Starving Artist's Sage Advice
How long should I wait until I should complain about overdue commissions? I've been waiting for a month for 2, 5 months for another. when should I ask for a refund?

That depends on the artist’s policy…if they have:
A)No policy (and no written terms of service at all)
And
B)Not been in communication with you (Life happens at times)

Then I’d suggest asking (politely but firmly) for a refund. Just earmark that person as someone who cannot maintain a basic standard of professionalism and do not work with them again.

Best of luck in all your endeavours,
-SA

im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:
Advice on college
Alternatives to buying expensive textbooks
AP Cram Packets
Cheat sheet for becoming an adult
Dorm room survival
Free online college classes
How to survive college masterpost
Food
cheap & healthy snacks
chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
Coffee recipes to help stay awake
Every Starbucks drink and pasty FTW
For the vegans you bad ass motherfuckers
Herearesomedeliciousfood
macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
quick and easy soup recipes
study snacks
Study snack
thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
Yummy cheesiness!
40 on-the-go breakfast recipes
Helpful sites:
Challenge your brain
Feed the hungry while using your vocabulary
Free online textbooks
Grade calculator
Quizlet
Rape Escape
Whole page dedicated to studying/organizing
High school needs:
For Juniors or Seniors With Low Income Families Looking For Scholarships
How to survive freshman year
Mental health resources:
a website that is always relevant.
falling asleep tips
How long to sleep
how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
how to wake up in the morning
keep taking your mind off of it
mental illness recovery tips
need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
not having a good day? :c
picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
seriously just please try to relax ily
take your mind off of it
tips on self-love
when to go to sleep/wake up
working out is a total stress-buster.
Misc resources:
download free books
express yourself with make-up 
Hobbies masterpost
I fucking love to study to this.
please remember this.
Sick ass movie list I have more but, this is a school one so message me for more.
Sites to help you not get distracted with other sites. (Mac)(PC)
Various ways to where a scarf
What’s the fucking weather
Motivation:
earn a cute kitten picture after writing
how to get motivated
Procrastinator? 
Music/Sound:
calm/nature sounds
chill playlist
coffee shop blues
coffee shop sounds
concentration playlist
relaxation
study playlist
4hours of classical music
School resources:
An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms. TO KIND OF HELP)
bibliography maker
educational links fucking galore
my favorite tutoring website
online ruler
pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
Social media citing
study like a college kid
Time Management
Psychology Lectures by a Professor from Yale University
Stress relief:
Calm
compliments generator
how long to nap
go to a quiet place
learn more about anxiety.
panic and anxiety information masterpost
Relaxation techniques
Stress Analyst
the thoughts room
take a guided relaxation
yoga poses
Studying/school help:English/History:
Best place to get help for English
essay structure guide
essay writing help
free microsoft word alternative
Grammar and spell checker
Graphic Essay Organizer
Help on reading/researching
Make a kick ass essay
Masterpost of writing software
microsoft word equivalent
more essay writing help
On books you you don’t want to read
Tip of my tongue
Foreign Languages:
Learn, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian
Geography:
learn geography
Math/Science:
calculators (includes graphing, geometric, stats etc)
College/high school Chemistry notes
math problem solver (2)
Periodic Table
Thinking/memorizing
This is the math god
Study Needs:
Answers to the textbook
Beneficial studying tips
Crash course in any subject with John Green
Free Educational resources for anyone and everyone 
help in a ton of subjects
Helps you in any subject
homework help
how to google
how to study, Study guide
finals survival guide
improve your studying skills
Learning Websites Masterpage
Looking for a word
make flash cards
One of the best learning websites
Scholarpedia
Tips before/during an exam
Tips on Exams
TIPS:
Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you. 
Be kind to one another.
I think that about does it. So yeah:)

im5-official:

Ahh yes, The dreaded school. When it comes around we all dread, new teachers, new schedule, some new unfamiliar faces, the MASSIVE amount of homework load, less time on tumblr. Here is another long post with a few sites and others to help you out here!

College needs:

Food

Helpful sites:

High school needs:

Mental health resources:

Misc resources:

Motivation:

Music/Sound:

School resources:

Stress relief:

Studying/school help:
English/History:

Foreign Languages:

Geography:

Math/Science:

Study Needs:

TIPS:

  1. Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
  2. Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
  3. Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
  4. Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
  5. If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
  6. Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
  7. Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
  8. Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
  9. Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
  10. Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
  11. College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
  12. Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you
  13. Be kind to one another.

I think that about does it. So yeah:)

can you give me some tips on how to draw teeth ?
Anonymous
Hey, i'm sorry you're not having a good time. I just wanted to thank you for your effort, because, even if you don't get to my request, reading the critiques you've written for others is really helpful and inspiring! Keep doing a great job with the blog!

Thank you very much, I really appreciate the kind words.
I’m glad that you find the critiques helpful and hopefully I’ll get through these crits more quickly…
Be blessed in all your endeavors,
-SA

dictators-lament:

Reblog This Post To Receive Critique on Your Art Blog

amazinglyartisticadvice:

This is a new iteration, the list has been scrapped for the old ‘reblog and’ post.

Reblog this post to your art blog, and I will give you feedback on the content of your blog. I’ll tell you what works, what needs improvement, and how you might go about making those improvements. I will not…

What immediately stands out for me in your work are the delicately rendered faces. There are so many different subtle expressions on the characters you draw, it really brings them to life. Facial variation is another strong point in your art: Each character has a distinct face shape and structure, which helps convey their personality to the viewer. Excellent job.

There’s also a definite mood in each piece, conveyed both through the colours you choose to use (the fact that you’re apparently sometimes using pre-existing palettes only makes this more impressive, to me, since that means you’re catching the mood that those colours give you and very skillfully creating work that exploits that mood) and through the postures of the figures which are the major focus of your work. It never feels like you’re falling back on what’s easy to draw, it seems like you choose the pose and angle that works best for the piece rather than keeping solely to the kind of thing you already draw well. Although you might want to try and stretch yourself even more by choosing more dramatic up- and down-shots. That said You have some very impressive compositions, though you may rely on centering the subject a little too much. Try playing with putting the focus somewhere aside from the center of the composition.

Colour-wise: You work primarily with an almost cell-shaded mode of colouring work, even when using a less stylised mode of drawing. Try breaking up the areas and maybe using a more ‘painterly’ style, I think it would serve you well. What I mean by painterly is try using the tools in your art software more like brushes, and create a richer, more layered look by building up to the colours you want rather than simply filling in areas with blocks of it right off the bat. If you prefer working with cell-shading, I suggest that you still break up the different areas by putting in highlights or deeper patches of shadow.

Very nice work, and it seems as though you’re always striving to learn more and expand your skills. Keep working! I’d love to see where you can go with that kind of drive.

The best of luck in all your endeavours,

-SA

Critique

You’re a very flexible artist. In your work I see you switching back and forth easily between a detailed, less stylised mode to a few different ways of drawing that are more stylised, and you’re equally skilled in all of them. This will definitely give you more options as you progress, I recommend you go forward with equal attention to your several styles.

Colour usage in your work is very skilled, you transition easily (once again) between various ways of handling colour, and each piece is well-served by the way you choose to work with colour for that specific piece. There’s often a lot of delicacy in the way you handle the middle tones that makes your art quite enjoyable to look at.

The way you render hair is lovely, very delicate and flowing. Great work! The expressions on the faces of the figures you render are often subtle but they’re well-done.

You have very nice, smooth poses. There’s none of the stiffness that sometimes plagues work from those still learning how to understand anatomy on an intuitive level. Occasionally, the proportions are slightly off in a way that’s not derived from your natural distortions (aka ‘style’) but overall you have a solid grasp of anatomy.

The major problems that I see in your anatomy are that you render the neck like a smooth column rather than a complex structure and from time to time you don’t make the skull ‘deep’ enough. A good rule of thumb: The head is usually just about as ‘deep’ from forehead to the back of the skull as the face is long from forehead to chin.

Lovely work and I look forward to seeing how you progress.

The best of luck in all your endeavours,

-SA

PLEASE

BE PATIENT and DON’T DELETE THE REBLOG until AFTER I critique it. I reblog the post from your blog in order to critique you (It’s simpler this way for a variety of reasons) so IF YOU WANT TO BE CRITIQUED, DO NOT DELETE THE POST.Thank you!

Reblog This Post To Receive Critique on Your Art Blog

amazinglyartisticadvice:

This is a new iteration, the list has been scrapped for the old ‘reblog and’ post.

Reblog this post to your art blog, and I will give you feedback on the content of your blog. I’ll tell you what works, what needs improvement, and how you might go about making those improvements. I will not discriminate based on genre, media, or aesthetic, everyone will be evaluated on their own terms.

Selection will be based on the order that people reblogged the post in, and the post will be tagged with the artist’s url for their convenience. PLEASE make sure you reblog TO YOUR ART BLOG. Reblog the ORIGINAL POST from Starving Artist’s Sage Advice, this makes things less complicated for me! DO NOT LIKE THE POST IN ORDER TO BE CRITIQUED, THIS WILL NOT PUT YOU IN LINE TO BE CRITIQUED. THANK YOU. The critique will cover the body of your work. If you’d rather I critique a specific piece, please submit it to the blog with what you’d like to have feedback on as an image file.

What immediately strikes me when looking at your world is the way it’s so often vivid and lively, both in the way that it’s rendered and in the colours you choose. The subtleties of your tones as you shade between colors make the work beautiful to look at. Line width is varied throughout, making for visual complexity, and you easily move between highly complex and ornate designs and simpler designs, another point of flexibility in your work. Nice texture in both your digital and your traditional work, which leads me to the next point: You seem nearly equally skilled in both types of media, which is rare and will certainly serve you well and make you a more flexible artist.

You have a very approachable style, with fluid poses and well-rendered features. Both humanoids and animalistic characters are rendered with equal care and skill, which is rare considering many artists choose to focus solely on one or the other.

Some of your pieces are very successful in terms of use of colour, light and shadow to create complexity and form.

One piece stands out not only because of the high contrast and drama of the lighting/colours, but because there’s an overall tension and energy that’s not much seen in your art. The stance of the character shows a vitality and readiness rather than the restful or leisurely postures you’re prone to. There’s a sense of display in most of your work as opposed to a sense of activity. (This doesn’t hold true for your sketches.Many of your sketches have a far less staid overall feel than your finished work.) This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, or even something that you need to ‘fix’ however if you’re looking for a direction to grow in, you might want to keep this in mind. I also noticed a few attempts to render adult humanoid males that were slightly less than successful…try doing studies from photographs as well as doing work based on your own knowledge of anatomy. This should help you understand how a muscular male body works slightly better than always working from your own imagination.

Incredible, very mature work overall and hopefully we’ll see more of it!

Best of luck in all your endeavours,

-SA

Let’s Stop Calling it a Background

And start calling it an environment.

Don’t decide that your work ‘needs a background’ just because your art teacher/followers/friends are always telling you to draw a background. And then to satisfy this ‘need’ for a background, you draw your figure standing against a background that may as well be a backdrop for all that your major focus (the figure) is interacting with it.

Backgrounds recede, environments surround.

Having your figure sitting on something conveniently block-shaped isn’t real interaction, try again.

The space that your figures occupy should be just as important and considered as the design of the figure itself. Consider the following when you’re designing an environment:

-Where would my character likely be found?

-What kind of place matches the mood of the work that I envision in my mind?

-What might my character be doing in this space? Are they passing through, exploring, observing, taking some other action?

-How does my character’s presence affect the environment? Are they leaving footprints, do they bring colour to a dour environment (therefore standing out and affecting the way the harmony of the place works?) Are there other figures and do they notice the focus character?

-How does the environment affect the character? Is she or he looking at something in their surroundings, or are they looking at the ‘camera’? Why are they looking at the ‘camera’?

-Does the environment have an affect on the lighting? In what way? Is this important to the piece?

If you don’t want to draw a background…don’t. Leave it blank. Call it a character study. You don’t always NEED a background…But if you include a background, make it as VITAL as the figure. If you’re stumped, try finding a photograph of a place that you find interesting and simply find a way to translate that into an environment for your figures. And don’t forget that a successful composition will arrange ALL elements (from the focus figure to the various shapes in the environment) in relation to each other. The world around your figure should be part of the work from conception to sketch to final work. Not an afterthought worked in around the figure.

Aren't you gonna do any more critiques? :o

I’ve been ill/stressed/busy, unfortunately.
Will continue soon (possibly Monday).
My apologies, will be making the attempt to do double critiques to try and catch up.
Again, I apologise to everyone, thank you for your patience.
-SA