Just gonna quote Gloomy because its already the perfect description
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[i]“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do.”[/i]- Bob Ross
[h1]WHAT IS THIS?[/h1]
In short, the New Artist Initiative is a group dedicated to, whether you've never picked up a pencil or you've picked it up and put it down over and over again, committing to art. Perhaps one of the biggest humps anyone may overcome in their art career is picking up the pencil, and not putting it back down. That rough period; that first year.
Here, we make a one year commitment to art. We keep each other drawing, share our works, encourage each other, and do our best to learn as a group. Every artist is at a different skill level and stage, and some of the artists that post here may be further along than you. But the really important thing is that all artists are on the same journey; to get better at art.
We share our art (daily if possible), tutorials, art books, videos, motivation, critiques, support, and any other resources. And in ONE YEAR from your join date in the initiative, we review your progress as an artist, and see what we've learned along the way, about art, life, and learning new skills. A list will be maintained of those who signed up, their join date, and veterans of the group. Veterans, for the record, are free to keep using the thread for as long as they feel like making art.
As well, a list of resources will be maintained on the first page of each thread, and I'll do my best to keep it updated with as many resources as I can find.
You [b]do not[/b] need to be an absolute beginner to join or use this thread! Almost all of us will have made art before. This thread is a dedication to pursuing it. Trying to find someone who has literally never drawn before would be almost impossible. So don't worry about that!
To learn any skill is to be a perpetual student. So don't be afraid to join at your experience level whatever it may be.
[h1]HOW DOES IT WORK?[/h1]
To join, simply post that you are joining and the date you joined up.
The same day, make a piece of art. It can be as simple or complex as you like. Post this in the thread, and keep it saved for reference once the year has elapsed. From there you are free to post your art, discuss your art, critique art, share tutorials, ask for encouragement, anything you want that's related to y'know, learning to draw.
I can't reasonably demand you post every day, but I *do* encourage it. I also encourage we all set a rule for ourselves, which I believe will make it significantly easier to get over the hump of actually starting to draw each day: Each day, require yourself to draw for a very small amount of time. I say 1 minute, but you can do 5 minutes if you think that works best. It doesn't matter what method you use to make the art; you can do this with a number 2 pencil and a restaurant napkin. The quality of the art doesn't matter, what matters is that you do your time every day. That you drew for that minimum amount of time.
The brain doesn't like learning new things, or doing things that take effort. But the trick is that it doesn't like STARTING things. It's much easier to decide to start drawing for just a minute and decide to continue for another hour or not, than it is to decide to start drawing for an hour.
And even if you decide not to continue. Let's say your house just burned down and you're really busy. That's ok, because you did your minute. You still drew today!
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU SAVE [i]EVERYTHING[/i] YOU DRAW, EVEN SKETCHES AND PRACTICE. Nothing sucks worse than losing a piece of art you liked, or even whole months or years of progress you want to look back at, because you didn't save shit properly.
Come up with a filing system that lets you easily find any piece of art you did. Something that structures it by Year, Month, Day. For instance, on Windows for digital art, I might structure it as follows. 2020 > July > 7-02-20 Anatomy Practice.PNG Have folders for years and months at the very least.
[h1]ANY OTHER RULES?[/h1]
You are allowed to critique others art, and they are allowed to critique yours. Try not to take it personal, we're here to help each other. However, also don't be a dick. "I believe your perspective needs work, try this tutorial" is critique, "this is fucking dumb" is not.
NSFW Art is fine, but should be tagged appropriately. I don't believe any of us should judge anyone for what they choose to draw, whether it's fantasy illustrations of dwarves or furries shitting their diaper. We're here to draw, not to police what people can and can't draw.
While not a rule, just a friendly reminder that no matter how 'bad' you think your art is, you never have to be afraid to post it here. Even if it's a picture of a dog taking a shit you drew on a napkin at Denny's. This is a place of learning, not judgement. I know I don't believe in talent.
Tracing in an effort to learn how an artist accomplished something is fine, depending on who you ask. But what everyone can agree on is that you should [i]NEVER[/i] post traced artwork anywhere without explicitly identifying it as such and crediting the person upon who's work yours is based.
[h1]WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS?[/h1]
Your reasons for pursuing art, or joining this thread, are ultimately up to you, of course.
But let me ask you: how many times have you thought about being an artist, only to think "No, that's impossible, I just have no talent". Or maybe you did pick up a pencil and start drawing, but quit because you weren't immediately good and got frustrated? Or because you just couldn't get the motivation to keep drawing? How many times have you tried and failed to start? How often do you become afraid that you will get old and look back and regret not becoming an artist like you always wanted?
I know I have! And those are big fucking fears and doubts. But they're not unique ones - I think almost every artist, at some point, has gone through this. Every artist started by picking up a pencil and drawing something that looked absolutely terrible. Every artist has doubted if they will ever improve.
And so many people that could have been great artists, wanted to be great artists, have died never having really tried because they lost motivation, or because they simply didn't believe that it was possible for them.
These fears are hard to overcome, and it's enough to stop the vast majority of people from ever pursuing their goals and dreams, whether it's art or music or stand up comedy. It's not easy to overcome, especially not alone.
That's why you should do this. To stop making excuses about not having the right resources, the right equipment, the right amount of 'time', the right amount of mystical god given 'talent'. To be an artist, all you must do is make art frequently. And so, today, you have the chance. Become an artist. Decide to be one. And just start drawing. I, at the very least, am happy to be here with you all the whole way.[/quote]
tl;dr make something, anything and post here. Then do it again 364 times. The important thing here is staying committed to art for a year so don't go worrying about it looking bad. If the last 50 pages have told us anything it is that we're all nice people here ;)
Feedback and (constructive) criticism is encouraged too!
[h1]LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE JOINED THE NEW ARTIST INITIATIVE[/h1]
1. Gloomy (Join Date July 2nd, 2020)
2. Ott (Join Date July 2nd, 2020)
3. Ogopogo (Join Date July 2nd, 2020)
4. Kasool (Join Date July 2nd, 2020)
5. Yunpol (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
6. Afromana (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
7. Beat (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
8. SaintB (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
9. Danial234 (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
10. GLH (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
11. HardlyBreaker (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
12. Danz (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
13. ShogoMechanics (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
14. Trixil (Join Date July 3rd, 2020/June 1st, 2020)
15. Karpik (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
16. Kamikaze (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
17. Robutts (Join Date July 3rd, 2020)
18. Dubeard (Join Date July 4th, 2020)
19. Starless (Join Date July 4th, 2020)
20. Barbeerian (Join Date July 2020)
21. PortalModIV (Join Date July 2020)
22. MissingString (Join Date July 7th 2020)
23. Nask (Join Date July 10th, 2020)
24. Laffle (Join Date July 12th, 2020)
25. Yusuzio (Join Date July 15th, 2020)
26. Triiodine (Join Date July 23rd, 2020)
27. DizDizzio (Join Date July 25th, 2020)
28. Skerion (Join Date August 1st, 2020)
29. Luawolfie (Join Date August 4th, 2020)
30. Ninja Nub (Join Date August 6th, 2020)
31. Lillya (Join Date August 7th, 2020)
32. MasterKade (Join Date August 9th, 2020)
33. bryzgonaut (Join Date August 11th, 2020)
34. Maya2007 (Join Date August 12th, 2020)
35. Matrix374 (Join Date August 19th, 2020)
36. Super Abalone (Join Date August 26th, 2020)
37. hesoyam (Join Date August 27th, 2020)
38. SquidsEye (Join Date August 31st, 2020)
39. Ithon (Join Date September 6th, 2020)
40. Zenreon (Join Date September 10th, 2020)
41. IronBar (Join Date September 11th, 2020)
42. QwertyTSecond (Join Date September 20th, 2020)
43. Slacker101 (Join Date September 29th, 2020)
44. SimplyCorbett (Join Date September 30th, 2020)
45. Kobalt (Join Date October 8th, 2020)
46. Ethrich (Join Date October 13th, 2020)
47. Toasters (Join Date November 19th, 2020)
48. Ryrie (Join Date November 27th, 2020)
49. God of the Groove (Join Date November 30th, 2020)
50. Pyroknight (Join Date December 2nd, 2020)
51. Dayal (Join Date December 11th, 2020)
52. Velgi ( Join Date December 30th, 2020)
53. SFAriel ( Join Date January 11th, 2021)
54. Sharker ( Join Date January 18th, 2021)
(I'll assume you've joined if you've either posted your creation at least once or expressed desire to join [spoiler]even if you just procrastinate afterwards[/spoiler])
[h1]LIST OF VETERANS OF THE NEW ARTIST INITIATIVE[/h1]
[h1]LIST OF RESOURCES[/h1]
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Check back for more resources! Feel free to post more, they'll probably get added!
[b]Art YouTube Channels[/b]
[url href="https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza"]Draw With Jazza[/url] - Has made numerous art tutorials, books, and even an app, which you can find in playlists on his channel. Currently has a focus on doing strange art challenges, but it's a good reminder that art is for fun too.
[url href="https://www.youtube.com/user/MattPilh"]Mattias Pilhede[/url] - Has dabbled in art tutorials, but also has a lot of videos about the struggles that come with becoming an artist. A great watch for motivation
[url href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AndrewPPrice"]Andrew Price[/url] - Mainly a 3D artist but some of his stuff are more general to art as a whole. His talk about [url href="https://youtu.be/vM39qhXle4g"]Habits of Effective Artist[/url] and [url href="https://youtu.be/Qj1FK8n7WgY"]Color Theory[/url] are a great watch for fundamentals. His donut tutorial playlist is extremely good too if you're looking to get into 3D (FOR FREE)
[url href="https://drawabox.com/"]Draw A Box[/url] - "A set of free exercise-based lessons that focus on the fundamentals - the skills you'll need to make sense of all the other resources and tutorials out there. First we focus on the basic mechanics of mark making, and how to use your arm. By the end, we develop a strong understanding of form, 3D space and construction."
[url href="https://www.ctrlpaint.com/library/"]CTRL+Paint[/url] This is a collection of short, free, videos on the basics of digital painting. Hundreds of them. Did you learn something? Tell a friend about the site. Want to learn more? Check out the store.
[url href="http://www.alexhays.com/loomis/"]Andrew Loomis[/url] - Andrew Loomis is a 20th century artist who's works were heavily featured in magazines and advertising. However, he is perhaps best known in the modern day for his series of instructional art books. Here, they are preserved and available for download as .PDFs for free! Many an artist begins here.