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    CC sucks!

    ... are you happy now?


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    It gets hard when you feel like your not progressing and have to make choices with your time like " do I go online and talk about art and make connections for the few hours ive got tonight or do I draw?"
    You can isolate yourself very easily and get miserable when you dont see results. People will see the improvements before you will - trust me.
    When they talk about it being hard they mean it, times like that *ARE* what they are talking about, and the solution likewise works; stop crying, keep drawing, move forward.
    You really have to be a controlling, demanding prick with yourself and get disciplined and develop some thick skin.
    Like everyone else I had to start (and still have to practice on a daily basis) getting over myself and what I thought I deserved.
    If you wake up and make that decision everyday that your going to do this no matter the cost then you cant lose, because your failures along the way will only make you stronger and wiser.
    But thats only if your willing to be teachable.
    I can't thank you enough (along with everyone else) for taking the time to make this demo - and surprising to hear you had to crush in 150+ hours
    In a funny way, the inspiration was also sort of painful - I'm in a situation where I can't dedicate as much time as I wish I could to art and painting unless I want to be homeless and it's tough and confusing as all kinds of hell about where to go and what to do to improve. I can't seem to see the forest for the trees either, and it feels like I'm just going in circles in terms of progress.
    But! No matter how hard it gets, there's still the impulse to engage in art. And I just wanted to thank you for helping to push away the darkness a little bit. Even if I don't have the time to draw and study as much as I would like to, it still feels like some kind of happy osmosis to watch you and other professionals do their work and share it willingly.
    "It's not rocket surgery." _Sebudai

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    Quote Originally Posted by antisphere View Post
    yeah... awesome. ;D
    Im so glad you think so, thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by CruShTinbOX View Post
    Hey Brad, I just got done watching your video. I just wanted to say thanks, it was very inspirational and I learned a lot, it was worth every penny.
    Oh that is great stuff to hear!
    I wasn't sure id have much to offer being self taught but ive been incredibly surprised and grateful to learn from the various notes ive gotten that the information in the tutorial has helped some folks; honestly the reaction has been beyond my wildest hopes and dreams.

    Thanks for the comment, best wishes to you
    Brad


    Quote Originally Posted by Dozeren View Post
    Hey again. You said you were interested inseeing how others use the smudge tool. Just thought I'd pop in and show you what how I use it. Here you can see it.
    Dude thanks for shooting that to me; its cool to see how folks have applied some of the ideas ive submitted; hit me up with updates!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1986 View Post
    Cryptcrawler, you're re-igniting my fire again man.
    Woo hoo!
    Thats what I love to hear, thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by NeecHMonkeY View Post
    I finally picked up your video too and from what I've seen it's awesome!

    I didn't get too far though as the section about making time and cutting out everything unnecessary (what are you prepared to lose?) really clicked in my head. I realized that the time I spent watching your DVD was time wasted from more painting. I'm still happy that I supported such a great artist and also the MB team by purchasing the tutorial.

    Maybe I'll get back to it someday but right now, I've got some painting to do!
    Hah!
    Im grateful the tutorial had something to offer you and that you would have rather been painting than watching - thats the idea!
    Im right there with you about being pumped to contribute to this great place, thanks for your time and comment!

    Quote Originally Posted by iansnyder View Post
    CC Sucks! GREAT tutorial, it's very inspiring; I definitely learned a lot and I'm excited to start trying some of your techniques Thanks so much for your time!
    CC sucks!

    I wish I could give more and had more time to cruise around here and see all the amazing art, I feel so left behind sometimes because im so busy with contracts - which is great - but I feel disconnected sometimes after being away from the boards, I love the interraction and interest here; its always so inspiring.

    Much love and thanks to you guys and gals for the enthusiasm and wonderful notes and emails ive been getting; you have no idea what it means to me - it just gets me working that much harder to try and impress you all.

    God bless you all, be safe and most importantly...
    KEEP DRAWING!

    -Brad

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    Double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noeth View Post
    CC sucks!

    ... are you happy now?
    Haha!

    I am!
    Chris, thanks for your support and especially for your interest in my art, man - I really appreciate it.

    Best wishes,
    Brad


    Quote Originally Posted by AestheticMachine View Post
    I can't thank you enough (along with everyone else) for taking the time to make this demo - and surprising to hear you had to crush in 150+ hours
    In a funny way, the inspiration was also sort of painful - I'm in a situation where I can't dedicate as much time as I wish I could to art and painting unless I want to be homeless and it's tough and confusing as all kinds of hell about where to go and what to do to improve. I can't seem to see the forest for the trees either, and it feels like I'm just going in circles in terms of progress.
    But! No matter how hard it gets, there's still the impulse to engage in art. And I just wanted to thank you for helping to push away the darkness a little bit. Even if I don't have the time to draw and study as much as I would like to, it still feels like some kind of happy osmosis to watch you and other professionals do their work and share it willingly.

    I was really touched by this when I first read it, AM; im so very sorry that its taken me this long to reply; things are just so nuts and busy here.

    I really relate on many, many levels to what your going through.
    While id like to sit here and write a self-referencial monologue about what ive gone through to do art I think the space would be ebtter served by me offering (hopefully) some useful tips that helped me make time for practicing and improving.

    What honestly helped me the most was was getting honest and stripping down my life to only what I needed.
    Socializing, gaming, dates, eating out and paying for a car were all DOA; anything that would allow me to only have a parttime job, the barest of sustenance to keep me alive and a roof over my head so I could draw more was brought into play. Eventually the job and roof over my head were nixed as well and I lived with friends and asked for money from family.
    It was miserable and humiliating...but I got more time and when I got more time I got a little better..and then a little better - and the hope started coming alive.

    I was honestly terrified when I was doing it, but I was more terrified of the possibility of not being able to pursue art as a career.

    Improving at your craft is something that others will see first before you ever will. You are improving, its just not on your time.
    Do this sucker a day at a time, if you look too far back and ahead you'll eat yourself alive with fear and regret.

    Ill tell you what, man - you sound like your way ahead of the game than I ever was.
    #1 You can take pleasure in the achievements of others
    #2 You have a myriad of online communties like and here and study groups like Crimson Daggers to find people you trust to critique your work and help you improve.

    I could never take pleasure in the improvement of others, I only envied them and wanted what they had and hated myself for being an alchoholic and drug addict and pissing away all those years and opportunities. I was also so painfully vain and self-absorbed that I couldnt endure the idea of relying on anyone but myself to improve.

    You sound a helluva lot more mature than I was, so If I can do this then you certainly can.
    And now that you've also seen the tutorial and seen my first illustrations when I was starting out you know my dirty little secret (Im not a talented illustrator, Im just willing to bust my ass) Im pretty confident that you can push away the darkness and overcome your obstacles and get this, becasue so much of this is about overcoming your own bullshit - the less you have, the faster youll reach your dreams.

    If I can help, write me.



    I really cant thank you guys enough for all the amazing emails, PM's and comments, the reaction has honestly been a dream come true.

    God bless you all and be safe,
    Brad Rigney

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    ok im so late in joining this thread but i only just discovered this download.. i just wanted to say it was amazing to watch and learn. i cant wait to see more!
    Last edited by BeatleJohn; March 12th, 2012 at 04:20 AM.

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    Is this download still available somewhere? Had a hard time finding it.

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    How would you practice?

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