Sunday, August 6, 2017

Practicing daily to improve!?

To implement art in your daily schedule can be quite tough. Especially if, like me, you are working full time - and that not as a professional artist!

There are advice out there, that it's of course possible to improve in your own art, if you just spend 5 to 10 minutes on it each day. But I find that kind of debatable. Any time spend on art is better than none. But in these few minutes, what can you really do? You make basic and quick sketches, or start with an idea, just to leave it to continue for the next day. And on the next day, your very idea might be different again! It might be enough to build up a daily habit, and gradually the time might increase, or actually decrease, depending on the daily life schedules. 

Unfortunately, there is no definite saying on how much time someone takes to improve in drawing - or painting. It depends on the dedication, skill, knowledge, practice and passion that already lies behind it. Also on the way you practice,  the mediums you use, your goals and probably much more. 

All I can say is that, for me, it usually goes that way:
 I get an idea, sit down and make a rough sketch or think about it in my mind for a long time on how it should look like. Then, I have a few evenings where I make a drawing, and eventually decide what kind of medium to use, whether ink, colored pencils, watercolors... and then it takes as long as it does to finish it - usually also over the course of several evenings, or on a weekend. All in all, my artworks have about 10-12 hrs of work for each, made within 1-2 weeks. 
And yet, I see again and again, that I should take more time for it, that I should use more references, need more skills with the colors, and should be drawing more in general! For example, always keeping an sketch book with me on the go. And no doubt many people have these thoughts in mind too - after all, we could always do more and better and improve even more! (Oh, the perfectionism kicks in and will never leave...ever...)

Maybe instead of asking 'How much do I have to draw/ paint daily to improve?' it is more important to ask 'How much can I draw/paint and still have fun with what I am doing?' When you are not enjoying what you do, obviously you will not improve so easily. If art is a hobby, it surely shouldn't become a chore where you think 'Ah, I want to become that good as well, I have to sit down everyday now to paint for 3 hours'. While for some this might actually work, when the passion for art is just too big, for others it is just fine to draw whenever they feel like it, for how long they feel like it. And even for professional artists, surely it is much easier if its not a daily chore but something to be enjoyed and something you WANT to do the whole day! 

In the end, it is sometimes hard for us to accept that there are always better and worse artists (whether professional or not), artists who spend more time for an artwork, or less. Since we usually tend to compare ourselves to others, this is often a point where the wants to improve are rising up in the first place. And it can be difficult to stop criticizing our own artwork. But what matters is that seeing others artworks motivates you to keep going and to practice, but in a way and schedule you yourself enjoy! You have to draw your own shoes, not those of someone else.

2002 or so...


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Why the vs. in traditional and digital art?

Drawing on most of my free evenings, and loving art, I also love seing other peoples artworks!

Because of this, recently the topic of traditional and digital art came onto my mind, a lot. Most of the digital artworks I come across are visually stunning. I wish I could do this! And maybe I could, but for me, it is just not appealing to sit in front of a screen in my free time. On the other side, with Chennai's summer heat, this would be easier.

digital art
traditional art

In my eyes, digital art is fast advancing, and became a very important part in art and creative industries. By now, there are even AI and software that paint on their own!

While digital art is so appealing, there are also some points, that might be drawbacks to some, and plus points for others.

For example:

  • Some say, in digital art the 'soul' of the creator isn't there, you can't see the artists character and emotions, as he/she actually never really touched their works with their hand. Some even say that digital art isn't real! But isn't it also the thoughts, ideas and overall impressions that show us about the artist? A novel wouldn't be any less real if typed on a computer or written by hand. We are in a digital age, and of course it has also effects on any kind of arts. Maybe one day, it even can fulfill our desire to 'touch' and feel with our own hands.
  • But, it gives a lot of features that traditional art doesn't have. You can have layers, change sizes easily, make special effects, patterns are done fast, and so on. And, you can erase your mistakes without a trace! On traditional artwork, depending on the medium, it might be anything from easy to impossible. But many things that are learned and taught in traditional arts, are needed for digital arts as well. The way light and shadows work, colour theories, anatomy... it is needed for both.
  • In the end, most artist use both, I guess. There are so many that sketch and draw per hand, just to scan it in or make a photo. For some that's enough, others colour and paint their creations using digital software. And others, make everything digitally, without even touching any paper!
  • Whenever new media became popular, the old ones were afraid to disappear. It was the case with hand written and printed books, ebooks, desktop computers and laptops, art and photography, wood, plastic and electronic toys and the list goes on. Yet, all of it still exists, side by side! 

In the end, we can all be lucky to be able to chose our favorite type of arts, and to use whatever medium that is available to us. Be it pen and paper, sticks and sand, a camera or tablet. No matter what we use, in the end many people, have an urge and need to be creative, and it is that creative process that counts, not whether the tools were 'traditional' or 'modern'. 

Here are some more inputs and thoughts about the topic:

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's been a busy year, and very silent one for me on the online word...but I've been drawing a lot, here are some examples!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Diwali!

Diwali is the "festival of light", and shows the victory of light over darkness. Usually there is a lot of cleaning, and then decoration and lights and fireworks and celebrating and exchanging gifts. There is also a lot of shopping for gifts involved, which strangely makes me think that it is similar to christmas, but it isn't, aside from "the business".

Each state in India is celebrating it differently, and also at slightly different times/ days, so here's a little excerpt about Diwali in Tamil Nadu:

"Known as Deepavali (தீபாவளி) in Tamil Nadu (தீப + ஒளி = தீப ஒளி meaning lamp lights), it commemorates the death of Narakasuraat the hands of Lord Sri Krishna. It is believed that Narakasura, a malevolent demon, tortured common people and they prayed to lord Krishna to defeat him. The people then celebrated Narakasura's defeat with sparklers, lights and firecrackers. This celebration has continued down the generations as Deepavali. In Tamil Nadu, Diwali falls on the 14th day preceding the amavasya (new moon) in the solar month ofAippasi.The day begins with an early morning oil bath, wearing new clothes, bursting of firecrackers, visiting Lord Ganesha, Lord Vishnu and Shiva temples. The exchange of sweets between neighbours, visiting relations, and preparing Deepavali special sweets are traditions of the day.
Typical Deepavali celebrations begin with waking up early in the morning, before sun rise, followed by an oil-bath. The bathing tradition involves extensive massaging of warm til-oil containing pepper corns and betel leaves. New clothes are typically worn as a part of celebrations. After the bath, a home-made medicine known as "Deepavali Lehiyam" is consumed, which is supposed to aid in soothing digestive problems that may ensue due to feasting that occurs later in the day. Sparklers, firecrackers and lights are used extensively, much like the rest of the world where Deepavali is celebrated. Though the rest of the country celebrates Diwali traditionally on an amavasya day, Tamil Nadu will celebrate it on the preceding day, Naraka Chaturdashi. In Tamil Nadu, Diwali is calculated when chaturdashi prevails during sunrise, precisely at 4am-6am. If chaturdashi prevails after 6am it is not considered. For example, if chaturdashi tithi begins at 2:30 pm the preceding day and ends at 1pm next day, the next day will be celebrated as Diwali. Contrary to the rest of the nation, diyas are not lit on the night of diwali. Lamps are lit on the night of Karthikai Deepam, in the Tamil solar month of Karthikai." ->Wikipedia

Anyway, I am pretty much settled in Chennai and finally got around to arrange and decorate my room (own desk, yay!), and it's hard to believe that I am here since 4 months already. Life keeps me busy, but still, at least I try to keep everyone posted...

Saturday, August 30, 2014

We all came from the sea

"I am the ocean,
I am the sea,
There is a world inside of me."

The waves which dash along the shore are,
one by one, broken,but the ocean conquers nevertheless.
In like manner, what ever the struggle of individuals,
the great cause will gather strength.
Lord Byron

Friday, August 15, 2014

Indian Independence Day

Today are two special days...Why two?
Well, first one is the name day for those who are called Miriam.....which means the rebell/ untamed, oh yeah!

And the second one is....the Indian Independence Day. So how come that it is on this day and not any other?

Well, it is the 67th time now. The first time was on 15th 1947, because on this day India gained Independence from United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland, after an non violent independence movement led by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

But I guess everyone is interested in learning more of it, should read through the following sites...

Indian Independence Day
India Independence Day 2
Indian Independence Movement