that’s not the level where you’re at anymore, you will have grown above and beyond that level.
So and that’s what brings me to a point is, the only reason artists get better is because they practice and they put in the hours to get better they spend late nights, early mornings, sometimes they even give up on activities they enjoy doing seeing friends, or going to a club or going to a party, so that they can put in the hours and that really pays off in the long run, and it will hug you back later down the line when you need to take on projects that you really wanted to, but you were unsure how and then you practised and you learned and then you got better.
That then gave you confidence to take on those projects and the more you practice, the better you get, you’ll see the more confidence you develop as an artist, and it’s important to invest the time in the fundamentals. It is literally something you do now to prepare for later down the line.
And it’s important that you invest the time in daily practice and getting better because later on when you need those skills, then they will be there, and then only by having invested the time to get better, will you realise that it’s because you’ve practised that you’re able to do the level of work that you do now and it brings me back to another point I mentioned earlier, it’s important to keep practising the fundamentals because the fundamentals are everywhere and it’s the one thing that is the foundation of every great piece of art, and you want to draw dragons, you want to draw cute and fluffy things, you’ll want to draw a portrait of a model or your friend or a celebrity that you look up to. And you will feel that you’re not good enough to try it.
You should still try and do that drawing. If it’s bad, do it again, if it’s still not good enough, do it again. And again. And again until you get better. And each time that you feel that the result is not good enough, It’s okay. Really, it’s okay. Just try again, hug yourself and let yourself know that you did it at least once, twice, maybe three times, maybe four times.
But don’t give up. Just keep doing it again. And again. And again. And once more and again until you’ve gotten so good that you like your art. And if you like your art, other people will too. And if you don’t like your art, others will notice because your inner character comes through in your art your personality will come through in your art. And it’s important, you keep pushing, and you keep trying.
And you keep making mistakes, and you keep learning from those mistakes. That’s the only way you learn. If you want to draw a person, make anatomical mistakes, and learn from them get better and draw it over and over and over. You want to draw face draw it so many times that you sick of it and endured more. You want to draw arms, you want to draw chests, legs, same thing, draw so many of it that you get so sick of them and then you draw it again and you’ll find as you practice and as you get better, you will also develop nuances, you’ll develop your own tastes, you’ll develop your own voice, you will develop a style that people will recognise your voice in that and then they will recognise it as your work.
Also remember that it’s okay to as you develop your own voice to copy other artists and to learn from the way they do things because a lot of times they learned from copying artists they look up to so when you do copy an artist, just make sure that it’s a study And it’s not a full on portfolio piece of work. But still, it’s okay to copy as long as you learn from it.
And as you develop your nuances in the beginning, none of it will show your see it only starts showing as you get better. And once you see your nuances coming through, you’ll also start to like your own work a lot more because all feel like you. It’ll feel like your work. And that’s good. Really, that’s good that when you reach that point, push even further. Don’t stop because that’s when you’re starting to make breakthroughs. And that’s when you’re starting to get to a point where it’s really you.
Now, Go for it. Jump headfirst into the water make bad art as many times as you need to. Eventually you will make good art and when you make good art step back try something new. Try something that you will suck at. Did you get good at drawing dragons? Now draw unicorns. Okay, cool. You’re good at drawing unicorns, not draw chimaeras.
Okay, cool. Now you can draw Okay, mirrors, dry landscapes as you progress through themes. By practicing and constantly reminding yourself of the fundamentals as you go, you’ll pick up skills that will help you later on skills like perspective, anatomy, values, color theory, composition, rhythm, all these things will slowly become part of who you are in your art and in your daily lives.
Even your creativity will feed through in everything that you do, because everything is linked, and that’s another podcast that I will address for another day, but just keep pushing and growing and you will notice that you will get better and better and better.
All because you did that first bad piece of art that maybe you put it up on your fridge to remind you where you started or maybe you did what I would have done dusted and abandoned, set alight and walked away. But the thing is, you will only get really good by keeping on practicing and pushing yourself and you will notice that you have grown because of it.
Thank you for listening
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