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Bryan Lee
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Hey guys,

Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice.  I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get better
and ones that draw with their mouth.  I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth.   

Most beginner students give up too easy.  I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with.  There are some of my friends I stopped
calling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better.  ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.)  They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better.  One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? "  As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing.  Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out.  I don't mind because one day, students are gonna call him out on it and when he can;t execute, that's his problem.  I'm sorry this to me is lazy " bullshit " thinking.  I used to answer with ," Well then work on it."  Now I don't even bother.  I see hungry students are catching up to his level.  Maybe they might not have the motor skills just yet but they more or less have the understanding.

" Knowing is not enough; one must do. "  - Bruce Lee 

When you see awesome art and you're not at that level.  Don't feel bad because you're not there yet.  Don't assume you can't do it.  I hear this a lot.  Get mad and excited.  Find teachers who can break it down for you.  Make attempts to break it down yourself, you maybe able to see things others can't see.  It may not be there but through that observation you may go down a different path that makes you better.  Do master copies.  Figure it out.  I promise it's not gonna be as complicated as you think.  It's usually a very simple idea that's been well executed.   

Don't listen to instructors that try and make drawing knowledge sound esoteric and more or less confuse you.  I'm convinced that ALL drawing ideas are easy
to comprehend; they're just really difficult to execute.  That's where mileage becomes key.  Some instructors that don't understand ideas will give you artsy
fartsy answers to your questions.  A lot of times this will confuse you even more and leave you feeling a little stupid.  If you have teachers like this, keep asking
questions and demand a clear answer.  Gesture is a good one.  I remember early in my drawing studies and instructor asked me,"  What is gesture? "  I gave him
the artsy answers that most teachers gave me up until then; life line of the pose, action line, the story, etc.... ( Still not really knowing what gesture was, just kinda knowing )  He responded with ," Okay.  Those are all correct but if I told you that the life line of your pose is wrong, or the story of your pose is wrong; can you fix it?  Does it even make any sense? "  Me: No.  Instructor:  Exactly.  Gesture simply means connections and relationships.  There's a lot of fancy words for it but that's basically it.  How does this shape relate to this shape?  How does this form connect to another form?
After that he continued to critique my drawings and I learned so much that day.

Stay hungry and you'll always be improving.  You get as good as the amount of effort you put in.  Go all out; especially when you're in school.  Karl Gnass once told me that in order to call yourself a decent artist, it takes roughly 5 years.  5 years of diligent drawing and painting.  Basically when you graduate, you've just scratched the surface.  After that it's up to you get even better and master your craft.

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BPatch22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic artwork as well as your inspiring comments above.
"Get mad and excited" is extremely accurate after viewing your paintings and sketches. You're very
kind for sharing advice throughout your site. There's a lot of great art on Deviantart, but in my humble opinion, your work is the finest I've seen here. You paint "the right way", you're not a camera, why would someone want to be one anyway, instead you're a fantastic artist who paints and draws wonderfully, thank you again for getting me mad and excited!
MagicusTrick Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist
Very inspirational for a high school student studying too and wanting to get into art school.
theviethick Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Your pieces and your critiques are wonderful!
chewyredhots Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I took art through school and my parents wanted me to take are in college.The instructor have a taste for blobs of ink thrown across a canvas.I really didn't learn anything so I have been on my own in my art.I did take oil painting lessons starting when I was 8.
Your stuff is fantastic~
Jimberlicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked at them all. When you say timed sketch what is the time length? Amazing gallery by the way! I love Petty and Rockwell.
Skystalker Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You have incredible, strong foundations in your drawings and your attitude is nothing short of inspiring! Truly a shame your work doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves. Keep workin' hard and sharing the awesome drawings! :salute:
ARTOFWAR1111 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  New member  Digital Artist
Inspirational stuff you got here. Even your journals are so insightful and full of wisdom. Thanks for sharing. :D
deerbard Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I found your profile. Very inspiring. I've got one question if you have time for it: Where should I look for good anatomy references? Where do you find them?
FUNKYMONKEY1945 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
I learned my anatomy from making a sculpture twice along with mileage.
I keep learning, it's a never ending process.  Keep in mind that anatomy doesn't make the
drawing.  Gesture shape proportion ( design ) form and lighting do.  Anatomy
is what you use to hide your tracks or reinforce ideas.

I would recommend Elliotte Goldfinger's book.  Draw from life as much as possible,
look at masters like Raphael, Bernini, Leonardo, basically old masters.  Why master copies?
They show you how to use anatomy.

Hope this helps  :)
deerbard Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, thank you very much. I know anatomy is not everything of course, I just noticed very good anatomy studies in your sketches. I'll try the book you've recommended and old masters later on too when I'll start to learn anatomy. I don't have opportunity to draw people from life though, at least not nude for anatomy studies.
Thank you once again for an answer. :)
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