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Another Huge Thank You, Request for Advice, and Movie Talk! c:

Permanent Linkby Scaylid00d on Mon Nov 09, 2015 4:31 pm

Hello again! d^3^b

First things first, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who commented, favourited, or simply viewed my latest and older uploads in the last while, it's meant a whole lot to me TTwTT The response has been almost overwhelmingly positive, and it's uniquely humbling to know my own perverted little efforts can inspire and encourage such support. When people let me know that I've actually inspired them in one way or another, that is a great honour to me as an artist, or even just to me as a person. So many fantastic artists here and elsewhere have inspired me so much, and it's a privilege to get to do the same for someone else ^//.//^

What I have cooking right now: the constructions for my next commission. It's gonna be another comic, just without elaborate coloring, so I hope to have that done soon enough :3 Some side projects include a practice sketch of some basic bondage. I've been using live-action references in an effort to improve my proportions and angles, and I'm liking how it's turning out so far. Another project involves a certain elfy and wolfboy otherwise consumed (Not my characters, but more on that later. Nothing solid yet, still messing around with some voracious concepts~)


Regarding the advice I need however, I'm hoping one of my fellow artistic voraphiles may have some insight here. For the longest time I've noted that I have the biggest trouble trying to keep at working on a drawing, if not just sitting myself down to actually draw at all D: It's like I have this paranoid insecurity about my abilities, where the niggling "voice" in my head makes me worry that when I get something right in a picture, it was by sheer coincidence, not because of skill (I put voice in quotation marks, since it's more like a feeling or idea than an actual voice). I open a project I'm working on, and see how far I've gotten, and more often than not, this voice tells me I should just leave it, it's as good as it's gonna get, I'll just ruin it if I try to work on it any more.
Time and time again I've proven this voice wrong, yet it persists, and for some reason continues to get the better of me. Granted, some things may coincidentally happen to work at a given time, but that's what comes from experimentation and practice.

A few years ago, Wolfy-Nail from Fur Affinity published a great journal detailing the psychology behind art blocks. Something that stuck with me is indeed how a tendency is bred into a lot of people from an early age, where they're made to think of themselves as a bad person for failing at something. I suspect this had seeped into my psyche as well. I realize however, failure is actually just experience to learn from, and improve upon your efforts. Even so, I still occasionally find myself taking it hard when I know I've failed, and I then have to make an effort to will myself out of that way of thinking. Often it gets the better of me, and wills me to do something else to procrastinate. Sadly, this happens a lot. I'm staring at a project right now as I type this, and a part of me really wants to continue work on it, while another part's nagging me that I'll just cock it up if I do.

An intensely brilliant film about this negative voice is "Revolver". A somewhat rare film, but I highly recommend it. It even features Jason Statham and Ray Liotta, so why not! :-D Either way, it illustrates the concept brilliantly, and rocked my world when I first saw it. It made me acutely aware of this negative influence. However, upon reflection over the years, I choose to see it not as this bad side of me always wanting to bring me down, but a part of my intuition, who's advice I always have to take with a pinch of salt, and weigh whether it's worth listening to. I don't really know, I might just be rambling, but that's my view on what that voice actually is. I'm just struggling with a lot of it's critical advice, I suppose >3>

So my question is, whether you perhaps know of an exercise I can work on and keep at, to try and overcome this creative burden? I know there's no quick-fix for something like this, so I suspect it would be an exercise, not to mention an effort. Like a lot of peeps, I tend to shine when I'm tested, and I've noticed I stick to drawing, and put a lot more focus into it, when I'm drawing alongside someone. Most regrettably, I no longer have someone to do that with :c I've heard that livestreaming your efforts helps combat the urge to quit and procrastinate, which is why I've been looking into finally doing my first stream sometime soon. What do you think?

Is it something I can work on? Something that's tamable? Something I can work to become stronger than? I thank you in advance for your input, and either way, thank you for taking the time to read this :) That again means much to me.


If you don't necessarily have advice for my misadventure above, I'd still love to hear from you! As a fun side-topic, I've been meaning to ask: What did you think of Terminator Genisys and Jurassic World? @3@

I might attract some raised eyebrows for this, but I didn't actually like the newest Jurassic movie :( Granted, it's a fun first-watch for sure, but it's riddled with cliche, annoying child characters, and a tiresomely predictable plot. References to the other movies feel forced and cheesy, and you don't see enough dinosaurs! </3 I know Jurassic Park 3 draws a lot of hate, but I liked it better than this addition to the series.

As for Terminator Genisys... guys, I really dislike it e_e; Like, a lot. If you're a Terminator fan like I am, and have seen this installment, I trust you might feel the same...

What are your thoughts though? :silly: That's about it from me otherwise ^ u ^/ I'll keep you updated on my plans as the year draws closer to its end, slowly but surely. Stay safe until next time, and remember to keep your arms tucked inward when being swallowed, for both yours and your pred's comfort~ <3
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Re: Another Huge Thank You, Request for Advice, and Movie Talk! c:

Permanent Linkby Bitter on Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:38 pm

Another project involves a certain elfy and wolfboy otherwise consumed (Not my characters, but more on that later. Nothing solid yet, still messing around with some voracious concepts~)


I hope these are who I think they are...!

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But, regarding the main thrust of the blog... this is probably going to be less helpful than it should be, coming from someone mired in the exact same problem. But it mostly stems from excessive self-analysis. It's true that if you never critique yourself, you'll never grow. But at the same time, if you always critique yourself, you'll never want to make anything. You have to learn to let go of the critical impulse while you're in the act of creating, and save the reflection for afterward. It's like Bob Ross says-- we don't make mistakes, there's just happy little accidents.

Habit is another important element of it. You've got to get to a point where it feels more natural to clock in and go to work than to avoid it, and unfortunately there isn't much more to that than momentum. You could try setting an alarm or something, setting an hour out of each day aside for drawing come hell, high water, or Fallout 4.

... and yes, accountability certainly helps. It's what kept me going in the latter days of ToMW's development. Streaming is one way to do it! Or you can recruit a trusted friend to nag you for information on what you're doing. I've tried that last one, but my friends are all too soft-hearted to manage it. XD
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Re: Another Huge Thank You, Request for Advice, and Movie Talk! c:

Permanent Linkby Scaylid00d on Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:10 am

Bitter wrote:
Another project involves a certain elfy and wolfboy otherwise consumed (Not my characters, but more on that later. Nothing solid yet, still messing around with some voracious concepts~)


I hope these are who I think they are...!

---

But, regarding the main thrust of the blog... this is probably going to be less helpful than it should be, coming from someone mired in the exact same problem. But it mostly stems from excessive self-analysis. It's true that if you never critique yourself, you'll never grow. But at the same time, if you always critique yourself, you'll never want to make anything. You have to learn to let go of the critical impulse while you're in the act of creating, and save the reflection for afterward. It's like Bob Ross says-- we don't make mistakes, there's just happy little accidents.

Habit is another important element of it. You've got to get to a point where it feels more natural to clock in and go to work than to avoid it, and unfortunately there isn't much more to that than momentum. You could try setting an alarm or something, setting an hour out of each day aside for drawing come hell, high water, or Fallout 4.

... and yes, accountability certainly helps. It's what kept me going in the latter days of ToMW's development. Streaming is one way to do it! Or you can recruit a trusted friend to nag you for information on what you're doing. I've tried that last one, but my friends are all too soft-hearted to manage it. XD


Thanks a lot for the input c: That's a great point, I think it would help me a lot if I stopped humoring critical throughts while drawing. Easier said than done of course, but knowing I shouldn't pay it credence while in my zone from now on, will help me better focus my attention as time goes on. I'm definitely a fan of Bob Ross, so I'll most certainly take this to heart.

Habit forming's also a great idea. I'll set aside an hour for myself each day after work, just so I can at least get something done, or to just give myself the opportunity to be creative. Sadly, I've never played the Fallout series. Closest I've played is Stalker and Metro. I imagine I'd be just as giddy as Fallout fans are right now if another Stalker title actually got released O:

Haha, I'd imagine my friends would be a lot like yours when it came down to it. Hell, I'm the same, I know I couldn't hound a friend like that TwT I'm totes going to set up a stream sometime, all I need is the space and privacy to do so, and hopefully that will become available to me soon <3 Thanks again for sharing your wisdom! Peace :D\m/
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Re: Another Huge Thank You, Request for Advice, and Movie Talk! c:

Permanent Linkby pluralofspoot on Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:50 pm

Read Andrew Loomis's "Fun with a Pencil" and do every exercise in there. It sounds cheesy and dumb, but I promise it's not. But it's an old book and I get the impression that there wasn't an editor when the book was first published because sometimes the sentences just
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Re: Another Huge Thank You, Request for Advice, and Movie Talk! c:

Permanent Linkby Scaylid00d on Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:02 pm

pluralofspoot wrote:Read Andrew Loomis's "Fun with a Pencil" and do every exercise in there. It sounds cheesy and dumb, but I promise it's not. But it's an old book and I get the impression that there wasn't an editor when the book was first published because sometimes the sentences just

Haha, I think I see what you did there ;D I viewed a .PDF of the book, there are a few typos I've already noticed, but it does look like a good deal of fun to follow along, and is quite well presented nonetheless. I'm gonna give it a whirl in my time after work little by little :D I've been taking Bitter's advice to square away a bit of time, even if a little, where I do nothing but draw, and so far it's working well. Sometimes I end up drawing longer than my "allotted" time, and I love when that happens, when I find myself entranced and genuinely enjoying the process. This book should help reinvigorate that same drive some more :silly: Thanks a bunch for the recommendation!
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