Monday, December 14, 2009

A word of encouragement to "bad" artist

Now, I wouldn't consider myself a "good" artist yet, just not "bad". But, I've only been not "bad" for a very short time. As little as 3 years ago, I was a horribly bad artist. Now, if I messed with a drawing for long enough, I could make you think I was ok at drawing, but it was extremely frustrating and difficult. If I had to draw the same character in multiple poses, it really showed that I was "bad". And if I had to draw something really fast, it was so embarrassing That I will never show any of those drawings to anyone.

Some people are naturally talented at drawing. I was not one of those people. So, in 2005 I finally just got fed up with being bad at drawing and started studying. For about 2 years I just copied stuff and took drawing classes. I think I've paused every frame of every Disney movie and copied the drawing. To this day, I still start my day with 1-2 hours of studying. I still make really bad drawings that I don't show to people. I am constantly forgetting the basics and having to relearn them. I have whole days or even weeks where I can't do a single good drawing. But, as a whole, I've come a very long way from where I was and hope still go a lot further.

One of the most inspiring things was seeing that other artist who I consider to be "great" were horrible when they were as old as 25 or even 30. Now again, some people are "great" when they are 15. I've seen it and it can be very discouraging to the rest of us who are not naturally talented. But there is hope. So to all my fellow "Bad" artist, who don't have any talent, don't give up hope. You can make up for it with hard work.

24 comments:

  1. Word to that!
    And thanks for sharing all your experiences!

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  2. DUDE same boat... I dont think I actually got to my not bad stage till recently and I still have a ways to go. Study is definitely the way to go... I look forward to learning more.. and this blog of yours is great inspiration.

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  4. hehe, great post. i totally feel a bad artist when i see the damn talented Gobelins kids!

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  5. there are times when I make bad drawings/artwork, and feeling in a bit of a slump that day, almost giving up altogether, but hoping the next day will be not as bad.

    what keeps you going? what inspires you?

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  6. Flaviano: Yes, damn those Gobelins kids! We have quite a few of them at Dreamworks and they all blow everyone else out the water.

    Ivanator: There are some donald duck drawings on page 57 of "The Illusion of life" by Fred Moore. I saw those as a kid. Something about seeing those pencil drawings just inspired me. I just had to be able to do that. It's stuck with me ever since. Fred Moore is still my favorite artist.

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  7. Those Gobelins folks are amazing. You should kidnap and hid them under your desk.

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  8. a very encouraging post that i will share to friends.

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  9. It is like you are talking right to me! thanks.

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  10. Thank you. Feel like I'm starting off pretty badly with some poor drawings, but with words of encouragement like that - there is hope! Thanks again!

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  11. This is so great. Thank you very much.

    -George

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  12. You have no idea how much this means.

    I'm in my early 30's and have just decided to take art more seriously so I can hopefully work with it someday.

    Your blog has been a true great find!

    Thanks a bunch!

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  13. I just turned 39 and I think I have finally moved from horrible to bad.

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  14. I can really relate to this post. I'm 46 and still trying. Even now it's still a struggle...but there IS improvement.

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  15. Thank you for this post, Rad. I can truly relate to it.. I'm still trying to push myself everyday to get out from the 'dump' :) Hopefully you're right.. there is HOPE!

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  16. This post is truly inspiring. I don't have a natural ability to draw, but I'm working on it every single day. Thank you so much.

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  17. hehe its amazing everyone who commented above though of him/herself not naturally talented :)


    well very well said article, very honest, yet very inspiring,
    I am glad i am not alone in this world who was thought of him self as the worst artist on planet hehe

    thanks your words were really encouraging

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  18. There's Just SO much to study. Where do I start?

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