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    Fear of studies?

    For the longest time, Ive rarely attempted to do painting studies, the array of colours, depth, detail, etc, have already thrown me off, not because of it, but because I am such a damn perfectionist (who's never perfect, anyho) that I give up on studies because the faces or anatomy never replicate the actually picture, no matter how many times I measure and analyze the ref.

    My anatomy and painting skills are suffering because of this. What the hell should I do? ;_;
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    Er...do your studies?
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    I can't paint or draw, but I think I can answer this question: give yourself permission to fail. I wouldn't expect to be perfect (or even good) at anything non-trivial without hard work and lots of mistakes. Personally, I also try to focus on enjoyment of the learning process itself, rather than just the product.
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    Learning to see

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    Sorry FF, no two ways about it. Everyones allowed to paint,draw,etc for fun, but I imagine you are
    wanting to make some money from your work, or at least produce the type of imagery that matches
    artists you admire.

    Not an easy path this. You know what has to be done. You've seen firsthand the result of what happens
    when you neglect necessary steps needed to improve.
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    I am one of those people that is very guilty of overthinking and always looking for a silver bullet that doesn't exist. Eventually it will dawn upon you that there are no shortcuts or secret techniques to suddenly make you a good artist. I feel like a hypocrite for saying this, because I still fall into the same trap and sometimes ask stupid questions, but the only way forward is just to get a pencil, some paper and draw. Keep drawing, no matter what. Good picture, bad picture, just keep ploughing forward.
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    just to try and help it sink in.

    The truth of the matter is simple. You aren’t born knowing how to do much more than breath and scream. Everything else is a learned skill.

    Go Forth. Create!

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    Try to learn or find enjoyment in the process. If you hate doing excercises, chord progressions, etc. you'll have a tough time learning how to play the guitar. People don't sit down and knock out a sweet rendition of Stairway to Heaven when they are learning. Think of the thousands of times a guitar player plays a little section of a piece...those are the practice and learning bits that go into knowing how to play the instrument. Art is like that too...much more practice, attempts, pieces of things and failures than finished successes.
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    I often make studies as some kind of procrastination before attempting my own work. With the studies I'm doing, I get more information and know how so I can progress further and finish what I want to make. In studies you can also allow yourself screw things up more because you are after all experimenting and learning from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Featheredface View Post
    For the longest time, Ive rarely attempted to do painting studies, the array of colours, depth, detail, etc, have already thrown me off, not because of it, but because I am such a damn perfectionist (who's never perfect, anyho) that I give up on studies because the faces or anatomy never replicate the actually picture, no matter how many times I measure and analyze the ref.

    My anatomy and painting skills are suffering because of this. What the hell should I do? ;_;
    Do whatever you want.

    I mean, what would you say to me if I said "I really want to do a triathlon but I can't swim and I've been avoiding the swimming training"? Now as to whether I ought to be doing triathlons or not, that's up to me, but I'm certainly not going to complete one if I keep ignoring a large chunk of the training. When race-day comes I am not going to discover that I'm half-porpoise, I'm just going to flounder around in the shallow water because I've been living in denial.

    So get your head out of denial-land and decide whether you want the results badly enough to work through your problems or whether you're happy doing what you're doing and not getting ahead much. Make your choices and then take the responsibility for them.
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    I hate doing studies. Especially anatomy. It just makes me want to run away and do something else... But I know it's necessary and helps me become a better artist. So I do it anyway. Of course there are parts of it I enjoy, and on the rare ocation I'm even happy to do it. But when that doesn't happen, you just gotta sit through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Try to learn or find enjoyment in the process. If you hate doing excercises, chord progressions, etc. you'll have a tough time learning how to play the guitar. People don't sit down and knock out a sweet rendition of Stairway to Heaven when they are learning. Think of the thousands of times a guitar player plays a little section of a piece...those are the practice and learning bits that go into knowing how to play the instrument. Art is like that too...much more practice, attempts, pieces of things and failures than finished successes.
    Like Jeff said, you have to keep practicing bits at a time, trying and messing up till your able to play the whole song. It's good to try and learn how to play a lot of songs you like, but it's important to realize the distant goal your working towards isn't just to learn to replicate songs, but how to write and create your own. It's too much to take in all at once, you have to take a lot of pride in each little step that you learn of the process.

    It almost seems self delusional sometimes, so you have to be honest with yourself if your progressing and not be too hard on yourself at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Featheredface View Post
    For the longest time, Ive rarely attempted to do painting studies, the array of colours, depth, detail, etc, have already thrown me off, not because of it, but because I am such a damn perfectionist (who's never perfect, anyho) that I give up on studies because the faces or anatomy never replicate the actually picture, no matter how many times I measure and analyze the ref.

    My anatomy and painting skills are suffering because of this. What the hell should I do? ;_;
    If you want a perfect replicas, get a camera. You job is not to replicate stuff perfectly, but to capture what you see in an interesting way.
    I have no intention of becoming a professional artist, I just aspire to become a really good amateur.

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