*My Art World*

I’ve got a bit of a cold, so my art is being pushed to the side in favor of kleenexes and sleep at the moment, but I thought I’d share a page or two I managed to doodle on this past week. I’m still feeling my way around with the whole mixed media idea, but I think I like where its taking me. :)

Some more random practice pieces and such.  Apologies for any misspellings.  Beware of the nonsense. 

Some latest vector-ish creations. 

Just a sketchdump of all the weird things I’ve been creating with a new digital brush.

Hey! I saw your drawing about what not to say to an artist (it's great by the way - I can see how they'd be annoying to hear) and I was wondering what the best compliments are? My friend is an artist and she's really good but every single time I can't think of anything else to say but 'it's really good' and I was wondering if that was enough?

artbymoga:

First off, what a sweet question! You’re such an awesome friend to ask something like that :D

As for the answer, to be honest I think any form of compliment is awesome. Although, I do agree that sometimes “it’s really good” can sound rhetorical, so here’s a list of a few compliments that I think would be awesome to receive:

"That’s spectacular! I love the (choose a specific part of the drawing you find appealing - like the background, the eyes, etc. The more specific, the more the artist feels like you’re really looking at their art)."

When you don’t know what specifically you love about a piece, just say something like “I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something so beautiful about this drawing.”

"You have so much skill!" (Most artists dislike when someone says talent, or ‘you’re so lucky you were born with so much talent’ simply because most artists have put in hour and hours of time and practice into developing their style. They didn’t come out of the womb and start painting masterpieces)

Or say nothing at all, and just do this:

But, for the record, any compliment is great to receive. Really, 99% of artists in the world aren’t going to be upset with you if you compliment their art (especially if your tone is genuine).

Don’t sweat it. If you love something someone made, let them know! Most artists are their biggest critic, so even something as small as “that looks great!” can really cheer them up.

Sorry for the long answer, and have a fabulous day :D

This is such great advice.  I think it applies to other people in other trades as well.  I know I’ve felt much like the original person posting, not knowing what to say and feeling like I’m just repeating myself.  And I agree with the reply, that most artists are their own biggest critic and any words of genuine appreciation of their work is always a great thing for them to hear. 

Just some sketches and things with me trying out a new digital brush. 

Happy halloween to those celebrating and happy Thursday to those who aren’t.  ;) 

I call this little guy Trickster.  He’s a candy corn dressed as a clown?  Just a silly idea to practice with.

I call this little guy Trickster.  He’s a candy corn dressed as a clown?  Just a silly idea to practice with.

Just some random doodles. 

Just some random doodles. 

Some halloween art. 

Some halloween art. 

I thought I would add some recent photos to my tumblr since I’ve pretty much neglected it for ages. 

I thought I would add some recent photos to my tumblr since I’ve pretty much neglected it for ages.