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Here are the commissions for the month of September:

1. OC and Rarity at a cafe - in progress
2. Mare Do Well vs Lightning Dust - in progress
3. Large group scene - in progress
4. FOE Flash Sentry and Sunset Shimmer - in progress
5. Music-themed OC - in progress
6. Tactician Twilight - in progress
7. OC with a book - in progress
8. Pegasus sketch - in progress
9. Zecora voodoo sketch - in progress
10. Robin Hood pony sketch - in progress

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Journal Entry: Sun Sep 21, 2014, 3:34 AM

Hey everyone :) Drawponies here. Been doing a lot of self-reflection lately and wanted to share some thoughts.

So the convention season is drawing to a close.  It's been an amazing year, and I can't thank you enough for supporting my work, both here and at the conventions.  

This fall and winter, I am going to be focusing heavily on really improving my skills as an artist.  I can't get complacent and rely on what I know already, it's essential to keep moving forward.  I've given it a lot of thought, and first I'd like to tackle digital painting.  Most of my favorite artists paint their creations in Photoshop, and so I'm eager to learn those techniques. 

I've found two excellent resources I'm going to learn from first:

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Ctrl+Paint  www.ctrlpaint.com/

This website has over 100 free instructional videos for those getting started with digital painting.  The lessons are clear and easy to follow, and include homework assignments and practice files.  They also focus on principles,  rather than being tutorials, which is a huge advantage.

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Noah Bradley's Art Camp artcamp.com/

One of my favorite artists, Noah Bradley, recently concluded his 12 week long lecture series.  Each talk is two hours long and goes into great detail about an aspect of painting, and specifically, how to apply classic techniques to a digital canvas.  Topics include figure drawing, portrait painting, master studies, and more.

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From both experience and research, I know that daily learning and practice is the key to improvement.  Easier said than done, of course.  I've been woefully negligent in terms of daily practice over the summer.  Conventions kept me very busy, but honestly, I just didn't have a set plan or put the time aside.  I've given it a lot of consderation, and I've come up with a plan. If I learn and practice each day, I think I can make a lot of progress over the next few months.

As a starting point, I'm going to set daily goals, weekly goals, and long-term goals (goals that can be completed in 1-6 months).  On Mondays, I will evaluate my progress toward these goals and, if need be, set new ones.  For starters, these goals will just be about artistic progress, but if the system works well then I will expand the goals to other areas of my life too.


Art Goals

Daily Goals

Spend at least 30 minutes learning from a high-quality art teacher

Spend at least 30 minutes practicing artwork.

    Options: Master study, figure drawing, idea sketching, drawing commissions


This Week 

Practice Ctrl+Paint lessons daily

Take notes on 1 Noah’s Art Camp lecture, and the rest of the week practice homework from it

    This week: Master Studies focus

    Find 20 art pieces that I especially like from classic masters

    Do 10 or more masters studies of composition and color (10 mins each)

    Do 2 full masters studies, being mindful and focused on learning (2+ hours each)

Work on Commissions.  Goal is to finish commissions from BUCK this week

    Robot Luna sketch

    Dishonored poster

    Berry Punch poster

Write about my work in my Work Journal, about both art and other progress.  Evaluate progress toward my goals, and reset weekly To Dos in HabitRPG.


Long-Term Goals

Learn the Fundamentals of Digital Painting

    Ctrl+Paint: Watch all videos and practice all homework assignments

    Noah’s Art Camp: Complete all lectures and do all homework

    Determine next step in this learning process

Learn the Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

    Practice using the Croquis Cafe

Master T-shirt design


Accountability is a big part of motivation, and I have several important accountability measures.  
1. On most days for the next month my sister is going to participate in the Ctrl+Paint art assignments with me.  This will help me get started on the right foot, and we'll both learn a lot.
2. I'm using the website HabitRPG www.habitrpg.com as suggested by one of my artist friends.  As someone who loves tabletop gaming, this system is very motivating to me, because it allows you to treat your to do list like a game.  You get points and "level up" for different tasks you complete.  It's super fun, you should give it a try.
3. As mentioned, I will evaluate my progress each Monday.  I'm going to write a short entry in a Work Journal, and I also plan to post about it on my Tumblr.  This will keep me motivated because my progress will be both written and public.  If I don't make progress that week, then my update will be "Well guys I didn't do anything" and that will be embarrassing.

Now here's an important note: while I will be applying all of the techniques that I learn to my MLP artwork, many of the practice pieces that I post will not be MLP related.  When I'm, for example, doing a homework assignment from Ctrl+Paint, the instructor doesn't assign ponies, as well he shouldn't.  Fact is, I need to expand my artistic horizons if I'm going to succeed long-term.  I want to make the best art that I can make, and part of achieving that goal is going to be drawing a lot of "regular" artwork, like people and landscapes.  I know that you will love the art pieces I have in mind :)  We will of course still be posting tons of comics, collab commissions, and other pony drawings, so don't worry, your MLP fix will still be well covered.

Are any of you interested in taking this journey with me?  If so, let me know in comments!  I would be overjoyed if some of you decided to join me on this daily practice commitment.  Also, if any of you have suggestions for other resources or methods I can use to reach my goals, I'd love to hear them.  

Here's Master Chief fighting a changeling to reward you for reading this whole thing.

My Little Halo: Friendship is Master Chief by drawponies

I look forward to hearing what you think as I move forward.  

~Drawponies




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the comics are ghreat!
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How are you bro? Loved the new comic, can't wait for the new one
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I see in the photo above that you seem to be using a type of fine-tipped stylus on a sort of digital art tablet/screen.
Could you explain what you're using? Is it an art tablet?
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So I was thinking for that next part in the Vinyl Scratch Vampony series you should make that one pony saved by Vinyl a Vampony mercenary who works with other mercs for Prince Blueblood who in fact wants to kill as many vamponies as possible in order to weaken Princess Luna's defenses so he can take her out with his mercenary Army and become the Prince of the moon.
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Do you draw with both hands? in one video, i see you drawing with your left, and in another drawing with your right.
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drawponies Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
I believe that in one the video was flipped and in the other it wasn't.  I'm left handed :)
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(sorry, i love doing this. :meow:)
No, it was a picture that i saw that you were right handed. The one on your page in fact.
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drawponies Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah!  Just flipped XD
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your style is amazing n_n
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Thank you for the kind words :D
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