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Your Drawing Attitude by Achiru-et-al Your Drawing Attitude by Achiru-et-al
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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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Your Drawing Attitude by ~-achiru- -- Suggester's words: A really inspirational tutorial/comic! ( Suggested by MinervaGem and Featured by FantasyStock )
IttyBittyTidbits Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Wonderful to be reminded of this every now and then~ :)
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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?
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
grzffleirz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so inspiring +fav +fav +fav 
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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!
Achiru-et-al Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Thanks for sharing too.
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!
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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