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Make your personalized work schedule! by Suzanne-Helmigh Make your personalized work schedule! by Suzanne-Helmigh
Working with a schedule will help you get more things done as an artist (Most people at least.)
You can download a PSD file on the right and customize your own time blocks, studies, work and themes.
Make sure you do take small breaks in between to walk away from your screen now and then! Or work traditional for a change.
The sample image is pretty much my schedule from this week (Did not include the tutoring time I give every day.).

Feel free to use it and let me know if it worked for you! :D

Here are some journals I made especially for fellow artists (in training?) (You'll find more in my journal history.)

  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
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
  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
  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
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mucuss33 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Im training about 6h a day, but that completely destroyed my dreams xD. Working from 9h to 12h is not healthy, i want to have a certain balance in my life... to me, this is a little insane
erasersandpapers Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Whoa. :D
Hntpo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, I'll make one as soon as I need :)
Ellofayne Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy. shite. why didn't I think of this? I LOVE THIS! Like, I will now make one now and this will be my schedule for a month. YES!!!!!! thank you!
CarlosFuentesV Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
lo probare :)
VespertineFlower Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015   Digital Artist
cool! but wait a minute - when do you eat? prepare your meals? wash, clean and so on?...
DarinHuddy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) Nice one. Thanks!
Azurewhiterose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow awesome.I should totally do this too. ;3
Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I shall love you for this! Thank you so very much! :)
Charmrock Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Thank you!!!
JamesMoreless Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this. You are the best person ever! Someday I will repay everything that you do to help us.
Miato-says-meow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
You inspired me to make my own! So every week I'm packing 35 work hours, 15 study hours, and a weekly portfolio session (to check both my online and pdf portfolio, update them, or whatever might be needed and if there's nothing else todo, then use it for work or study). If I have little work that week (read as, I finished early) I can replace the unused work hours with study hours :)

The schedule leaves me 8 hours to sleep (from 12 to 8), enough time to do breaks, go out and walk or read, My bi-weekly cleaning around the house and also time for choir rehearsals!

Thanks for the idea. Makes my planned study totally doable, and my schedule not as 
Ignatz20xx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I like this approach to proper time management!
suprvz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
wait.. are you really drawing 13,5 hours a day?? every day?? or is it just for one week and the others are more "free"
Kaiazes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I totally took this and made my own version! Thanks so much for everything you do, Suzanne. You really are an inspiration to us all.
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cool! :D good luck!
and thank you ^^
Griffinfly Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I actually followed your example and did my own version of the schedule suited to my needs,
it's helping me to stay focused for a few months now!

Great :D
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome :D
Curious to see your new work :P
GiovannyArce Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I need one of this.
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
take iiittt and make iiit!! :D
Mendezz18 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!! i made my own :D i have to make it from scratch on indesign (because i wanted a more aesthetic/minimal version to put as a backround and i wanted in spanish) but it was really helpfull for the idea and the options!!  
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to help :P
It's mostly about those options I give anyway :P
lionheartslayerX Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ^^
spacerogue Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
awesome thank you ! Got my doubts I'll be able to follow it up like I should, not living on your own does that, but at least this gives me a good direction C: 

juuust one (probably dumb) question, what is the difference between figure study 'design' and figure study 'anatomy' ? 
TerraQuartZ Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think she means that with the anatomy one she focuses on the muscles, skin and figure of the body itself, while with the design one she probably focuses on the pose itself or even the design of the caracter/clothing and such
spacerogue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Interesting, ok thank you for clarifying ^^ 
Raytonga Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student General Artist
omg thank you for making the time to make this I also have a schedule to work on but I end up adding to many things in a day, I always get over whelmed on where to start doing my studies, I'm guessing this is how you work? : ) anywho I'm excited to get organized!
Callesthe Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Woohoo, i've been dying to use this. Now with exams out of the way and months worth of holiday, no excuse to procrastinate, it is serious practice & improvement time! I might concider rejoining the art forums and communities again now that i got the time... this makes me so motivated, thank you :giggle:
johnway Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite an insightful timetable break down to practicing art studies. Its quite impressive and puts into perspective the amount of hard work to get it going.  My Art practice consists of whether i feel like doing some big draw and any inspirational ideas that occur. 
Cross-Realms Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
totally love this idea! itll definitely help me out for sure! though im making my own schedule for a month to month thing, I may break down and do week to week if it doesnt work how i hope haha XD
Kordyne Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
If only I had the self-discipline to stick to a schedule like this. I just can't trust myself!

But this is so cool, in any case :)
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
try and use a reward system like: you're not allowed to eat a treat before you've don your day's work :P and if you've done it really well you get the treat as well as a cool night out :D
ArmizO Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
amazing chart, I wish I have the time to do it, I can spread this chart over like 3 months. keep up good work =D
Archsider Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow :D 
SmokeMKQ Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   Writer
I see why so many people turn me down. Too much on their plate, humph at lest I've cut back of asking people for artwork now. Hardly ever ask anyone... well an odd people here and there.. but that's it 
campestris Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really awesome idea. I'll
definitely use it for my holidays. Or crop it to use everyday as I'm not that lucky to draw all the day...
Thank you so much! I have to check out your other tutorials :)
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!! :D Good luck drawing 
Yurnario Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's insane. But also absolutely motivating, I've been meaning to set up a study schedule for my drawing, perhaps this is the time. Thank you and I will do my own by following this.
It makes me realize how you managed to improve so quick and made me realize how much of a slacker I am D:
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It requires quite some hours indeed, just make sure to not overdo it! Take plenty of rest (I didn't write down about the small 5-15 minute breaks i take whenever i feel like it.)
Yurnario Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I will try to take some breaks as well. It is hard to go away from painting though, but I've learned that you see your art a lot different when you go away for a while. So I should probably force some breaks, no matter how fun it is to draw and paint =p
ParadisiacPicture Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Hey ! :)
I really liked this idea of organizing your creative doing, so I came up with some alternate versions for not only digital/traditional artists :)
You can find it here: paradisiacpicture.deviantart.c…
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cool ^^
Ellcryss Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wanted to thank you for creating this oh so wonderful template!!
It is exactly what I needed,at the right time, to help me focus better and have it next to me as a sort of "in my face"-schedule, to help me guide along and keep me on track.
Especially since I'm only two months away from my final exams and I need to create my pitchbook/portfolio to complete my Concept Artist studies.
I used to make do before with only a very loosely planning on a monthly basis, using excel. But I found that,for myself, I really needed a more "firmer grasping" schedule, otherwise I tend to fall into this perception of "Oh, if I start tomorrow, I will still have plenty of time" kind of false sense of reassurance, that made me loose more days than spend them wisely.

So, thank you, Suzanne, for this!! :)
You're a lifesaver.

You can check out my "personalized work schedule" here:…

P.S.: I went ahead and inserted my own drawings and sketchings around the borders, as to personalize it even further ; I hope you don't mind.
For myself, I also added a "Sculpting" line under Themes, since I also do sculpturing and found it useful to have as well. :)

Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's looking really good :) I always find schedules really helpful, just like lists and countdown calenders XD I think it's just a mental timeframe that you put yourself in that helps with bringing structure in your days.
Kaeltro Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
"Oh, if I start tomorrow, I will still have plenty of time"

I've fallen into this trap so much, and that's the reason something like this helps me. You're absolutely right about it being "in your face". The way I look at it is, it's a school schedule for me. That is, if you remember the first time you went to school they handed you a schedule and that was your life for the next 15 weeks or some long amount of time. In the beginning it was rough adapting to a new schedule, new classes, etc, but it became easier the more you did it. I feel, the way my brain works, like looking at it this way will help me ease into the schedule with less friction...if that makes sense.
Ellcryss Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's really a way of finding what works for you and what doesn't. I'm glad in a way though, that it happens to me now whilst I'm still learning the craft and not for example suddenly arises once I become a professional and there is money involved, you know.
Than I rather have it occurring now so I can deal with it and try to find a solution for it as to prevent it for the future.
And as I discovered this template from Suzanne and worked at creating my schedule,thinking about it it dawned on me exactly like you mentioned as well, that back in school we used to get schedules and what to do for the next day or the day after that, just the same.
And in fact the same exists for certain working jobs too, where, depending on your function, you might get a planning schedule of what to accomplish for that day. So... :)
I'm glad one personal problem gets tackled with this.

Because all of us have enough inner fears of our own we try to find an answer for, when treading the path of becoming an artist.
This is but one.
AITUARMANAS Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing. Amazing idea. Lately I've been confused, because I need so many things to study and don't have time for everything. :D (Big Grin) 
PS: I have a question. I do understand how to study animal, human, film, clothing, face, architecture and life studies.  Just take photos or still life and paint it. But I don't know how to study character concept, composition-sketches, environment-concept and prop concept.
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Those are elements that you study within a topic.

Character concepts- generate ideas for characters and paint them.
composition sketches- make simple and quick sketches, perhaps in black and white only depicting a composition, this can be landscape, illustration, a character anything. It's all about creating a composition with a good flow. Environment and prop concept is just like character concepts, just make your ideas real through making them.
AITUARMANAS Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the explanation. Amazing schedule. Thank you again:) (Smile) 
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