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    Who else here hit their 30's and found themselves back here?

    I have been reading this and that in various sketchbooks. Seems like a lot of people came here in their late teens, early 20's, left, got a lot of life experience and came back around 30 to give it one last shot at being a concept artist.

    That's how I ended up back here. Though this place is seeing tough times, I didn't know where else to go. This still seems like the best bet.

    I have battled depression, an ex-wife, unemployment, and deaths of people close to me. I am still standing and there is one thing I need to take care of. Being a concept artist.

    If you are in the same boat of leaving and coming back to art give a shout out.

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    Yup, I fit the bill. Becoming a concept artist isn't a concern to me, but I do like the idea of illustration as a side gig. It would help motivate spending so much of the little free time I have! It's no wonder people drop out from time to time, as it takes a serious commitment. I try to think about what "went wrong" back then - nothing really did, I went into other pursuits and got the life experience I needed. But when you're really young you're sensitive, and having too high expectations and just not the right work ethic eventually killed the vibe for me. I also think I didn't have a great amount of good ideas. There's a saying about writers, that you have to live before you can write properly. But I think that goes for a lot of vocations.

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    I was briefly involved in illustration 20 years ago, and at this point my thirties are behind me and I am not seeking a career in art--but I still occasionally do illustration. I am here because there are very few active artist's forums where people aren't just fluffing each others egos.

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    Happy to hear from you two. I think the idea of trying to generate side income is where it's at for sure.
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    Not quite there yet but I know what you mean, had loads of inspiration for art but not the focus. Eventually I burnt out, at the moment I’d like to just draw and see where it goes, as long as I can enjoy and improve that’s enough for now.

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    Yup, I'm in the same lonely boat as you are

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    I literally just came back after a couple of years also haha! Feels good to know I'm not the only one.
    Best of luck to you!

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    We need to perk things up around here. Who will join me in the daily sketch threads? It only takes a few minutes to do a sketch I sometimes do mine on my lunch break.

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    I'm trying to do the DSG at least once a week. I haven't been able to do so this week so far, which I don't like very very much.

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    It's awesome to see all the replies.

    @blackspot I like how this is just history repeating.

    @EdgareJ I usually dislike the DSG topics. I personally want something more focused on fundamentals like the old spartan training threads.
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    Maybe we could request a "basics" month for DSG

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    Maybe... I kind of honestly thought that's what the DSG is for... going back to basics; just sketching. Instead of getting caught up in doing a finished level kind of work, it's just sketching (or in my case, a good way to practice speed painting). That's how I treat it anyways... a break from doing the long form.

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    What edgarej said.
    They're just topics to get the creativity going if you're stuck on ideas.
    Take DSG2862, Stagecoach Horsemen tells Creepy Story About Vampires in the Rain.

    It's storytelling within story telling.
    Who are they telling the story to?
    Are they using props, hand gestures?
    It's an opportunity for applied practiced composition, values/lighting, communicating mood through colors, body language, gesture and facial expression.
    Perspective and vehicle design. Drawing horses.
    Photorealism or exaggerated toon style.
    And it need not be all of those things, it can just be 20 loose thumbnail sketches of that theme.

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    I think its for sketches, but sketches don't have to be basic in subject or scope. Most of them could be done that way though. For me its just a fun thing to do at lunch to shake up my brain after do a statistical metanalysis or some such thing.

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    I think the dsg has a lot of value. What I am doing right now is a form of art boot camp. Gettin rust off the joints. I have been drawing everyday since Dec 17th 2018. No more phuckin around. I'm not getting any younger.
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    Also don't forget to work your own stuff as well so you see your shortcomings

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    That's actually a really good tip. @stonec
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    I'm up to my neck at work, plus I've been doing the accounts for an art society where I'm treasurer and my brother's accounts. All have to be completed by the end of the month, so I sneak in some quick and simple master studies. Anything is better than no art.

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    I keep coming back here regularly too.I just really miss this website at times. It was the community I felt most at home ever.

    Edit: Whoops I am not really 30 yet, but I will turn 30 this year...... oh my

    I never expected to be 30 lol

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