I honestly can't say I learned a lot in my art classes. They mostly just covered the basics of what art is, how colors relate to each other, how to establish balance with shape and contrast, proportion, and shading. Most of this I already knew. If anything, they just pushed me to do things that I wouldn't have tried on my own. Like painting. Like I said before, if I don't have motivation, that extra push to try something new, I tend not to do it.
I can't draw comic books at all. I think I'm pretty good at coming up with character and story ideas, but I would rather have someone else put them into action. Each time I draw one of my characters, they change a little, so if I made a comic, they would look different in each panel. I'm also no good with action poses (most of my characters are drawn sitting or standing, never jumping or flipping).
My style is very inconsistent. When I've asked others what my style is, they've answered "versatile." While I suppose it's good to be able to work in different styles, I would really like to create a style that screams "me." I guess that's part of why I don't try looking up tutorials and whatnot, afraid that it will diverge me from my style. I don't want my work to mimic someone else's - though I wouldn't mind being able to do Sugimori-style art for Fakemon projects.
For me, I like drawing something that isn't there - if I can take a photo of it, I don't want to draw it. However, it's still a good thing to practice drawing real things because they can still be implemented into one's creative ideas (like anatomy, trees, and whatnot).
That's another reason why I changed my major. I figured it would be difficult to find a job around here as an artist. There really aren't any steady art jobs around here. One could be a freelancer and occasionally be commissioned. Other than that, one could try to be an art teacher, which is a steady job, but doesn't pay well.
I really enjoyed the graphic design program. I was one of the top students in my class. I was a quick learner and made 95-130% in all my classes. I was the only student stopped midway between early graphic design classes because I already seemed to know everything and was assigned to help with live jobs instead. I really enjoyed helping others and teaching them how to do things. By my last semester, I was even showing the teacher how to do things that she didn't know. She even suggested a few times that I should be the one teaching class. I may not be the best graphic designer in the world, but I would love to be a teacher.
The only reason I don't have a job right now is because I'm waiting for my diploma, certificates, ect. to come in. It's hard to get a job without the papers that say you're qualified for it, right? I sent the school an email in early January asking when those will be sent out and they said they would be finished processing them by mid. January and would be sending them out afterward. It seems they still haven't sent them...
You're very interesting, you know that? :3 You talk like an artist. I figured you had some sort of classical training! I've never taken formal classes, so I find people that have really fascinating.
Ah yes, I can definitely relate to that. It was only a few years ago that I could only *ever* draw when I was almost or completely devoid of all sensation. Those were the worst of times, :p My forte is in comic books, so I guess when there's a story involved, it's a bit easier for me to translate images into my head onto the paper. Not to confuse "create" with "creative", however. I lack creativity in almost all regards. I'd be much better at drawing fruit if they'd actually get up and do something entertaining, you know? So I can definitely identify with your issue, at least to some respect.
I find that the best remedy is time. ;( But, realistically, changing your major was probably a good choice if you're actually looking for employment. Nowadays, graphic design and subjects to that effect are the best way to make money and use your creative side. Especially if you have a talent for it! Which clearly you do if your gallery consists of nonsensical doodles that were for fun. I'd love to see what you're capable of when you really apply yourself.
I do love to "create." However, I have trouble translating some of my ideas onto paper. If I try drawing with something specific in mind, it usually doesn't turn out well. I usually have to start with a blank mind and canvas, then the lead starts flowing and eventually creates something. It's usually easier for me to draw and write when I'm half-asleep.
I discovered some time ago that a career in drawing wasn't for me. I suck at taking drawing requests (if I don't just decide to do it on my own, I usually can't do it). However, I still wanted to be involved in the art field somehow. I considered being a concept artist or director who could share ideas and sketches with people, but wouldn't be doing the finalized art. After 2 years of traditional art classes, I changed my major to Graphic Design. I'm much more comfortable with designing logos, business cards, and advertisements for people than I am drawing for them.
Hey, if you're drawing for yourself-- for fun, than who cares if you stick to what your good at?
Unfortunately, I was blessed cursed with an insatiable appetite to learn. I love exploring new mediums and really pushing myself as an artist (but then again, my relationship with art is somewhat more occupational than recreational). I do believe, however, that despite procrastination being the staple of every artist, there's also a deep desire to create in its most pristine form. And as long as you have that, your style, your comfort zone, will evolve.
Not to rant your head off after just befriending you lmao. But so long as you have *inspiration*, who cares about motivation? At the end of the day, all of us lazy artists will keep picking up the pencil. It's in our nature. :p The most important thing is that your having fun! Everything else will fall into place! n_n;
I think what I really lack is motivation. I mostly draw as a hobby and I spend more time experimenting with my own techniques rather than learning new techniques to make myself better. I try to stay in my comfort zone, but I really need to expand beyond that to get better. Just me wanting to get better isn't motivation enough.
No problem! I'm glad my little 2 cents could help! n_n <3;
You definitely shouldn't doubt yourself as an artist though! Trust me, I know it's hard not to be your own worst critic or a perfectionist.. but, from one artist to another, your art (and crafts, those are incredible too) really stands on its own. You totally caught my attention! ;)