Well CTN-X was an amazing time! It was great to meet some fantastic artists I've only talked to online, I was truly surprised and humbled by the amount of people who stopped by and bought a book or some art or just came and said hello. It was very inspiring, motivating and humbling all at the same time. I came away from the expo feeling confident and excited about my art but at the same time realizing I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be artistically. There is so much talent in that building that you can't help but feel overwhelmed. That's why I've decided to get better. And this is how I'm going to try and do it!
I've made myself a set of weekly goals to improve my artistic skills. I've identified what I feel my weaknesses are and each week I will try and tackle them head on. The reason I'm posting this is because I think other artists may benefit from the same goals, it will help hold me accountable if made public, and I would like others to share their thoughts and processes on how to get better. So here they are.
1. Sketch/do art for yourself everyday.
Simple enough right? Getting better is all about time and INTELLIGENT pencil miles. No more autopilot.
2. Post art twice a week here
Posting on here gives me motivation to keep going.
3. Go cafe sketching at least once a week
This is mandatory intelligent pencil miles. It's hard to go on auto pilot when interpreting real people as character designs
4. Figure drawing
I found this amazing site where you can figure draw from the comfort of your own home. The image from this post is the first time i've used the site. A little rusty!
5. Environment studies/sketches
This one is specific to me. I need to get better at environments
6. Try something new/get out of your comfort zone
As artists I feel we need to make a conscious effort to push ourselves to try new things and fail. Failing is how we learn so even if it's as simple as trying a new pencil or new kind of paper try and accomplish something different.
7. Color/ Lighting studies
Again specific to my goals but you have to study to get better right?
And that's it. Simple as that. I will try and do all of the items on this list at least once a week or more depending on what I want to focus on that week. Wish me luck and I'd love to hear suggestions on what you think helps you artistically grow.