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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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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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RossiniCrezyel Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello there!  Meow La 

 :iconrikkavplz: Thank you so much for the llama! Heart

Heart I really appreciate it!  :meowlove: 

 Free Avatar - CupTardCake  Have a nice day!  :meowlove: 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Right back at you! ^_^ You have a nice day, too!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
every time I post something new, I get what I newly coined 'junk faves,' faves or llamas--never watches lol--by untalented foreigners. I'm not bashing people from other countries, but it tends to be from non-English speaking, non European places. I did get a llama from a Russian artist who seems to have some talent, so that was nice, but I don't rate a watch? LOL. And if I use keywords, it's worse lol.
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
It happens, but something is better than totally being ignored. Do you submit to groups? Sometimes that helps get the kind of attention you're looking for.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I tend to be absent minded and ADD'y lol, so I generally don't, not anymore.

I consider comments, faves, watches by people like you--or dead-kittens3, check her out!--better than a 100 'junk faves'!
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'M BACK ON WOW

LVL 68 FEMALE PADAREN MONK(HORDE) IN BOREAN TUNDRA ON BURNING LEGION, NAME: LEISUNE

LOL

I may try to draw her
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
You should! I left already...
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL
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goofyroofy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
luv ur ID pic, hope you add it to your galley, its totally fav worthy !!!
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Oh, thank you very much. Maybe. ^_^
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goofyroofy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
yippie :)
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Shadow009 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your artwork ^^ Hope to see more 
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Thank you much!! That makes me so happy!
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