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Re: Suuper's Artworks & Illustrations
« Reply #1680 on: April 09, 2023, 02:59:43 PM »
Small update, just felt like posting.

Not too much progress at the moment although I'm starting to feel that I'm very close to entering my full power mode again which is nice, haven't seen even a glimpse of that for maybe a year or so.
But ironically with my full productivity mode comes a sleight hiccup in that I become productive in all areas of my life, so I start tidying my room and going through to-do lists more effectively, and so my art doesn't always get the full thrust until I've sorted out a lot of stuff. So we'll see how it goes in a few weeks from now. I'm quite hopeful all the same.

Have some rough sketches, nothing amazing but at least I'm getting through my WIPs. If I'm lucky I end u p with some nice ideas to take further, otherwise it's just good practice at core guidelines and stuff like face and hair which I always need practice.



I had some thoughts for my manga project but I'll save that for another day and post that in my writing thread. It's going very slowly but making progress though. Mostly working through stuff in my mind.

I've been doing a few more studies again, copies from photos and also from manga, and I think that's helping me to fill my head with art knowledge, which I believe is fundamental to entering "the zone". Kinda forgot about any sort of zone for the last year, must have been really distracted by work and other stuff. Hopefully that'll be a lesson for my future self to stay on target.

Also also it's been one whole year since my last masterpiece and so I really need to get another couple out, not just to test my ability but to actually produce good quality artworks since I have the ability to do half-decent work now.
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Re: Suuper's Artworks & Illustrations
« Reply #1681 on: April 23, 2023, 04:49:33 PM »
small update again

some of my recent good sketches from sketch survival. I'm not trying for anything amazing with these so it's quite hit and miss for the quality. Just doing it at all is a huge success for me.



As for my other work, both copying/studying and WIPs, I'm reverting back to an older method of project rotation, which makes sure that I work evenly on all of the projects. My project manager which I coded has an option to open a random project (from a selected group of projects, such as "copying" or "WIPs" etc). This makes sure that there is no bias and I study everything equally such as hands or figures etc. And also for projects using my own work, It'll make sure that I'm not avoiding the higher level illustration work such as linearts and coloured pieces. So I'm moving into a sort of endgame workflow, where all of my skills are active at the same time. As much as there is efficiency in working on a lot of the same thing, I get the feeling I'm forgetting skills which I'm not using during that period. I know I'm not forgetting it completely otherwise I'd never make progress, but I think I can do a lot better by pushing myself to do a bit of each project. And the random choosing my app does makes sure that I'm not avoiding anything, and also saves me being indecisive and wasting time about what project to do next. Of course I can outright pick a project, but for all times I'm indecisive the random button is going to be quite useful again. Not to credit myself too much, but I'm glad I added that feature so long ago, I dont think I realized how useful it would be :P

As for focus and time usage, I'm getting slightly better as time goes on. just being constantly aware of it I think is helping. And possibly my new exercise regime of jogging and light weight lifting is giving my schedule some stability as well as helping my self esteem, which does wonders for productivity. As well as improving my actual health, which also should contribute to productivity I hope.

So hopefully with my increasing output as well as varying the projects I work on, I should be producing a nice range of work soon hopefully.
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« Reply #1682 on: April 26, 2023, 02:54:08 PM »
productivity still on the very slow rise, but consistency possibly on a faster rise.
I've finally done another set of coloured linearts, at my standard-good level. It's been a year since I did the last lot and so very overdue really, as this is meant to be the core of my output and my general portfolio. But I've been grinding skills in other areas so you can see the improvement despite not having practised too much the colouring.

These WIPs started off so bad that I had to completely redraw the lineart before colouring. In the very early days I coloured the lineart as it was with no changes, and then I recently started to make more and more adjustments to fix errors and produce a much higher quality piece. And so the difference between my old works and my current level is enough that I almost can't accept any of the old work, it's just too bad in comparison now. In the future I might even start changing up the idea of the sketch itself rather than keeping the pose and clothing the same. But for now this is my new workflow.

I've included the old WIPs for comparison. It took about an hour per piece to redraw and colour, so not bad at all.

 

 

 

 

The last two are my favourites from this batch. I'm still struggling to figure out both where the shade is meant to go, and how to actually put it on the piece in the right places. But I'm relatively confident now that I can work to this quality which I believe is passable for the most part. Plenty of errors if you were to nitpick, but good enough that on a quick glance nothing stands out massively bad. At least, at my current level of analysis :P

I'm hopeful that I'll be producing more of these coloured works as I have plenty of WIPs lined up to process, and I'm confident enough with quality control that I won't have too many failures. So watch this space as I blast through my older works and hopefully get up to date with some of my really good sketches that are pending.

Why don't I just work from my best ones first? Good question :P
Mostly it's about making sure that I can work with pieces that are not at my best quality, fix them up and make something good from them. So when I'm working on a big project like a manga, I know that I can deal with difficult pieces or things that are hard to draw. Secondly it's just my preference to have a consistent workflow and to make sure each sketch gets finished because that was my original goal. And the more skilled I am, the better I can turn a low quality piece into a great quality piece.

Once I finally get through all my bad quality pieces, I'll get able to work on the good ones, and my focus can be more on raising the quality even more to make some masterpieces.
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Re: Suuper's Artworks & Illustrations
« Reply #1683 on: July 05, 2023, 11:41:39 PM »
Glad to see you are still on it Suuper! you have certainly improved a lot. The shadow and light on the red dress is beautiful. Keep at it!

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« Reply #1684 on: July 06, 2023, 05:27:50 AM »
Thanks Walter!
I'm working on a manga at the moment but also trying to get some illustrations and sketches done as well. Very hard to fit it all in to my schedule :P
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« Reply #1685 on: July 27, 2023, 03:51:23 PM »
Had a fantastic holiday, while we didn't do a lot because of the heat, I was able to relax a ton, and I did a fair amount of drawing too. Not my highest number of pages or highest quality work, but I think I learnt a lot which has helped me to get over the wall I've been hitting against for quite a while. Overall I drew 92 A4 pages of sketches!

I've shrunk my images down a bit just to save me uploading each one individually.
Semi-scroll warning as it isn't as long as my usual sketch dumps.
Mild content warning - there's a lot of your typical art figure sketches.

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And here's some of the notable sketches on their own:
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It's getting late for me so I'll make another post about all the things I've learned, as it's quite a lot and they're pretty big things so I want to collect my thoughts as I'll probably be looking back to make sure I don't forget anything.

Overall I'm a lot more positive for my future art and I've got a much clearer vision of my path to the next level of skill now, so that was a good break for me. I'm reversing a lot of my thoughts and workflows as they were, not exactly wrong, but not optimal.

I'll be resuming my sketch survival tomorrow. I'll probably carry on from the count I last did, and not count my holiday days, because while I did draw every day it sort of doesn't feel like sketch survival posts as my goal for that has been a deliberate sketch, not just general work.
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« Reply #1686 on: July 29, 2023, 09:08:12 AM »
I tried to organise my thoughts into rough categories of things I have learned over the last couple of weeks. It's surprisingly a lot, but several points are things that I have known and forgotten, so a little annoying in that regard.
Hopefully this might help someone else but it'll be a good reference for me to look back on as well.

Traditional Skills

-When it comes to ballpoint sketching in particular, you need to be very clear on your idea before you start, as you can't erase or adjust ink. So spending time, even just a minute, planning out the idea, can improve the quality and accuracy of the artwork. Doing small thumbnail sketches to both plan and develop your idea is good as you are getting an idea of where everything goes beforehand.

-Sketching lightly with a ballpoint pen is quite difficult, for 2 main reasons. Firstly, the pen itself may not flow well with low pressure, and so you get no line at all under a certain level of pressure. I found new pens were less reliable, and as I used them they "warmed up" after 10 or so pages and were much smoother to use. Higher quality pens are probably better but I use the cheapest ones I can find. Secondly, pressing very lightly with pen is much harder than with pencil, and so you need a much higher level of control. I found pressing my palm down on the page a little more firmly allowed me to control my pressure a lot more as I was more fixed in place relative to the paper. I was even able to shade areas of my sketch with a solid tone as if using pencil, which I have done on and off over the years but never known why I couldn't do it consistently until now. I also found that sometimes the pen ink stopped, and needed a scribble to get it running again. So some of my higher quality works have a lot of scribbles around them as that's when the ink wasn't flowing as smoothly as I wanted.

-Possibly for the first time since starting traditional, I actually found myself being limited by using just ballpoint - I wanted to colour and shade with a much higher variety and complexity. I think because I do use colour in digital work this is partly the reason. But I'll be looking into expanding my traditional tool-set to have a couple of other pen-like things for adding colour or shade. Adding solid blocks of shade, especially solid black, is almost impossible with ballpoint. It takes forever, for one thing, and it's never as smoothly coloured as I'd like.

-I have always drawn my face guidelines as a big plus with a vertical and horizontal line, and while that works well digitally, traditionally it always shows up in the final sketch no matter how light I press. So I've finally managed to make it a habit to do just the endpoints of the plus sign, and use my imagination to see the full lines when sketching the face and head. It's surprisingly not much more difficult, and the faces are much more clearer even when I'm sketching more rough work.

-Another traditional skill that has come and gone but I'm starting to permanently get now, is sketching lightly. It goes without saying that when sketching in pen, a light sketch is essential otherwise it will show in the final drawing. And I have the habit of inking without really thinking and so I draw the same thing over and over again. But by sketching lightly, it gives me the opportunity to properly plan my sketch and make improvements before finalizing it and inking it, and this has resulted in much better sketches, more of the time. Even when I'm in super casual mode I'm still pressing much more lightly now and so sketch quality has improved across the board.

General Skills

-I have always been quite focused on speed, as my target of writing a comic isn't possible without a fairly high output. But focusing on speed at the cost of other things, such as accuracy or consistency, is not a good thing. I've been gradually slowing myself down the last year or so to not rush through my work, but now I'm finding that my best work is when I'm calm and steady with every line I draw. In part this allows for less mistakes, but also gives your brain time to actually assess each line and make corrections before you draw it. So slowing down allows for better planning.

-I think a bad habit I got into regarding speed was rushing, as rushing by definition adds speed. But the issue is that I was going TOO fast. There is a maximum speed that you can't go above without sacrificing quality, and I was really pushing that line too far. While working quickly is still my goal, I'm making sure to take the time required for the quality I'm aiming at, and while it takes up to 50% longer, the quality is at least double, and it's less stressful long term. So stamina benefits greatly as I can work longer when I'm not rushing. And so ultimately get more work done.

-Slant. I find that every time I take time off and do a bunch of sketches, that I always notice how bad my slant is. I assume it's bad all of the time and I'm only noticing it when I'm relaxed. Taking care when drawing initial guidelines, and making sure they are upright/perpendicular/symmetrical is worth the investment early on as you'll spend a lot of time fixing it down the line rather than catching it early. I did think I was doing this but apparently not as much as I need to, as my work still has a lot of slant, especially noticeable on the face jawline, and the level of the eyes, as well as the angles of arms or legs that are meant to be symmetrical but are off by at least 20 degrees or more. I'm not keen on flipping my artwork as a habit, because I'd like to see these issues as-is without some sort of method.

-Something that is obvious but needs realizing all the same, is that complex parts of your sketch require more time and effort to make look good. Just because such a detail is small on the illustration, does not mean that you can rush it. Especially when it comes to hands and faces, woring slowly on these small but important details will make the quality of the illustration much better. Hands especially if you want them to look good, you have to take the time to get the guidelines right and get all the fingers in proportion etc. You can't rush it like you might be able to do when drawing the curves of hair or other details that don't matter as much. So variable speed when drawing allows you to put quality where it's needed.

-Spending time to plan your sketch before you even draw the first line is essential if you want to get something that isn't generic. When your focus is on drawing lines, your mind can't multitask and design the composition as well, so you'll end up with subpar work. But thinking about your sketch first means that your first lines will be more definitely in the right place, and you won't be sketching randomly. Another way to do this is with thumbnail sketches, doing a sort of mini trial run of your sketch to get the basic angle and composition without ruining the actual artwork. Doing a couple of thumbnail sketches can help improve the quality of your composition massively as you are actually taking the time to spend on composition and not just starting drawing without a proper target.

Art Style

-Body type is a pretty huge topic, and it's affected by art style as well. I found that as I was trying to improve my body proportions, I was able to find quite a few distinct body types and subsequent art styles for representing them, and I'm working out which direction I want my art to go for the main part as I don't think I can keep up multiple art styles until I'm super pro.

-I also found my typical face style adjusting to a more realistic balance of proportions, even with exaggerated faces it got a bit more balance. I think I always wanted to get more inspiration from real life as even super stylized styles still have this natural balance taken from real life.

-Regarding the use of curves in art, I've always known that curves can be pretty complex, but really I've renewed my understanding of how complex a single curve can be, i.e. the direction it starts, how much it bends one way or the other, the angle it ends, the next curve that it joins to etc. Understanding bezier curves help with this as you can imagine how the curve is pulled one way or the next. Looking at my own and others' work I see that the type of curves used really influences the overall style quite heavily, so that's something to keep an eye on as I develop my style into something more definite.

Regimes & Workflow

-A cool project idea I came up with for improving my nonexistent backgrounds was to do some generic 3d shapes, cubes and so on, and draw lots of little figures interacting with them. This led to some really interesting Where's-Waldo-esque sketches. I'd love to make a fully rendered version, with each piece being a different setting, like medieval or sci-fi etc. It would be really good practice, and actually leans into game design a little when you're drawing tiny elements like buildings and paths and so on.

-The fact that I've been able to organize my thoughts and learn/relearn such a large amount really highlights the importance of relaxing and/or drawing without any pressure. For a while I've been avoiding doing my general sketch pages since that's often just lots of headshots or standing figures, but I think that unstructured time allows you to think about your art and for the tings you have learned to settle down into good habits. So I'm going to allow myself to draw more casually again, and make it more of a regular thing.



Overall in terms of art, this has been a good break for me, and I hope that I can keep the things I've learnt at the front of my mind, as that will help with my progress a lot I think.

As a side point, I'm also probably going to post my sketch survival on my main art thread since I often talk about things I have learned or issues I'm facing, and so I'd like that to be in my main art timeline, so to speak. But I'll not make a new post every day, I'll just keep editing an older one until there's a week's worth of work or something.

I didn't get any writing done on my one-shot as I'd hoped, but I'm going to be starting that ASAP now that I'm home as I really want this out of the way super quickly.
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« Reply #1687 on: July 30, 2023, 02:35:55 PM »
My daily comments for sketch survival will go here since I often have thoughts about art and so-on when posting so I'd like it all in one place :D

2023-07-30

I drew this one with a break in between just cos I was super busy today. I dont think that made a difference at all to speed or quality. This is one of the first daily sketches I've done with an idea in mind before I even started. That's usually because I don't worry about coming up with ideas since I know one will pop into my head sooner or later. But it's nice to have a multiple character sketch.
So far I'm having success with productivity by assigning a minimum amount of time, say 5 minutes to a project, and saying "I can manage 5 minutes today on this project, and then I can stop". That's a lot less stressful than trying to start a project with the mindset that you're going to spend hours on it. And often it's just the starting that is the issue, and you're able to do more than what you thought. Both with art and other tasks I've had good success in the last couple of days so I hope that sticks.
Tomorrow will be an art day for the first time in ever so I'm hoping to get a fair bit done with my new mindset and momentum from my holiday.

2023-07-31

A pretty normal sketch today, didn't have a productive day at all. But managed to pull off a proper sketch instead of a headshot so maybe some good habits are clinging on. Otherwise hopefully get a good night and try again tomorrow.
Even though I was feeling bad I still felt I was being more careful/aware of how I was drawing, like double checking my proportions, which I haven't been too good at doing on the fly previously.
Just noticed I forgot to shade her legs properly. meh.

2023-08-01

A bit too tired to be drawing, was busy at work doing prep for next year so didn't have any free time today. I think I draw much simpler when I'm tired, so my sketches are always faster. Can't be helped.

2023-08-02

An alright sketch today, feeling better than the last couple of days. Hopefully do some more art for the rest of the day, we'll see. Might have something to post soon. Remembered a couple more things I didn't want to forget from my holiday stint so I'll update my lengthy post with more length soon :P

2023-08-03

once again a hopelessly busy day but I'm still seeing glimmers of hope on the horizon for higher productivity. getting my sleep is super important I think.

2023-08-04

Drew this one randomly and figured it'd be good enough for my daily sketch. I was partly trying out my new brush style I made to mimic ballpoint so I can practice pressing lightly when drafting a sketch, and ink in the same layer and the guides are so faint they're almost not visible anyway. That's the ballpoint style I'm after. The brush style gets super fat if I press too hard so the few blobby marks are a reminder to not press so hard. So it's like a warning sign when I see them. Otherwise I'd start to do much more confident bold strokes which dont have the level of complexity I want. It's good for a quick sketch style but not my "true" style.
Funnily enough I drew the guides with the head *too large*, but on completion it looks perfectly fine for a cute girl. How mysterious. I think maybe the guides look wrong sometimes because the sketch isn't complete, and so sometimes you're comparing your guides with your envisioned final piece, and that doesn't always match up.
To combat the issue I have with motivation I'm leaning back into more casual sketches like this one more often, often as a warm-up and in-between activity. When doing regime work or even my WIPs I don't have too much free mental space to actually evaluate my work as much as when sketching casually. And so that gives me the boost to my observation skills to keep me going through the other stuff.

2023-08-05

A quick daily sketch today as I'm trying to get to sleep on time for once. I did other art as well and basically forgot the daily sketch again. I think I'm gaining momentum with my new outlook so I'm hopeful for the near future to be super productive.

2023-08-06

Forgot my daily sketch today and so decided to do a quick one instead, and ended up doing a coloured sketch by accident. For the time it took, it turned out alright. I'm sort of trialling a new higher quality rough sketch style for my manga which is still on the way.
My sleep schedule is starting to finally restore itself and so I'm hoping in the next week I'll be close to maximum power again. I'm being quite productive lately so that's starting to settle into a new habit now.

2023-08-07

Tried the same style clothing as the previous sketch since I liked it so much. And also super early in the day getting the sketch done is good.

2023-08-08

Went for the opposite and tried a curvy woman but got the proportions wrong somewhere. I was a tad confident but mucked it up probably through lack of practice. Gotta do more varied work. That being said I don't particularly want to be that much of a varied artist, but at least a little variation can help compliment your skill.

2023-08-09

ran out of time today, was pretty unproductive today. But I'm going for an early night and hopefully reset. Last couple of days have been pretty productive, shame I spent most of it at work doing prep stuff for next school year.

2023-08-10

I recently realized that within the range of "cute poses" there are also motion poses where the character is off balance, but still not in a specific motion like running or jumping. I couldn't quite get it right this time though. It's a bit of a funny range of poses that I have often seen in manga, for character introduction shots where they pop out of panel or just for giving more energy to an otherwise boring pose. In a similar vein, hair being caught by the wind at the perfect timing is a similar thing. Like a confession shot the hair will always be caught by the wind. It's just that much better. So adding energy to shots is something I'm trying to get into as well.
Other than that I've been not too well today, didn't achieve much but I think I'll be better tomorrow.

2023-08-10

Tried again for an off balance pose but toned it back a bit, still not quite what I'm aiming for. I'll try again tomorrow probably. Also I'd like a bit more variety in the outfits that I'm drawing, but the daily sketch isn't meant to be challenging in that sense. So I'll probably just try and put in that effort into my other projects.
So far still not much progress on my manga, but I'm getting there with organization so I hope soon I'll have something to show for it.

2023-08-12

Pretty happy with this one, focus seemed a bit better when I was doing the guidelines and I managed to correct a few more proportion errors than I would have done normally.
Been pretty busy but things seem to be almost stabilizing now. It's hard to tell if a habit has properly settled in until a month or even more have passed and it's stood the test of time, but so far everything is going not badly for the first time in a while.

2023-08-13

General productivity is on the rise, but as always that means my art takes a hit because other life stuff is actually getting done. Such is being an adult. But I'm hoping that with continued productivity I'll get some gaps soon as I clear out one-off tasks that I've been putting off but now feel like doing. I'm glad I have the daily sketch because otherwise I'd probably not get any of my own art done. Although I'm annoyed I'm not making progress on my other art and my manga, but better than nothing so I'll take what I can get.

2023-08-14

Once again busy with other stuff, but productivity rising with general stuff.

2023-08-15

Managed to get the daily sketch done early this time. Lately I get the feeling that it's becoming easier to do the daily sketch, there's less of an inhibition in getting started. Actually a lot of my projects are feeling like that lately, that I'm not worried so much about failure, and I'm more worried about not doing anything. In other words, failure is not a bad sketch, failure is not doing a sketch in the first place (or anything else that I'm trying to do).

2023-08-16

Fell off the rails today, not feeling great at all. No idea why.

2023-08-17

Feeling a little better but still can't focus on anything for some reason. At least I can manage a generic sketch although the quality is towards the lower side.

2023-08-21

back into doing proper sketchesw after a busy weekend. Overslept but thankfully I'm still on school holidays so I can rest easy for a bit. But no reason to take things slow so I'm working hard on my art and other life stuff. Should catch a break for putting even more time into my art soon, although I'm on a holiday soon as well so that won't help for productivity.
Lately I've been successful in keeping my room fully tidy, not really a big thing to be proud of but I've never had it as a habit until now. And so I'm working on reducing procrastination to as low as possible for all tasks that I have to do. Doing a little each day towards them is super effective.

2023-08-23

I think the resilience of my habits is improving, still early days but I'm seeing an improvement in quickly returning to the good schedule after having a bad day whereas previously I might have been out of it for ages. I'm also starting to actually do things out of habit now rather than having to check them off a list, like tidying my room, it's starting to become second nature. So I'm not pushing myself to keep increasing the workload a lot, but just tiny increments and let it fully integrate, and then the next thing. I'm letting my manga story slip a little away from my immediate goals simply to get the standard stuff in place fully, such as my daily sketch. Long term I have super high hopes.
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« Reply #1688 on: August 31, 2023, 09:05:20 AM »
Thought I'd start a new post with my daily sketches since I have a lot to talk about.

2023-08-29 to 2023-08-31







I've recently become rather consistent with my art and scheduling and so I'm increasing the composition quality of my daily sketches by one level. Basically this means that I'm thinking before I start sketching for about a minute, and also doing a few draft thumbnails of different ideas. Usually within a minute I have a much more concrete idea, of a much more interesting sketch, than if I had rushed into starting drawing. I've put off doing this previously because I thought it might make my daily sketches too hard, but I can always avoid particularly difficult compositions if I'm afraid they will fail, as my other projects are more ambitious anyway.

So I'm hoping that I should get some slightly nicer sketches out, at least they should be more varied. And time spent doesn't change too much although they're leaning towards half an hour now, but that's not really an issue as long as I'm efficient with my time.

Regarding schedules and habits, I'm definitely onto a winner with the little-bit-a-day mentality on large tasks. I've always done this with my art, but never with anything else like chores, and it suddenly just clicked that I can be more productive and get tasks done, especially tasks that I don't want to do but are still important. So every day I have a list of about 10 things that I will do a minimum of 1 minute on. Usually once I start I end up doing 10-15 minutes, so the 1 minute limit is just a fall-back so I don't put too much pressure on myself. And some days I really have spent just a minute cos it was a bad day, but doing just that little bit keeps it in my mind and also helps to strengthen the habit. A few things have become completely habit within just a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping that over time I can put other tasks on the list, as some become habits and I just do them without thinking. I'm also extending that attitude to art projects that I haven't been spending much time on, mostly my long overdue commissions, and spending a little each day towards these outstanding tasks as well. So both my art and my life seem a lot more organized lately, and hopefully it'll stay that way.

Also also, I'm getting the feeling that I'm close to a breakthrough with my art, possibly just a positive feeling from being more productive but I feel my style is becoming a little more coherent lately.
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Re: Suuper's Artworks & Illustrations
« Reply #1689 on: September 01, 2023, 09:49:18 AM »
2023-09-01

Still getting to grips with my new routine but overall it's good. Just trying to cram in some more art stuff so I have a proper output other than my daily sketch.
GIMP was freezing every couple of seconds for some reason which made it almost impossible to focus on the sketch but I managed something mostly OK.

2023-09-12

Back from my holiday yesterday but work was super long today I was so tired. Didn't have the energy to do anything but this and then I'm gonna sleep.

2023-09-13


2023-09-14


2023-09-15

A nice streak of cute sketches since I've been back from my holiday. Although I feel my style is getting a bit messed up, the consistency is more of an issue that I'm focusing on now.
Talking of consistency, I managed to not only recover my normal schedule very quickly on coming home, but I'm also managing to get all my daily tasks done quite regularly now. And I'm definitely feeling the good effects from it now, I'm getting lots of stuff done as well as exercise so I'm expecting to see some good results across the board.
The only main issue with my schedule now, is waking up early, for some reason that's still rather difficult no matter what time I go to sleep.
I'm almost at 100 proper sketches since I started the daily sketch whcih is awesome.

2023-09-16

Productivity still seems to be on the rise, even when I lose time in the mornings I seem to get into the tasks a bit better now rather than moping over lost time.

2023-09-22

Had a rough patch of un-motivatedness but managed to pull through. Having a target of small things to reach each day gives you a quick sense of positiveness and fulfilment, which can help lift depressive episodes.
I also found, can't remember if I mentioned it before, that rather than rushing, working very slow and methodical actually results in greater productivity because you don't wear yourself out and can actually focus clearly on what you're doing. And so when I deliberately slow down, I tend to worry less and focus improves on whatever task I'm on. Just gotta remember that state of mind so that I can be productive continuously.

2023-10-20

I'm still carrying on with my daily task list and it's giving me a continual boost to productivity. I can't always find the motivation to get through all the tasks so sometimes I change the order to make sure that the same ones don't get missed all the time.
also due to being more productive I've been missing on doing a proper daily sketch for a while as well, but I'm getting more back into my usual routine of doing it early in the day rather than leaving it last minute and then I have to rush a quick sketch.
I'm also finally working on finishing the first version of my own art program which will help me with low level sketches and processing WIPs. I had paused it for a while because I found a glitch that I couldn't figure out, but now I know how to fix it I can finally continue. I'm not aiming for any bells or whistles at the moment , just a basic drawing app.

2023-10-21

Definitely getting back into the swing of things again, with the added bonus of higher productivity. Slowly getting through my long term tasks, especially a couple that once they're out of the way I'll have permanently more free time for my own projects.
Something new regarding my daily tasks that I've started to do is to block several together that I do without a break between them, and that's helping to improve productivity on days when I don't have much free time. A lot of my time is wasted on breaks which don't really help to restore my energy, just to distract me really.

2023-10-22

Quite happy with the interesting composition of this sketch, but it's not great in terms of accuracy, I've been skimping on that lately I think.
Definitely back in the swing for the moment, but been very tired lately. But fortunately I've been more productive in my waking hours so it's a fair trade off at the moment, but I'd really like to be awake for more hours in the day XD

2023-11-02

Last 2 weeks have been pretty hectic for organisation, I'm getting things done but not in the right order and it's a bit of a mess. But overall productivity on the rise and consistency also getting better. It looks like things are finally getting permanently in order, I've managed to find a system that works well with my personality to get things done.

2023-11-04

continuously hit and miss for all my projects at the moment, but I'm still getting more consistent, and it's getting easier to start projects that I'm usually apprehensive about, because either I want to do it really well, or I just don't want to do it at all XD
So technically on a positive but room for improvement.
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Re: Suuper's Artworks & Illustrations
« Reply #1690 on: November 29, 2023, 04:51:57 PM »
2023-09-01

Still getting to grips with my new routine but overall it's good. Just trying to cram in some more art stuff so I have a proper output other than my daily sketch.
GIMP was freezing every couple of seconds for some reason which made it almost impossible to focus on the sketch but I managed something mostly OK.

2023-09-12

Back from my holiday yesterday but work was super long today I was so tired. Didn't have the energy to do anything but this and then I'm gonna sleep.

2023-09-13


2023-09-14


2023-09-15

A nice streak of cute sketches since I've been back from my holiday. Although I feel my style is getting a bit messed up, the consistency is more of an issue that I'm focusing on now.
Talking of consistency, I managed to not only recover my normal schedule very quickly on coming home, but I'm also managing to get all my daily tasks done quite regularly now. And I'm definitely feeling the good effects from it now, I'm getting lots of stuff done as well as exercise so I'm expecting to see some good results across the board.
The only main issue with my schedule now, is waking up early, for some reason that's still rather difficult no matter what time I go to sleep.
I'm almost at 100 proper sketches since I started the daily sketch whcih is awesome.

2023-09-16

Productivity still seems to be on the rise, even when I lose time in the mornings I seem to get into the tasks a bit better now rather than moping over lost time.

2023-09-22

Had a rough patch of un-motivatedness but managed to pull through. Having a target of small things to reach each day gives you a quick sense of positiveness and fulfilment, which can help lift depressive episodes.
I also found, can't remember if I mentioned it before, that rather than rushing, working very slow and methodical actually results in greater productivity because you don't wear yourself out and can actually focus clearly on what you're doing. And so when I deliberately slow down, I tend to worry less and focus improves on whatever task I'm on. Just gotta remember that state of mind so that I can be productive continuously.

2023-10-20

I'm still carrying on with my daily task list and it's giving me a continual boost to productivity. I can't always find the motivation to get through all the tasks so sometimes I change the order to make sure that the same ones don't get missed all the time.
also due to being more productive I've been missing on doing a proper daily sketch for a while as well, but I'm getting more back into my usual routine of doing it early in the day rather than leaving it last minute and then I have to rush a quick sketch.
I'm also finally working on finishing the first version of my own art program which will help me with low level sketches and processing WIPs. I had paused it for a while because I found a glitch that I couldn't figure out, but now I know how to fix it I can finally continue. I'm not aiming for any bells or whistles at the moment , just a basic drawing app.

2023-10-21

Definitely getting back into the swing of things again, with the added bonus of higher productivity. Slowly getting through my long term tasks, especially a couple that once they're out of the way I'll have permanently more free time for my own projects.
Something new regarding my daily tasks that I've started to do is to block several together that I do without a break between them, and that's helping to improve productivity on days when I don't have much free time. A lot of my time is wasted on breaks which don't really help to restore my energy, just to distract me really.

2023-10-22

Quite happy with the interesting composition of this sketch, but it's not great in terms of accuracy, I've been skimping on that lately I think.
Definitely back in the swing for the moment, but been very tired lately. But fortunately I've been more productive in my waking hours so it's a fair trade off at the moment, but I'd really like to be awake for more hours in the day XD

2023-11-02

Last 2 weeks have been pretty hectic for organisation, I'm getting things done but not in the right order and it's a bit of a mess. But overall productivity on the rise and consistency also getting better. It looks like things are finally getting permanently in order, I've managed to find a system that works well with my personality to get things done.

2023-11-04

continuously hit and miss for all my projects at the moment, but I'm still getting more consistent, and it's getting easier to start projects that I'm usually apprehensive about, because either I want to do it really well, or I just don't want to do it at all XD
So technically on a positive but room for improvement.

The pressure to perform well consistently, I understand it, but tbh the entirety of your sketches from July have been great  :heart: I guess if one thing hasn't changed it's your ability to pump out art, I'm glad you haven't lost your passion
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« Reply #1691 on: December 03, 2023, 08:27:17 AM »
thanks!
Yeah passion has been a bit tough for me the last year or so, my work has been extra stressful and draining on my emotions. So I've sort of just been cruising with my art lately. Fortunately I have the habit of doing a lot of art so I'm still doing a lot of sketches, but really my heart hasn't been in it for a while.

Actually I'm quitting my job next year when the school year ends so I'm going to chill and maybe take a gap year or something and focus on stuff I want to do without any external pressures.

Also since I'm here just an FYI, I'm going to Japan for 3 weeks, in 2 weeks time!
My first time to Japan so I'm quite excited although I'm not really a touristy person so I don't know yet what I want to see. Really just wandering the town and taking photos would do me nicely.
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« Reply #1692 on: December 03, 2023, 02:14:27 PM »
Sounds amazing super!! Those are some massive steps. Its so good you have a drawing groove from all that pratice. Funnily enough i was thinking about the work ethic to produce art with weekly deadlines and you have really seasoned yourself for that. Troubles with the heart i feel would rest when you have that rest fun and quiet to hear it out and give it what it needs.  :sheep:

Quitting your job and taking a gap year sounds healing and i hope you accomplish at least that on your down time.

Its so cool that your spending some time in japan and during the holidays. I wonder if its something like what happens in japan stays in japan. :sure:  It's great maybe you'll be like a whole different person like a time skip or something. Probably grow your hair long.

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« Reply #1693 on: December 03, 2023, 03:04:31 PM »
ehehehe I could do with a character growth arc round about now XD
I'm painfully aware of my remaining youth slipping away as I get older (I'm only 30 but I'm feeling it already XD) and I'm determined to make something of myself while I still have a lot of energy left.

Yeah generally I'm quite emotional so I get affected by lots of different stresses that others might be able to handle better than me. But mostly I manage to do something towards my goals, if only just a little.



I know I already said I won't do sketch survival again for a while, but my schedule has started to stabilize again, but I really don't want the pressure, so I'm just gonna post some random sketches on my own art thread each day, no particular commitment, but just something I'd like to do.



I'm still cracking through my other projects albeit quite slowly. Expect to see some progress in the new year definitely although if I'm lucky maybe a bit before.

Mostly I'm starting to try and tackle my huge pile of WIP sketches that have been stagnating the last 2 years, really haven't put much time into doing those.
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« Reply #1694 on: December 03, 2023, 03:37:24 PM »
"Remaining youth slipping away", this really hits. I havent experienced it though XD and im fighting to urge to feel that way although im wondering if its futile. I keep hearing people in their 30's talking about bodily pains and say that wouldnt happen to me. Im fighting  it  :ninja:

Maybe your sketch will be your long hair reality XD. Looks good. At one point i was wondering if my constant commentating was rubbing you the wrong way. Pressure and such. If i may when im dealing with pressure i try to give it a voice. Pressure in some cases  is like a manifestation of conscious/subconscious thoughts/understandings and when giving it voice makes it easier to understand what you are going through and help you understand self. maybe you do this as you do know yourself very well.

Being emotional to me can be a fun ride and then not so fun. The best way to harness an emotional side in my perspective is to apply some hard cold logic and harness the emotions with the fact that you may not be in control of how you feel but how long you feel it for.

self control and discipline is one of the greatest acts of self love.

I could just be saying nonsense.  :ohmy:

With your art schedule its good your doing what you want with it . Im thinking its probably in the effort to remind yourself that you are in control which you are and that's your freedom. So much good things can come from that.