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I'm in a complete art rut. Every time I draw, this instinct to improve takes over and I always try to do something better than before. But I am so stuck it kills me. I watch tons of speedpaints and tutorials, I look at progress breakdowns, etc. But when I try to do it myself, no dice. It would be great to have a teacher - but doesn't everyone feel that way? Having someone tell you what you're doing wrong is just... priceless. I don't mean a teacher-teacher, art school official, just someone better than me to personally say, "Hey, you're trying to do A and you aren't achieving it because of B. Try C." It doesn't need to be an in-depth lesson every Tuesday and Wednesday, just someone that can offer me advice, me specifically, not me generally. But that's too selfish, isn't it? I know it is, so I am just venting.

Most of the information out there - and I mean REALLY in depth information - is for photoshop. I use a bootleg Paint Tool SAI, but there is content missing from it. I'd love to get my hands on CS5 because I think it would solve some of my problems, since I wind up trying to mimic things I see in a photoshop tutorial on SAI with little success, but I don't torrent. So I go back to my SAI tools and spend hours swapping brushes, tinkering, painting, deleting. And I get so angry >.< Because I am completely stuck. And an artist I really respect and admire was like, "The best way I use to get out of a rut is to try to mimic something else I think is really good." And I have tried, but I get no where. I can't figure out the brush settings. And I feel like I'm just two steps away from figuring it out but every time I go to paint it's like I go backwards ten steps.

Practice, practice, practice. That is the key. But I am just not getting anywhere. I guess some of it is brushes, but I can't say it like it's a program's fault. Because the artist is missing something, clearly. I probably over-complicate, too. And then over-simplify when I try to correct the over-complication. And I wind up layering until its disgusting and you can't even tell what or why and there was just no point.

It's just I see some people do beautiful things in SAI so I know it can be done! But whenever I'm at the helm, it comes out so bad and - I am just whining, really. I am whining because there is something I am trying to do and I don't know how and it's driving me crazy and all of the answers I seek are wonderful but I am not able to learn from them and I am so frustrated that I want to cry.

I apologize for this rant. T____________T I try to think of that Thomas Edison quote about light bulbs and how he didn't fail, just learned 10,000 ways it won't work to keep myself positive.
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: Panzer AG - Sick Is The One Who Adores Me
  • Reading: A Dance With Dragons
  • Playing: Star Wars: The Old Republic

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My name is Ashley - Ash, if ya like - and I'm 26 years old. My friends call me Red or Trouble. My first three great loves are Star Wars, EverQuest, and Nexus Prime. I'm obsessed with jesters and tricksters.

My greatest passions in life are writing and video games. I love to draw and am always looking to improve! Converse high-tops go with everything in my wardrobe. I have wanted to be a Jedi Knight since I was 4 years old. I find the purring sound the Predator makes utterly soothing and have been trying for years to learn how to do it. 9/10 times my nightmares are about the xenomorphs from Aliens chasing me. I dream in one color: epic.
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cure76 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Happy happy Birthday! Hope that it's been great.happy DA B-day :3 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you! It has been wonderful!
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tocaimacomics Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Interface Designer
happy birthday
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you!
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Happy Birthday!! Fun cake 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Aw, thank you so much!
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Oh you're welcome! 
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Happy birthday!
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raynetempura Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thank you!!!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you checked out?
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
No, just busy.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With what? :)
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Fang-of-Fenrir Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Thanks for the watch :love:
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otomozok Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments!
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DivaXenia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the FAV XD
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