The way to start is to honestly quit reading this sentence and begin painting, Period.
In fact, you shouldn’t even be reading this sentence right now, what are you still reading this for?
Stop. GO paint and come back in a few hours…I’ll wait here……
No really… GO
OK. Back? How was that? Sucks huh? You aren’t there yet. What’s in your head isn’t on the digital canvas yet. But it will be. Given time, energy, and patience. It will. You’re learning workflow. Lighting, where you like to start, if you enjoy working from a sketch or a blank canvas, what colors you enjoy seeing next to each other , and so many more ideas as you screw up, adjust, and paint some more. It’s all building up steam. But it just takes time and effort. Things many artists don’t like to hear. But the few who do? They have careers. Remember, the only difference between a professional and an Amateur is not quitting. Well that, and meeting your deadlines….. being personable…. giving the client what they want….oh and having a business sense…. well you get the picture.
For me, drawing is the first stage of a 4 part play.
I think a brilliant draftsman can get a job and keep it. But those people are rare in this industry. They’ll also have a certain something they add to their craft. Like Glen Keane is a brilliant draftsman and animator, Nico Marlet adds a tone and light pencil to his design work, etc etc.
But people identify with you as an artist if you have something to say with your art. Either it’s humor, sophistication, horror, story telling, etc.
It’s less about what do they want to see and more what do you want to show them. If you want to be a line art guru than own it. Learn a ton. Cross hatching, variations on pencil tone, strokes, thick to thin.
But don’t just “do something” because you think it will get you a job. What if it doesn’t? What if you spend the next 4 years doing it and you hate it and still no one hires you? So now you’re broke and hate painting……That will really suck. Learn to paint for the right reasons. If you want to be a better painter and it will help you become a fuller artist, that’s the right reason. So again…..quit reading this right now and paint…
We’ll wait here……
ironically, enforcing the idea that Youre Only Gay And Trans If You Cant Stop Thinking About It only further reinforces the idea that being cishet IS the default, IS the norm, that if you dont feel REALLY REALLY OVERWHELMINGLY not cishet you cant be queer or trans and its like, that way of thinking, that “exclusive club” mentality aint helpin nobody
society is VERY GOOD at making you feel like you arent queer or trans because a) it doesnt tell you about these identities in depth in the first place and b) it encourages you NOT to be gay or trans at all costs, so its no wonder so many people either bury any queer/trans feelings they might have (like I did) or just not even…realize these things about themselves because theres nothing for them to identify with since we are taught from pre-birth to be straight and cis
remember how i said i had a really good idea yesterday??
Bob and the deli guy.
#i had to make this just so i could watch it whenever i wanted #i just fucking love that it’s not played off like the usual gay panic joke #this rly exemplifies the humor of the show for me and why I love it so much #it’s akward and weird but never EVER mean #the important misunderstanding in this situation isn’t Bob’s sexuality; it’s the reason why he keeps buying turkeys #like he’s def more concerned that this deli guy thinks he’s not a real cook than he is about being hit on
i hate when guys are like “guys can’t wear makeup, if we’re ugly there’s nothing we can do”
like yes you can wear makeup???? literally nobody is stopping you lol
This Bloody Mary has another Bloody Mary as a garnish..