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Take The Water To The Mountain by FieldsOfFire

I can see that you are a beginner so I will go easy on you here. The concept is here, the execution is only in your lack of experience....

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After browsing through items to critique this one caught my attention. The piece has a very unique mood to it while embodying both old ...

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This piece has a lot going for it! The colors work together nicely and the composition is very well balanced. the textural relationship...

Tutorial Addiction and the Pitfalls of Social Improvement

Ok, so you’ve got your 700 Photoshop brush packs from your favorite artists, you’ve downloaded all the free eBooks, you’ve got a black hole of bookmarks in your web browser, and a folder of 10,000 inspirational images. You’re ready for some serious artwork! Except you have no idea how to even begin a drawing or painting. “Wait, I’ve got all the resources at my finger tips don’t I? That’s the glory of the internet and social media! All my friends love my sketches and tell me what a great artist I am, but all I do is sketch on my homework and draw fan art of my favorite anime characters. Why can’t I just start a drawing?” Two words my friends, “Tutorial Addiction.”

This phrase came to me earlier this week and it’s been really festering in my mind. Even I fall prey to the illusion of social improvement, being both an avid watcher of art videos on YouTube and a creator of them too. However, at the end of the day everything still comes down to actually making something. This is where many young (and even old) artists get stuck. You think that after one tutorial you’re ready to create a masterpiece, and when your piece turns out less than expected you get frustrated. “Hey I watched the tutorial and understood it, why can’t I do it like they can?”

This is the difference between having resources, and properly utilizing them. Following a tutorial and doing the demonstration only goes so far. The catalyst for true improvement happens when you apply what you learned to your art and build up your own techniques based on what other artists have done. When you apply the concept behind your favorite paintings, matched with knowledge of the artists that came before you, then and only then can you start to improve your work.

The idea of social improvement through your art community isn’t a bad thing. I would sound like a complete hypocrite if I was trying to imply such a thing. However, focusing on your community rather than your own work can stint your growth as a creative individual. Additionally, hording resources doesn’t help you either. Having great tools only goes as far as your experience and skills. If you still don’t have a grasp on the human figure, no fancy Photoshop technique or type of pencil will help you master it (only time and determination will).  If you spend the majority of your time finding tutorials instead of creating art, then what you will master is your office skills not mastery of drawing.

Sure tutorial addiction isn’t quite as nasty as say substance addiction, but it is something that plagues many artists. At the end of the day, however, you work is more important than simply a bundle of free tutorials and inspirational images. Having a love for creating art is always the first stage in improving it. You have to love to create regardless of the quality of the finished product. You have to make the time to create your work too. Maybe you’re a busy student, maybe a single parent with a love for creative projects. Maybe you’re single and work 2 jobs to pay off your college loans. Regardless of your situation your time is precious, so finding the time for your art should be just as important as your day to day life. Create a schedule for drawing or painting if you have to. MAKE the time if your art is something you truly care about and want to improve on. When you have the time then you can work on your art and once you finish a project, start another piece learning from your mistakes on the last one.

What are your thoughts on this concept of “tutorial addiction?” Are you an addict yourself, or have you broken free of your chains of doubt? Join in the conversation about it in the comments below.

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Ben Yockel
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Born, raised, and currently residing in the Pittsburgh, PA area I started painting when I was 10 and haven't looked back since. I'm now an emerging artist in the public market as a new member of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists. Although, my primary audience exists through Youtube.

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EduardAris Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love ur art Hug 
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
Zalcoti Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Digital Artist
Love your acrylic paint tutorials. Have to watch you for your art too!
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
Wasabishi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist

Eyy I knew I recognized you! From Sycra's channel xD But DAMN I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ALSO FROM PITTSBURGH!!!! How'd you even come across my page o 3o
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Saw you in the forums somewhere I believe. I tend to stalk the forums here for questions I can answer. Nice to know that one appearance I had on Sycra's channel made an impact. (I also interviewed him over on my channel if you haven't seen that yet).

Are you a Pittsburgh artist too?
Wasabishi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Haha yeah born and raised in Pittsburgh.. And yeah I was part of the stream. I was the one making comments about his hair
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Fun! nice to have a fellow yinzer here.
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PuNK-A-CaT Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :D
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