Struggling [to be] a[n] artist

{17 June 2011}

There are no bad stories.

There are no bad drawings.

It’s hard not to look at your own stuff sometimes and just…hate it. It is easy to compare your work to your friends and feel like you don’t quite stack up.

This is okay. And totally normal.

The important thing to remember (other than the more things you create the better you will get) is that no matter how bad your art turns out to be, you will survive its creation.

You will live on to write, and scribble, and doodle, and draw another day. No matter how awful you think what you just made is, you will outlive it. You just can’t let that scare you from making more awful, and also awesome stuff.

Even sitting here in SuperNoodle H.Q. I psych myself out all the time. And there is nothing scarier to a creator than a blank sheet of paper. Well, even worse than a blank sheet of paper, is a whole blank book full of them.

Getting a new blank book, I’m filled with hopes and dreams of all the beautiful masterpieces that will no doubt adorn the pages. Then you know what happens? I mess up the first 10 pages and that feeling just flies out my window.

So here is the SuperNoodle secret solution for you. Something we can try together.

First: Take a deep breath. Shake out your arms and some nervousness with them.

Now: We are going to make a book especially for our crummy work. A book, I promise, you won’t feel bad about crumpling, or shredding, or stomping, or flushing if you end up hating everything you make in it.

The video is a lesson on how to make one of these super cheap-o bad stuff books. I’ve made it so you can try to work along with the video, but feel free to pause and work through the steps.

Here’s a big hint:

Don’t crumple, shred, stomp, or flush these. Even though you might REALLY want to. Hide them. Put them in pages of books you’re done reading. Under the bed is a classic. In an old shoe, where smelly stuff belongs. Whatever. Just save them, so when you make your amazing new work, you

{17 February 2010}   More Job things

as a type of continuation of the last post.  been reading  this. It’s a really good article (for the lack of a better description) He describes the process of doing concept art and some different aspects of it.

List of books found in the article: (lifted pretty much straight from it) I’ve * the ones that I’ve personally gotten.
Anatomy For Artists: A New Approach To Discovering, Learning and Remembering the Body by Anthony Apesos
Drawing People : How To Portray the Clothed Figure by Barbara Bradley
The Art of Figure Drawing by Clem Robins
Drawing The Head & Figure by Jack Hamm
***Dynamic Anatomy by Burne Hogarth
Dynamic Figure Drawing by Burne Hogarth
Henry Yan’s Figure Drawing, Techniques and Tips by Henry Yan

-4 books focusing almost purely on gesture drawing :
Drawn To Life Vol. 1 by Walt Stanchfield
Drawn To Life Vol. 2 by Walt Stanchfield
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing For Animators by Michael D. Mattesi
Force: Character Design From Life Drawing by Michael D. Mattesi

-books on composition
Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts
Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes by Jack Hamm


books on cartooning
Action Cartooning by Ben Caldwell
Fantasy Cartooning by Ben Caldwell
How To Draw Stupid by Kyle Baker
Cartooning The Head & Figure by Jack Hamm

Books he’s pitched.
Relational Aesthetics by Nicolas Bourriaud — design theory
Hertzian Tales by Anthony Dunne — userbility versus enjoyability

et cetera