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In your comment, tell what part(s) of the lesson speak to you. Can you elaborate any one point with examples? Write about a personal experience relating to how you approach drawing; if you ever felt disheartened or incredibly inspired, or if you disagree with me.

EDIT: I forgot to walk the talk. So here's a personal story of mine:

I've usually gotten a lot of encouragement in the form of praise (the simple "that's good!" compliments) as a child when it came to drawing; the teachers that complained about my doodling habit tend to ignore me after they found it didn't affect my grades.

Nevertheless, when it came to "art" class, teachers did not like anime or cartoons, since it was a "lower" art. So I ignored their criticisms, though it did hurt. I wasn't bad at realism or other styles, but it just wasn't my preference. After some time though, I noticed my drive to improve this style had naturally led me to reconsider other styles; learning to draw well proportioned objects, compose elements on a canvas, juxtaposing colors, among other things, was common to all art (even in caricature or surreal art). So my realism improved without actually working on it. Go with the flow, and draw what you like.

There are times when I look at the work of others and long to be able to create the same, but then I remembered if I reproduced the exact same thing (or style), that would not be interesting. There must be something I can learn or take away from this as inspiration, that I can use to better my own skill. There are no shortcuts; the process (and practice) they took to produce that work of art is the same hard determination and persistence I must walk forward with.

I remember this best from the time an ignorant boy teased me by ripping up the doujinshi page I was working on. I think was about fifteen or so, and we were at a summer ping pong club (I carried paper around and drew everywhere at this point). It was an original drawing I hadn't finished nor saved a digital copy of. I did not have the skill to piece it back together in Photoshop, so to speak, and taping it back together was a grotesque idea. It would never be the same.

I watched in shock, rage, fear and despair as my hard work fell to the ground in pieces; I was really attached to my work at the time. He probably didn't think twice about it. I did not think it was possible to redraw the page, since I did not have the skill to recreate a past idea in the same manner. My drawing was different each time I tried to draw the same thing. So I moped about for a couple months.

After a long breather, I attempted to continue drawing the page again. I found that this new page, which looked nothing like the old one, was actually better than if the one before had never been destroyed. My paneling improved, the choice of angle, shot and perspective improved. I improved during my break, as I was working on other pieces.

I got a sense then, that it didn't matter if my work was stolen, sold, copied or destroyed, because the real value of my work resided within me, and so long as I wasn't destroyed, I could always create something new, and this something new would be better than the work I did before. This was something art thieves could never take. This is the creativity that gets people hired. Suddenly the world was a freer place, and I could see how boundless the opportunities for exploration were.
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Given 2011-07-03
Your Drawing Attitude by ~-achiru- -- Suggester's words: A really inspirational tutorial/comic! ( Suggested by MinervaGem and Featured by FantasyStock )
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SoftBluewind Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
! I loved it, I feel like I needded some guide in that field, thanks a lot!
Also, lovely art! : D
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome and thanks!
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Zeifly Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've just recently gotten back into drawing and art. I took an art class back in the 4th grade, but it didn't really feel like I was learning anything. My teacher basically did everything for us and never taught us anything, so I fell away from drawing. A while back, I decided to just doodle a little bit and I ended up drawing a picture I was pretty proud of. I decided that maybe I could become good at drawing. Unfortunately, I seem to be a bit of a perfectionist, so whenever I try to draw, I'm never satisfied with the result. When I'm just doodling though or messing around, I tend to like what I draw more. Also, I'm not so great at taking criticism. Especially because I'm starting out, I'm a little (what's the word) sensitive about my drawings and sketches. I'll think something is okay, but then I'll show it to someone or look at someone else's art and get discouraged. I think I'll never be as good as others or that I should just stop trying. I guess I'm too hard on myself, but sometimes I honestly feel like I'm wasting my time. I won't stop though, this has helped me a little. Now I'm gonna try and take the good, the bad, and everything in between and smash it all into a big ball and see what comes of it. I won't stop creating. Thank you for this little comic. :)
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! That voice in your head that compares your work to other people and says you're not good enough is the death of a lot of would-be-artists. I'm glad you recognize your own weaknesses and thanks for sharing! There are many others who can empathize with your exact situation.
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Reyna-Mirai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most inspiring article I have ever read. It just screams motivation to me!
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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lufan131 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... Words to live by, and not even for art, but anything you enjoy. Very inspirational.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup: Thanks!
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IttyBittyTidbits Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Wonderful to be reminded of this every now and then~ :)
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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SweetieSkull Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this helped a little with confidence but im looking to explore different styles that may get me happy to draw again, do you know how i can make my own style?
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Easy: Find styles you like, learn from them and combine them. Your personal style is basically a compilation of elements you find attractive, be it bold lines, sweeping strokes, textures, gradients, more abstract, more real, whatever suits your aesthetic taste.

Think about it like cooking. You can try all kinds of different dishes from different restaurants, you can collect recipes and cookbooks, but your cooking will reflect what you think tastes yummy. It may be too sweet, or salty, spicy, sour or too bland for others, but it's what you like. When you start out learning though, you're gonna make mistakes and sometimes dishes won't turn out like you thought they would. You might burn something or make a big mess in the process. It takes a lot of practice and experimentation to get exactly the taste, texture and colour you want. It's totally worth the journey though. :D
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grzffleirz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so inspiring +fav +fav +fav 
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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ItaloAmericana Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your observations on realism and other styles apply to me, too! I rarely draw realistically, but I'm much better at it than a year ago (or even six months ago), even if my style is anime-ish! Thank you for this!
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Thanks for sharing too.
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libyaxsniper Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
i was just browsing around deviant art as a guest as usual when i suddenly found this, i have to say i have never been inspired by anything like this in my entire life!, i feel the desire to draw rushing inside me! so i just HAD to register to tell you how awesome and helpful this is!,great job!
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm so happy you feel inspired! :iconsparklesplz:
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horndar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you i needed this.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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psyxpanda Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Thank you.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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mint-ful Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is really something that I would remember. I should stop all the feeling of envy and try to learn what makes mine isn't as good as some artworks that I admire! :D 
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:
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Wings-of-Change12 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   General Artist
I really enjoyed this. I feel as if you tied art lessons and life lessons together in this. Simply amazing. :heart: I will fav this and remember it!
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I'm happy you enjoyed this!
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bleedingheart31 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so inspiring. It almost made me cry. I've just joined DA for 2 weeks, and I found this comic. I'm so blessed to get an information like this...

My major study is design (currently in a university), and I found out that my drawing style (anime/manga style) is not appreciated so much. Since, as u said, it is a "lower" art. Realistic style is more appreciated. And I realize that my drawing skill is still low, but I think they (lecturers) looked down on me... After I saw ur comic, I've got a new hope... Just thanks for sharing this comic...
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! You're very welcome. :hug:
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bleedingheart31 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student General Artist
u r welcome
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shoumakyou Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice comic.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Oblights Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But...

What about when you start and stop and start and stop? What if you get so frustrated that you honestly, truly don't believe you will ever get any better?

I want to believe I can do it, but all the information is overwhelming, the advice is confusing, the paths are too many. I don't ever feel like I know what I'm doing.  Everything feels impossible.

How can anyone enjoy what they draw if all they see is how bad they are?
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The feeling of impossible is temporary. It comes to visit and at times and can appear to stay over forever.

Fight not the feeling and welcome it as part of the artistic process. Yes, all artists have at times felt overwhelmed and have no idea what they're doing. I still don't know what I'm doing. I still find information overwhelming, the advice confusing and the paths too numerous to count. That's normal. It's okay. Know it will pass. If you cannot know it, then imagine you are someone who has already overcome that particular obstacle and then just do what they would do. Teach a kid to draw. You'll be surprised at how much better you are when you're in the position of mentor. There's an entire generation of babies you have more skill than! Come on!

I recommend listening to Neil Gaiman's speech: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikAb-N…
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LorYisus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't cry, don't cry...[EXO] Kris ''Legit'' Crying Emoticon  *i failed* 
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Zunachina Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
at what?
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontissueplz:
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LorYisus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ... Death Crying 
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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AffinityPony Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
Clap I really connect with your story. Many of my teachers kept telling me to stop drawing and not to doodle in the margins of my homework, even though my grades were never affected. Fine, I thought, I won't doodle in the margins of my homework, but that won't stop me from drawing - enter my beloved sketchbooks! I was always excited when art projects were assigned. Despite what some teachers and students said about cartoons being "low quality" I kept drawing them, and like you I eventually began to study things like anatomy and proportion. Turns out that studying the realistic styles makes it easier to stylize characters, and turn them into whatever I want.

I'm in the middle of another frustrating artist's block right now, revolving around streamlining my digital workflow to get the same quality I would get traditionally; I feel like I'm going backwards and it's infuriating. Thankfully there are so many talented artists, such as yourself, who inspire me with their work. It just makes me want to keep trying and really punch that frustration square in the face (not sure if that's actually possible thoughShrug ). Even if I don't post anything for a little while, I login daily to find inspiration, attempt to help others, and just compliment others whenever I can. A simple compliment, even in the form of text online, has immense power.

Thanks again for taking the time to make this comic. I love the characters, the colors, the effects, the composition... everything really. Reading this comic brings me as much joy as the message alone does. Thanks again for this window of inspiration! :happybounce: 
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Thanks for sharing! :D
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MutuOfFinland Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really nice and helpfull - I think this could be usefull for general-internet users too! Really good!
Colors are awesome, humor is rich and characthers fun to follow - Thank you so much for your hard work!! <^'^>
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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lxblack Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... don't overthink it though or you just end up assuming that everything said on the internet is sarcastic.
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mushimaru202 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
getting inspired by this!!!
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Maskyr Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
! Quite helpful xD. Thanks. Totally loved their faces. And yes, you're right! : )
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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imran102 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...You know, I LOVE going around and compliment other people. Even if it's just a "good job!", I always take the time to encourage others to keep going and never give up.

But sometimes....sometimes I wonder if it really is encouragement or just flattery. Sometiems I wonder if I'm encouraging for their sake or just for my selfish intentions. Sometimes I wonder, cynically and pessimisticly, if it's all really worth it, since it's not like they will ever impact my own life or skills anyways, so why bother?

And I'm also conflicted on drawing and literature. One one hand, I find that I can better express myself in drawing, since  can take directly from the mind rather than 'translate' it into words, but I'm far better in creating literature and writing. Which path should I take?

And finally, I wish to thank you for the glorious insight and help. You have helped me and hundereds of others to re-think our attitudes. So thank you, and may the stars shine down upon you at the end of your journey.
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Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww! I love people like you! I used to do that with my free time when there was more of it.

Depending on the artist, the comment may be interpreted as encouragement or as flattery. In general, I think even flattery is encouraging. The impact you make is for both your own sake and the artists'. It's not one or the other. It feels good to give compliments as well as receive them. At times it will seem like sending out a hundred bottled messaged into the ocean and waiting to hear back from even just one. Any love you send into the world will come back to you in some way, but you never know when or how.

Who says you have to choose? I do both. I don't post a lot of my writing on DeviantART (I use Tumblr for songs/poetry and fanfiction.net for fanfics instead), but you can draw and write and compose and do whatever you're in the mood for! It's a matter of what idea do you want to make exist and what would be the best form for that idea to take? If it will tell itself better in words, use words. If it will show itself better in images then draw or paint or make videos. I like comics, which is sort of the best of both worlds. Even though I love comics, there are times where words are my choice for a different piece, and illustrations are my choice for another more visual idea. It comes down to WHAT the idea is that you want to express. The idea will let you know which medium to choose. In your lifetime, you may try different mediums for all the different ideas you have. I've started taking dance lessons, and that's another medium to express myself in!

Career wise, it may seem like you have to choose. Again, it comes down to: What kind of job can I see myself doing? What would I enjoy? What would burn or wear me out? Is there a possibility to do both or to change jobs when I'm ready to do something different?

I wish you all the best on your journey too! You're welcome. :huggle:
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CraftyMaelyss Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, I need some advice, I'm trying to start a project with a few artists, this is fairly new but I want some artists to help me create a comic about an old video game from Rare, it's called Kameo: Elements of Power and the game is REALLY underrated. I was wondering if you knew how to encourage or find more artists to help me? I'll leave a link to the game trailer and my storyline below if you want to look. If not, that's okay too :)

Thanks guys!
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