Today my Mum (who lives interstate) got a tattoo. She showed the tattooists my artwork and they were apparently blown away. One got in contact with me and said the following: “Hi your mum got a tattoo at our shop today and we are all amazed by your work and if you ever wanted to tattoo for a living we would kill to have you. But marine biology is pretty cool!”
I guess it’s always reassuring to know that I am rather lucky when it comes to work and it’s nice knowing people want to pay me for art and such. Sometimes I do wish I had clones of myself to do all these different things though, it really is one or the other. And I am devoted to my choice.
A bit fat to just float there but okay
Didn’t know you could fly at all but this is wonderful
And then there’s this shit-head
What’s he trying to pull, flying like this
is he okay?
…seriously, what’s wrong with him
No wonder he went extinct.
Anonymous said: Wow you're art is spectacular! So glad I stumbled across your blog xx
Thank you very much dear anon!
petrichorde said: Where did you learn to draw so well? :) I would really love to be able to draw things like/as well as you someday!!
Thankyou so very kindly. It’s not a matter of ‘where’ I learned to draw, as I haven’t had any proper training or teaching for the arts at any institute (apart from high school, which was pretty standard stuff). It’s more a matter of ‘how,’ since I am self-taught. But I will offer advice as best as I can!
The biggest factor is really just practice. I know how much of a broken record that must sound like but it truly is. Drawing nearly everyday can improve your skills immensely. You might not realise it, but looking back, you will see improvement. ‘Where’ can be a helpful factor too. Taking lessons, workshops or going to art school can only help increase your skill level and knowledge. Since I haven’t really attended any of those things, I’m sure I’d be much better now if I had.
Next is perseverance. It can be tough having a creative mind. Inspiration and motivation don’t come from just anywhere, same with good ideas. There’s always art blocks to tackle and many mental borders and restrictions. What’s hardest is looking at other artist’s work and thinking, “why am I not good as them? Why don’t I have a style like that? How come they always get work?” This mentality can bring you down, and make you want to give up. Don’t. Push yourself. Persevere. Use that as motivation to keep drawing and experimenting. Which leads me onto the last aspect.
Patience. Like any skill, you don’t become good over night. With art, it’s even more lengthy and transitional because it’s an extremely time-consuming process. When you draw everyday, you don’t realise that you’re improving. But you are. Look back at your work from last week; not very different, is it? Now from six months ago; okay so a few things have changed, maybe your colouring style. A year ago; wow, your anatomy and lighting was terrible. Two years ago…you get the point. Art is like speciation from natural selection. When you’re in the transitional phase, it’s hard to tell how what’s different from the starting phase UNTIL you reach the end phase, but this takes time to see. The same goes for work, always share and expose your art. But remember who your niche audience is.
And really, being born with a talent does help. It’s hard for me to explain ‘how’ I learned to draw because ever since I could hold a pencil I was just able too. It’s always been a part of me and whenever I put pen to paper or brush to canvas or stylus to Wacom I feel as though I’m following an imaginary line; it just happens and I’m not thinking about it. When people ask me ‘how’ and I give them all these answers, really the truthful answer is that I don’t really know how, and sometimes I even look back at my work and question it myself.
So really the best advice I can give, is to never stop drawing. Practice different genres, mediums, styles, techniques. Study from life, study from photographic references, study other artists’s work, study light and shadow, study colour, study perspective, composition and anatomy. Analyse the theory, go to lessons, attend workshops, expose your art, gain feedback, try different things, do speed paints, do big projects and just draw really. Art is boundless and endless, the only limit to your skill is when you’re NOT drawing.
Practice, perseverance and patience; the three P’s in art. Follow those, and you’ll be able to draw like me in no time!