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    The best piece of advice you ever recieved...

    Art, or life in general. I left college with two decent pearls of wisdom.

    1: there's nothing more daunting than a blank canvas. Fill it in quickly. Worry about the detail later.

    2: expect the unexpected when analysing the colour of your subject.

    They don't look like much on paper, but my art Ben Kenobi is always whispering these principles in my ear while I work.

    what about youz lot?

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    One of the best advices I know is written in my signature

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    "Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, the race is long, and in the end, it’s only against yourself."
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    "dont put that fork in your eye."
    and "most chicks do it for free anyways"

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    When asking a older experienced friend of mine when I was 18 or so: "what's the best way of making it in art, effects, videogames, whatever"?

    He said: "just make something TOTALLY cool"!

    I guess it means that you have to do something that you yourself think is totally cool, wich ensures that you spend maximum energy on it.

    It has worked thus far, and I take it quite seriously even though it might sound lame.

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    " Work to live , don't live to work "

    That's what my dad said years ago and I think it's so true . It takes so much hard work especially as an artist these days to keep in the game . Sometimes it's hard to see past the canvasse and look at the forest for the trees . Ha , I guess I just wish I was biking in the mountains somewhere or jogging on the beach today

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    "Trying to be great or outstanding in art can be an overwhelming thought. Just try and suck a bit less each day."

    "It is better to regret what you did than to regret what you didn't do."

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    a quote from Hunter Thompson that's still with me: "we were past the point of debating the wisdom of this move. it was already done, and our only hope was to get to the other side"

    keeps me focused when I need to be

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    "It's time to take the student work out of your portfolio."
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    Great quotes, guys, I'm really enjoying reading your thoughts.

    here is mine, a little funny story. Sorry, it is a bit long.

    One man was always unhappy with his life, was nagging the God, complaining about his life being hard, empty and sad.
    Finally God lost his cool, took the guy upstairs and said him: "Here you can go and choose the cross you will carry for the rest of your life, take any one you want".

    So guy went and wandered for long time between crosses, big and small, richly embellished and ugly looking. So finally he chose one, not heavy looking, suited to his taste and said to God: "This is the one. I want this one".

    And God smiled at him and said: It's the same one you had before."

    Sveta

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    From painter Abe Weiner...

    "Everybody sucks. Just try to suck less than everybody else and you'll make it. And don't get paint on the rug..."

    No position or belief, whether religious, political or social, is valid if one has to lie to support it.--Alj Mary

    Ironically, the concept of SIMPLICITY is most often misunderstood by simple-minded people. --Alj Mary
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    "don't eat yellow snow."


    on a serious note,one by coro on drawing:
    "stay light,stay loose.always."
    (although he didn't say it exactly like this)

    edit: oh,and another one by him(which i absolutely love):
    "what do you mean,you don't have access to life drawing classes? if you have internet,just go to google and type "big tits ass xxx" or something and you should get millions of reference!"

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    lighting! design! perspective! proportion!
    And (self)motivation is still everything.
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    "Talent is a word that people who have'nt tried hard enough use to make up for why others are better than them."

    "Shut up and draw"

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    Hi! This is more like a story. But if you have read some books from Paulo Coelho you may know this one.

    A man was guiding a hunter to a corn field out from the villiage. This man knew every road like the scares in his palm. On this field the guide but a can in the middle of it and walked back to the hunter. He then took a blindfold....

    uhum...Sorry of my english is the worst, but I don't know all the words.. anyway...

    He then took a blindfold and wrapt it around the hunters head, and then he said, "shoot the can."
    "There is no way I can hit the can when i can't see!" he laughed.
    "That dosn't matter, shoot the can." The hunter was getting angry, but fired at the can.

    "Did I hit it?"
    "No, you missed with several meters. Now, shoot again"
    The hunter fired again, and this time he hit the can so it flew up from the ground.
    "What was this for?", the hunter asked.
    "I have now learnd you the most importent lesson in the world. If there is a goal in your life, you should not close your eyes from them. If we then see them clear infront of us, or road in our life comes clear."

    well... its something like that, don't remeber it correctly. But I think you understand my point. And its so true!

    If you want to know the end of the story, the hunter shoots the guide in the head in an accident, right after he tells him this.

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    One for life I guess, which is very common but some people need to hear this
    "Be yourself."

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    Parkinson's law: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

    So true.

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    "Dont pick it, youll only make it worse."

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    One by Loomis: "Get all the books you can afford. Don't get just one book on a certain subject."

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    Probably just "Draw what you see, not what you think you see". ^-^;
    Oh, and "You need to get better at shading".

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkwolfb87
    Parkinson's law: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

    So true.
    Ooh, good one. But I wish it wasn't so true.;;

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    Don't say things like "whats the worst thing that can happen" or "it cant get any worse than this."

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    George Pratt has constantly dropped nuggets of gold in my ear...
    I was having one of those "what's the point" moments, and he had this to say-
    "Everything in art's been done, but it hasn't been done by you."

    Another is by Sterling Hundley, talking about the burden of ego-
    "If you think you're the best, you're not looking at enough art history- your competition isn't just the people around you, but everyone who came before you too."

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    "Grab your balls and be a man about it."

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    "Amateurs practice untill they can get it right, Professionals practice so they can't get it wrong."

    "Treat every job with as much enthusiasm as if it was your first, and with as much attention to detail as if it was your last."

    ......and basically all of Tyler Durden's rants (they keep me grounded)

    Interceptor, man, yours made me look up and say "YES"

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    This isn't so much advice as much just something funny one of my old prof's used to say. It gets stuck in my head when I might be suffering through a job for the money instead of painting giant robots or big tittied women or something...

    "Ey... Don't make fun o' d'ose toy trucks... d'ey paid da mortgage."

    Interceptor's 2nd bit sounds about right too.

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    "strength to the left weans weakness to the right, strenth in the rear means weakeness in the front, strength on all sides means weakness on all sides"-sun tzu
    "be as water"-bruce lee
    "ive got to say what ive got to say, but i cant promise you'll enjoy the noise"-slipknot
    "finish all your homework on friday so we have all weekend to party"- my buddy chris.

    "The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain,
    for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
    Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-a-vis an introduction,
    and so it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V"
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    A person's reaction to you says far more about them than it does about you.

    The reverse is also true.


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    "Roll with the punches"

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    This would be my Pleine Air blog
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    Quote Originally Posted by kian3001
    "Amateurs practice untill they can get it right, Professionals practice so they can't get it wrong."

    "Treat every job with as much enthusiasm as if it was your first, and with as much attention to detail as if it was your last."

    ......and basically all of Tyler Durden's rants (they keep me grounded)

    Interceptor, man, yours made me look up and say "YES"
    To ad another great one of his (you should read the book fight club if you haven't, it's great too)

    "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

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    "You can do whatever you want son, I couldn't possibly be anymore ashamed of you than I already am."

    That what my father told my when I was ten and I told him I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.

    Sketchbook comment and I'll be your best friend.

    Devart...meh...

    RSAD class of 2011, yay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfood
    A person's reaction to you says far more about them than it does about you.

    The reverse is also true.
    dogfood, that really is one of the best peices of advice I have ever heard, thanks .

    We'll ride the spiral to the end, we may just go where no one's been
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