Well, I thought that I’d do something a bit sillier (but with a serious point) for today’s article. Namely, I thought that I’d write a list of cool things that can happen if you stick to practicing making art regularly.
If you’re making art regularly, you might recognise some of the things on this list and – if you don’t – then this might help get you in the mood to practice more often. Of course, it might just sound like smug, self-righteous nonsense. And, if this is the case, then I apologise and promise that tomorrow’s article won’t contain any of this (it’ll probably be a computer game review, since I haven’t written one of these in a while).
So, without any further ado…..
You Know All That Art Practice Is Paying Off When….
– Your “totally uninspired failure of a throwaway painting (that you just KNOW everyone will hate)” that you made just to keep up with your practice schedule looks like the sort of thing that would have literally knocked you off your feet with it’s sheer awesomeness if you’d made it a few years ago.
– The time between feeling “completely uninspired” and actually making a painting is measured in minutes (or possibly hours in extreme cases) rather than days or weeks.
– You can look at a random piece of art in a magazine or on the internet and not only be able to instantly tell whether it was made with digital and/or traditional materials, but also sometimes what materials were used.
– When a time traveller from the ancient year of 2015 asks you what colour the dress is, you can look at it for literally one second and say “light brown and grey/blue/white”, because those are the colours you would instinctively use when painting it.
– The idea of not making art every day/two days/ week etc… feels more “difficult” than the idea of making art on a regular schedule.
– When you see a confusing photo, you are usually quickly able to tell what is happening in it because your image analysis skills have been finely honed by years of studying pictures in order to learn how to draw or paint better (or, more accurately, learning how to draw or paint more things).
– You finally understand the truth that is is impossible for any creative work to be “100% original”. As such, you have slightly more complicated and nuanced thoughts about copyright than you did a few years ago.
– When you want to draw a scene from a first-person shooter game for a comic, it’s really easy to do, since you have an intuitive understanding of one-point perspective. This is despite the fact that, a few years ago, you would have thought of the idea and then spent the next three hours thinking “how the hell do I draw THAT?!”
– When you see some seriously cool-looking art in a comic, your first thought is “what can I learn from this?“. Your second thought is “how much can I get away with learning from this?”
– When you realise that you can make your own greeting cards.
– You not only have a very clear idea of what your art style looks like when you draw people, but you also know what it looks like when you don’t draw people. You may also possibly know how to spell the word “chiaroscuro” without having to look it up (well, I almost spelled it correctly in the first draft of this article. But the spellchecker soon pointed out my arrogant hubris).
– You’ve used, and abandoned, at least one or two different art mediums- before finding the right one for you.
– You know what you don’t know, and you know exactly how you would learn these things… when you eventually get round to it.
– You can call yourself “an artist” without feeling too embarrassed.
Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂