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10:51 AM, Sunday January 15th 2023

Hey, sorry was busy all weekend!

It's fine if you can't do anything other than drawabox. As long as you draw figures / what you want during the 50% rule you should be fine.

For your plan, It may not actually take 6-7 years (depending on how much you dedicate each day) and the resources you've chosen are pretty good. For other free resources there are really only youtube channels. If I had to recommend one for figures it would be David Finch or Proko. You can also use free trials for skillshare and watch brent eviston's the art and science of drawing. Other than that there aren't that many good free resources. You've probably picked the best ones.

As for books, all I can ask is why do you hate reading?

1:39 PM, Sunday January 15th 2023
edited at 1:41 PM, Jan 15th 2023

First of all, Thank you!! I was starting to doubt whether what am I doing in 50 percent didn't fulfill its purpose!!

It's been 2 years since I first started drawing, for all these years I have only collected information I could and somehow found some of these free resources (DRAWABOX included).

It's maybe due to my background or the place I live in that I can't have access to the paid tutorials or so. Even if I had done access to paid tutorials I would apply to courses which may be about digital drawings or backgrounds because my free plan will somehow or a little , will teach me about figures , enough to convey my stories or to open a account to publish.

It was only few months back that I thought of making manga in future years but somehow dropped it ( not because I think I may not be good at it but of that I don't have any access to tools either for making it or of learning it)!!


AS FOR THE books,. It maybe rooted to some academic stress or so, that whenever I open a book to read it makes me think as if I have to memorise everything for there is exam tomorrow

I hope you are doing well!!!

edited at 1:41 PM, Jan 15th 2023
11:11 AM, Monday January 16th 2023

Yeah most people's hatred for reading comes from the schooling system. But I think if you are forced to read (or forced to do anything for that matter) you will end up hating it. Which is a shame because if you have certain questions about a subject, books can provide the answers. Then it's up to you to apply that knowledge to your life. This is different to reading for the sake of an exam which you don't even want to do in the first place. When you go into a book with questions, the answers will stick in your head better because you were looking for that particular type of information rather than if you were just reading because you have to do an exam.

But if you aren't in a position to get books then pretty much all of your learning will be done through free stuff online. There's always the topic of piracy but I won't be able to provide any help on that front and I don't want it to seem like I'm encouraging you to pirate, I'll just offer my perspective. You might hear the argument that "all piracy is bad and shouldn't be done" but this is pretty much black/white thinking. If you are in a country where the economic situation is terrible but you pirate courses that can give you skills and resources which can lift you out of poverty and will allow you to provide more (more than working a regular job) to your community and family is that such a bad thing? I encourage you to think about this yourself because the conclusion you come to will be specific to your situation and will be more nuanced then "piracy bad, paying good". Anyway I don't want to shift the discussion to piracy, just an option to think about.

There's another point of advice that uncomfortable offered when I asked during one of the official critiques, this may or may not be useful to you but I'd figure I'd share it anyway.

"A lot of students will try and create a shopping list of concepts they "need" to learn. Instead of that, I'd leverage the 50% rule to actually produce pieces and use them to identify (whether yourself, through feedback from others, etc) what areas of weakness they reveal. Get into a habit of periods of doing your own work, followed by periods of attacking some of the areas of weakness through courses, followed by more of your own work, etc. That way you can focus on the concepts that are most relevant to you and your goals.

Always think about your education as an investment, and something to actually consciously budget towards - meaning, set aside whatever you can afford to each month. A lot of students tend to limit themselves to specific "tiers" of things. A student might feel that all they have to work with is free youtube videos. Another might feel that they can spare some money, but not a lot - so maybe an NMA subscription will work. And others of course can spend money on 10-week courses from places like CGMA, CDA, etc. Being aware of your budget is certainly important, but try not to lock yourself into what you can/can't work towards. To that end, remember that just as money is a resource, time is as well. I of course don't know anything about your situation - this advice is fairly generalized - but there's plenty of student artists I've seen who staunchly refused to, say, pick up a part time job, and instead do what they could focusing entirely on the resource of time. There are plenty of situations where picking up a part-time job for a few months to save up for a course may seem like something that'll hold you back - but where it may instead catapult you forward far more quickly by having access to knowledgeable instructors and effective resources. Not all expensive courses are worthwhile of course, but I myself spent 15 months working a mind-numbing job in order to save money to take courses in person at Concept Design Academy, and I do not regret it for a second. Sure, I could have gotten way more mileage in during that time on my own, but the guidance of those instructors was invaluable, expensive as it was, and it did make a huge difference. The 15 months of working + 6 months of classes helped me achieve what might have taken many years on my own."

Basically it boils down to, get a job to pay for your art education which is an alternative to piracy. But again, think about if this is even feasible for your situation.

2:21 PM, Monday January 16th 2023
edited at 3:38 PM, Jan 16th 2023

Actually at this point all I can say I , thank you.

I have actually picked drawing just for the sake of just bringing my imagination to life both by drawing and animating. The free plan which I discussed with you a while back will help to provide a boost to draw a simple characters ( and I am happy with it, NOT satisfy).

Moreover I am neither working towards nor expecting to look for an art job in big AAA companies.

So to manage time to do part time job to get paid art education is a little impossible.( Thanks for advice anyways ????)

With a little bit of knowledge about drawing character and after looking a bit of basic of animation , I will try to post it on social media ( of course not doing silly animation but cool fight scenes either from imagination or from manga like OPM )something thing this

(Don't take it too seriously, I know it's a work of professional from a professional place )

Or I could illustrate emotions like Sam does art or can do fan arts

I will also look to create an audience with my stand alone artwork to do commission , talking with other artists like you , critiquing and all that good stuffs)

Till then I have to manage to remain standing in the wind called ART. And side by side have to complete my studies .

Wishing you a good health ????

edited at 3:38 PM, Jan 16th 2023
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