It sounds simple, it sounds corny, but every successful artist has had the discipline to buckle down and persevere. But you know, some of us have taken those words to heart time after time, persevering for years on end, and ultimately have had little to show for it. “You should celebrate the improvements you did make!” “Everyone improves at their own pace!” Good advice, but it rings empty as you watch your peers and even your juniors surpass you in skill. You’ve been walking for so long, yet your eyes can no longer see a goal; it is obscured by the clouds of dust of everyone passing you by.
"If you want to improve, just draw." I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it. Let’s change it a little. "Lesson number one: If you want to reach your destination, start walking." Rivers and mountains will surely impede your path, but as long as you are moving, you will reach your goal. So alongside your fellow travelers, you begin your journey. With sweat and tears, you’ve managed to climb a ways up; you’re not sure exactly how far you’ve come, but- what’s this?! When did your fellow travelers get so far? And weren’t those people behind you just a moment before? You furiously continue to climb, but they only get further and further away. Disheartened and embarrassed, you decide to postpone the rest of your journey.
If you had shifted your eyes from their backs to their feet, you would have noticed something: they were walking on the path while you were scaling the rocks. Only, you were too frantic about your increasing distances to notice. “Lesson number two: At any time on your journey, make sure you are walking in the right direction and on the right path.” In other words, discipline is not only the tenacity to continue walking, but also the observance to see how and where to walk. If your past efforts have been spent in vain, it may have been due to your own incompetence, but stop to consider that instead your effort may have been spent inefficiently.
"Each drawing, even doodles, will make you better!" Have you been taking time to see what you did wrong? Where will you improve next time, and what are your plans? Only a fool repeats the same thing and expects different results. "Don’t compare your art with others." Certainly, don’t let their progress hinder yours. But to then turn your face away as if you had nothing to learn is simply arrogance! Your work will hardly improve if it persists inside a vacuum. If you can see greatness, seize it! Look at their drawing and try to imagine how they went about it. What pleases you about their drawing? Why? If it were your own, how would you improve it? You could even bookmark as a reference until you can proudly say you’ve surpassed it. How often do you even check the references you’ve gathered? Once a week? Once every two weeks? Do you even remember what the cover of the reference book you kept looks like? In other words, have you been stumbling around while ignoring the road signs all around you?
As you can see, proper discipline permeates everything you do. It is ingrained in the very way you think. Many lack the willpower to even begin, so we tell them, “Just Draw!” But to those of you who are already on your way, we expect, “Keep Thinking!” Everyone has their own methods for improving, and what may work for one person may not work for you. However, they each have a method, and they stem from the same concepts. To some, they come naturally. They make these observations as if they were common sense and don’t consider it an actual method. To those who have traveled long and yet not far: this is not you. You must train your mind to do so. Discipline is another skill in itself, and like all skills, it has to be learned, one day, one month, one year at a time.
Once you’ve first planted your feet on firm ground, then continue walking.
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Hata no Kokoro
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LUCHO, BUEN GUSTO EN MONSTRUOS!
In both terms of ability and design, I absolutely love Relinquished. Like, just look at it, straight up beast fiend, ready to jack that nice Axe of Despair-equipped Summoned Skull or Curse of Vampire, at the cost of a simple convenient Ritual Spell.
unmovinggreatlibrary said: Did it do what I think it did?
GAHAHAHA NO NO, OH GOODNESS, I don’t even know that blog’s url or anything, nor do I want to.
It would have been outrageously Murphy if that had happened, though.
look at her full body tho