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I love my current drawing program but I may have to switch anyway just to boost my productivity.

My program of choice is Paint Tool Sai 2. I'm very familiar with it and it feels intuitive to use. But man, it's not that popular, and there just aren't that many brushes for it. There are, yes, but nowhere near the level of Procreate (I don't own any apple devices, so that's irrelevant to me) and Clip Studio (which I do own and also basically don't ever use lol).

Whenever I see fellow artists draw they usually are using one of those two programs and they have so much stuff for them. Entire filing cabinets of brushes for every single goddang thing in existence. I saw an artist's speedpaint a few days ago where she drew grass in the foreground by just using a brush and swiping it across the screen. Meanwhile I'm here manually drawing everything in. It's just horrifically inefficient. My art as of now is very flat because I have to manually draw stuff so I rely on highly simplistic silhouettes and stylization but I want to do more. I want to try incorporating more Y2K/cyber aesthetics in my art (Frutiger Aero, Vectorheart, etc.) and a lot of these things rely heavily on lots of abstract stuff that is a nightmare to manually recreate. Likewise, drawing backgrounds takes me forever and I have to simply things like grass into incredibly abstract representations.

It feels like I'm producing digital art in the crudest way possible. I sketch, I draw lineart, I fill bucket the colors in and then manually add things like patterns/designs. If I'm doing digital, I should be taking advantage of the medium and actually rendering my artwork. But doing that manually is a goddamn nightmare.

I dunno. I see artwork that looks so vibrant and unique compared to my completely flat and dull art and I feel like I need to get better tools...but I also love my tools as is. What to do...

2 Comments
2024/04/26
20:21 UTC

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Need your critique on this digital portrait

I’m an amateur working on a gift for my mother. What can I do to improve, any advice is welcome. Link

Edit: the photo square on the right is the reference photo

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2024/04/26
20:19 UTC

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Anyone else addicted to buying art supplies?

I got back to drawing after having art block for like 7 months and since a month ago I’m pretty sure I bought art supplies like 8 times already but I always feel like I’m missing something lol ☠️

10 Comments
2024/04/26
20:04 UTC

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Want to draw but not practice?

You read the title. I love drawing, but don't like practicing. I've asked a similar question before, and the only advice I got was to "practice, practice, practice". What if I don't like practicing? What if I don't want to practice? What if I just want to draw as an escape, or for the hell of it? I'm sure people will shun on this post and think of me as lazy, myself included. I could practice, sure, but that takes too long. And too much effort, time.. all of that stuff. If I do practice, it's occassional (not to mention inconsistent). I just want to draw to draw. Getting better would be nice but I just like the idea of picking up a pencil and letting my mind create. Is this wrong; should I practice?

9 Comments
2024/04/26
19:54 UTC

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Unfriendly community for a self taught artists

Let’s share your experience if it happened to you. I live in a small country and I see a lot disrespect to a self taught artists from graduated artists community (including my friend - he is a self taught, paints mostly realism, has a really good skills, he merge his skills and his fantasy in his paintings, sells very successfully). I mean, they call self taught artists “printers” (if they are realists), “dilettantes”, if the artist is quite successful - they try to find the reason to belittle his art and even his customers (“they buy because they don’t understand art”) and etc. The funny things is that those self taught artists have great skills and is still improving, experimenting with styles and the only difference is they do not have diploma. Is it jealousy or what?

6 Comments
2024/04/26
19:44 UTC

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Where to find buyers who are willing slend more than $150+ on your work?

Im kinda getting impatient. Commissions are pretty random and ive tried the whole going into d1scord and joining commissions servers and verifying. Majority of the people their are mainly artists selling and if it is a buyer, it's definitely waaaayyy under my intended budget. Or there trading stuff like nitro when i just want cash so yeah. Of cpurse i have platforms on most social media but eh i only really seen activity on ig and da. Does commissioners like stalk your profile until they feel like buying because i nltice that everyone who commissioned me doesnt follow me. Nlt complaining or anything but something i notice. They dont engage with my account they just dm when ready.

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2024/04/26
19:37 UTC

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Opinion on commission price

Chibi lineart $170 Chibi color $220 Bust/potrait lineart $270 Bust/potrait color $320 Halfbody lineart $370 Halfbody color $420 Thighup lineart $470 Thighup color $520 Fullbody lineart $570 Fullbody color $620

Extra character $100 Background $100

I've been drawing for years and have experience doing commissions. I know that art is a luxury and labor so i decided to increase the prices to benefit myself. I cant see my self drawing for just $5 and actually getting something out of it. D1scord nitro or robux doesnt cut it either. Im getting older, it wluld be cool to make this a consistent source of income

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2024/04/26
19:21 UTC

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Analog to digital, Do you have any tips on easing the transition?

I have been an oil painter for decades. And lately I have been trying to get into ProCreate. I have a two year old and having my work space set up is not an option, and I figure ProCreate would allow me to be creative without the risk of having my daughter coated in paint. I just picture her with Phthalo Blue stains all over. Anyhow, as an elder millennial, I’m finding the transition from “analog” art to digital to be daunting. I’d love to know if anyone has any tips or ideas that have helped with taking your painting or drawing skills and using them with ProCreate? Thanks so much!

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2024/04/26
19:03 UTC

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Can I become an artist despite being somewhat illiterate + What do I learn first as a beginner

I've been wanting to make art since I was 14 but I've always been lost and had no clue where to begin.

I've researched a few books online on how to draw their all too hard for me to comprehend since I'm at a really low reading level and never even passed middle school

Can someone recommend resources for beginner artists that are simple and easy to understand and follow along with

Also how long does it typically take to see improvement in art

8 Comments
2024/04/26
17:52 UTC

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Possible scam

Does anybody know if this would be a scam, or legit? I don't often get email commission requests so I wasn't sure

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tG6qUWSvKu46FzeH1-3lIc1-hx9pRsAe/view?usp=drivesdk

4 Comments
2024/04/26
16:44 UTC

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How art plays a role in everyday life: insights from Reddit discussions

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2024/04/26
15:11 UTC

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How spot a scam artist?

Forgive me if this is the wrong sub but I need help. As a buyer of art, how can I tell if a Reddit artist is a fake or has taken their digital art from somewhere else? Thanks. Any tips are appreciated.

9 Comments
2024/04/26
11:37 UTC

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Best method to present drawings?

I mainly draw in a sketch book but occasionally I want to have something I can present nicely as a piece.

When I've done it before I've just cut the drawing out of my sketch book and glued it to some card or foam board which works but would prefer something easier.

Does anyone have any experience drawing straight to a thick card or any other ideas that might point me in the right direction?

Cheers.

4 Comments
2024/04/26
09:40 UTC

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Weird question but I don’t know where to ask : What kind of brush can resist Acetone ? And not put it’s color into the product?

I’m currently doing an art project that requires the usage of acetone, but I need a brush that can resist the product and not make the liquid change color after being in the brush.

I live in switzerland if that helps :/

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2024/04/26
08:27 UTC

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Backing recommendations

Hey All, What could I use as backing or a frame for a lightweight piece. Desirable qualities would be sturdy, thin, and cut-able to custom shapes. Is there anything that would fit this bill? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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2024/04/26
08:04 UTC

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To other beginners- how do you keep yourself motivated when you feel like you're not getting anywhere?

Art is difficult to track your progress in since there's no measurable criteria to follow. There's not a number bound to art skill in the same way that there is in lifting heavier weights ("I lifted X lbs/kg than my prior best today") or running a set distance in a faster time ("I beat my best time by X seconds"). Not to mention that you'll always probably be your harshest critic.

So, how do you do it? How do you beat the feelings of "What's the point?" Or "Maybe I'm just not cut out for this"? I wanna see what other beginners have to say.

13 Comments
2024/04/26
07:50 UTC

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I hate drawing backgrounds, what's a way to make them more fun?

I know I need to learn them but i find them so mindnumbingly boring... How do you spice up backroung study?

2 Comments
2024/04/25
12:26 UTC

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Oil painting for dummies

dumb it down my friends

what do i need to paint an oil painting from start to finish?

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2024/04/25
22:24 UTC

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When did the opinion on tracing change so much?

I have always been a big no-tracing advocate. I feel like this was the general opinion in the early 2000s too. Even if you “trace” for an anatomy study, the goal should be to move that drawing to the side and recreate it yourself.

Yet online there has been a huge shift in the idea that tracing is/has always been standard due to camera obscura etc…

But I feel like people forget that the point is to eventually not have to trace. If you’re not also seeing improvement in anatomy construction without the tracing, at what point is it not doing anything to begin with? I also get confused when I see people saying professionals encouraged them to trace. I can’t think of one instance in school where a professor would have ever encouraged tracing in an illustration environment.

I don’t know. It’s an interesting observation. Even in the times when my anatomy sucks, I still take 10x more pride in artwork I know I did from scratch than anything traced over.

The occasional weirdly posed hand that you took a photo of yourself? Fine. But full body poses, lineart etc? Ehh…..

There’s also this dirty little secret vibe to it. People like to defend tracing when they see other people do it, but you’ll rarely see those same people actually acknowledge that they traced anything in the finished pieces they post….

Btw I don’t mean referencing at all. I just mean the act of drawing over something else.

229 Comments
2024/04/26
05:10 UTC

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How do you deal with the disrespect?

I’m a professional artist (36F) and I’ve painted a mural for a historical site, and done an residency and exhibition with a major art museum. But, people still act like I’m dropping a rabid raccoon on their doorstep when I try to collaborate with them and give them a share of my profits.

Before I had these credentials, I thought I needed to prove myself for people to take me seriously. But, I’ve proven myself up and down at this point. Nobody else is my city can touch me as far as skill, talent, and professionalism. But I’m still being disrespected by people all the time. For example, SO MANY people expect me to work for free. Even grant funders who claim to support artists. I got a city grant for this huge project but they cut out THE ENTIRE budget for me to pay myself. So, I’ve basically become an indentured servant to my city. Expected to do the full time jobs of multiple people with life-threatening illnesses and ZERO compensation.

This is so incredibly demoralizing and depressing. I’ve honestly been feeling suicidal lately because it seems that no matter how many accolades I accrue, I’m still not taken seriously and am not given the respect of receiving a living wage. The most depressing and enraging aspect of it all is that I teach art classes to children and I feel like I’m lying when I tell them that being an artist is a viable career path.

I have a professional development meeting coming up with the grant funder who decided I didn’t deserve to get paid. They are always gaslighting us by pretend that they’re open to feedback (even though I know from experience that the parties involved can’t take any sort of criticism. Should I be honest at the meeting about the impossible situation they’ve put me in??? Or should I keep playing the game that everyone else is in this city, and not do anything that could damage their fragile egos???

I’m a super confrontational person and my instinct is to give it to them raw with no sugar-coating. I am willing to destroy their souls if it means that the next generation won’t have to go through the same BS that I did. Am I wrong???

18 Comments
2024/04/26
04:10 UTC

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Young artist seeking advice

Looking for advice on my art.

I've been drawing since I was 6, and I'm looking for advice on how to polish my art, I like it so far because I've learned anatomy and poses and I just started drawing with 3d shapes like boxes, people keep tellinge to try drawabox but I don't enjoy the learning style, so I've just watched YouTubers to follow step by step with them.

The YouTubers I watch are like proko for anatomy because he's funny and his toturials are fun, this is my art practice playlist:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLajSAUYVL4QdAfOC16pcg9XanRQWQFJah&si=KFhFiqH4mm8h-uiB

I've decided to make a list of things I'll work on improving in my art during summer vacation since school is almost over, I don't plan to turn my art into a career but I am interested in animation, for now I'll just draw for fun and improve where I can.

What should I do to polish my art? What should be worked on, I need advice for how to level up my drawings, I recently started using 3d shapes too, poses are still kinda hard but gotten easier, same for height and proportions.

After summer school I'll work on my list, thank you!

Edit: Since we can't post pictures on this sub my work is on my profile.

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2024/04/26
01:23 UTC

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Art degree.. jobs

I’m in high school(sophomore), and I’ve been really curious about my future.

I like art. I want to get better. I try doing different things to my style to see what I like best. When I get a bigger following, I plan on doing commissions. My art has changed a lot throughout the years, and I like my art how it is now, but I still am trying to improve

I’ve been looking through a lot of different schools.. risd, scad, ringling, pratt, etc etc.. and looking at the things I’m interested in.. illustration.. character design.. concept art.. studio art.. etc

I feel worried. I’m very aware that art careers can be pretty unstable.. people say to pursue other things.. but the thing is.. I’m not really interested in other things😓

I don’t want to do law. I don’t want to do any related to science. I don’t want to do anything related to medical research. And I rather watch paint dry than listen to something about accounting or whatever

I want to pursue my passion and make my art known. I’m still really confused on what to do. I don’t want future me to be completely lost. Networking? Galleries? How does it all work?

Has anyone been in the same position as me? How did you navigate through the art world? How long did it take you to understand? What did you do? Please share stories / advice!!! (・Д・)ノ (Sorry if the flair is wrong🙇‍♀️)

3 Comments
2024/04/26
00:31 UTC

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Learning Drawing & Painting Digitally from the start

Is it possible to start learning drawing and painting straight on a digital device like an iPad without having gone through any learning with pencil, paper, and paints?

I really want to find something to do with all the free time I have since I am disabled and don't work and I always wanted to get good at drawing and painting to the point where I could post my work online somewhere like DeviantArt.

Right now I have almost no skills for it but I don't want to start with pencil and paper.

In 2024, do you think an Apple Pencil and iPad Pro could be used to go over how to videos on drawing, even the ones that require traditional pencil and paper?

I am willing to pay for courses and I found paintable.cc but that looks like its for people with some prior experience with drawing traditionally.

I guess I would appreciate resources for learning drawing and painting from scratch all digitally.

3 Comments
2024/04/25
23:31 UTC

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Tips on how to teach yourself how to draw?

In particular, I'm interested in comics and video game concept art. I used to draw when I was in elementary-early middle school, where I did teach myself cause my school never had art class. I was fairly decent, but I gave up after discouragement from teachers and just a lack of self-confidence from better artists around me. However, recently I've been wanting to pick it up again, but I have no idea what I'm doing. I originally thought that I would have to go to school to learn, but someone told me it'd be a waste of money and I'm better off learning by myself. So yeah, just drop your best art advice!

Note: I'd probably prefer digital art, but would I have to learn on paper first?

5 Comments
2024/04/25
23:21 UTC

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How to stop rushing art?

Hi, I'm a digital artist for starters. I'm having serious trouble with rushing my art the closer I get to the "finish line" and It's a little upsetting. It's a mindset I have to unlearn, I know, but has anyone experienced this and have any tips to beat this habit? Id appreciate it.

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2024/04/25
22:57 UTC

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If I change my comic book style for some pages, is that wrong?

Tldr: I have a workflow for my comic that makes me work fast at the cost of quality. I want to make important frames, high quality which would change the style to some extent. Would that be off putting?

I'm working on making comic book pages as an indie creator. My process is basically similar to Marc Brut's gradient mapping workflow in order to limit how much time I spend per frame.

But it frustrates me that it's not representative of my full capabilities. It sounds rather arrogant but I want to flex lol. I figured maybe in some particular important frames, I can really render out the painting. But I'm not sure how off putting it would be to basically go from loosely painted work to a splash illustration for a game. (Style wise, admittedly my skills aren't pro yet.)

Edit: Only reason I don't want to work solely in my 'flex' work flow is that. It can take 14 hours, and admittedly I want to hurry up and put something out.

10 Comments
2024/04/25
22:38 UTC

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Any exhibition professionals here?

Hi r/artistlounge!

I’m having my first photography exhibition in June and thus I’m wondering about the layout!

In my exhibition I’ll have 8 photos in portrait and 2 in landscape. Is there anyone in here that has knowledge on what the best way would be to hang them? They’ll be hanged on a 14m wall, all in a single row

1 Comment
2024/04/25
22:08 UTC

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Becoming overly agitated while drawing. How to overcome?

Lately while drawing it seems it takes more to ground oneself before even attempting to draw. I haven't been drawing as much due to being in college. But i do want to get back into the groove of things. The issue is that every time I try to draw it leads to an overwhelming feeling of agitation and frustration. Which ends up leading to other things.

Im wondering if anybody has gone through this before? and how do you curb this issue?

6 Comments
2024/04/25
21:49 UTC

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Fixative for a LARGE scale charcoal work

Hello! I work at an art institution and we will soon be having an artist come in for an installation work. They want to draw directly on the wall with charcoal as a background to their other work. It needs to be fixed/sealed afterwards to preserve the work (for a year) and to stop the charcoal from spreading elsewhere (via wall touchers). The artist plans to cover the entire wall which is, in fact, twenty five feet tall and wide.

A standard can of spray paint says it covers around 20 feet, I assume fixative is about the same, which would mean like THIRTY cans of fixative for our giant, giant wall.

Does anyone have any alternate solutions, ideas, suggestions, etc., for protecting such a large scale piece? Thank you so much :)

2 Comments
2024/04/25
21:43 UTC

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Why are NFTs frowned upon?

My mum wants me to draw her a profile picture, but she is saying she specifically wants to make it into an N F T. I'm a bit hesitant to do it because I don't really know that much about them. Why do people normally not let people make their work into them?

14 Comments
2024/04/25
20:38 UTC

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