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  1. #1
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    Hitting Many Walls

    Hello everyone,

    I am an aspiring artist that draws in an anime-esque style, and like many others, I started out drawing anime. I have decided to draw from life once upon a time, and for a while, I was getting into it. I saw some massive improvement in my art style after learning more about lines, form, lighting, and perspective, but I got a little too comfortable once I returned to drawing cartoons; I honestly can't remember the last time I drew from life or did any study. While I was drawing a comic, I noticed there were a ton of things I was unskilled at, and I felt like I couldn't continue unless I improved my skills. But every time I try to go back to learning the basics, I either do a couple of studies (while not learning anything in the process) and stop completely, or frustrate myself while coming up with a plan for practice (because there's too much to learn and not knowing where to start) and then just giving up. This has been going on for years, and I just want to get better, because while I do love how my art looks, I hate how lifeless it looks at the same time.

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    You saw past results after doing some other work.. why not replicate it?
    If you have problems keeping an eye on what ever you learned then write it down. Consciously spend time and direction before you add another line on your paper.
    My commentary is a gift to you.

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    prioritize the things you want to improve on and tackle them one at a time. Don't move to the next thing until you are satisfied with the previous one.

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    If you have problems keeping an eye on what ever you learned then write it down.
    I've had art jurors commend me for taking notes on the back of my paintings about what kind of ground I used, etc. Be systematic. Even mistakes can help you learn, but you have to have a way to know what the mistake was.

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