Oh I’m just someone who really likes art a lot and thinks it’s rad as all get out.Ahh thank you thank you. And hmm here’s the forums I post at all of them I have ran into some really nice people:
But it seems Facebook is a great way to talk to other concept artists. There is:
Also just hang around livestreams as well, personally I enjoy working alongside others.
Keep in mind most artists are working artists and it’s hard to keep heavy contact with other folks. Me for example, I’m always working. It’s hard enough for me to spend time with people in the flesh to draw along side them. The best thing I can do is just invite people over and have a sort of “work party” of us just getting our work done and someone opts to fix food. Just enjoy the magical times you get to talk to others and always wish the best for them.
Balancing work and practice is tough. I’m a freelance so my work ebbs and flows. Right now I’m juggling 4 freelance jobs so my schedule is really tight. No real time for practice but I can watch lectures on the side. But when I do have free time I make sure to practice where I can. It’s fun and just a good way to experiment with either workflow, style, or something you been hankering on messing with. Work is work, but with practice try and make it fun. Also don’t get discouraged when the painting doesn’t go your way. That’s great! It means you still have a lot to learn and the weakness is obvious and now you have goals. The worst feeling is you want to improve but you don’t know how so your kind of floundering about.
Also the most important thing I stress to EVERYONE. Is if you want people to know you. Post your work. Post it everywhere. Post it on CGHub, make a separate Facebook name to post your work under, if you want to separate your career from your personal life. Make an instagram account, push yourself to do traditional doodles when you have time. Make a tumblr: post on it. Twitter has a lot of art collabs on it. I’m in the League of Legends, One Piece, DragonBall, and Kill La Kill collab. Instagram links up to twitter and tumblr. Do not be shy. Though don’t be imposing and aggressive and ask people to look at your work. If people ask, link your work. If not, no sweat just enjoy the conversation your having with the person. This may sound silly but you have no idea how much artists get spammed on facebook ” HEY CAN YOU LIKE MY PAGE??” and they have had no prior conversation with them. Don’t do that. Don’t feel entitled to an another persons time, especially if they are a stranger. It’s weird how people think this way. That people are automatically friends because they both do the same thing. That is really silly. Just let friendships happen casually.
Crits is a weird area where you again you don’t want to be imposing or really aggressive but you do want to ask for them. Asking openly when you post a piece is probably the best way to go. Honestly, feel it out! I know my friends are always super busy but when I ask it’s something along the lines of ” Hey man, do you have time to give me a crit?” Just keep it casual.
I strong armed my shy wife into posting his work more and he thanks me for it everyday. He’s gotten better and his workflow much more frequent then before. For some reason, posting your work more publically and around other artists you feel this pressure to work harder and more frequently. Because everyone else is.
Sorry if this is long and rambly. I hope this helps!