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''DON'T SCRAP THAT!''

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 2, 2014, 3:44 AM


Two of the best pieces of advice I ever got considering art and drawings came from the very same person: A graphic designer who often stopped by at the comicshop. We spent a lot of time chatting about techniques and most of my knowledge about fibonacci and golden ratio I have because of him. :D

As for the points of advice:

One was that I should just take my time with my drawings and paintings. If I don't have a deadline, there is no need to finish it within a fixed timeframe. And I can work on it as long as I want, till it's finished. Or till I get bored with it. And never finish it and start something new. It's not like I'm bound in any way, right?

The second tip was to never shy back from starting from scratch. Whatever the reason might be. Just because I have just spent hours on that one detailed bit does not mean that the final image will look great if I build it around my initial hours of work. It can. But it does not have to.

So, I often I scrap drafts, paint over a painting or start from scratch. Just keeping everything because someone might like it and never risking anything, because it could ruin the existing parts? This is crippling for an artist and makes it very hard to try new things.  

If you're scared to mess up:
I tend to mess up a lot. I just never upload the failures, which makes it seem like I don't make mistakes normally. But I do. I often have start again, copying the whole lineart AGAIN via light table (which is... boring as hell d: ), because coloring try number one looks horrible. Or because I realized halfway through the coloring that the focus is off. Or because I was simply not patient enough and now the whole thing looks horrible. Or because I noticed a very stupid mistake and can't really live with leaving it in the drawing and I have to redraw even the draft!

It happens. But each time it happens, I do learn something from it.

So, go wild. Risk a drawing. Risk a whole bunch of drawings! Never show them to anybody because you can. And if you show them to people, don't shy back from scrapping them anyway. Because this kind of courage gives you the chance to learn and be better artist than you were just yesterday.

A few hours of work are a small price to pay for progress, if you ask me. :) No matter how good your drawing is right now, the next drawing can be even better.

And if you're not drawing yourself, keep this in mind when you try to convince an artist to not scrap a drawing. ;) (I'm especially looking at those people who charge the trash bin whenever they come to my place ;) ).

  • Listening to: Bravely Default Concerto
  • Drinking: Coffee
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
they say the only difference between the amateur and the master is that the master failed more times than the amateur even tried, after all !
it was really good advice, but there's also the trap of redoing over and over again...
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Who said you have to redo it? :D But yes, that is another point people will need to keep in mind. It can easily be that a drawing simply can't be done right now. So, move to the next. Which... is a lot easier said than done for sure. ^^
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
yup. I have some classmates who lost sleep over a drawing they kept redrawing over and over again without getting where they wanted to do at the time, and now they're laughing their ass off at these attempts.
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, THAT is not really ideal. xD
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mintybreeze Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm +faving  this. 
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. :3
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Back-Off-I-Bite Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
I've been told something similar before once. I try taking that kind of advise too because I could use all the advise I can get. I'm always too scared to do any coloring with my pictures because I'm scared I'll screw it up. Most of the time I use materials that make it hard to redo over and over again, so basically all my art looks like a giant uncolored scrapbook. I scrap a lot of my stuff just so I don't clutter up my gallery too much. I sketch and stuff all the time, but I find repetition tedious and boring. :shrug: 
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The-Purring-Teapot Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student General Artist
These are great advices!

Und genau die Art von Tipps, die ich gerade gebraucht habe :D

Vor einer weile, lass es ein Jahr sein, hab ich mich nicht mal richtig getraut irgendwas neues auszuprobieren oder überhaupt etwas zu zeichnen, wenn ich mir nicht 1000% sicher war, weil ich angst davor hatte, zu versagen.
Eine unglaublich irrationale Angst und eines Tages viel mir endlich auf: Skizzen müssen nicht "richtig" sein. Sie dienen lediglich dazu, Ideen festzuhalten.
Seitdem war ich ein kleines bisschen mutiger, war aber noch nicht bei dem befreienden Punkt angelangt, an dem du scheinbar schon bist.
Aber dieses Journal..... hat interessanter Weise ganz schön viel gebracht! 
Und es hat mir gerade geholfen, meine Kreative-Motivation und Kreative-Innere-Ruhe wieder zu bringen.... in letzter Zeit saß ich so oft vor meinem Skizzenbuch und dachte "ich will was zeichnen aber wenn ich jetzt was anfange wird das eh scheiße" und habe letztendlich nichts gezeichnet sondern grumpig versucht meine Zeit anderweitig rum zu kriegen.
Aber jetzt.... jetzt ist's wieder besser xD

LG
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Es ist tatsächlich etwas, was man den Zeichnern eigentlich nie sagt. :) Es wird einfach immer erwartet, dass man alles super hinkriegt und niemand wagt es noch, mal rumzukribbeln und das dann in den Abfall zu schmeissen. Oder ins Papier. Dabei wäre es wirklich wichtig! :D
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RiverReed Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Honestly the hardest part of creating ANYTHING is recognizing that fatal flaw and having the strength to undo hours of work.
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