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Offline Y-Cat

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« on: July 09, 2003, 09:33:42 pm »
I am such a chump, and my laziness has gotten the better of me.


Last year, after attending a school that had a myriad of impressive artists, that'd I'd stop feeling like a little weiner, and start practicing my art skills, and hopefully churn out some decent stuff. I did draw.


But it was once every month or so.


With other things, my procrastination gets the best of me. I seem to always find an excuse to put it off(sometimes, retarted reasons). I think its because my uncontrollable thoughts about how much ittl stink. I'm a perfectionist to most things, so when I look at people that do something so great that I aspire to do, I chump out. Its July, and I havent even picked up a pencil. Hopefully, Ill fess up courage to do it and get out of this slump, and Ill post it up here sometime.  

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2003, 02:38:37 pm »
I agree with Midnight.  Leave it alone for a while.  When the time is right, you'll set down in front of it again.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2003, 08:25:27 pm »
I do my art on a spur of the moment type thing. Just pick up a paper and some pencile and just draw a line, then draw another line then some more lines, then you start to get something. Don't think about what your going to draw, just draw. I find I get some of my best stuff when I do that.

Me being a bit of an engineering minded person, I'm a bit of a perfectionist myself.

'Perfect is close enough.' as the saying went in my CAD class, hehe.

But really, Just randomly draw. You go through alot of paper, granted, but in the end it is quite worth it and your abilities advanced that much quicker. The more you draw the better you get.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2003, 01:29:09 pm »
Amen to that, Jadnar.

...I wish Icould come up with ascii drawings that randomly, though.  I could cure a major amount of classroom boredom......  I can make Pikachu.  (o' - 'o)   Hahaha.  Okay I'm done.
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2003, 01:48:36 pm »
If I'm looking for inspiration, I usually look at other artists websites or go looking for something on the internet. Once, I was trying to find artwork of dragons and came across some wonderful pics of flowers. Then looking at one of them I thought to myself, "Man, that would make a great fairy pic! I downloaded that pic plus a bunch of others and ended up creating 5 more of those fairy pictures! (I limit myself to 6 of any one theme.)

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2003, 07:26:24 pm »
i actually do my best work during science class, seriously, boredom is my inspiration. i never seem to have enough self control to go draw at home, because i could be on the internet or watching tv or whatever, but when im in class.... i got nothing else to do, and it sure beats paying attention.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2003, 12:00:32 pm »
(giggles at Midnight Dragon) In the art section, there is 6 dragons, there will be 6 furry fairies, once I finish these last 2, 6 commercials, and the rest can be in "comic sayings" or "misc".

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2003, 12:13:58 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2003, 06:02:52 pm »
Don't feel guilty for not drawing all the time.
Different people work differently.
Me, I have a number of creative outlets, and web design seems to be the biggy these days. I draw only when I really feel like it, when the mood strikes me. I find that I need to set aside a few hours to do something so that I've got the time to finish what I start. I don't like to leave a drawing until it's at a point where I feel it's safe to let it sit for a bit. That's just me though. '<img'>
Do what feels right to you and you'll be comfortable with your artwork, I'm sure.
 
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2003, 03:28:04 am »
Don't call it practicing, because practicing sounds like WORK! Drawing should be fun. I call it a bad habit. '<img'>

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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2004, 02:06:12 am »
Draw for yourself.  Draw when you feel like it, and DONT EVER worry about what it'll look like, just DO it.  You' wont be able to get 'that' good if you never draw will you?  You don't need to show anyone.  

Dont even think about how good at art 'so-and-so' is, because they started out the exact same way you did!!

Good luck, and keep at it! '<img'>

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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2004, 10:17:50 am »
*points up* dont think I coulda put it any better than Forest.

One thing I'd suggest is practice sketching basic figures, then building up how complicated they are. It'll help you draw faster eventually and improve your ability to put ideas down when you get them and fast enough not to lose them (a problem I've suffered from a lot). It'll also help you with coming up with ideas, although to be honest I dont know *why* it does. Probably just cause of practice

If you really want to get good at drawing characters, I'd recommend working throughLoomis' "Figure Drawing for all it's Worth". It's got nudity, so dont look if you dont want to see it. I know it's humans it talks about, but the theory for drawing humans and furries in good poses is the same, and practicing wither would help you improve. Also, if possible, enrol in a life drawing class and practice drawing there. Then youd get a teacher showing you how to get dynamir poses down :P

ANyway, good luck with teh art. Get some practice in and you'll soon notice an improvement '<img'>

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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2004, 06:00:06 pm »
Wow, pretty much the same here... i start something, then i start thinking about how much it'll stink and then end with nothing. I still havent figured out how to cure my lazyness completely, but ive had some progress. What you need to do is find a place where noone will bother you. Then, start drawing. Even if it stinks (and it always does the first time), continue doing it. That way you can see where you are mistaking and try to fix it in your next attempts. You'll be amazed at the result!

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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2004, 06:14:15 pm »
This thread is very old and Eckostyle isn't checking here anymore. Just so everyone knows, you can check up on the work he does here: http://y-cat.deviantart.com/

He won't be coming back, most likely, so we can stop digging up this thread now. '<img'>