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Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...

WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and increased your skill by an exponential amount.

Paper is not "wasted" by being filled with bad drawings, that's what it was made to be filled with. In fact, what even is a "bad" drawing? One of the literal definitions of the word bad is "Not working properly", something that's not fulfilling its purpose. Well, if you're drawing in your sketchbook with the goal of improving, is a "bad" drawing a drawing that doesn't look like Rembrandt drew it? Or is a "bad" drawing something that didn't teach you anything, because that was your goal in the first place? If you fill an entire sketchbook with drawings you couldn't pay people to hang on their walls, but you learned from it and are now a better artist, then you have a sketchbook of very good drawings!

As for not knowing what you should draw, it's a lot easier than you think. Look around your room and draw the 3rd thing you see; spending 30 minutes drawing a stupid sock will increase your skills much more than scrolling through 80 different tumblrs for 3 hours trying to find the perfect, quintessential reference to draw from. If you run out of socks to draw, then be a little more thoughtful and try to analyze weaknesses in your work. Do you have trouble with hands? Draw your own hands, google image search hands and draw the first 50 results (50?!?! Remember the hard work part?). Like I mentioned in part one, having great resources and a meticulously planned curriculum does help, but if you don't have that then don't let it hold you back from drawing. Drawing something for 30 minutes a day is far better than trying to decide what to draw all day and never actually drawing.

Now for something a little tougher to digest, which is that you must be self-disciplined enough to study all aspects of art. If you don't want to put in the effort to study "boring" subjects like perspective, anatomy, color theory, etc. then I guess you don't care enough to become a great artist, because those are the prerequisites. These things are the push-ups you do before you enter the boxing ring; they're boring and repetitive, but you do NOT want to go in to the ring without having done them.

And lastly as far "I don't have time to study." goes... Well, simply put if you don't have time to study, you don't have time for success; and how much time do you spend on facebook each day? Watching TV? Playing video games? If you spent just one tiny hour (about 1/16th of your waking consciousness) every single day studying and drawing, you would progress faster than 80% of other people claiming they want to be a professional artist someday. Also remember that consistency is as important, maybe more important, than quantity; drawing for an hour a day every day is far better than drawing for one 8 hour stretch once a week.

I know this part probably comes off as a little rude and blunt, and it is, but remember this: Firstly, I'm not judging anyone; this journal is for me as much as it is for anyone else, I need to get my arse in gear and get disciplined too, so don't hear this as the criticism of the high and mighty. Secondly is that I think a lot of beginners need a reality check when it comes to art; it's become a very flowery discipline where everything you do is awesome and all your relatives think you're just the greatest, but the cold, hard truth of it is that it's hard and it takes a lot of work. If you really truly want to master it, you'll have to steel yourself against all excuses and get started immediately. Heck, if you want to prove your dedication, close your browser right now and draw for a solid 2 hours, you'll be glad you did.

Click here for part three!
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xMizu-kun Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I doubt I've ever read a truer or funnier journal :D :D

Many kudos to you, fine sir, for writing this helpful advice :P :)
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forest-of-fire Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't read anything so useful as this for quite a long time, so thank you! now, let's explore the anatomy of socks!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was helpful! Socknatomy is the best anatomy.
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AlphonseElricsWife Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
I plan on taking art as a major in college but since I haven't taken any art classes yet do you suggest that basics like perspective & anatomy are better learned with a teacher or will a book do just as well?
And do you have any suggestions for any good perspective/foreshortening books? I have a really hard time with accomplishing this. Thanks for the journals they're really helping!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's definitely a good idea to prepare yourself as much as you can; even if you go to school, you're going to have to do a lot of self-training just because there's more to study than can possibly be covered in a few short years. So finding some good books to go through numerous times is worth doing.

As far as books go, this is one of the best lists of books on the web in my opinion: [link]
Click the tabs on the left for the different categories depending on what you want to study. :)

As for studying perspective, I'd highly recommend Scott Robertson's perspective DVDs: [link]
Start with Basic Perspective Form Drawing and get other ones from there if you want to dig deeper.

Best of luck!
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AlphonseElricsWife Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ok thank you very much!~
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sven-werren Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's one of the most inspiring and true posts about becoming an artist. Thank you for this post, even I knew all that, it will be helpful for some people I know :D

Keep up the good work!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
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lou2209 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I can't draw right now though I need to shower ;_;
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Hunting-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Read your journal two now, see ya in 2 hours :)
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Alp Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't get over how accurate your descriptions are! "...scrolling through 80 different tumblrs for 3 hours trying to find the perfect, quintessential reference to draw from..." this is exactly what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks instead of getting my ass in gear and actually drawing, you really put it in front of my face. Thanks for this :salute:
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! I'm glad it resonated with you. Keep on drawing and make it happen! :)
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Boons-SHP-Ja92 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student
THNAK YOU!!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure! :)
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ehecod Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love these journals, they're really motivating. In fact, I think I'll start off my day by doing exactly what you said, which is to draw for a few hours. Perhaps hands, since I think I have the most trouble with hands.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, that's exactly what I was hoping they would do! Keep drawing them hands! :)
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JodeOnslow Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep that advice coming man!
It's a wonderful mixture of wise words and harsh reality (Which is exactly what I need to hear.)

Only 99,953 drawings to go :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! A mix of wisdom and reality is exactly what I was hoping for, I'm glad you think it came out that way. :)

Keep on drawin!
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Autumnflame Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Thanks for the kick. I know all this consciously, but I need to hear it every now and again, especially when I'm going through a slump and it's far too easy to make excuses to myself. That "Oh, I'll start it tomorrow" is damned seductive.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, definitely. It's important to be aware of the kind of things that are going to cause you problems, cause you learn to watch for them. Starting immediately is the best way to go. :)
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SparksflyStudios Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cheers, mate. No more excuses.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right on, keep at it! :)
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cocoawolf Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou. I really needed this. I've been looking for some kind of catch, struggling with an Artists block but too dumb to realize that I just need to lay the pencil to the paper, quit Thinking about drawing, and freaking DRAW! I've slacked off of artwork for over a year now regretfully, only doing it here and there and look at alllll of that time wasted :( ... You gave me the most amazing idea, and that's that I'm also going to make a cheat sheet to help, like things around the room, it's random correct? Take 100 animals, in a list, randomize them, take 8 different elements, randomize them for each animal, and different traits like a skull pendant or something crazy and just come up with things that force me to get to work!!! (it's kinda funny... if you get an awkward mixup xD)but TY
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's actually a great way to approach it, one of my buddies did the exact same thing and made a random creature generator just based on a number system. Anything that gets you sitting down and drawing is a good way to go. :)
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GraySho Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very true and inspiring. I once heard someone say that even gifted people have to practice a lot, or it shows at the end of the day if they become slack.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I totally believe it. In fact, "talented" people are at a great risk of becoming mediocre, because if they assume they don't need to work as hard because they're talented, all the untalented people who are working twice as hard will overtake them in a year and become the industry leaders.
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xmako-eyesx Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
This is great advice. Thank you. I struggle with perfectionism and the whole "spending 3 hours looking for references and then being too tired to draw by the end" is me to a tee. I hate that I do that but it's a hard habit to kick. I'm going to try harder to remind myself of what you said here.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I used to do that all the time, and I still do it sometimes. But once you start getting away from it, it's a great feeling to just sit down and draw something and feel good about your accomplishment, rather than 2 hours later feeling wasteful because you haven't made any progress in your planned "art time".
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xmako-eyesx Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Yes times a million. Thanks for the reply!
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Otamineko Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Tell me Andan, Jack I who goes to college of arts but does nothing besides what is asked and Jack II, who is autodidact and do what you said above, are on the same level? The factor "college" makes any difference on their level for someone who don't have discipline?
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The difference college can make is all in the information. College isn't a place where they put magical art dust in your food and you get better than other people because you "went to college". College is a place where people more experienced than you are hopefully going to provide you with valuable information that you wouldn't have thought of on your own in order to achieve your goals of becoming a professional.

The problem is that some colleges do this and some colleges don't. Art schools in particular are notorious for providing absolutely nothing of value to their students, because classical draftsmanship has been shunted aside in favor of intellectual art where your intention has more meaning than your product. Unfortunately for people who want to make art that is genuinely well-crafted picture making, those schools will provide nothing.

SO, if Jack I and Jack II put in the exact same amount of effort, but Jack I goes to a great college where he gets a lot of useful information, Jack I will probably get better faster. But, if Jack I goes to a mediocre college and Jack II is buying (and reading) a library of historically useful art books and applying all that information, Jack II is going to progress far more quickly.

So in summary, your effort is the main thing. If you have no discipline, you will get nowhere, no matter how good your college is. BUT, if you do have discipline, you can multiply the amount of progress you're making by injecting good information in to your discipline, which can be acquired from many different sources (college, books, dvds, mentors, etc).
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful stuff! =)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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Veni-Scripsi-Vici Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for posting these 2 journals. I was just talking to my husband Saturday about this very thing. I'm slowly turning a series that my husband and I have been writing for the past 6 years into graphic novels. I was telling him how frustrated I am at how slow it's going (only have the teaser laid out right now :(), and he said I should put aside 40 minutes to an hour a couple days a week where I just work on it when I get home from work. I'm liking your advice even more about putting aside time every day. I just gotta get up and do that instead of thinking about it lol.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you've enjoyed them! And absolutely, just setting aside a little bit of time every day will make so much progress over time. Keep at it! :)
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JulieJean Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
> proceeds to close browser and find a sock to draw :)
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's how it's done! :)
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JulieJean Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
hehe, it was actually sneakers, but hey, it worked! :) have also been drawing a lot of hands and it turns out I'm not "that" terrible with them, but nowhere near good enough, need at least about 100 more drawings! thanks for the inspiration, it's so easy to look at awesome artists like yourself and feel overwhelmed with how far I still have to go. but you know the saying, little by little one travels far!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, very much this :>. As much as I advocate working hard and disciplined though I keep finding it difficult myself. It's really not that I don't have the drive, but I'm still balancing both school, work, a relationship AND other social life. That, and I'm really not willing to give up ALL my spare me-time or I'll go crazy.

I must admit, and I've even told my boyfriend this, that being in a relationship takes a pretty big toll on the time you get to work on art. I suppose it's not a coincidence that a lot of the young, very successful artists today are single. I have less time for myself as it is, so the time I do have for myself I often have trouble prioritizing practice over just relaxing and having fun. It's going better now though, and I'm definitely going to kick my butt this summer. Almost done with school for this semester so it's ALL WORK BABY. ;D
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, that's the one downside to all this, is how much of a balancing act art and life is. It shouldn't be that way, but unfortunately due to the nature of the industry it is. I'm guilty of the opposite and have sacrificed a lot of social things in exchange for more time drawing; which has been good in some ways and bad in others. Though I will definitely say that getting out of school makes a big difference; I've been putting less and less time in to school over time for the past year and I'd say my productivity has increased quite a bit. Being booked tight can help keep you productive, but being overwhelmed totally kills motivation, so dropping certain things in favor of others definitely helps a lot.

But anywho, I'm rambling; can't wait to see what kind of butt-kicking you do over the summer! Onwards in the art quest!
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Kynamh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Small satisfaction in reading this after already having drawn for an hour or two this morning. I've definitely noticed some improvement regularly drawing for short bursts nearly every day.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent, glad to hear you're drawing away! Keep at it, you'll see a huge difference in just a few short months.
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TimLiljefors Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well said!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! :)
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AHussein Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've featured these in my journal [link] this is great, thank you for sharing with us =) cant wait for part three!!!
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you're finding them helpful. :)
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