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I had 10 slots (+1 exception) for 25 euro character sketches. Limited edition (normally 100 dollar)
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(some of this you may have read in my other journals too. This was my talk at the ICE comic con last weekend.)

To be creative is a way of thinking. When you observe what’s around you, what are the things you pick up and store in your memory?
(Only look at this image for a few seconds and then scroll it out of the frame)

This was an image of the 2013 World photography awards.

I’ve just shown it to you for about 10 seconds. What do you still remember from it?

The pigeons that fly around? The fact that these pigeons were white? The notion of all the Blue in the image , so well in the building as in the clothing of the women. Or did you remember the two kids  that seem to be the cause of the birds fleeing the scene.
Someone with an interest towards architecture probably lingered his eyes at the building and recognized it’s style culture and perhaps knows of it’s build method. While someone with an interest in birds would not have focused on the building for long and therefore not have it locked in his or her memory as a major part of the image. 
The architect would describe this image as: A Blue Middle-Eastern building, seen form outside with people walking about.
The bird lover would say: A scene of white pigeons flying around in chaos, probably chased by some children, set in some exotic place.

Now when these two people create something in their field of interest they both get inspired by different things. Expecting the bird lover to design a great building out of the blue.. or have the architect draw some accurate looking birds.. will prove more challenging than the other way around. Not to say that someone might not have an interest towards both bird and buildings!

I am always very interested in people, humans, characters. When I am observant I look around and see what people are wearing, how they are standing or sitting.. what their faces or hair looks like. It has become a habit, because I don’t always consciously do this, it just so happens. So often when I draw some characters, as is my job, a lot of elements from people I’ve seen will show up in my work.

Forest2014 by TitusLunter

2. The Creative genious.

So while you get older your interests towards things will build up knowledge. It’s a base knowledge you need to become good at something. To become genius at something.. you need a little more.
The old Greeks would praise someone’s genie if this person was exceptionally good at something, like singing, dancing ,making statues. Not crediting this specific person for their great skill but crediting the person for having drawn such a wonderful genie to themselves. A genie was like this invisible muse or god that would steer your body into those define dance moves or guide your voice into beautiful tones.
If this person did not dance or sing this well again the next day, it was perfectly alright because obviously their genie has gone back home and might be back later.
Failure therefore, was not such a heavy thing as you could easily blame it on your genie.

 Now we have something similar. We call people “Talented”. But in our case, in people’s eyes you either are talented or you are not. What is talent? Are we born with a magical recipe to become a painter or writer? Do we get sprinkled with fairy dust at the age of 3. No. We can however be influenced but certain base things. Sometimes you need a certain physical strength to become one of the greatest. Basketball players for example. If you’re born with tall genes.. you probably stand a bigger chance to become this great basketball playerYou also need to be stimulated by your environment to be caught into your personal interest at a young age. People who discover it later might not have grown up in their ideal setting.

Let’s take Mozart for example. The boy wonder in music form his era. His father Leopold was a well-educated man both in music as philosophy with a wealthy background. When Mozart at the age of 3 shown interest in his older sister’s Harp. His father guided him towards music. And he was not one of those kids that needed a firm hand saying:  Stop playing hide and seek and go practice the violin in your room. Mozart was already playing the violin in his room, because he was more interested in music, than playing with kids. Having such a devoted interest set him apart from others. By the age of 27 Mozart’s hands were deformed by  all the writing of music sheets and playing of instruments. He had devoted so much time into his work, that it was obviously a major part of his success. He once wrote to a friend:

‘People who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, my dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I. there is no famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.’

So by fiercely studying all the amazing work that has been done before him taking that knowledge and improving it made him exceptional.

His story proves that to nurture your so called ‘talent’, or ‘genie’ you need:

:bulletblue: Proper guidance of your interest .

:bulletblue: Hard work and devotion.

:bulletblue: As much time as you possibly can have .

 Another thing that you need would be: :bulletblue: Solitude. Which brings me to:


3.  The cluttered mind.

How many of you are on one or more of these social media:

Now as good as they seem for inspiration, sharing your work, staying in touch with others. They can also become major distraction!

About a week ago. I forgot my mobile phone charger while traveling and I had to do without a phone for the entire week before getting a new charger… that I ordered online. The first days felt really weird, like an addict I sat in the train towards work, not knowing what to do… But I adjusted and found new, so much better things to entertain myself in those moments I would normally have spent playing Free-cell on my phone or scrolling through Facebook.  I read an entire book and made some sketches instead!

This made me realize the extent of wasted time that I end up spending on distractions. Now I’m not saying to go ban all these things once and for all. But perhaps simulate it once in a while for a week or so.  Imagine all the new things you can achieve after a whole week of abstinence ;).

 Let’s say you got your mind set on making something. An artwork, a novel… a graphic novel?

You need a balance of 3 things.

:bulletblue: Knowledge and know-how.

:bulletblue: Inspiration.

:bulletblue: Devoted and focused time without distractions.

knowledge and know how you get over time, because of your interests and studiesInspiration you find by doing things and opening your mindBut devoted time in solitude proves to be the hardest thing. Often when we are not able to make the drawing we want, we blame it on the lack of inspiration or blame it on the fact we might not be skillfull enough. While it’s really just that devoted time that you are missing.. if you would’ve had that time.. Skill and inspiration would have followed. Now don’t get you brain to cluttered on things you don’t care about.

Somehow the news of Miley Cyrus’s mischief or Justin Biebers obnoxious behavior always reaches me, while I really really don’t care. I’m sorry if you’re a fan..

It’s like to commercials you get while watching an interesting documentary  you got send on Youtube. You’re in the middle of Quantum Physics and the creation of the universe, when suddenly, swoooossshhh I’m your Vennusss, get this new amazing razor blade! And then suddenly I’m back into the theory behind the big bang… but what was this quantum physics thing again?...
The Venus commercial interrupts my focus. This is what social media does to you while you’re in the midst of your inspiration flow or process of your painting.

I’ll get back to internet and online communities a bit later.

The Witcher by JonasDeRo 

4 Rituals.

We all have our rituals. Old civilizations and Religions have rituals too. In order to win the battle or harvest good crops, came with the superstition that their gods needed to be tempted to favor them. If they did not bleed out their cow and offered it’s blood in a golden goblet, there was a big chance the gods would cause a giant fire destroying their fields out of anger. It doesn’t have to be religious or superstitious to have rituals. In fact, you might not even be aware of having one!

One of my main rituals was to have a shower in the middle of the day, when I was still working from home. It did not occur to me that it was a weird timing for a shower,  it became an unnoticed habit as I usually come up with the best ideas while singing under the shower. And than super inconveniently when getting struck by this thunderbolt of inspiration I would have to rush out of the shower and get me some pen and paper to write it down or quickly sketch it out.

It’s good to know what your ritual is.. or perhaps if you really don’t seem to have one.. develop oneIt always starts with doing something that feels good and then repeating that the next day. Reminding yourself why it’s good for you and the benefits you gain from it. That is how it will  eventually turn from a scheduled event.. into a habit. Having good creative supporting habits, is naturally a good thing if being creative is your passion and or profession.

Another ritual is the: getting out of bed one. Especially in the winter you snuggle further underneath you blanked wondering why you would even consider getting out of his warm and comfy save zone.
When I was still a freelancer and Titus would have to get up to go to the studio it became my thing to get up alongside him and prepare his lunch. As much as this sounds as a 1950’s housewife chore, for me this was my commitment of having to get out of bed. Also a ritual of starting up my own day as I was not always so disciplined to  getting up early.
So when making: Titus’s lunch or having an afternoon shower still did not get me creating the artwork I wanted to. I would go for a walk. It’s always good to have a plan B up your sleeve because not every day is automatically  a good day for being creative.
Now if being creative is part of your hobby, you can easily say: alright, today is not my day, maybe next time. But when your income depends on it, you will have to make it work, every day. Knowing your rituals and being able to protect yourself from distractions will help you with that.

Another one of these famous things is the Artblock!.

For those of you who are not familiar with the term: An Artblock is the feeling that your creativity is being blocked and you’re completely out of ideas and don’t even know where to begin. You end up terribly frustrated, bored and crushing your own self esteem.

Now what people usually don’t know is that an Artblock, does not show you’re being stuck or blocked…. In fact it’s the complete opposite. It actually shows that you are improving!

The red line shows how your ability to see your mistakes goes, by obtaining knowledge and studying.

The blue line is your actual current skill level.

The orange line is the level that you think you are  at, at that moment in time

So when your ability to see mistakes is higher than your current technical skill you think that you suck and get super frustrated because nothing you did seems right. But the times that you feel good and actually think: Heey this artpiece I did, is amazing! Usually means that your skills have caught up with your knowledge and are on the same line. All and all, this just means while you are growing and getting better, you will have up’s and downs. So don’t be scared.. there is no such thing as going backwards.

The Last Whisper by noahbradley

5. Fears.

Everyone battles fears when they start a project. I can be the cause of a lot of people giving up or not even trying at all. But you shouldn't let fear and doubt ruin your creative endeavors.

Some of my usual fears are:

:bulletblue: Has this been done before?

:bulletblue: Will people like it enough?

:bulletblue: Will I make a fool of myself?

:bulletblue: Am I good enough?

I’m fairly sure and you all experience these, but you have to accept that you will make mistakes and fail oh so often. But we need all those failures to find out how to do it right. Don’t stick with your first design, don’t quit after your first try, don’t postpone your plans because you don’t dare to dive in. when you punish yourself for making mistakes you will stop taking risks and all the best and unique things come forth from risks. At the same time, these fear can also push you to do the best you can, because if you’re completely without fear or doubt you might not be challenging yourself enough.

6. Your audience.

We life in a time that the internet is possibly your main audience. Whether you’re a digital artist, a writer, make plushies, cosplay. Everyone has got their online communities and we all want to be seen.  Now as much as we probably enjoy showing our work to an audience, there is a certain wall you need to build up to protect yourself. People on the internet can easily cast fear in you.

This image describes exactly how I often feel, right before I remind myself why I make the things I make. That one negative comment is the one that sticks.. and speaks to my doubts and fears. So when you get this one or more hurtful responses ,you’d have to ask yourself a few things.

:bulletblue: Is this person downright a bully or a troll? If so.. just block and ignore.

:bulletblue: Or is this person being harsh, but offering feedback?
Now this person probably doesn't want to hurt you necessarily, but sometimes feedback can hurt. If you allow yourself to stand open for it, you could actually improve massively! Don’t be to proud to accept help, even If this person seems to be less skillful than you, this person might have a better eye than you to spot mistakes!

Another thing that could hurt is when nobody notices your work. But that is easily solved by being really active and perhaps even asking your peers to have a look. I‘ve experienced quite some drama online both in the art and game community and in my opinion everything always gets completely blown out of proportion. Involving yourself in such discussions is only another distraction and what I call a mood-hoover. A vacuum cleaner sucking out all of your happiness. Rather build up a group of friends and support each other! This does not have to be a big group, just a nice one.

Just know that nobody is save from internet trolls, or doubts and fears. Even the people you idolize. So always ignore them and don’t be one.

Now here are some pictures from the ICE comic con ^^
Yes those horses we're drawn while drunk, no ref haahah Xd guess what artist made what horse.

More journals for artists and creatives :D (Big Grin)

The 5 bullshit myths of concept art.Concept art is getting bigger and bigger. More people know what it is nowadays, it gets shown in the media more often and more books get released. This automatically results into more people wanting to become concept artists. So many artschools are now creating special courses all towards game art or concept art. (Game art can also include UI design, 3D modeling etc.).
Yet it is a fairly new thing to most people and the idea of "becoming a concept artist" has grown rapidly over such a short time that a lot of people who are new to it seem to get a lot of misguide info. I am going to try to list this misguided info and direct you to the correct info.
(Again I would always advise you to do your own research and form your own knowledge and not just simply agree with what you read online, not from anyone, not from me. Even though i'm right ;) .. ofcourse. :P *wink *wink )
  Are you on the right track? + Fuck Talent!Am I on the right track?
This is a thing people often wonder and think it's a complicated to find out, but it is actually pretty simple. It's a different question you need to ask yourself based on different topics.
As for: Fuck talent! You'll find it if you scroll down :P
:bulletblue: Topic 1: Am I on the right track to becoming a better artist?
Does your work from today, look closer to your initial goal than your work from last week? (this needs to be both in skill and idea.)
:bulletgreen: Good skills: Honing your technique, training you muscle memory, being more knowledgeable about your tools and art rules. With art rules I mean: Perspective, form, light, texture, composition.
:bulletgreen: Good ideas: Storytelling, characteristics, charm, emotion and design. Not just making things look polished but also convey something more, something that brings it to life and speaks to pe
How to win Art-contests! (+ Caldyra winners!)Let me start by saying how incredibly happy I am with all these amazing and inspiring entries! This definitely calls for doing another such contest soon!
Most of you have really tried their best and it shows! I couldn't have asked for better or more, choosing the winners among these was already aching my brains.
This journal will show the winners and the special mentions but also a bit about how to higher your changes on winning contests (maybe good for the next one).
This was my contest for those interested:

How to win contests?!
The change on winning a contest always gets smaller based on the amount of people joining in, however this doesn't mean that your work will be diminished by the numbers.
Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure that your work gets into the top 10 !
:bulletblue: Triple read the contest's description. Make sure you got every detail right.
In this case it was pretty important that the Skyworm loo
A big black hole called: Procrastination.Procrastination is an infinite cycle that becomes bigger and bigger the longer it's there and the time wasted being sucked into it is a dark matter of nothing.
:P hahah I figured this was the most dramatic way to put it, but yeah, it's real and it sucks.
For those who don't know what it means: Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the "last minute" before the deadline.
We all suffer from procrastination. It is pretty innocent when you have it with household chores or packing your suitcase before you go on a holiday. 
But it becomes a serious problem when you do it with the important things in your life. I take it you're an artist if you're reading this and the biggest aim of being an artist is to be an even better one.
As shown in previous journals there are many
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidance
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields. 
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
:bulletblue: Lighting.
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
:bulletblue: Shapes.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn your
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
:bulletblue: How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's. 
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
This is why you (and your art) get ignored.People often get the sense of being ignored in the art-scene, especially here online. We all try so hard to get our foot in the door, it's like trying to stuff yourself in an overfull bus like a sardine in a can.
Sometimes you just want to socialize with other artists you admire and you seem to be talking into a brick wall or perhaps you've send your portfolio to a company over a dozen times and still don't even seem to get the smallest response or feedback. I will try and tell you WHY you get ignored and HOW you can get noticed instead.
I will go through the following cases of being ignored:
:bulletgreen: Your comment.
:bulletgreen: Your art.
:bulletgreen: Your Portfolio.
:bulletyellow: Do know, that even though being ignored feels very personal it's hardly ever personal at all! 
:bulletblue: Your comment(s) gets ignored.
It happens ever so often. You notice an artwork or a discussion and you weigh in with your opinion or admiration, perhaps even some feedback? T
The problematic behavior of online artists.There is a bunch of things online artist do terribly wrong on a regular basis. Some of it might be directly aimed to you and some might be things you from others. 
:bulletblue: Way too little time spend on painting/practice.
:bulletblue: People making nit pick pointers.
:bulletblue: The extreme fuzz about labels and methods.
:bulletblue: Witch-hunting/ talking smack.
However I'd like to start with a totally opposite note:
This year I've also experienced great support from the art community for which I'm dearly grateful for.
:icontituslunter: got me an amazing birthday gift(video), made by him and fellow awesome artists:
And the support I've had this past week with the event of my sisters death has been incredibly helpful. (Thank you for all the donations, there are no more worries about money anymore thanks to you awesome people!)

:bulletred: (most of) You seem to spend way to li
Don't let the crap of the internet brainwash you.warning: This journal is my opinion and my view on things. I support open-mindedness and the possibility of anything.
The internet is full of it: People with strong opinions. Usually about 'how to do things' and 'how to absolutely not do things'.
Ask any given person this question: What is good art?
They will all give you a different answer and some of those answers are waaaay to specific for their own good.
Meaning they have a very specific view on what is good and see other work that does not meet up those qualifications as: bad, fake or cheating.
It is natural to have a preference toward certain topics or techniques when making art, but it's wrong to push those ideas upon others as a set of rules. (kinda like forcing someone into a religion)
Art should be a free medium for people to express themselves, even if this means their work goes against your standards or deems unpleasant for your taste.
(Child pornography, animal cruelty etc not included, there are limits to

The stuff that artists go through.There are so many pro's and con as to being an artist, professional or as a hobby. 
It feels nice to be able to express yourself through something you make and when that something turns out to be looking good we get this sense of accomplishment. 
Most of the time though there are bad feelings mixed with the good ones.
:bulletblue: Not being understood. Those moments where your friends or family does not understand that you have to desire to be alone and work on your art. Those copious amounts of hours you spend working and they wonder why you wouldn't rather be outside relaxing in the sun or hang out with your friends.
The only people who will ever fully understand this are other artists or simply very understandable people. It's important they they will eventually understand so there wont be any hurt feelings. Try to explain ti as calmly and rational as you can, perhaps with using examples in terms they  would understand.

  Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'
To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'
So you bounce around  anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. 
If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. 
But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? 

:bulletblue: There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.
Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?
Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps y
Fast lane to becoming a better artist.I often get this very question: How did you get this good this fast?

Now as I consider myself not being as good as people tell me, even struggling quite often with being an artist in general. 
I do know how to get better and how to reach it fast. I'm still growing as I go and it's the main thing that keeps me going.
You need to get into the right mindset and the rest will follow. With the rest I mean:
1. Willpower.
2. Endurance.
3. Positive energy.
4. The NEED to draw.
:bulletblue: Seeing growth in your work gives you the courage to work harder. You know that feeling when you're just about done with an image
and feel like this image is better than your last one, that great feeling. Use it!
:bulletblue: Do studies! Lots of them!! Make film shot studies, live object studies, master-painting studies. They will teach you a lot about composition, lighting, colors, shapes storytelling etc. 
You will hardly notice that you are learning thing
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony. 
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us  keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
Are you being honest with yourself?As part of becoming good at something you need to be able to reflect upon yourself. Judge your own abilities and work and consider the possibility that what ever you have been doing it wrong all along. Or perhaps you're actually being to hard on yourself and you're better than your conscious is telling you. (This is bad too because it leads to insecurities.)

Signs that you might overestimate your current skills.
Do you often feel these things when you look upon work from good artists?:
I can totally do this too.
This is not so hard, I can do this faster.
My work is way more interesting.
It's not fair that this person gets way more attention than I do.
Why am I not being recognized for my skills.
This other technique is cheating! (photo-bashing, using reference, filters, effects etc)
I don't need to draw and learn all day to become this good.
I spend 2 hours on a painting, Masterpiece!!
Signs that you might underestimate your skills.
Do you ofte
When someone brings your art down...Putting our art out there makes us very vulnerable, especially when you've made something close to your heart. Perhaps something of your own fantasy, a story, a fan fiction your passionate about?
As much as most of us really want to improve, we also simply want to make art because we love it and when we share it there is a slight hope there is someone out there who will love it too.
There are all kinds of ways other people can bring you down by saying something about your art, or by doing nothing at all! Perhaps YOU are even part of making someone feel down and you're not realizing it!

:bulletblue: The harsh critique.
This person might want to help you or simply likes to bring you down. In either case this person will write in length about your lack of technique, uniqueness and/or skill. 
:bulletred: Respond option: Thanks but no thanks! Tell this person you appreciate the time spend on their post, but you rather hear constructive c
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you. 
However, this person... might be wrong.... 
:bulletpurple: How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter. 
:bulletblue: You can ask others if they agree with someone's  feedback.
:bulletblue: You can search online (wit
So tired of not achieving what you want?So tired of not achieving what you want?

Everyone has something they really want dearly, a career, to have a certain loved one, to be able to make certain things...
The most common one among us artist are:
- I want to be able to draw better
- I want to be able to draw like "this"person.
- I want to earn money with my drawing.
- I want to be able to draw what I imagine in my head.
- I want more people to appreciate my art.
- I want more feedback from artists I admire.
- I want more..
- I want better....
All this wanting.. dreaming of... hoping for.
How about doing it!! With these sort of "wants", it's a matter of DOING IT!
How? You ask?
There are many ways, but the usual and only answers to those desires are: 
- Spend the most time you have on drawing/painting.
- Go and ask people for help, it is okay to do so!
- Look at that amazing artwork and try and figure out how this person made it, perhaps he/she will tell you? Perhaps this person has made a video or tutoria
Avoid getting ripped off by a client.As a freelancer most of your business takes place online, which makes it really easy
for people to rip you off. How many times have we seen the following scenario's:
1- Someone offers a descent payment for your artwork but wants you to do an art-test first.
after the art-test you're being told you're not good enough. Later you find out that other people
got to do different art-test topics and also weren't good enough. The client clearly ripped people off to get free artwork.
2- Someone offers good money for your artwork. The sketch gets approved so you continue working. Right when it's done the total image suddenly becomes a great disappointment and the client ends up not paying you.
These were just 2 examples of situations that happen a lot to freelancers. There are many more like it.
:bulletblue: How to detect if a client is a bit fishy...
Does their email address look professional? Some legit people may use their Gmail address, with their real name or nickname, those are questionabl

The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.

Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Being a miserable artist = being a bad artist.I recently felt it being one of the most important things, not just for an artist; being happy with what you do. No one wants to get up every morning thinking.. shit .. another work day. Of course there can be days, maybe even a full week of that, but the majority of your time you should be feeling content and happy even.
With that lack of love and enthusiasm it is most likely reflected into your work.

Now it's not always your own fault that your work doesn't make you happy and doesn't feed your creative monster. But it can be in these cases.
You make your OWN workday miserable when:
:bulletblue: If you don't speak your mind and stand up for your opinion and values.
:bulletblue: If you're not open minded regarding feedback and new techniques.
:buletblue: If you don't aim for improvement. (though aiming for perfecting all the time can be stressful)
:bulletblue: when you allow yourself to work under stressful circumstances for too long.
These are
Timing fucking matters.Time does a lot of things, it makes you older, it gets you to places, it never stops going forward. However you control when and how you use it!
Everyone makes choices on a daily bases, most of them are actually done with your auto-pilot function out of habit.

Most people usually sit in the same spot on the couch, chooses what to wear based on previously made combinations and so on, unless they consciously become aware of their action and might decide it's time for a change. It can be a small thing that makes people aware of their options
You can count that pretty much every person out there works like this and YOU often depend on THEIR choices.
My point of this journal is saying: Use this in your advantage!
Time can be compared to a diet. Eating to much bad stuff will make you unhealthy and feel bad, while eating healthy things will keep you going and feel good. So time can either make you feel stuck in one place, maybe even going backwards (ageing already does that for you) or
Things I learned at: The Industry Workshops 2014Holy shit amazeballs... this past weekend....
But let me start of by shortly telling you what the industry workshops actually were.
(The artwork in this journal are from some of the lecturers.)
:bulletblue: What is: #IW_14?
The Industry workshops took place last weekend August 29 to 31 2014, at 2 venues both located at Hoxton Square, London United Kingdom.
It was organized and hosted by a group of industry professionals in the fields of concept art, matte painting and illustration in film, games and freelance.
Let me name the people that profited the lectures and demo's from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening, ending with a 1+ hour QA session as seen on the picture below.

(Not in the same order as the picture)
Alex Brady, Alex Heath, Alex Negea, Andrei Riabovitchev, Björn Hurri, Dave Neale, emrah elmasli, Jama Djurabeav, Jon McCoy, Jonas De Ro, Kan Muftic, Levi Peterffy, Mark tompkins, Nadia Mogile
When inspiration is far to be found...We all get these anoying times when we really want to make something cool, get inspired and work that magic. We see everyone around us (online) do it, but how come we are not?
So we look for ways to get inspired, we ask around, find these usual answers: go watch a film, listen to music.. take a walk...
But even when we do that, we still end up stuck most of the time.
Part of the solution is knowing WHY we get stuck and this is my theory.

:bulletblue: ADT - Attention Deficit Trait.
'Experiencing an inner frenzy of distractability, impatience, difficulty in setting priorities, staying focused and managing time. Those are our biggest enemies as they all end up cluttering your head and keeping you from spending quality focused time on a singular topic.
Everything we do now a days is based around multitasking and it is giving us a constant overdose of information. Let me elaborate.
How many of you travel daily by public transport and don't look away

Thanks for reading, you amazing people! ^^ !
I write these journals to note down my thoughts and experiences and am really humbled by the fact it draws to many readers ^^ 

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Suzanne Helmigh
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
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Occupation: Character Concept artist at Guerrilla Games

Skype: Suzanne Helmigh (Feel free to add me.)
Do you livestream?
Yes I do! Follow me on facebook to get a message to see when I'm online.
You can find my livestream here:

Do you take on commissions?
Yes! Send me a note.

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Can I use your work for commercial purposes?
Yes but you'll have to pay for the commercial rights. There are a few works however, made for clients and those can not be used or licensed. Please email me so we can talk about the usage and the rights that come along with it.

Can I use your work for non commercial purposes?
Yes. You can use it for your own Youtube videos or school projects, the only thing I ask is that you credit me.

What is Caldyra?
It's an artbook I'm working on and will Kickstart later this year. Every form of support is incredibly appreciated!
Here you'll find out more:

How much hours per day did you spend when you were beginning?
8-16 hours, and still am :D I started 4 years ago.

What brushes do you recommend to use when you are a beginner?
There are no special beginner brushes, I'd say use ALL the cool brushes you can find! And experiment.

How much hours per day did you spend when you were starting in concept art?
Same 8-16 hours a day ^^

What books do you recommend to read?
Color & Light by James Gurney
Pictorial Composition by Henry Rankin Poore
Figure drawing for all it's worth by Andrew Loomis
Constructive anatomy by George B. Bridgman

Should I practice in b/w or in colour when beginning?
Practice both. Black and white studies will help you learn about values alone, colors will help you with both.

Is there any secret in holding the tablet´s pen?
Mmmh, In your preferred writing hand, without putting to much pressure on it. (too much pressure will damage the pentip quicker and will deform your fingers!)

Should I practice traditional drawing instead of digital only?
Do Both! I personally do a lot fo traditional when I'm out of the house, in a cafe or in a train etc.
At home I mainly do digital.

Which program do you recommend to use? (painter, photoshop, etc)
I personally use Photoshop cs 6. And occasionally Artrage for the nice paint tools to make a nice finish.

Do you use the smudge tool or is it all brush?
99.98% brush.. occasionally experiment with the smudge tool, as apparently you can do amazing soft gradients with it!

Dimensions to sketch?
2000px minimum (X & Y) for sketching.
4000 px minimum (X & Y) for finished rendering.

Do you trace for sketching a picture?
Never. However I do look up reference material to look at when I'm not certain about angles/muscles/colors etc. But no tracing.

When drawing an internet photo, do you form your palette with the eyedropper tool or by seeing the photo?
When doing a photostudy I copy the colors by looking at it. However, years and years ago I trained with color picker. I think that as a beginner artist, using the color picker can teach you a great deal when you pay good attention to it. Eventually you don't need it anymore.


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Icefang908 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely LOVE your work! <333
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D! <3
KatZ3njamm3r Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the Llama Love 
Necozuki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, i actually met you today at comic con, don't know if you recognized me,i had no idea it was you untill i got home........
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha happens all the time :) i got it with other artists too :) i will be there agaib tomorrow :) 
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