Wouldn't it be nice if we could achieve the goals that we are working towards more quickly?
The world is speeding up all around us, and thankfully we're able to speed up as well and get more of what we want in less time. Here's some tips that will help you become the artist that you want to be more quickly.
Don't make mistakes - gain experience...
When you are learning if you think too critically of your work it may cause your brain some discomfort. The brain likes to succeed so when you don't quite get the results that you were aiming for, with the wrong attitude it can cause you some distress. Instead of looking at these attempts as 'failures,' you should see them always as opportunities to grow and gain experience.
The problem with looking at a work as a 'failure' is that it won't be too long until you have trained your brain into thinking that you are not good at drawing, and this will make it even harder to stay dedicated to it long enough to see the really great results and feel the enjoyment of being an artist.
To put it simply - keep focused on the positive and enjoy the process...
Spend time on your weaknesses
As your skills develop you may find yourself falling into the trap of only drawing what you are good at. This again applies to your brain wanting to feel successful and good, but to really push and grow; you need to keep focused on those things that you are weak at.
Are you great at drawing men, but not so great at women? Spend at least 50% of your time drawing and studying the female form.
Are you great at drawing faces and heads, but not bodies? Learn about the proportions of the body and study anatomy.
Have trouble with hands? Start incorporating interesting poses into your characters so that you are forced to draw the hands.
It won't take long before your list of weaknesses gets shorter and shorter and you've not only grown your skills in the weak areas, but also become a much better all-around artist in the meantime.
Push yourself to work quickly
This applies especially if you want to get paid for being an artist. You don't need to work at a hectic pace all of the time, but you should push yourself occasionally to see how much you can get done in less time. If it takes you an hour to complete a drawing of the face, try completing a drawing in ten minutes. Give yourself a time limit and try to finish your work.
By forcing yourself to work quickly you're going to be forced to make quicker decisions about your art and also train your hands to develop new techniques that will allow you to get more done in less time.
Working quickly is also great while you are learning because you will be gaining more experience in less time, and thus your skills are going to develop that much quickly.
The other benefit if working quickly is that the more you do it, the more you will start to see your 'normal' pace begin to naturally speed up. The goal isn't to have your normal pace be the same as your speed pace, but as you begin experimenting with working faster you'll find yourself working quicker overall without even thinking about it.
Having the right teacher can go a long way in helping your skills develop quickly. Instead of spending months trying to figure something out, they can show you their techniques in a few minutes. Sometimes you can find this information for free like with this free course on drawing the human face... but other times you are going to need to pay to receive the best information.
Try to learn from the best teachers that you can find that are doing artwork that you are interested in learning about. At Pencil Kings we try and handle the hard part of finding excellent teachers so you can just learn from the best without wondering who is a good teacher and where to find them.
Set aside a time every day to work on your goals
This advice applies to any goal that you are trying to achieve, but it's worth mentioning again because it's so important. If you're not working on something there is no way that it can become complete.
I personally live by the motto that "Each day you're not working on your goal, is another day you have to wait to experience the success and rewards of that goal."
So do yourself a favor and fully commit to those things that you want for yourself and don't be afraid of putting in the time and effort to reach those goals!
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