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Hey guys,

Just got back from drawing workshop.  Helped a few struggling students.  Thought I could lift some spirits and confidence with advice given to me from my instructors.

Don't feel like you need to rush through a drawing because it's a " short " pose.  What's the point of getting everything in if the placements and relationships are wrong?  That's counterproductive and you're teaching yourself how to draw bad.  Take your time.  Look twice; mark once.  Be loose but not sloppy.  Remember that more lines don't equal a better drawing.

If you have an instructor that's telling you to draw a certain way that does not work for you. Still try it.  Learning what NOT to do and what does not work for you is just as important.  They're helping you to learn what habits to NOT develop. 

If you feel yourself panicking because you think you're doing a bad drawing, take a breath and calm yourself.  It's just drawing, have fun.  Remember that you have an eraser and the option of starting over.  We ALL have bad drawing days. 
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eddywang Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You just lift up my mood, thank you for that ^^
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PencilSpecter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think I mistake being loose with being fast..
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FUNKYMONKEY1945 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
lol I understand what you mean. I was the same. Loose; at least to me means marks that are not set yet.
They're not ready to be darkened or set because everything I want resolved is not resolved yet. They
don't have to be "pretty" marks. Just marks that help me to determine whether or not I'm going in the right
direction I guess you can call em exploration marks. Drawing is done in passes, more likely than not you're not
gonna hit the mark on the first try. That's where the light loose lines come into play.

Hope that makes sense.
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PencilSpecter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OOHhhh now I really see what you're saying about the "lines that have no been resolved yet". You mean not commiting to a line (darking it in ) until your gesture/propotions are right..
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PencilSpecter Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I've gotten past the "pretty marks" stage but still had to deal with messes I made due to unsure "search lines".. thanks for the tips, as my art instructors ,good as they were, didn't make it clear to us to take our time. Although the "draw really fast to get proportions down in 30 sec" did get me out of the "pretty lines" territory and helped develop my eye I guess..Thanks, I'll definitely slow down. 
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el-douglas Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks, wise words.
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BelovedofTHEKING Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist
need this, thanks for sharing =)
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Enydimon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Learning to slow down when you feel you have to 'catch up' can be hard but definitely beneficial.

It's nice to be reminded about what's important, thanks.
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Grieverjoe Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Thanks, brother. :)
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JoyousInsomnia Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^
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valderrama Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ToxicCalico Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Advise like this would have saved me so much anxiety in my teenage years when I started to learn figure drawing. I had a really rough time, so much so it forced me to reconsider my life choices, and take a few years in community college to figure out what I really wanted to do. 
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FUNKYMONKEY1945 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
I understand. Foundation drawing/theory looks deceptively simple
when great instructors demo the process. Then you realize they can
do that because they have so much more mileage and experience than you do.
It's like a magic trick. Once you know how a trick is done, you think," Oh
that's it? Well, I can do that. " Then you realize it's not as easy as it looks.
That trick took time to refine and master. lol as artists, it's the same.
We're creating the illusion of 3d on a 2d surface.

I hope you found your way back to drawing/painting.
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PencilSpecter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So look twice before making a mark eh? Gotta remember that!!
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Jakufuu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Thank you so much.
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Eyecager Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional
Thanks for typing this all out this is all fantastic information!
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