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Become a Better Artist With The Right Mindset for Art and Drawing

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Class Trailer

    • 2. Make Art a Part of You

    • 3. Your Sketchbook

    • 4. Knowledge is not Skill

    • 5. Understand

    • 6. Ask Your Own Questions

    • 7. Don't Avoid

    • 8. Bit by Bit

    • 9. Regarding Supplies

    • 10. Be Patient

    • 11. Don't Take It Personal

    • 12. Take Advantage of Your Teacher

    • 13. Have Fun

    • 14. The Class Project

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Drawing / Drawing Fundamentals / Classes / Courses / Tutorials

In this class we will learn a lot of valuable information! From how you should think about drawing for a pleasant learning process to what are the things you must pay attention to if you want to become a successful artist.

This class goes for everybody that is looking for advice from someone that has invested a lot of time on art, that has made a lot of mistakes and that has made it through all of them, so you can skip on making them, and save a lot of time on your own path.

You don’t need to have any previous knowledge, the class fits better for beginners, but I know intermediates and even advanced artists will all take something useful out of here.

The overall goal of the class is to bring you all some clarity on what’s the right mindset to have as an artist right from the beginning, how you should think about art and drawing for improving and success, and to help you organize your ideas for knowing where you are right now, and where you want to go.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!


*IMPORTANT: Neither Sensei or the teacher Dairo own any of the commercial, distribution or creative rights of the Anime characters that appear in this class, they are not being used for commercial purpose, they are only being used as an informative and educational medium to exemplify the class topic. They all belong to their respective owners. All rights reserved ©


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2. Make Art a Part of You: Tip number 1, make art a real bargain of your life. So if you want to become a successful artist, all of the skills that you want to have. One we really achieved if you don't put it into the needed time and effort to accomplish it. Time and effort doesn't really mean you have to struggle or suffering the whole time while learning. It just means you need to be patient to put yourself into enough practice to nurture this skill you want. So please be aware that you need to keep on growing until it is mostly becomes part of you. Make it as natural as eating, showering, or slipping. So you can eventually see how to time your Dallin flourishes. And there's no need to put too much pressure on yourself. You can practically start by dedicated just a couple of minutes today, which will work even for the busiest version. You'll notice that even when your schedule is very tight, if you just dedicate a couple of minutes every day without pressure, you will start to naturally make it part of your life. Setting time aside every day to keep drawing. And so to keep on having fun. 3. Your Sketchbook: Tip number 2, half years scattering. We've all heard from many different artists that we should carry or we should have around the sketch Rick. But what the heck is actually a scattering? Well, as sketchbook is just a book that you can make yourself or you can buy from an art supply store where you can keep track of all of your drawings and where you're going to draw a master their time. The whole meaning of having a sketchbook is to make drawing really easy for you to be at hand. I personally love to have a lot of scattering. And I really enjoyed the fact that they helped me to study and document all of what I've learned in a way I can easily revisit them whenever they want. They also motivate me to keep on drawing because they remain as a witness of all of the progress that has been making. Take a quick look at some of my sketch. Here I have some studies, students, drawings for fun, perspective drawing, observational drawing, and even drawing self-made for the Sensei classes. And as you can see, they all looked really interesting. And I'm not showing them to brag or to flex, but to give you an idea of how cool it is to have your own artwork very organized, and how cool it is to check your own progress to stay motivated and to make it easy to share it later with other people. Those things are not very easy to do when having your drawing. So on loose sheets of paper are very different notebooks. So please go get at least one is scheduled. And I started drawing on it as soon as possible. Keel felt the difference in your life. 4. Knowledge is not Skill: Third, depth knowledge is just information if you don't put into action. Nowadays, when we do have a lot of information thanks to the Internet and the globalized world, we tend to think that when we understand something rationally and when we accumulate information over something, we're actually learning. Twist, we're really not. What is truly going to bring mastery. Understanding and scaling something is used within that information into action. That way through time, you'll start to see all the things that you understood rationally, your body and mind now with both produce the results you were looking for. Information can be separated from the doing if you really want to acquire a new skill. So please don't make the mistake of confusing information or knowledge. With a skill. A skill only comes through you putting that information into real practice. 5. Understand: Number 4. Great drawing is to understand. You can really master drawing something if you don't fully understand what you're trying to draw. Let's say if you were to draw the human figure and machine, building a creature, whatever, and multiple and different poses or gestures. You'll find yourself very confused and very travel because you wouldn't really know how all of these things are working, each and altogether. But this doesn't mean you're lacking on the quality of your artwork or your potential as an artist, just means that you don't only need more practice or experience, but you need to truly understand more of whatever you want to draw. For starters, the most common practice when learning how to draw comes from drawing from observation, which may help you to develop the first very beginner skills to coordinate well your hand and your eye. But it may become a real problem later. If you want to create your own art like comics in animation, focus on storytelling. Drawing from observation will be very unpractical. It will imply that if you are just copying the whole time, you'll need to memorize each bow sinners gesture of the body, the head, the face, the hair, the clothing, and the environments for any band L or scene. Can you imagine that will be probably infinite. It doesn't make any sense at all. How can you memorize billions of different possibilities of bosses and angles and then be able to recall it to drop. This is not very evident when you're learning how to draw. So it is not a matter of always copying, it is a matter of approach and drawing from understanding the subject to its depth. If you understand how this structure, the shapes, how are the details and textures that perspective, the form? How is everything working all together from its core? You will now know the forces behind what you strive to drop and you'll be able to pose and drop anything as you wish. Being able to switch positions, formed angles, gestures, and perspective. Because you're thinking not in shallow terms. You know in depth how everything is working, and you know how to use it to communicate whatever you want as an artist. So this is one of the most important advice that I can give to you. And it doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an intermediate artists. Because I've seen that this is not very clear on the art community. Somehow for a lot of us, we don't know that drawing from observation or copying is something very different from drawing, from understanding what's known as drawing from construction or imagination. It is sadly usually taken for granted. Master ship of drawing doesn't come from copying. Copying is just the first step for learning. And a means to go for something beyond drawing master ship only comes from deep understanding. 6. Ask Your Own Questions: Tip number five. Always ask your own questions and become a vivid researcher. Be someone that is not a mindless follower, that is just doing what everyone else is telling you to do. It can become a very long headache because everyone always seems to have a different answer to anything you want to do and accomplish in art. If you were to search for learning how to draw any subject, let's say the human figure, you will find plenty of different methods. And there are always drawing fundamentals behind them all. But there are always going to be different kinds of approaches. So it may become very troubling and confusing. If you don't have enough clarity on what to do, which is what often will happen to you. So when it means substance, by asking your own questions and becoming a vivid researcher is please make sure that you have your own goals, extremely clear that you really know what you want to do. And so you start feeling that feeling with different positions, with different points of view from different artists and different sources, like different courses, classes, books, etc. All these knowledge is what is going to create your own method. So when asking these questions, look in depth. What are the primal forces, the root, the principal forces behind all different approaches. And start merging them for creating your own personal view and method. Please be open to do a lot of trial and error. Make it a habit to be the one in charge of what you want to learn, how you want to do it. And not just an automatic pilot or an unconscious followers. You need to be thoughtful about any step that you're taking. And you will only be able to do it if you're trying to look at the patterns behind all of the different ways, tried to create your own way. And for that, always be a restless researcher of the topic that you want to be a master of. 7. Don't Avoid: Tip number 6. Don't avoid your own weaknesses. I was there. I started as a beginner like everyone else. I used to avoid drawing hands. I used to avoid or in full by the figures. I used to avoid a lot of stuff. Trust me. And I know you're doing it too. But that is a very damaging mindset that is not going to help you to improve and move forward, to break through and to grow. As an artist, you need to know that avoiding obstacles is always going to make you a worse artists that what you are today. Because it will never allow you to grow. It will only get you stuck. You can keep on running away from your own dream, right? Because the only one effect that at the end of the day will be used, like life. Art is a path and not a destination. And they're always going to be a lot of obstacles. So please approach drawing with the learner mindset. Acknowledge that you are not perfect and that's completely fine to become good at something or anything. Whatever you want to do. Even if you have certain quote unquote tau and asserting ability or skill on the base. To keep on making better things, you will always need to embarrass yourself for improving it. This statement to yourself that you are learning and that it is completely fine to make mistakes. Because mistakes are just telling you what to improve. Mistakes are only telling you that you should be paying careful attention to these four that for moving forward. This will keep on happening on plenty of different things. But that's the art, but you will have to constantly learn to do a lot of stuff to keep improving. So look at the bigger picture. It will pay off. 8. Bit by Bit: Tip number 7, bit by bit. You can't eat a hamburger to have dug a big and a sushi roll all at once, right? It is not as obvious, is it him? But the same happens with learning how to draw. You wonder, produce great characters, great stories, great environments. And you can do it all at once. Because you need to tackle things each by each and learn how to draw them each at their own pace. So if you want to learn how to draw for any mention or comics and manga, you'll need to learn how to draw each topic that is involved in it. Like her cloaking environments, faces, human figures, poses. And that will only come if Redondo for drawing them all at once, you will need to tackle them each. Go step-by-step and dedicate enough to each topic. Because if you don't, you will always feel holes on your art. You will always feel things off. Please allow yourself to enjoy the right and to also be realistic. You want to learn how to draw. You want to be a good artist, but he needs from you. Learned how to crawl before walk, how to work before run, and how ROM before race. All of these other artists that you admire and that have radar work covering, They're just like, Yeah. And it doesn't matter at what age the 0 went to the same things and broke through them. And you can do it too. You just need the right mindset. 9. Regarding Supplies: Number 8, materials and supplies are not as important as you think they are. I used to think that this one brush from one of my favorite bar, or this one pen or pencil will make my art improved for a day and night. But blood twist, it never did. An expensive tablet or a set of copy markers will never make you a better artist unless you have enough skill to draw nice dense materials and supplies are just tools and stalls. You'll be able to accomplish great things if you know how to use them well. But they are not the source of the knowledge and they are not producing the results. It's just up to you. So please invest enough time to learn how to draw well and to understand what you want to drop. Because that will be reflected in the quality of your artwork, which will allow you to draw well, if you were to stick on the beach sand. 10. Be Patient: And we're almost there. Tip number 9. Be patient. Can you relate you've got all of your supplies and materials. You have said this based on your schedule, you have cleared the things you want to drop. And so you start investing in a lot of time on drawing. So baby day, you start practicing and everyday you start coming up with different things. And yet your results are not what you have on mind. You can clearly see all of these that you have to express to their work and less pieces you have been there as well. And I can totally understand how you feel. I went to a point where I understood that good art is something that a warranty achieved on a couple of days, weeks, or even on a couple of months. Drawing is a full bath and it takes time. For some people it takes more, and for some others it takes less. But does it really matter? The biggest, strongest and history didn't grow from one day to the other, right? And all of the plants do not grow at the same pace, right? What makes you think that if you just planted the seed, it will grow from one day to the other. What really matters is how you wire yourself, how you wire and nurture your skill. It's starting join. Now that this is going to take our while and keep on practicing every time. Just not mindless practice, but doubtful practice. Where you are being conscious of what you're doing and where you have a clear goal of where you want to go. Nurtured and knock yourself. You'll see back all of your results. And most probably you'll feel good about your improvement, but you'll still feel you need to improve. So trust me, even the most experienced artists, all the ones that you admire is still feel they're not in the top of the mountain yet. Because we're always learning. 11. Don't Take It Personal: Tip number ten, never take it personal. Taking criticism is not comfortable at all. No matter if it comes from our fellow artist, a relative, or a friend, welcome in someone else's opinion about what you do and how you do it fails. Just intrusive and intimidating because it makes us feel vulnerable. Thinking one should embrace it. The RPA or thinking May 1 not be good at art, resulting in people rejecting you are mocking, you may pop up in the head. So it is of high importance to know that they aren't path is something that usually goes against the status quo. Learning how to acquire a new skill takes a lot of time, does. It's really likely people will say these are that which is not going to be pleasant, given most likely to anaerobe you. And a personal preference from the other person. Receiving criticism is something every artist will face at multiple points of its life. So it's not just wiser to be prepared for it, but to understand how to handle it properly right from the beginning. Criticism isn't just a reflection of what others think about this stuff. It is a reflection of others perception and not necessarily an accurate description or result of objective truth. However, putting aside the critics intention or kindness, a lot of it may be of great help because it may be pointing towards things you probably weren't seen. That may be of a measurable help. Many times when we get to invest on the things we create, we cannot see it with a fresh, expanding perception unless we get out of it for a good time. Other times, we just lack the ability to point out that things that are off because of the information we already have in our mind and the lack of ability to think outside the self-made box. Just write this while drawing consciously take a break of an hour or so from your artwork, then come back to your work and most likely you'll find floss you didn't notice before. So learn to separate the way the person criticizes from what may actually be of help. We are going to be in huge advantage from fellow artists. There are also learning, but there are filling heard from receiving critic. You will greatly enhance your perception and it will make the amount of time you spend to learn and grow and art a lot quicker because you are not learning from only one head, but from many. This of course it's better said than done. None of us want to feel bad about our artwork. We all tend as a self protective mechanism to runaway from bad opinions close enough to the things that may help us grow quicker. And the result may hurt you and biases you normally would if the one giving criticism is well intended, like a feature or a fellow artists or friend who understands your struggles as from someone that is not experience at all or that just wants to throw negativity. So if you receive criticism pointed towards your art, it's highly important you'll learn to differentiate negativity from helping information. If we train ourselves to get some distance between the person criticizing and, or our personal insecurities from what we can improve. We may come out with something precious, objective information to our great advantage. A person giving criticism with goodwill and a nice attitude. It's really as cars not mentioned in, it is also easier to handle. But a person given uncomfortable criticism is not. So we better focus on taking the best out of this complicated scenarios by acting wise. So don't take it personal. Thank the person for taking its time on giving you an opinion to your artwork. Keep a strong and composed when receiving bad energy. And focus on the information that may be of help. It will save you unnecessary drama and make you a better artist. 12. Take Advantage of Your Teacher: And we're almost there in case you have the chance to receive mentorship from a teacher. Take the mass out of it. Many people take the privilege of having contact with a feature for granted. Learning from someone that really passed most of your current struggles is something of great value. Especially if the feature is willing to help and wants to transfer all of its knowledge and skill, which is priceless if the information is important to you. Suddenly, people usually a low shyness and imaginary situations to hold back their interaction with the teacher. Because they feel insecure about their questions or annotations being silly, in fear of being mocked from the teacher itself or from fellow students. But nothing goes away from reality as much as the scenario which is super lonely likely to happen. And even if it were to happen, it depends on you to make it a big deal or not. If you expand the feeling of your reaction and proportionally, people will sense the energy and will make a big deal out of it. But if you don't, and you take it by laughing at your own mistakes and not making a big deal out of it. People will respond accordingly to allowing it to be rapidly forgotten. This only assuming, of course, the worst case scenario. However, you may be really surprised by finding out people are usually a lot nicer and less mean. What do you think in your head? And that the situation which is apparently protecting you, maybe instead blocking you from a greater chance of weaker growth and higher improvement, pass the barrier of one proportion of fear and not very likely scenarios. You'll open the door of great possibilities, like learning how to break through limited mindset and habits, finding new unknown and unexplored references, resources, books, websites, and knowledge. And especially the opportunity to increase the rate in which things are understood, learned in appropriated because of the direct and personalized feedback the picture may give suited to your very own struggles. Wonders Meet, which is not the same if Convert to not having the chance to ask someone experience about it. The momentum this relationship and feedback may build will, without a doubt, help you to overcome your struggles in a quicker manner that if you were doing it alone, do never underestimate the power of the experience and guidance and good teacher may have to share with you. This doesn't mean you should take all the information the teacher has to share as really an uninstall or as an almighty rule in truth. But it means that it will help you to contrast your very own thinking. To notice pins you didn't notice before, to know how to tackle them each. And to find the greater truth to Yandi two of you, much easier than if you were to find this should alone. If you have a good teacher, please don't take it for granted. And please don't lead interferes to become an obstacle to your own dream. Take its knowledge, good criticism and feedback as something that definitely will bring a lot of growth rather than a stress. Get rid of the things that he or she may embark that you do not consider necessary. And so the skip a lot of problems. If you allow him or her to be part of your learning process. 13. Have Fun: Now that you made it through all the previous year, now approaching drawing in a great way, but you're getting very tired and overwhelmed by the amount of things and the amount of repetition you must handle. So suddenly drawing an arc feels like a chore CVE number. Then have fun while you're pursuing this career in this path to become good at art, you must also understand yourself. We human beings are not the same. Machines convert to the ones we create. The way we proceed is not buy beer logic, but also true meaning and emotion. So keep inspired. Y in the first place you admire art from other artists. Look at it, things you really enjoy. Read comics and manga again, and try to reconnect to the things that made you inspire in the first place. Watch Series, movies, and amuse yourself with the things that you love. It's always worth a look for a balance. One that you can mindfully practice a lot of new stuff and new concepts for starting. And another day you can try to approach drawing without pressure, relaxed, and allowing your intuition to be. We tend to think that the only way it is going to work is usual lot of discipline and it's struggle, learning and studying true systematic repetition. But it is not going to work at the long run. Most probably this is going to make you feel anxious or to just drop. So what is truly going to work is having proper balance, is keeping inspired and making things fun and interesting for you is fine to be disciplined and to do things that you know you have to do. But you also need to know why in the first place you are doing that. And to look to connect and have fun while doing it. 14. The Class Project: Great, the class project. Give yourself around 15 minutes to process all of what you've learned. And after that, think about why you want to become an artist in the first place. And please write it down right after. Give a thought into what are the things you want to accomplish through art and also write it down in finally, acknowledging that art is a path and not a destination. And the date is fine to be a learner to we have peace with making mistakes. Write down what are your current weaknesses and what are the things that you want to learn and improve to accomplish your ultimate dream. You can keep this to yourself if they are too personal. But I love to see your class project on their website so we can meet each other better and maybe I can help you out and making your head cleaner. You can also find me on my personal art accounts, on Instagram and Twitter. I may not be uploading a lot of ours right now. But if you like the class, there might be interested in things and content for you to see in the future. There are a lot of reference pictures that I have got our foreign land status that may be a pale for you to expand your visual library. It cool new artists, finding inspiration and learn from different tutorials. You can find them all on my Pinterest profile week we learned the description. And finally, don't forget to leave a review if you found this class useful to follow me. If you want to say, update it to all of the new classes that will become or to ask me anything if you might need any help. I'm always happy to help. Thank you guys and see you next time.