(Question from my Ask.fm account)
I’ve been asked a lot about developing styles and improving so I thought I would make an advice comic for you lovelies~ :>
It’s so hard to explain about our development in art styles. We may be influenced by the same things, but how we illustrate, express, and think is completely different. It’s not something you can buy or learn in a class.
Remember that age doesn’t matter and it’s never too late. You can draw whether you’re 30 or 13. You’re still young! And there’s no rush. We learn at our pace and should be proud of ourselves for continuing to draw. Not many people realize that art is a pretty tough field and I know a couple that have given up and chosen other paths.
Improvement will happen if you keep on doing what you love. It will take time but keep practicing and months (or years) from now you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve progressed. Soon your doodles that used to take you 2 hours will take only a minute or less.
But again, you have to just do it. This applies with music, performance, or anything else. Tutorials, books, and advices won’t mean anything unless you actually do it.
Don’t think about what anyone will think, if you’ll be famous or not, or if you’ll develop a “unique” style. Just start drawing. Fanart, figure drawing, animals, anime, just do it!!
You will improve and you will create great things. Just do it!!
I hope this helps!
They’re all so good you guys!!!
it’s a lot faster for me to make than in Flash
Going to try to use Flash for the hourly comics since it’s faster and I’m very busy. I’ll get better~
Don’t worry, you guys. I’m not depressed or anything. It’s just one of those days where I express thoughts that have resided in my brain for a while.
I am always concerned but it’s okay nobody’s perfect~
I could swear there are many posts that talk about this but oh well… Anywho…
I really felt the need to discuss this because I have felt like this before. And I know it’s difficult to talk about it out of the fear of being called selfish or “crying for attention”.
I completely disagree. It’s not a matter of acting selfish. Again it’s another self-esteem issue. Let’s face it, low self-esteem is difficult to overcome, despite what some people think.
But it can be helped. We all want to be funny, smart, clever, pretty, talented, and all that jazz. We can be those! It’s totally possible.
Get started now! Learn to laugh and develop your own sense of humor. Be up to date with current events. Dress properly and care about your appearance.
But mind you I never said it was easy or a quick-fix. Everything takes time. I know it’s difficult in this time where we want things instantly. Believe me, I am the most impatient individual. But we just have to wait and keep working.
And popularity should not be your main concern. Yes as an artist we want some recognition, but becoming popular for the sake of being popular is a negative behavior to have.
Go at your own pace. Take it step by step to be become a better individual and a better artist. Make yourself happy and learn to love yourself.
I’m working on that too. In fact I made this advise for myself as well. Everything will get be better. Don’t worry C:
All my life I’ve been extremely negative and mean, so I want to change that!!
I completely understand why a lot of us feel that we’re not good enough artists. Especially in animation, it’s a competitive field. And we’re constantly pressured to go to an art school, get a degree, get an internship, and work in an industry before we turn 30 and we’re “old”.
The anxiety and stress is unhealthy and just lowers our self-esteem dramatically. I personally blame the internet.
- It’s never too late! Who cares if you’re 15 or 40. Don’t feel inadequate if someone younger has accomplished more or if someone is more admired than you.
- It’s okay to dream to work in certain studios, but your other big goal is to be the best artist you can be. I know that sounds cliche but it’s a good way to feel proud of yourself. That is still my biggest ambition and the amount of friends and contacts I’ve made over the past couple of years is a tremendous bonus.
- Be nice to yourself!! I’m a self-critique but it’s okay to feel proud of your work. Accept every compliment you receive and be grateful. I’m a bit nervous towards any form of adulation but I’m thanking everyone regardless.
- Sometimes it’s okay to whine. I used to be against that but that just bottles up your emotions until it explodes and you’re depressed for 3-4 whole months. Write it out in a journal or talk to someone. Then cheer yourself up because you deserve to be happy.
Yeesh I’m sorry for the all the blabbering. I hope this helps everyone. This is also for me too so I don’t always feel crummy. It stinks but we can pull through it!
Let’s get confident!!
I just had to make this after Alisa made the cutest drawing of us! We actually did this when we were kids! Our parents can vouch for us for sure.
We had many ideas! We wanted to be comic artists and told each other many ideas, which we thought were brilliant at the time! We complimented each other a lot. I was good at sketching while she was good at crafts and color.
Our favorite hangouts were indeed the Hello Kitty story, the Disney store, and the Barnes n Nobles store in the comics section. We would stay up late and watch the Powerpuff Girls, talk about Pokemon, eat pizza, play pretend, and video record us and our other good friends doing silly things.
It’s amazing after so long we still see each other and keep in touch, even in our different career paths. And I’m so proud of Alisa! She went from interning at DreamWorks to interning at Pixar!!
She’s my idol! She’s funny, goofy, geeky, uplifting, and cheery. It’s never a dull moment when I hang out with her, and it never was. I hope to be as amazing and bright as her one day.
My main point of all this to everyone is how it’s very important to keep your good friends. If they’re truly valuable, then stay in touch with them. Never let them go. If you’re truly committed, then you can make any relationship work~
Hope you like it, Alisa! Thanks for still sticking with me after 15 years! Man I still can’t believe it! Also we have to have that ice-cream again, with the little chocolate fish.
Hourly Comic Day
It’s all your fault, Jamie >:C
Also that’s the end! Thanks for watching everyone. I’m glad I was able to finish this. Next year I plan to do another one but traditional this time.
I’m participating in another art challenge Sketch-a-Day February! So expect a drawing from me everyday this month!