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    A bit of encouragement

    There is almost exactly a three year gap between the creation of these two images.

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    Work hard, y'all.

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    Which one is three years ago?

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    That is so cool! What a long way you have come. Hard work gets you so much! Well done!!

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    You went from your best work being a sketch, to your best work being a full out, well rendered illustration. Nicely done!

    Assuming the 2nd is digital, even more kudos!

    Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.

    "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.

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    F**king Motivating

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    That's what pisses me off the most. I've been working my ass off on ca for years and people just constantly pass me by.

    As if life is saying. Oh your dream to be great was possible, you're just too shitty to achieve it.

    Writing this as I take a short break having drawn for 4 hours today with the intention of going for about 12.

    Anti motivation ;(. Don't have the luxury of giving up though so back to work.

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    Some people work at it. Others immerse themselves in it like Noah.
    I remember the original sketch of this drawing. Came a long way. Kudos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Bradley View Post
    There is almost exactly a three year gap between the creation of these two images.

    Work hard, y'all.
    Out of curiosity, what kind of knowledge/practice did you find most helpful for improvement? Or was it just a matter of mileage for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by battlebattle View Post
    That's what pisses me off the most. I've been working my ass off on ca for years and people just constantly pass me by.

    As if life is saying. Oh your dream to be great was possible, you're just too shitty to achieve it.

    Writing this as I take a short break having drawn for 4 hours today with the intention of going for about 12.

    Anti motivation ;(. Don't have the luxury of giving up though so back to work.
    It's not that you're shitty. In fact, believing that mantra just makes it harder.

    Blind work without analysis and insight is about as effective as trying to carve David with a toothpick. Sure, perhaps one day you'll do it, but it's much easier to attack your problems fundamentally and to figure out what's going wrong, than to steamroll ahead without any thought. Mileage is one thing, but troubleshooting, absorbing, and analyzing are just as important. Above all be humble enough to admit that maybe there is the possibility that you did just go about things the wrong way. If you're still stuck on the same problems 5 years down the road, I think it's safe to say you just re-tread your old mistakes.

    There are plenty of resources out there that no one these days can say they don't have the information, they don't get to go to art school, yadda yadda. In fact I believe Noah has a handy list on his blog to start with, here: http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2011...to-art-school/

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    Thanks. Great progression.

    I see from your sketchbook that the big thing that pushed you forward was lots of traditional life drawing and painting for school. That's probably the only thing I didn't have enough in those six years of my learning. It's a main trouble when you're self-thaught and it proves to me even more that at least one intense year of observation drawing in some atelier would be invaluable.

    battlebattle - I think you rely a bit too much on photos. More precisely the brushstrokes don't really follow the form in your work beacause you take most of your knowledge about form from flat images.

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    its interesting that things like this always appear right at the end of the days that you need them the most, Thanks Noah

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    Seriously. You're awesome, Noah. I would like to know a bit more of how you have been thinking these last 3 years, if that is ok with you. This is so inspiring and I want to push myself even further seeing this kind of progress so that a similar leap can happen to me one day.

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