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Journal Entry: Thu Jul 19, 2012, 12:08 PM
So last week when I was bored out of my mind with nothing to do, I decided to go over to my aunt's place and see what she was doing, and just to spend some time with her since she's one of the relatives in my family I took a great deal of liking to. Every time I visit her, I always learn something new whether it's about family, technology, possible conspiracies, anything. This time it involved family. This time...it involved art. Now I knew my aunt was an artist, and I knew two other cousins were artist as well. But she then clued me in on exactly how many more people in my family drew art or took on art in some way. Pretty much, a good portion of my family are involved with drawing art, and I had no idea. And not just on paper, digitally as well.

Now that was just one part of the surprise. The next part was how much they understood with art, and how much their knowledge and specifics relate to some of the artist I know here on DA. Here I done told my aunt how there's no possible way for me to ever be artist like them because of my terrible drawing skills. She then pulled up one of her drawings and told me how many times she had to redo it and edit it because it seemed like crap the first time she attempted it; took about 6 months for this particular one. She told me about how much time and practice must be put in before reaching what one desires in a drawing. She even then mentioned a friend of hers who drew much worse than her at a point, but then after a year or so that friend has been getting commissions left and right. In addition, the very final thing she noted to me was like any other art form (music, dance, acting, etc.), I have to take one step at a time before I could ever draw like many of you great artist. I believe that was my problem most of this time; always trying to make a 5-Star product when I don't have the skills or practice to do so. Just from what I received from her that day on the conversation of art in the family, it's pushed me a little more to draw, even if it's not a perfectly-colored, cell-shaded drawing.

So what I'm going to attempt is making a drawing (or collection of drawings) every week and submit them to DA, whether they be specs, faces, or parts of the body. Hopefully with the help of this, I could even find my own drawing style which will lead me to doing even more fun drawings. Wish me luck fellow artists!

  • Listening to: Kind Lady
  • Eating: Chimmey Changa
  • Drinking: Gatorade
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oOWaterOoODropletOo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck! Your aunt is right - practice and patience! I started out drawing really horrible stuff... like oh man, I wanna cry thinking back to how bad they were O_o; but the more you practice and learn the more you can build or refine the skills you have. I still suck in my opinion, but I'm just glad I don't draw like I did when I was younger. I find that drawing things that really interest you will help motivate you, rather than drawing random items in general... though some artists have told me the opposite. It's up to you though. I like drawing things for friends as well, so maybe you can start there too.
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rifftiff Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go for it! You should look for some good challenges (like the 100 theme or 100 expressions), they really help. Repetition is key!
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kuroiStar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
One little step at a time Tiff, one little step at a time.
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rifftiff Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
World domination must also be taken one step at a time... hmmm I think I can apply your journal to my everyday life as well... Thank you.
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kuroiStar Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Lol wow. I never knew one of my journals could qualify as an inspiration to someone. I'm honored, lol.
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