#31 - This Holds For Artists, Engineers, And Scientists - The Only Way To Get At The Truth Is To Question Your Assumptions

Find the truth by questioning everything.

We all have opinions on things. Things that we believe that we know for sure.

#30 - How To Use The Concept OF Balance, Yin And Yang, In Your Art Compositions And Creative Processes

How to choose between two opposing things.

In the past, artists would make these portrait drawings, drawing the facial features with excruciating detail. Artists would then draw the clothes with loose lines that suggested the texture of the fabric. The contrast makes the illustration much more interesting.

#29 - Breaks Can Make You Much More Productive As An Artist, So Take Breaks

Seriously. Rest is a part of the creative process.

My uncle would pay me a fixed price for delivery. “Great!” I thought. I’d just put in long hours, and then I would be finished much sooner and have some time off.

#28 - Are You Too Old To Become An Artist, And Are There Benefits To Starting Creating Art Later In Life?

And what is too old?

You often hear people ask if they are too old to start making art. Here are my thoughts on that.

#27 - Should You Draw Every Day, Or Is It Okay To Take Breaks?

Spoiler: no, you should not.

Often you hear people say that you should draw every day if you want to become good, but is this true?

#26 - Should Artists Create Art With Social Media In Mind?

Spoiler: no, you should not.

The topic for today: you shouldn’t make art just for social media. Social media, if you let it, will just gobble up all of your time.

#25 - The Various Stages Of Art Mastery, How To Recognize Them And What To Do At Each Stage As An Artist

What skill level are you?

I find that there are five skill levels, and for any single skill, you are somewhere on that scale.

#24 - Testing Your Art? The Only Way To Get At The Truth Is To Question Everything, And Then Test

Seeing your art as a consumer product.

The story goes that one day, Leonardo Da Vinci wanted to find out if the anatomy books were correct. So he went out in the night and stole dead bodies from the morgue, and he dissected them.

#23 - Should Artists Really Know The Rules Before They Can Break Them?

There are no rules when it comes to making art.

It’s not that he couldn’t paint symmetric fruit bowls; he had proper training at an art academy. He was perfectly capable of painting a perfectly symmetric fruit bowl.

#22 - The Media You Consume And The Things Your Senses Experience All End Up In Your Art - Curate Your Input To Control Your Output

Pay attention to what you pay attention to!

I soon figured out that it wasn’t for me. To be an editorial cartoonist, you have to make yourself angry every day, and I am just not like that.

#21 - For Artists, This Is Much Better Than A New Year Resolutions - Do This Instead Of New Year Resolutions

A better way to plan your future creative endeavours.

For years, I would have cool ideas—or so I thought—and then I would enthusiastically pile things on, which I could add to that idea until I ran the idea into the ground!

#20 - To Try New Things, Artists Should Create Experiment Campaigns With A Clear Begin, And End Evaluation

This is better than just struggling on.

One of the main things that are so cool about campaigns is that they are limited in time. A “campaign” is something with a goal, a proposed approach to reach that goal, a start, a middle, and end, and a moment to evaluate the results.

#19 - Making Art Creation Fun Can Be A Great Way To Make It Easier To Draw A Lot - Gamify Your Art Creation Process

We find play irresistable.

I recently decided to let go of producing output and just focusing on the process. Just have fun drawing, you know? Fill sketchbooks and such.

#18 - Consider The Sounds That Surround You While You Create Art And Notice How What You Listen To Affects Your Art Creation Process

Notice how your surrounding soundscape affects your artistic process.

In her remarkable book ‘Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain,’ Betty Edwards explains how you should shut out words from your mind while drawing.

#17 - What Pen Is Best For Drawing, And Does It Really Not Matter What Pen You Use?

The eternal quest for that pen that will make your drawings magically look nice.

If you watch Kim Jung Gi’s YouTube channels, you can sometimes hear the exasperation in his voice when yet another person asks what pen he uses.

#16 - Artists, Do NOT Follow-For-Follow, Or Even Look At Follows And Likes On Social Media

Social media tempts us to do stupid things.

I’m noticing this surprising thing as I am starting my YouTube channel: other creators comment on my videos in a way that makes it clear that they watched my videos, liked my videos, subscribed to my channel.

#15 - Do Not Listen To Military Men When They Talk About The Creative Process - Art is NOT War!

Do not listen to a Marine when it comes to making art.

What is the single worst advice you have ever seen when it comes to making art?

#14 - Should You Go To Art School Or Can You Become A Good Artist By Being Self-Taught?

The answer is, it depends.

I have been to an art academy. I went for slightly less than three years. A few weeks before the end, I realized it wasn’t the right course for me anymore, and I quit.

#13 - How Online Art Teachers Help You To Draw While You Think You Are Procrastinating

Learning new skills is a skill too. When learning to play the piano, it is helpful to practice playing music composed by others. When learning to cook, it is useful to follow recipes. Eventually, you can write your music or create your own meals.

#12 - Should A Modern Artist Be A Jack Of All Trades And Master Of None?

There’s an exciting thing happening nowadays, and it started around ten years ago. With online publishing in blogs, newsletters, and on YouTube and such, people could suddenly market themselves. They could put their work out there and present it to their audience without going through a middle man.

#11 - My One Rule For Watching My Tutorial Videos

You have to do them!

A video where we draw simplified volumes of an arm. This arm is based on a study @yuassamakoto shared on Twitter and Pinterest, likely inspired by George Bridgman’s studies of interlocking volumes.

#10 - Things To Consider When You Are Looking For The Perfect Sketchbook

And how to find yours.

If you’re an artist like me, you’re probably constantly on the lookout for the perfect sketchbook. Each sketchbook has different properties. Which ones to choose?

#9 - Why You Should NOT Do Drawing Challenges, Or Daily Drawing Prompts Like Inktober

On why you should NOT do them.

Each October, there is a drawing challenge where you are invited to draw based on a daily prompt.

#8 - What I Learned From Re-Inking Joseph Clement Coll

Get into the heads of your favorite artists!

I tried out episodic stories online a few years back and decided to try that out on public domain stories. One story I tried it on was The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle—the story on which Jurassic part was later based. It is pretty interesting to read the story after seeing the movie. The filmmakers did lift a lot of ideas from the original story. But I digress.

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