When I started this site, and the comic, and my journey to be a better artist, I was already somewhat knowledgeable about art. But somehow, being a “good” artist was still this mysterious and unattainable thing. Throughout the last few years, however, I have begun to develop some habits that are slowly clearing up the “mystery.”
Nothing revolutionary about these three things – but turning them into real habits that had a permanent place in my life was a challenge.
1. I surround myself with inspiration. I look at good art. I look at beautiful things. I watch fascinating animations. The more familiar you can get with quality work, the more discriminating you become with your own.
2. I am constantly looking for motivation. The comic gave me the best start. I love doing it, and the schedule provides me with constant motivation. I also try to make video lectures or tutorials part of my weekly routine, so I can always be learning something new. I find that terrifically motivating.
3. Practice, practice, practice, practice, practice practice, practice. I have now gotten to where I rarely go a day without working on a sketch or piece of art. I want to get to the point that I feel uncomfortable sitting still for a moment without a pencil in my hand.
I have had so many “aha!” moments within those first two categories, I’m going to start posting some of my favorite resources for inspiration and motivation. Stay tuned.