I’ve decided to share some advice for creating pieces of art. By pieces of art, I don’t quite mean every single topic that is here on DA, but rather on finding out what you want to draw, what makes a good picture, and how to become better. Because there is so much advice to give, and many people are lazy(ish) readers, I will only do this occasionally.

Steve Allrich once said, “With fine artwork, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Anybody can look at a picture and see commendable qualities in it, shrug, and say it’s all right, but that’s not what pictures are for. I’m sure you’ll see that once you find yourself impressed by pictures that appeal to you, and begin to become an artist yourself, you can have a much greater appreciation for the true detail that is put into the simplest looking pictures.

Many artists say there are two main points that make a good picture.
1. Practical: Is the picture accurately proportioned, technically correct, and is it well-planned?
2. Spiritual: Does the picture make you feel something? Do you want to go back and look at it?

Chances are that if you said yes to those to about a particular picture, you’re either obsessed with something or someone or you’ve found yourself a brilliant work of art. Finding a balance between these two aspects is one of the hardest things to do as an artist. There are differing middle grounds though. Personally, I find that in an attempt to become too realistic or technical, many artists lose emotion and meaning in their work. At the same time though, a big flat blue square makes me feel no emotion whatsoever (unless it’s emerald blue ).

It is quite like writing, in fact. Practice helps you develop technique, and with enough technique, you should then be free to express your emotions through a work of art. If you are no familiar with techniques and styles, and you try to portray emotion in your work, it may not turn out quite right.

I see an image of my picture in my heart, as I like to evoke things in some my images. To get that image to my hand, it must avoid getting caught up in my head. By all means, I am NOT telling people to do pictures mindlessly, but an artist can always add “just one more thing” to a picture until it is completely ruined. Learning to draw from the heart to the hand is difficult, but if you want to create impressive and evocative pictures, there are ways.

I guess that is the end of part 1 of my advice giving Journal thingamajig. I hope those of you who had the patience to read it enjoyed it and learnt something. If you didn’t learn anything, read it again.


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