Don’t go to art school

mrfalloutdropout:
Veronica, I was wondering are you a self-taught artist? Can you give any pointers? And you're awesome! ( ok that last one isn't a question...but I felt it necessary to say)

bittersweetcandybowl:

Veronica: I went to COFA (College of Fine Arts in Sydney, I think the name recently changed though?) for a year and a half and that’s the only time I took art classes other than one class in senior year and sophomore year in High School. I really lazed in the sophomore class so I didn’t take advantage of it (WHICH SUCKS BECAUSE IT WAS A PERSPECTIVE CLASS and I am just absolutely rotten at perspective, absolutely cannot get my head around it), but I did a lot of varied media in senior year (Designed a label, made a mask, etc). 

COFA was weird because it was more for people who wanted to do fine art, like modern fine art you’d put in a museum so I wasn’t drawing comics at all. I know there were people in my year who were doing that, but I felt they were specifically looking out for modern art so I never turned in any comic projects. There were a few anatomy classes I took advantage of though! It wasn’t a wasted experience, it is one of the main reasons I decided to take up watercolours! 

I learned to draw just mimicking various cartoon styles and drawing the same stuff over and over again. I was a really impatient and speedy artist, so I would draw straight from pen. Unfortunately that’s why I struggle to be detailed :( A flaw I’m trying to fix and struggling a lot in. SO I’M NOT THE BEST AT ADVICE and that’s why i avoid doing tutorials and stuff. What I can offer can easily be offered a lot better by other people through googling and research.

ANYWAY 

HERE IS SOME ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE VERY LITTLE DRAWING EXPERIENCE ON HOW TO IMPROVE AT DRAWING:

http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/figure-drawing/

http://www.angelfire.com/art3/kchendemos/

http://lisipuska.tumblr.com/post/25343705754/varying-your-body-types

Here are some resources on how to draw the body and little exercises on life drawing. One of the links is really good because it simulates how a classroom works when it comes to life drawing. You have just got to draw a lot, ideally from life. Draw your room, draw your face in a mirror, draw people on the train or bus, you can mimic various cartoon styles but that will only teach you how to draw certain poses and it will prove to be very static when it comes to your improvement. That’s why a lot of Sonic artists struggle to draw humans, for example. They spent all their time drawing a really limiting style that when you branch out, you just don’t know what to do. You have to just practice and practice and mess up and keep going, you can google “art tutorials” for other ways on improving. 

http://art-tutorials.tumblr.com Here’s a good one. http://fyeaharttips.tumblr.com And another. 

It’s only through this that you could start developing a style, the worst thing you can do is mimic a style first and not learn the basic structure of the human body second. I should know, I learned the hard way. 

SO BASICALLY DRAW FROM LIFE AND KEEP DRAWING AND DRAWING AND DRAWING AND CRYING AND DRAWING

suffer well

What I've learned in art school

rowjay:

As I’m about to start my fourth and final year in art school, I looked back on what I’ve learned(so far):

  • Keep it simple, because it’s effective.
  • Keep it short, because it’s affordable.
  • Planning is everything! Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Set your own deadline (way, way) ahead…