Sometimes the ideas flood through your mind like a rush of water. Other times they can be more stiff and stubborn than a wall of ice. It's not always easy to go from start to finish, but persistence and practice are a big part of getting there.

Joel - "A look at where I used to be..."

We all start from somewhere. It's important to remember that we won't become experts in a mere matter of seconds. When I first started drawing my characters were more blocky than legoes - I didn't get curves exist! But I kept at it. Eventually they started better resembling beings but the art was still obviously not the best. While my ideas may have been really cool it was frustrating when what was on paper didn't quite match what I had in mind. So what can you do? Pick up the pencil and try again.

The thing about being human is that perfection is impossible. We can strive for it, and make it our goal but we will never reach it. Thus there is always room to improve. I have a long ways to go but I certainly feel I have come so far from what I used to. Compare this to this(same character). Even more impressive is this (not my character though)This is what 6-7 years of keeping at it can do. Just remember to keep trying! This isn't just drawing either. Compare your written works to that of the past!


Joey - "It's your vision."

We all know the scene. Some professional-level artist is showing off some old sketches to demonstrate how far they've come, with genuine words of encouragement for all beginning artists. And for every one of those, there are at least a dozen more around to remark on how they'd give anything just to be able to draw like that artist did in his/her earliest days. Hey, I've been on both sides of that situation. Sometimes at the same time.

Yes, at some very early point in all of our lives, all we could do was scribbles. But will 50 years of solid practice make me into a second Vermeer or van Eyck or da Vinci?

If not, that's OKAY.

It's not bad to look for your strengths and weaknesses, so long as you're willing to improve on them. It's not bad to judge yourself fairly against other people, to learn and grow. And if, along the way, you discover the limits of your ability...so what? That's not reason enough to let them hold you back.

1. Be fair to yourself. It's all too easy to think that what you create is the greatest thing since Al Gore invented the Internet. It's a little less common, but hardly impossible to start thinking that everyone (and I do mean EVERYONE) is better than you at something. Realize that you fall somewhere on the spectrum between Perfection on one end and Joel...err...whatever-is-beneath-the-ground-you-tread on the other, and that you have room to go in either direction.

2. Try new things. Realize that you don't have to follow that line between good and bad at all. Branch out. Find a style and a method to your creating that you can be passionate about, but don't let it get stale either. And don't place limits on yourself that don't need to be there.

3. It takes time. No one gets better overnight. And time takes honest work. You can't walk away from a difficult drawing, play video games for three months straight, then expect to come back and turn that sketch into a masterpiece. It doesn't work. Believe me. I've tried.

4. It takes talent. Okay. I'm probably going to get rotten tomatoes and death threats for saying this, buuuuut I think people are born with a certain amount of talent. Whether it's intelligence, athleticism, ingenuity...or artistic ability. With just a glance, some people can take in the world around them and know how to transfer that to paper. Some people have a knack for recognizing how shadows fall across faces, or how dialogue flows naturally, or which musical notes sound good together. And some people have a knack for running marathons, organizing committees, or even fixing my computer that I've let become virus-infested for the hundreth time... If you don't have that natural talent, it may take longer to achieve the same thing. You may not be able to achieve it at all. But you won't know until you try. And the finished product shouldn't be the only thing you love about creating.

5. It takes life. Just as no two people create with exactly the same style, no two people have the exact same thoughts and emotions and beliefs and experiences. Every moment of your life in some way determines who you are and how you create. People will notice when you take time to get the little things right. They'll also notice when you put your soul into your work. What you create is part of you. Let it be the way you see the world.


Denny - "Less talk, more work!"

By now you probably read some epic articles on how you can achieve things if you work hard and all this. Well, you guessed it - it`s true. I haven`t seen a human being that can spawn things out of nothingness by just staring into empty space. You sit, you work, you create. Simple as that. If you stop midway with the excuse of "Baw, I can`t do it!" then well, yes you can`t do it. Give up and try something else.
But let me tell you something. When I was little and was banging my head over why I couldn`t draw something as good as I wanted and poked my daddy for help, he held up the nearest object infront of me and said "This is made by a human. You are a human so you can do it as well." He was right. Whatever you look at, whatever goal you have infront of you, just remember it was made by a human. You too are a human and you have all the rights in the world to give it a shot and be able to do it eventually. Something not created yet? Well every new invention was - you guessed it! - created by humans. And what are you? A human.