Hey there Charlie! I've been doing art for... gosh, a few years now. And I keep doing so many studies but I keep getting caught doing things stylized even if I want to draw them semi-realistic. Any advice?
Oh boy, that’s such a difficult question to answer as I haven’t figured that out myself yet! It’s getting caught in the trap of your own style. I find it easier to step away from my style if it’s *more* stylized or cartoony, etc. I struggle with pushing realism. I’m throwing it out there really if anyone has good suggestions? Using a -lot- of reference and always having it in view seems like a good idea. Just as a constant reminder of the style you’re going for rather than being left to your own devices and drifting off.
“I never had a real house to grow up in. You know, home. I never belonged anywhere. And all my life, I was looking for that thing, you know. Thinking that it was out there somewhere. That all I had to do was find it. But I think, maybe, that home was us. It was you and me, together in that stupid car, riding around, smoking cigarettes. I think that was everything. I’m sorry. I should have known that you were one person who always stays. And you were my best friend.”—Sarah Linden, The Killing (via maliabooty)
I was curious if you would ever consider making your Skillshare class available for a download like what you did with the sequel class on Gumroad. I bought the class and I love to refer back to it as a tool but I feel that it would be a little more convenient to have the videos in my library that I could just pull up and have on hand like your more recent tutorials you've done.
It was something I was hoping to do! Quite a few people have asked about it. Unfortunately, as it stands at the moment I don’t think I’m able to. The class has to stay on Skillshare alone, however if I can find a way around it and can put it on gumroad at some point, I definitely will.
Marrying young is not the end of my freedom. It means I want to travel and see the world, but with her by my side. It means I still like drinking in bars and dancing in clubs, but stumbling home with her at 2am and eating pizza in our underwear. It means I know that I want to kiss those lips every morning, and every night before bed. If you see marriage as the end of your ‘freedom’, you’re doing it wrong.
Hi there! This is a completely non-art related question, but more dog-related. Random I know, but bear with me! :) I think I might get a dog in a few years time once settled in my new place, but is it ok to leave a dog for the day while at a full-time job? I only ask because I think I remember you and your partner in that situation..?
That’s okay! :)
My partner and I both work full time, so yes we’re in that situation. Having said that, we do not leave our dog Indi alone all day. Whenever we’re at work she goes off to doggy day care and goes for long walks in various forests and beaches with other dogs. I can’t tell anyone what to do, but I don’t agree with leaving dogs alone for the majority of the day. If I didn’t have the means to make sure she was taken care of whilst I’m at work, I wouldn’t have a dog in the first place.
They’re such loving social creatures and I personally couldn’t cope with the guilt of her being alone for so long, nor any anxiety issues she might develop as result. Not all dogs are the same, but I can’t help think being left alone all day is just plain cruel. I hope you put lots of consideration into that if you do get a dog.
Would you be offended if someone were to get your art tattooed on them?
I’ve yet to go on a rampage due to people having my work tattooed. I prefer it if people ask the tattoo Artist to use it for inspiration rather than straight up copy it (you know, artist to artist) but hey, I can’t stop anyone! And no I’m not offended.
While I don’t want to be the voice of reason that buzzkills your art dreams, the fact is few people can make a full- time living in this business. Fewer still can sustain a long term career in the creative arts.
It’s hard to know when to let something go. Or when to keep pushing through.
A full time art job is hard, scary and can be completely fucking heartbreaking at times. For all the people who want to do this for a living and make it their end-all, be-all ultimate goal- it is probably not the fantasy you are envisioning in your head. I could go on forever on the harsh, terrifying realities of earning an actual sustainable living doing this but i really don’t feel like reminding myself of how tired, isolated and stressed I am most of the time in order to make it work. I love what i do but…. I’m very, very lucky i got this to be a thing.
A day job is not an art crime, guys.
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