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Biggest mistake most beginning artists makes.

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 18, 2017, 10:01 AM

Imagination is the biggest mistake that most artists does that I did when i started out, I had the impression that great artists just pick everything from their mind and translate it into a picture, that I have to do the same thing as they do or i'm not good enough.
When you start out with art you have no  library to pick from to create something believable  or you have no understanding,  understanding and visual library  is what you should focus on when you start out, and continue to focus on through your entire art career,

I thought that some people can draw and some people couldn't I was terrible when i started out about four years ago, and i cant say i'm the best now i'm still trying i'm still increasing my library, I'm doing research to have advantage when i create a piece.

Understanding, how color work, how anatomy work, how composition work, how to come up with an idea, and also how to simplify reality.

Visual library how to paint trees, how to paint anything really, you need knowledge to be able to apply anything from your imagination, most great artists cant do most things from imagination, only those who has done those things many times can do it without thinking, or from imagination.

You can prepare for having no visual library by doing research, research how color work, research lighting, research composition, research the subject matter of what you want to paint. by doing this you should be able to do a lot better than you could from imagination this is just natural, our brain sees in symbols, clouds are fluffy white kinda shapes and a blue sky, a rock is grey and has a rough surface, grass is green and a tree is brown with green leaves, really nothing here,s correct, that,s why you cant draw or paint well from imagination.

Don't expect you to be able to know how something works if you,we never done it properly, 

Draw from life, study materials, study photographs read books about how to do things, 

When you've done those things you can start finding your style, your style will be strong because its based on reality its based on knowledge.

If you have a conscious choice to do something different, like shapes or even color, but since its based on reality it will be way stronger this is how a great style is made, how amazing artists stylkes were developed.

Let Me know what you think about this, I've been thinking about those things for a while now since i hear a lot people just don't understand how i can just do things seamingly without references, but the opposite is true, I do a lot of studies.

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FrenkieArt Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Good points. Heard that ftom Stephen Silver, he talks about same things in his art talks. I find those kind of information more helpful for young artist than how to draw things but when you're young you don't (usually) want to hear that it takes time
Ajehandra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Using references, especially while learning to draw and getting better, is really a must. You see all those things in real life (i mean... not that you see dragons or elves, but their elements are easy to find in real world), but you never look at them as an artist. They just are. Having a useful library or some stock page with pose references is a nice and useful things to have.

I remember trying to draw male torsos without a references... boy I was struggling hard. And then I used references and anatomy sketches and I noticed the one mistake I keep repeating. And since then it got better!

Keep up the good work and collect references!
SnoopyStallion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i say yay to references ^^ there is no harm in using them.

i agree with you opinion ^^
zilvart Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ye:D its very much useful, but also to read how something works is very important making a picture its just to apply knowledge^^
SnoopyStallion Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah you have to learn a lot stuff to make proper drawings.
i see a lot of artists who dont have any idea on anatomy. how you can bend
limbs and legs or wings and so on. there are some grotesque drawings out there.
even from artists with really nice linework and shading skills. they even can get proportions
right. but some are lacking a really huge amount of anatomy.
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