Journal Entry: Mon Aug 17, 2009, 9:11 AM
For those who arent familiar with the meaning of DIY, it means do it yourself. You dont need other people to do your homework.
THERE ARE NO SHORT CUTS FOR THIS OR SECRET ROADS THAT MAKE YOU GET THERE FASTER.
I receive a lot of notes of people telling me to be their teacher i apreciate it its an honor, but here comes the answer you wont like to hear, the harsh answer many other people in deviant art dont ever reply, the answer that makes people to END alone with no friends, the real answer that will help you improve and that is:
I CANT be your teacher, i just cant do your home work, or be your google, to help you get things, also i cant be your manual in any software, art its NOT for lazy artist, there are no shorcuts or magical items that makes you work better than others. Its all about DIY thing and hard work, hours of hard work im a living proof about this.
Let me explain, to be a teacher, you need great skills, you need wisdom, thing i lack a lot, patience to teach, ability to encourage people, teaching skills, and you need to be in PERSON, to hit the student in the head if its not hearing you, and the most important thing, you need to see the student i the process drawing so you can see what he is doing wrong, watching a finished piece wont help at all, because all errors are there and you didnt saw how they made it.
In modern era you actually dont need a teacher if you want to be in a solo run, do it, ive been doing that and im improving. Old days, people in art were hard to raise their level cause they didnt have access to information, today there is a high list of books and net sites around the world that anyone have access to it, dont be lazy.
Studying the same CAREER its not a guarentee that you will get the same result, stop being afraid of that, i studied graphic design, they didnt teach drawings like any other schools, just reular design, Jim Lee was a doctor, now check his bad ass drawings, Feng Zhu quit his art school and decided to do it by himself, check his lates works. A piece of paper hanging in your wall its not a WARRANTY of success, for art there is no formula, no steps to get there, its a DIY thing.
OH materials, oh god, i used to draw on opaline paper long time ago, and i changed that to regular paper, because someone asked me what was the type i used adn that he didnt knew were to buy it, he wanted me to take them by the hand and move them to an art store in another country, its IMPOSSIBLE, so i changed to regular paper so people can see that materials dont play a role, theya re just tools.
Magic scanner, i repeat i dont have a magical scanner, i can scan my drawings with any scanner i can find, the result will be the same, clean drawings, why? because my style its clean, people that have seen them in real life, they saw they were clean, no blue lines, no cheating, just hours of hard work to have them clean. So stop looking for a magical scanner, they dont exists.
The books, everyone ask me lists of books to read, whats my answer, any book, why? because anybook helps a lot, people want me to give them the list of books i got on my room, even the ones that are in spanish, thats doesnt matter, even if you memorize them you wont draw like me, each person works diferent, even if you were my clone, dressed the same, lived where i live watched what i like, and do the tons of stuff daily things i do, you wont draw like me.
Because each person its diferent, each brain has a diferent puzzle, each person sees thigns diferent, so the real question will be instead of what toohbrush do i use, willbe what toothbrush works better for your own teeth?
So i CANT do your homework, art its a self discovery journey, people cant help you do the thigns you have to do for yourself, its a hard road, if it wasnt hard anyone can just draw the same and there will be any special thing about drawing, been good its all about about one thing.
Learn to SEE yourself, and question why?, why you grab the pencil that way? what will be the result if i grab it diferently? Am i drawing okay?, my back hurst probably i should draw in another position, am i seing the flower in front of me properly, need to double check my drawing, now i will use this pencil so i can compare my two drawings,etc.
And by the past of the years if you putted atention to you instead of others, you will be correting thign by thing, until you get the tools you feel more confortable, twisted minor things in your lines, its all about a slow perfection, there are no and i repeat, SHORTCUTS, MAGICAL ITEMS, FAIRYBLOOD INK, SPECIAL INFORMATION(that artist hide in a secret society), DOWNLOADABLE GOD BRUSHES(brushes that nodovy else will have in digital art), SPECIAL DRINKS( kids dont use drugs), or a MANUAL FOR IDEAS.
So to answer your answers i cant be your teacher, google, manual or marriage advisor, cause i suck in all, there are no better person for this than your own self.
Start trusting yourself, the choices you take, the bad ones the good ones, are knowledge, that will reflect in your daily life, and life will reflect in your art, dont be afraid to be yourself, in life we all make mistakes and waste ourlifes, i havent meet a person that didnt skipped this, its not late for you to learn art, dont let nobody to tell you that you cant.
Dont be afraid to start your own discovery journey, that is what life its for.
Listening to: My demons
Reading: El color
Watching: Big bang theory
Eating: polls, on every corner