While others, who also want to be an awesome person and want to change the world, can't always start from scratch. They have to use what's at their disposal. That's where my story starts....
I've wanted to draw since forever. Seriously. I started drawing silly little stick figures, which eventually upgraded to ugly looking people (and sometimes they were my family... they weren't supposed to be ugly). I was super young and every picture I drew, I would always show it to my mom, my face glimmering with pride. I always hoped she would say something like, "Wow! You could be a professional artist! Go draw me something." I don't think she really ever said those words, but she kept encouraging me to continue drawing. I watched and admired how the anime Cardcaptor Sakura was drawn, so I aimed to draw exactly like that. Exactly.
As I grew up, with my manga skills improving (I was using Christopher Hart to help me), I discovered more elaborate and unique pictures drawn by other people. I envied the artists so much because they could draw so well, and I suddenly got discouraged. But somehow, my brain is like, "Because you can't do that, you need to work to be at that level. Work as hard as you can!" Basically, the prettier the picture, the more discouraged I got, the more my mind would push me to be that good. So that's why I'm always excited to try something that's going to challenge me (not math; math is not cool...). (Also, my mind only does that "encouragement" thing when I have a passion for that area.)
Time went by and, as always, I kept watching those beautiful anime's, reading those wonderful manga's, looking at those inspiring pictures, and soon realized something. I could never draw like the people I admired (though that doesn't stop me from being like, "That's the way I'm going to draw!" - still do that to this very day) and that discouraged me big time. I wanted to draw just like the artist who drew my favorite manga/anime. (Which, by the way, is still my favorite.)
Then, something else hit me super hard that got me super discouraged. How on earth did those people who drew those amazing pictures, anime's and manga's have enough creativity to draw the outfits and hair that adorned those elegant people. (It still boggles me to this day, but I'm learning.) You could basically see the stitches from the intricacy of the outfit and picture. You also could (basically) see each strand of hair in the hair design; each piece of hair doing its own thing, but united looked like a whole. All that detail and creativity made my mind hurt and, worse of all, discouraged me into a pit of despair because I couldn't do any of that. I didn't even know how to draw a simple fabric fold (which are still hard, but I'm getting much better at it; heads up, there's nothing easy about drawing).
Like I told you before, my mind is a very unique creation. My mind started to pump those creative juices and it flowed through out my whole entire body. I was determined to draw what those people did, and I was very determined to be able to change the world through my drawings (somehow... I didn't know how I would do it back then).
I instantly set to work. In my next few drawings, I took all the creativity I had and put it into those pictures. And you know what happened? Something amazing did...
No, I'm just kidding. Nothing happened. My artwork looked exactly the same. ;P Did I get you?
I thought that if I put all of my heart into those drawings, the pencil would magically turn into Barbie Rapunzel's paint brush and all the pictures I ever wanted to draw would just float onto the paper. I thought that every single detail would just appear after sparkles swished over the places they would go and I would become the best artist in the whole entire world. Well, you probably all know for a fact that that dream did not come true what so ever.
And, actually, I'm quite glad it didn't. Though my younger self was probably devastated, my own talent would not have benefited from that happening at all. My talent wouldn't have grown, developed, evolved, changed, none of that. If that magically dream happened, then all my drawings would just be that: Magic. Magic can't stay around forever, so that magical drawing would just disappear into a puff of sparkles.
Eventually, I started to see an improvement in the way I drew. I could draw normal sized heads with long bodies. (Okay, funny story. So I was horrendously bad at drawing when I was younger, so bad, that I drew giant sized heads, and freakishly tiny bodies. And the hands and feet were even tinier! :D Yeah, I was super bad.) I thought that this was going to be my forever art style because it was really good, then. Now, I'm super glad that something shocking happened in my life.
Everyone will, in some point of their life, go through this time when you have a creative block. You creative juices are going through your body, but it's not going to your mind. During this time, you want to write or draw, whatever your special talent is, but you just can't do it because you either have no idea what to do or the want to do it is gone. I went through a time like this and I didn't draw for a few weeks. I super wanted to draw, but I didn't have the urge to do so.
So I waited. I waited for this phase to end and tried to focus my creativity elsewhere. I'm pretty sure my attention went to writing just then. I had a lot to focus on with my (still progressing) story, and I really wanted to finish with as much detail as possible. (It's not weird for your creativeness to be directed towards a different way to express your creativity. Seriously, it's not.)
Finally, after those horrible days have passed, I picked up my mechanical pencil and started to draw. And my drawings were spectacularly better than the ones I had drawn before. (I had actually progressed with my drawing talent, so it was much different than the normal sized heads and the long bodies, but it still didn't really work. This is when my artist block happened.) When I drew a person, everything was quite proportioned. The head was a good size for the body. They body was a good size. The hands (that I had the hardest time with) seemed to be okay, and the feet were decent as well ('cause I also sucked at drawing feet).
From that point on, I tried to learn as much as I could. I wanted to keep drawing day after day, and if I had enough creativity and inspiration, then I could possible do it. After that, I looked for the person that everyone said that helped them the most: the famous, world renowned Mark Crilley.
I looked at some of his videos and they were really good, but as I continued to watch, I realized that his art style wasn't the one I wanted to achieve. His artwork is still amazing, don't get me wrong, and his videos are beyond helpful. It was just, when I needed help with a particular topic, none of his videos really delivered what I wanted. I'm still going to buy his books, because they are genuine and they are going to help me in many ways.
That's when I began my search looking for items and products to get my drawing to another level. I still wanted to draw traditionally, but I also wanted to discover the world of digital art. So many people are going into that scope, it's very overwhelming. But the colors and definition that can be created/used is utterly amazing!
My searching showed me to two places that worked world wide: Wacom, Clip Studio Paint, and Manga University
(I discovered Manga University a long time ago, but I revisited it and it changed it's layout/I didn't link to it last time I mentioned it.)
These sites/companies are practically sisters (this is completely in my opinion). Wacom is a company that sells tablets and pens (and such) to help in the office, in the art office, on the go, and many more, but still keeps that classic handwritten feeling. As awesome as that is, you still need software to do the art projects. That's where Clip Studio Paint comes in (it's also called Manga Studio for those who are wondering). Clip Studio Paint is a downloadable software that specializes in everything. From manga, to illustration, to the recently added animation, they've got it all. They are super classy and, to make it even better, lists all the universities and specialty schools that use it. Fancy right? If you're wondering where Manga University comes into play, I'm getting to that. Because summarizing Manga University is kind of hard, I'm just going to summarize what they say on their About Us page: About Us - Manga University
"Manga University is the educational imprint of Japanime Company Ltd., a publishing company based in Kawaguchi, Japan, with offices in California. Our company motto, "Educating With Art," reflects our commitment to creating products that are wholesome, informative and fun. We love manga, and believe it can — and should —€be used for more than just great entertainment."
They sell lots of Japanese based items (like how to read Japanese, manga art supplies, etc.) and they also have lots of free tutorials. Those tutorials are wonderful and quite helpful, but best of all, they use Clip Studio Paint and Wacom. :D So that's why I call they sister companies. :P
These sites have encouraged me, inspired me, and have helped me so much in developing my artwork. My artwork traditionally. My mom told me that she wanted my artwork to develop more traditionally, and that my artwork traditionally would show during my digital drawings. And, though my artwork on paper is good, it could be so much better. That's what I love about life, you can keep on changing and developing that special talent all throughout your life. :)
Anyways, this post is getting super long, but like I said from the beginning: Not just one thing inspires me. Everything does. And I want my artwork to be a positive impact on the world.
I am going to be posting some of the artwork that has inspired me and some of my artwork in the next few posts. I currently have a Pokemon picture in progress. I'm inking it right now, but hopefully it'll be finished in the next few days.
But, here's a picture (it's kind of bad) of Stella! The was my first digital drawing and no. I did not do this completely by mouse. I scanned a picture and went from there. It's not that great, but here it is!
You're talent is a part of you. Bring if forth and let it inspire others...
What inspires you?