Category: Art Advice

Productivity for Artists – Course Preview

All 5 free videos have now been posted! Seemed better to get them all up and put them as a play list rather than continue posting each day a new video went up.

If you want to watch more, enroll here for $10 off: https://www.udemy.com/productivity-for-artists-set-goals-and-get-motivated/?couponCode=HBCPFA


Are you an artist that struggles to get things done? Or wanting to learn new ways to get MORE done?

Being an artist, especially a successful one can be quite difficult. More often than not the problems us artists face aren’t our art skills, but our time management skills.

Time management isn’t something that most of us are taught and we’re stuck having to figure it out ourselves once we become adults. But with all the other responsibilities that get dropped in our laps it can be very hard to know how to manage it all.

With this course we hope to teach you different techniques, methods, and ways of thinking that will help you to get control of your time.

Here’s some things that you will get in this course:

  • Learn how and why to write down your goals
  • How to break down tasks and prioritize them!
  • Learn methods for better focus!
  • Build a better productive mindset and think like a winner!
  • Full access to ask Jake any questions you have through the Udemy platform
  • AND MORE

You will get full life-time access to this course and all updates made to it!

And to put your mind at ease if you aren’t sure if this is the course for you, Udemy offers a full 30-day money back guarantee. So if you watch through part or even the full course and find that it in no way helps you, you can get a complete refund within the first 30 days!

We hope to see you inside the course!

What are the requirements?

  • Have a pen or pencil and paper to write down their goal.
  • Have something to take notes with.
  • A timer: Either an egg timer, a phone app, or any timer they would like to use.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create goals and figure out the steps to reach them.
  • Prioritize tasks in a manner as to get the most value out of their time.
  • Break down big tasks into smaller measurable steps.
  • Have a more success-driven mindset.
  • Set deadlines and meet them on time.
  • Increase their focus and productivity.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for artists that want to learn ways to be able to get more work done.
  • Anyone who wants to learn better time management skills.
  • People who need help setting goals.
  • This course is not for people who are unwilling to change.

SMART Goals – Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated

Video number three with more information on setting goals!

Enroll here for $10 off: https://www.udemy.com/productivity-for-artists-set-goals-and-get-motivated/?couponCode=HBCPFA

Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated!


We’re still putting up some more of the videos through out the week on Youtube but you can view all the free videos on Udemy right now.


Are you an artist that struggles to get things done? Or wanting to learn new ways to get MORE done?

Being an artist, especially a successful one can be quite difficult. More often than not the problems us artists face aren’t our art skills, but our time management skills.

Time management isn’t something that most of us are taught and we’re stuck having to figure it out ourselves once we become adults. But with all the other responsibilities that get dropped in our laps it can be very hard to know how to manage it all.

With this course we hope to teach you different techniques, methods, and ways of thinking that will help you to get control of your time.

Here’s some things that you will get in this course:

  • Learn how and why to write down your goals
  • How to break down tasks and prioritize them!
  • Learn methods for better focus!
  • Build a better productive mindset and think like a winner!
  • Full access to ask Jake any questions you have through the Udemy platform
  • AND MORE

You will get full life-time access to this course and all updates made to it!

And to put your mind at ease if you aren’t sure if this is the course for you, Udemy offers a full 30-day money back guarantee. So if you watch through part or even the full course and find that it in no way helps you, you can get a complete refund within the first 30 days!

We hope to see you inside the course!

What are the requirements?

  • Have a pen or pencil and paper to write down their goal.
  • Have something to take notes with.
  • A timer: Either an egg timer, a phone app, or any timer they would like to use.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create goals and figure out the steps to reach them.
  • Prioritize tasks in a manner as to get the most value out of their time.
  • Break down big tasks into smaller measurable steps.
  • Have a more success-driven mindset.
  • Set deadlines and meet them on time.
  • Increase their focus and productivity.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for artists that want to learn ways to be able to get more work done.
  • Anyone who wants to learn better time management skills.
  • People who need help setting goals.
  • This course is not for people who are unwilling to change.

Write Down Your Goals – Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated

The second free video from our course! In this one it’s time to SET SOME GOALS.

Enroll here for $10 off: https://www.udemy.com/productivity-for-artists-set-goals-and-get-motivated/?couponCode=HBCPFA

Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated!


We’re still putting up some more of the videos through out the week on Youtube but you can view all the free videos on Udemy right now.


Are you an artist that struggles to get things done? Or wanting to learn new ways to get MORE done?

Being an artist, especially a successful one can be quite difficult. More often than not the problems us artists face aren’t our art skills, but our time management skills.

Time management isn’t something that most of us are taught and we’re stuck having to figure it out ourselves once we become adults. But with all the other responsibilities that get dropped in our laps it can be very hard to know how to manage it all.

With this course we hope to teach you different techniques, methods, and ways of thinking that will help you to get control of your time.

Here’s some things that you will get in this course:

  • Learn how and why to write down your goals
  • How to break down tasks and prioritize them!
  • Learn methods for better focus!
  • Build a better productive mindset and think like a winner!
  • Full access to ask Jake any questions you have through the Udemy platform
  • AND MORE

You will get full life-time access to this course and all updates made to it!

And to put your mind at ease if you aren’t sure if this is the course for you, Udemy offers a full 30-day money back guarantee. So if you watch through part or even the full course and find that it in no way helps you, you can get a complete refund within the first 30 days!

We hope to see you inside the course!

What are the requirements?

  • Have a pen or pencil and paper to write down their goal.
  • Have something to take notes with.
  • A timer: Either an egg timer, a phone app, or any timer they would like to use.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create goals and figure out the steps to reach them.
  • Prioritize tasks in a manner as to get the most value out of their time.
  • Break down big tasks into smaller measurable steps.
  • Have a more success-driven mindset.
  • Set deadlines and meet them on time.
  • Increase their focus and productivity.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for artists that want to learn ways to be able to get more work done.
  • Anyone who wants to learn better time management skills.
  • People who need help setting goals.
  • This course is not for people who are unwilling to change.

Busy Isn’t Productive – Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated

At long last!

Our course has been released!

Enroll here for $10 off: https://www.udemy.com/productivity-for-artists-set-goals-and-get-motivated/?couponCode=HBCPFA

Productivity for Artists: Set Goals and Get Motivated!


Here’s the first video of the course we’re putting up for free. We’re going to be putting up some more of the videos through out the week on Youtube but you can view all the free videos on Udemy right now.


Are you an artist that struggles to get things done? Or wanting to learn new ways to get MORE done?

Being an artist, especially a successful one can be quite difficult. More often than not the problems us artists face aren’t our art skills, but our time management skills.

Time management isn’t something that most of us are taught and we’re stuck having to figure it out ourselves once we become adults. But with all the other responsibilities that get dropped in our laps it can be very hard to know how to manage it all.

With this course we hope to teach you different techniques, methods, and ways of thinking that will help you to get control of your time.

Here’s some things that you will get in this course:

  • Learn how and why to write down your goals
  • How to break down tasks and prioritize them!
  • Learn methods for better focus!
  • Build a better productive mindset and think like a winner!
  • Full access to ask Jake any questions you have through the Udemy platform
  • AND MORE

You will get full life-time access to this course and all updates made to it!

And to put your mind at ease if you aren’t sure if this is the course for you, Udemy offers a full 30-day money back guarantee. So if you watch through part or even the full course and find that it in no way helps you, you can get a complete refund within the first 30 days!

We hope to see you inside the course!

What are the requirements?

  • Have a pen or pencil and paper to write down their goal.
  • Have something to take notes with.
  • A timer: Either an egg timer, a phone app, or any timer they would like to use.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create goals and figure out the steps to reach them.
  • Prioritize tasks in a manner as to get the most value out of their time.
  • Break down big tasks into smaller measurable steps.
  • Have a more success-driven mindset.
  • Set deadlines and meet them on time.
  • Increase their focus and productivity.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for artists that want to learn ways to be able to get more work done.
  • Anyone who wants to learn better time management skills.
  • People who need help setting goals.
  • This course is not for people who are unwilling to change.

Share Your Art and Start Building Your Audience TODAY!

If for whatever reason you don’t already, share your art!

HBC Share Your Art

It’s the Catalisa!

Put it up on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, Deviant Art, or any other sites that you enjoy.

Don’t think your work is good enough yet?

PHOOEY.

Share it!


Reasons Why You Should Share Your Art

  1. It Shows Skill Progression – Not only to yourself, but to others. They can see how your art developed and at the rate you’re improving.
  2. It Shows Work Ethic – You might have the best work ethic in the world, but if you rarely share your art it gives the appearance of a poor work ethic. However, if you share several new pieces a week or even daily it communicates how hard working you are.
  3. You Can Get Feedback – You can get critiques on your work (solicited and unsolicited lol) to help you improve as well as see if anything you create gets a lot of positive or negative feedback. Plus you never know, maybe something you create will go viral!
  4. You Can Connect With Other Artists – It’s interesting to look at who follows or likes your work, and for whatever reason it’s extra flattering when that person is another artist!  Sometimes they just like a single piece, but other times they love your work and it can lead to meeting new friends or creating new professional relationships.

and most importantly:

5. You Build Your Audience

This is a big reason to share your work. When one first starts putting their stuff online it almost always collects dust at first. No one really sees it or comments or anything.

Pretty discouraging…

But the sooner you share your work, and more frequently you do the better. Eventually, people DO start to see what you’re making and that’s why you want a good amount of work already posted that they can then go back and look through.

If you only have a few pieces, they don’t usually stick around. They see the two or three drawings and in under a minute they’re gone. But if they like your work they’ll stay and look at more and the longer they stick around the more likely they’ll follow you or find a piece that they LOVE.

That’s when you’ve made a fan.

Fans can make the process of creating art far more encouraging. Sometimes they’ll comment or share your stuff. Feels GOOD.

And when they share, they find you more fans!

That’s part of how you eventually reach a tipping point and if you so desire, can start to take the steps of turning art into a career!


That Being Said…

My last bit of advice regarding this is that, personally I don’t like to bother with sites like Deviant Art or anywhere putting work up is overly tedious. I also find that with sites like Deviant Art that it’s hard to get much traction.

I really enjoy Instagram however as you can link a lot of your other accounts to it and post to them all at once.

However, the number of views your work receives isn’t what matters in the end. It’s WHO see’s your work. A hundred people that see it and scroll past aren’t as important as five people who stick around. Ten thousand views might not be worth as much as the one view from an art director that ends up changing your life forever.

So just because I personally do not enjoy putting up work on sites like Deviant Art there still is value in doing so if you are so inclined to do it.

 

Use Reference When You Draw, You Will Improve Faster!

Why use reference when you draw? Lots of reasons! For example:

Reference Will Make Your Drawings More Accurate

Hamburger Cat Reference

“Drawing Hamburger Cat is hard.” – Vince

Even if you have a good understanding of how to draw something, it doesn’t hurt to find a reference.  Sometimes the difference in making something believable in a drawing are the very subtle details that are forgotten without the use of reference.

So if you’re drawing cars, clothes with lots of folds, airplanes, a cityscape, etc. It’s a good idea to grab some references just to give it that extra bit of accuracy.

The More You Use, The Less You Need Later

When you gather reference and draw from it, you become more familiar with whatever you’re drawing. In a way you’re very much building up a catalog in your mind of how things look that you can pull upon later. Eventually when you go to draw things like rooms, you’ll have several different chairs designs already in your head. Different beds, lamps, dressers, the list goes on and on. This also applies for hairstyles, clothes, shoes, you name it.

This of course doesn’t mean you’ll stop using references, but the more of it you use now the less you’ll need later.

Using References Isn’t Cheating

I shouldn’t have to point this out, but I’ve heard a lot of beginning artists say this. “Using reference is cheating.” It’s not. Using reference is like using any other tool to get better results. If someone wanted to build houses they wouldn’t say that using a hammer was cheating! It’s not cheating. 

They have this idea that to be a legitimate artist you have to be able to come up with everything from your mind. Also don’t think that you’re supposed to strictly copy the references either, it’s to help draw something better. For example, for a complicated pose you might need different references for different parts of the pose.

All professional artists use reference.


Start Collecting Reference

A long time ago artists would clip out drawings from magazines, make xeroxes from books, take photographs, etc. and file them away into filing cabinets filled with labeled folders of their references.

Nowadays you have the luxury of just using google and finding tons of reference at a moments notice!

But I would recommend that you do start your own folders of reference to use on your computer.

Whenever you see clothes, or a room, or a hair-do, or anything that you really like. Save that picture into an appropriate reference folder so that you can view it later when you need it.

This can go for any tutorials or such that you find as well!


Software You Can Use

Here are some free programs that you can use to display and arrange references while you work!

Kuadro

ArtRef

PureRef


All that said, what are some resources that you feel help make you a better artist? Respond in the comments below.

Finish Your Drawings! How to Get Better FASTER!

This is some of the best advice for the sketchers and doodlers out there, for I was once a doodler myself and should have done this much sooner.

Finish Your Drawings

It can’t be said enough, finish your drawings. You don’t have to finish every drawing. But you should try to finish most of them.

This is important because the fastest way to get good at doing finished work, is to finish your work! For too long I would do incomplete drawing after incomplete drawing. But if you want to get good at drawing that other eye, you have to draw it in every time.  Put in the hands, put in the feet. If you want to ink and color your work, do those as well, even if you know it will come out poorly.

Growing up, in retrospect, the artists that I saw improve the quickest would do completed pieces of work. Fully inked and colored, they’d even put in backgrounds. Eventually their inks looked good. Their color choices were really nice. The backgrounds stopped be wonky!

FinishDrawings

Finish Them For Their Sake!


Don’t Make Excuses!

“Why would I ink my stuff when I can’t even draw it correctly?”

That was my thinking long ago. Amongst many  other excuses.

But all that type of thinking did, was by the time I got decent at drawing, my inking skills were HORRIBLE. It made me not want to ink because it would ruin the pencils!

You might have similar or different excuses that you allow to keep you from doing completed works. Ignore them and push through and finish the work.

You’ll see problems with the piece that will make you want to stop.

Don’t stop. Finish it.

You’ll always find something wrong on a piece the longer you work on it.

Little problems are rarely noticeable to the average viewer. I once read that the typical person spends around 10 seconds per page reading a comic book.

There’s a lot of art on a comic page!

But, I’ve found that people spend about as much time looking at a single picture as well. How long do you spend looking at a picture before you know if you like it or not? Probably not very.

It’s usually only artists that then go on to spend additional time looking at all the details in the picture.


Remember the 10,000 Hour Rule

The 10,000 Hour Rule, which I wrote about here. This rule applies to each individual skill. So if you have 5,000+ hours in drawing, but you want to ink and you have less than 10 hours experience inking…

It’s gonna be rough!

Now, of course the skills do overlap to a degree, but it’s a good way to think about it. If you want to be an animator. Then animate.

Yes, the better you are at drawing the easier it is, but by improving to draw while animating you would learn how to draw specifically for animation. You would learn what details to leave out and how to simplify things, how to draw consistent, etc.


Decide What Finished Is

What is finished to you? This is an important question to ask yourself.

Depending on what your goal with your art is, will change what your definition of finished is, and this definition can change.

For some comic artists, it’s penciling. Just penciling. Drawing the full image, characters and backgrounds as clean and complete as possible for it to be passed to an inker.

Concept artists depending on the level of development have varying degrees of completion to their work.

And this goes on and on and on.


All that being said, if you were like me and leave out the other eye or only draw half a body then start drawing something else.  Keep all of this in mind.

If you want to improve faster. Finish your drawings.

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