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For this journal entry I don't really have any answers. But now that I'm back into painting I've grown increasingly frustrated with my own skills. Sure, I keep improving, technically, but there's something missing that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps I'm being overly self-critical, but I do feel rather stuck. Perhaps that's why I keep redoing old pieces instead of coming up with new ones.

Writing-wise, I know that I can come up with somewhat original ideas. I know how to take stories and plots and make them my own. While it's far from perfect, I feel like I know what I need to improve it. 

With painting... not so much. Some of my "art" feels boring. Some feels dull. Like I'm just going through the motions. With some exceptions they're just paintings. Not art, necessarily. Lifeless. And yet I cannot pinpoint exactly what is wrong. Is it the colours? The poses? The background? The composition? The character itself? Is it too static? I can see it in other people's art, but I just... Ugh. It feels as if I'm facing a wall that I need to get past, but I don't know how to do that. Sometimes I think I do, but it turns out to be wrong.

So I'm turning to you guys for help. How do you make your art go from "meh" to "wow"? I'm not thinking of technical skill here, though that of course plays a huge role in it, but that other ingredient that's far more subtle. Do you know of any tutorials or advice somewhere on the internet? Is there something that worked for you? I've googled, of course, but it's hard to find any good advice.

Any input or help would be greatly appreciated!
  • Mood: Frustrated
Every other weekend, I host a Saturday Snippet on my art blog, which you can find here. It's a post where I and whoever wants to join in, share snippets, excerpts or short quotes from our writing at various stages of completion. It can be whatever you are working on at the moment, something from older stories, something you have written for the purpose of sharing, or just random beginnings/story quotes that you have lying around.

So far it has mostly been me and one of my writing friends. We would very much like others to join us! A little extra exposure never hurts, right? I will read and comment on every snippet/quote that is posted :)

What to do:
First, check out the post for this week's snippet. Post your own snippet on your blog/website/dA journal or gallery (make sure to link back to the original post so that your readers also can participate). Add a link to your entry in the linkup at the bottom of the blog post so that I and others can find it, and voila! You're done.

If you can't participate this week, there will be a new opportunity on the 14th of February.

And yes, I know that today is Sunday, but I did not have time to post it yesterday because of a deadline.
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Star wars soundtrack
  • Reading: Beautiful Creatures
Witch queen close-up by Ciuva
Witch queen close-up
This is a close-up of the following deviation:
Witch queen remake by Ciuva
This again is the finished version of this: Witch queen remake WIP
And the original is here: E Foen Eiunei
It turns out that I have painted this character quite a few times before, most notably here: 
Queen of the Marshes redone by Ciuva
Which again is a remake of this: Queen of the Marshes (which is such an early picture that you don't really need to see it...)
Apparently she is quite a bit of a chameleon ;) But then again she's a witch, so she could probably change her appearance too. Though reading the descriptions I wrote at the time I keep changing my mind whether or not this is the same character or not. Possibly not, since the Forest is not marshland.

What do you think?
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Witch queen remake by Ciuva
Witch queen remake
Look, a background! I couldn't quite decide between the forest and her castle, so it became a sort of weird hybrid, I guess. At least it's something.

This is a remake of this:
E Foen Eiunei by Ciuva

Quite the difference, except that I still struggle with drawing clothes. Perhaps not so strange since I've almost only drawn faces for the past few years...

In Mearan, a continent on my constructed world, there are several magical forests, which function as safe havens for persons, creatures or species that might otherwise be hunted or threatened, or who might be dangerous if running loose elsewhere. There are dangerous magical creatures, monsters, humans, elves or other human-like creatures, there are rare animals and so on. But the forests themselves are dangerous too, particularly to outsiders. Each of them has a Guardian, who not only looks after the inhabitants, but also keeps an eye on the outside world. 
One such Guardian is Rhevôin, who is a powerful sorceress, and who came there for refuge herself. She is not overly fond of people, and is a ruthless and highly protective ruler. Her forest - a dark and frightening place if you're an outsider - is full of dark magic and dangerous inhabitants, so she needs to be. I once wrote a story where the protagonist had to enter her forest and steal back something. It did not go well. 
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Brunette sketch by Ciuva
Brunette sketch
This was a sketch I found on my harddrive, and which I randomly continue working on now and then. I've felt like I've made it worse and worse every time I've worked on it, so after three attempts over a long period of time I decided to call it a day. Might as well just upload it to scraps.
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For this journal entry I don't really have any answers. But now that I'm back into painting I've grown increasingly frustrated with my own skills. Sure, I keep improving, technically, but there's something missing that I can't pinpoint. Perhaps I'm being overly self-critical, but I do feel rather stuck. Perhaps that's why I keep redoing old pieces instead of coming up with new ones.

Writing-wise, I know that I can come up with somewhat original ideas. I know how to take stories and plots and make them my own. While it's far from perfect, I feel like I know what I need to improve it. 

With painting... not so much. Some of my "art" feels boring. Some feels dull. Like I'm just going through the motions. With some exceptions they're just paintings. Not art, necessarily. Lifeless. And yet I cannot pinpoint exactly what is wrong. Is it the colours? The poses? The background? The composition? The character itself? Is it too static? I can see it in other people's art, but I just... Ugh. It feels as if I'm facing a wall that I need to get past, but I don't know how to do that. Sometimes I think I do, but it turns out to be wrong.

So I'm turning to you guys for help. How do you make your art go from "meh" to "wow"? I'm not thinking of technical skill here, though that of course plays a huge role in it, but that other ingredient that's far more subtle. Do you know of any tutorials or advice somewhere on the internet? Is there something that worked for you? I've googled, of course, but it's hard to find any good advice.

Any input or help would be greatly appreciated!
  • Mood: Frustrated

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Catrine
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Norway
I'm a linguist who currently works as a secretary and teacher, as well as studying part-time. I am an aspiring novelist, and when I'm not writing, painting, drawing or photographing I do Irish dancing, run three blogs, go running, play the guitar, sing, dabble in conlanging and conworlding, read or spend altogether too much time in coffee shops.
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Thanks for the fav!Hug 
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LaviMay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave!!!
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Beljordan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the fav. :) Hug
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LaviMay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave!!!
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strumpbyxor Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the fav! :happybounce: 
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! You have a LOT of lovely art :D :D
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strumpbyxor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
As do you!! I wish I had even just a fraction of your talent La la la la 
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CommanderZomelster Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank u so much for the watch, I'M REALLY GLAD ÇuÇ
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Ciuva Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Looking forward to see your art and your progress :)
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jenc Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fav and watch!!! I hope I can continue to make art that you enjoy seeing!! :happy: Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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