Starving Artist's Sage Advice
Thank you a lot! Don't worry about the time you took to reply, I saw that your blag had became inactive and I guessed you were busy. Since I sent you this some things got better (i actually had proper medication) and I started drawing again, less than before but still enough to improve a little, but I was still anxious about school and your answer is very helpful. I get so many advice everyday from different people who dont know what they're talking about that I was confused. Thank you!

I’m glad it helped.

Best of luck in all your endeavors,

-SA

Hi. I’m 16. I live in a country where art schools are free but very hard to enter, you must be a very good artist already and a hard worker. I used to work harder than everyone else, to draw three hours a day and follow different art history classes, work in museums… I used to be fearless about entering art schools, because of my hard work, and everyone who noticed this told me that choosing my school wouldn’t even be an issue. i was happy, until this summer. I had to go through major leg surgery, recovery and rehab was supposed to last one month and I was ok with that, but the surgeon lied to me, and now I know that recovery is going to last one year and a half. Now, walking a few meters makes me dead tired and when I come home from school I can’t even draw because my legs hurt very badly. It’s been two months since I last drew something decent, and I must apply for art school… Next year. I’ve got such a short amount of time and my health is so bad that I can’t do anything. I’m scared and I don’t know what I can do because the only way to be good enough is drawing, and I can’t draw. Aspiring art students of my age who used to work less than me are going to be better than me by the end of the year. What can I do?

-aulula

Aulula—

I’m so very sorry I didn’t reply to this sooner. I’ve been having trouble getting online for anything less serious than work, and I very much apologize if it seemed as though I ignored you.

It sounds as though you’re in a very tight spot right now, and first and foremost I want to tell you you have my sympathy and my good wishes, for what that’s worth. I know a little bit about being thrown unexpected curveballs that throw your whole life off track. It sounds as though you’re going through serious hardship right now, and I can only pray that your situation improves.

That said, here’s my advice—art schools tend to care more about improvement, aptitude, and willingness to learn than about your actual skill level upon entry. They don’t expect you to draw like a  Master at your age, and if you were already advanced before your accident, then you likely have some decent work to show already. Another thing is that a strong portfolio—professional or scholastic—doesn’t need dozens of pieces. Having ten pieces of work from the last year or so that show both ability and progress will work, don’t try to produce twenty portfolio quality pieces in between now and your entry date. Also, if your art schools are anything like ours, your portfolio won’t be going alone. You’ll have the oppourtunity to write an essay or a cover letter or both to accompany it, and if those who are reviewing your work know of your hardships and dedication, they’ll be impressed.

So what that boils down to is—don’t fear. Believe in your own abilities and your work ethic and trust in others to recognize that in your work.

Best of luck in all your endeavors,

-SA

kelpls:

A BUNCH OF PEOPLE askd how i color hair/skin/clothes but I REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN IT SOBS I GUESS icould do a step by step if u guys want idk i

Color wise i honestly just do it randomly tturns AWAY BUT YEAH I NOTICED I STICK wiith purple-blues alot expecially for shadows!! i’m sorry i don’t know wat to say omg

kelpls:

SK IN COLORING CAUSE i received a bunch of asks on this omg i don’t know if this is the right way or anything but it’s a quick way i use to pick skin color s YEAH BLUES AND PURPLES add a nice bit of variety to the skin i feel idk IM SORRY I KINDA GO ON INSTINCT WHEN IT COMES TO THE EXACT COLORS 

If you’re ever not sure of skin colors it’s always best to look up a ref of a RL person of that approximate skin color!! 

shadowlill:

dommifox:

Much like my leaf tutorial this is another crazy simple guide but it might help a few of you! I love to get a lot of thumbnail type ideas down first before I settle on something final so I like to use this quick method as a way of exploration, basic research into what I’m trying to achieve and a means of creating variety in my work (I hope!) On the flip-side I know a lot of people struggle with creating environments in general, this could be a good way to ease yourself into drawing them without getting too bogged down in details and technicalities, just blasting your ideas down onto a canvas!

i needed this

cosmic-nerd-angel:

a quick and sloppy tutorial on drawing profiles for the anon who requested it. hope this helps some people! 

sinvraal:

Quick an’ dirty tutorial on how to create that car paint metal shading, for anyone who’s interested. It’s easier than it looks, it just takes some tricksy use of Photoshop’s layer blending modes. This was done in PS CS5, though it should work in just about any version.

This should work with any color using the same principles. Once the base is done, dirt and damage can be used to add some wear and tear, either painted by hand or taken from grunge maps.

:)

losthitsu:

Body drawing review - translated version.

teratophiliazine:


Teratophilia Submissions (Deadline November 11)
 It’s that time again…. We had some great submissions for the first issue of the zine (check it out on October 31st!) but now we’re looking for work to fill our second issue! Got a story or an image you want to share? Great! We’d love to see it. Collaborations are welcome, so if you have a minion you’d like to rope into it grab your friend and get to work. The deadline is November 11th, but if you’re finished early you can submit it before then.
Teratophiliais a zine celebrating all things monstrous and strange, from hydras to unicorns to the kinds of monsters that can’t quite be described in familiar terms. If you’ve got a limerick, a comic, an erotic short story or anything else featuring monsters (not necessarily in a sexual capacity-nonsexual work is more than welcome, too!) then we’d like to see it and share it with the rest of the monster loving world.
We like them cute, we like them ugly, we like them male and female and everything in between.
Teratophilia needs black and white or grayscale submissions of five pages or less for its second issue-So if you enjoy writing about or drawing monsters, why don’t you contribute? Check out our submissions guidelines and submit work to teratophilia.zine[at]gmail.com
The zine will be published digitally every month and every third month all submissions-including some that will have been kept back from the digital volumes-will be published in an all encompassing anthology of monster loving goodness, and all contributors will be given a portion of the profits. The period between October and December will be devoted to generating enough capital to effectively produce this Monster-sized anthology.
So what are you waiting for? Get to work! Those monsters won’t draw themselves!

teratophiliazine:

Teratophilia Submissions (Deadline November 11)

 It’s that time again…. We had some great submissions for the first issue of the zine (check it out on October 31st!) but now we’re looking for work to fill our second issue! Got a story or an image you want to share? Great! We’d love to see it. Collaborations are welcome, so if you have a minion you’d like to rope into it grab your friend and get to work. The deadline is November 11th, but if you’re finished early you can submit it before then.

Teratophiliais a zine celebrating all things monstrous and strange, from hydras to unicorns to the kinds of monsters that can’t quite be described in familiar terms. If you’ve got a limerick, a comic, an erotic short story or anything else featuring monsters (not necessarily in a sexual capacity-nonsexual work is more than welcome, too!) then we’d like to see it and share it with the rest of the monster loving world.

We like them cute, we like them ugly, we like them male and female and everything in between.

Teratophilia needs black and white or grayscale submissions of five pages or less for its second issue-So if you enjoy writing about or drawing monsters, why don’t you contribute? Check out our submissions guidelines and submit work to teratophilia.zine[at]gmail.com

The zine will be published digitally every month and every third month all submissions-including some that will have been kept back from the digital volumes-will be published in an all encompassing anthology of monster loving goodness, and all contributors will be given a portion of the profits. The period between October and December will be devoted to generating enough capital to effectively produce this Monster-sized anthology.

So what are you waiting for? Get to work! Those monsters won’t draw themselves!

skoolmunkee:

malinfalch:

drew greyhounds in class this week!

oh, look at those sweeties! My friend and I went to a life drawing class series and we kept saying I should draw Union like life drawing and… I never did… :(