Hello, everyone! I've just recently discovered this site and am still a bit lost in all this amazingness (so I apologize if I'm posting in the wrong place) but I was really curious if there are any beginners (by which I mean completely new to drawing) who attempt to participate there or if this site is only for the "talented ones"? I looked through some of the "sketchbooks" and the so called beginners already have so much skill and talent that ... it's just amazing.
Sadly I do not have talent for drawing BUT I have always liked art and always wanted to try something myself. When I saw those sketchbooks in this site, I thought it would be a good way to "push" myself to draw something every day (I am very undisciplined) just for the sake of trying but it would be just ... very bad sketches, you know (would I be "banned" for that or smth?). And what if I will keep drawing for, say, several months and ... nothing happens? No improvement? Imagine like 100 posts of bad drawings...
So, to put it shortly, is it possible to keep a sketchbook there for a person without a talent (just for fun and that self-discipline thing) and is it worth to do it if I have no visible talent?
Thank you all for the answers. "MindCandyMan" indeed has an awesome thread here (among many others). Really inspirational (and a bit.. unsettling in a way). He must have worked so much!
I've started to draw on my own but I already have so many questions that I might really give a try on creating my own sketchbook these days.
I think starting a sketchbook on here is a great idea, whatever your skill level. It can be a bit nerve-wracking showing your art to other people, but the members here are all very helpful and can make good suggestions on how you can improve. I look forward to hopefully seeing some of your art soon!
I don't doubt the hard work part, but the talent... I still believe some people have that special something (it can be noticed at school, for instance, where the drawing abilities of some (even without special practice) a way better that that of the others). But I admit that the quotes you mentioned are very inspiring. I would like to believe this is true (better, I will try to check if they are true! ).
If your goal is to be the best artist in the world, this could be very frustrating. But if you learn drawing, illustrating, painting or whatever step by step, there are so many litte feelings of success, that it is worth, indeed.
If you someday master a skill that you don't have today, and may it be as tiny as possible (i.e. drawing a hand, a horse, perspective, anatomy in general), that will affect your complete personality.
Or like Bob Ross said: Your next painting will the be you masterpiece (or something like that.)
I have to be honest: I was very intimidated about joining this site. I joined back in February but ended up leaving in favor of Wet Canvas. Recently, however, I've come to realize that I'm not getting the feedback I require in order to get better. So I posted some newer stuff in my Sketchbook and immediately received good feedback and I now have a direction when I get back to practicing.
The best thing about the Sketchbooks is that they also serve as an improvement journal for yourself. Looking back to how much you've improved is what keeps an artist going.
I used to use my Tumblr page as my art journal but there wasn't much point in it since I don't get any feedback there. Sometimes critique is hard to suck in. I mean come on, who likes to get negative feedback? No one of course. But it's those pointers and tips that eventually force you to pay attention to the problems in your drawings. The difficult thing about art is that you easily become blind towards your own work.
Last edited by Sarosna; October 6th, 2014 at 04:22 AM.
Wet Canvas does have some awesome resources, but yeah, their critique sucks big time and their attitude to it. Sort of gave up after being warned and became a gushing troll.
Yeah. They also have weird obsession about stuff like light fastness, recommending the most expensive supplies possible and mixing everything with water. When I was asking if I can use soft pastels as an underpainting for colored pencils, they told me to either buy Pan Pastels or to mix up the pastel with water. Why would I use dry media if I want to add water into every single thing I use?