How to Play-by-Post
Lighter than my previous work this month; just me going on about my longest running hobby like a dweeb. <3
Reblurghing because this is totally one of my favorite hobbies, and how I met this very talented individual in the first place!
TUMBLR IS BEING A JERK TO ME, SO THIS TOOK FOREVER TO POST. ANYWAY…
This is a good question, and at this moment I find that I am willing to submit to public humiliation in order to answer, so I am going to post some of my references.
You know there are tons of great anatomy and reference books out there, and they are super useful… but I find that the real trick is applying one’s knowledge of anatomy to an actual figure in a specific situation. Bodies twist and warp and move, and sometimes just knowing what bone or muscle goes where isn’t enough for me.
This is where the long, sordid relationship between me and my webcam begins. I am my own favorite model, …because I am always available, and I’m always wiling to look like an idiot for the sake of art.
I’m not confident in my art skill, really. I’m constantly surprised people have such nice things to say on it. I’m constantly fighting against how plain and drab my drawings look. I’m constantly trying to look at my art and not see a sum of flaws. I’m constantly judging myself for all the ways I should be better and I’m not, and how much I struggle with how a lack of achieving the progress I want is interpreted by my head as weakness.
And unfortunately that comes with the territory and never really goes away. I don’t know any artist, no matter how skilled, that doesn’t struggle with crippling self-doubt.
If you’re looking for confidence, I hate to say it, but that it’s something I think very few achieve — if it can be achieved at all. Learning and improving your skill and method is a continuously humbling experience, and part of that lesson is to not mistake “humbling” with “self-hatred.”
The trick to that is to find confidence in literally everything else about art. Why does anyone create or do art at all? Expression. Fun. Play. A purpose. A message. Connection. Communication. Those are all things you can and should feel confident about, otherwise there’s no point to doing art.
That may sound simple but it’s actually very hard, because there’s an important life lesson in achieving that. And it’s a life lesson you’re going to have to re-affirm every minute of every day. And that’s the one every story has been teaching us from the beginning: believing in yourself and what you do, and persevering when all you want to do is break your pencil in half and give up.
Simply put: Don’t make art to be good at it. Make art to be proud of yourself for.
Some warmups, then continuing the illustration from yesterday!
I post something like this about once a year, because I get a lot of messages from people who enjoy my art but feel guilty about not buying things from my store or subscribing on Patreon or getting things from my wishlist, etc. You really don’t need to do ANY of…
Some helpful tips!!
Practicing inking on the Huion with Mineraloid’s Kari, from her comic Winters in Lavelle!
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