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REALLY need some direction...

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DeltaVega Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hello, this is my first thread I've ever posted and it's for good reason. I am really stuck in deciding which way I want to go with my art. I am almost never satisfied with the things I come up with and it is so hard not to look at my favorite artists' work.

My main problem though is I can't decide to take on comic book style or realism? I feel that I'm a little better at realism, but feel more passion/satisfaction towards comic book style. It's so much harder though.

I can never figure out what it is exactly that makes my drawings not look as good as others. I don't know any artists personally, so I can't talk to them. I need help :/
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Check out Moebius AKA Jean Giraud, especially his Blueberry strip. Even his very far out fantasy sci-fi work is done in a relatively realistic style.
The beauty of art & comics is while there may be styles/trends...there are no absolutes. There's always a point where people start to want something different. Whatever happened to Travis Charest? I loved his stuff, but he seems to have dropped off the face of the (art) world.
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weremole Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There is no standard "comic book style". I don't see the problem here. Draw whatever you want, learn from everything you like and let things congeal into how YOU want to draw.
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Vineris Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you can't decide, don't. Just do whatever seems best at the time. Cross training is good, different approaches teach you different skills. Eventually one or the other will seem superior and that's what you'll spend most of your time on. Or you'll decide you like both. Or you will discover a third thing you go totally nuts over. That's why it's best to not worry too much -- these things sort themselves out.

"I am almost never satisfied with the things I come up with"

Good Lord, that's practically a basic requirement for being an artist. If you were satisfied with the things you came up with you would soon become bored and go off to play the guitar or something. Artists run on dissatisfaction. It keeps us moving forward, looking for better ways to do stuff.
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DeltaVega Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Haha I'm beginning to notice the dissatisfaction trend. I just want that confidence, I know it won't come easy. It just seems like it'll never come sometimes. I also hate when you do really good and then you can't suddenly argh! It's not even consistent! But thanks, I'm gonna stay on it and try to draw everyday even if only a little a day. Before this thread, I had no desire to draw and now I do! It's much appreciated, you guys are awesome.
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Jade-Abarai-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
why not combine both styles together?
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DeltaVega Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've thought of this, you can see in my other reply my issues with it. Also, I find it really hard to know where to draw the line between the two. For example how much realism and how much comic book to apply? Take noses for instance, it starts to look really funky if the nose is too detailed, you know?
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Jade-Abarai-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that is true with nose's, have you looked at some of the marvel comics, they are realistic yet and still very stylized
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DeltaVega Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes! That's pretty much what I'm aiming for...a Jim Lee type of thing, but I don't want to copy verbatim as people say that's bad to do when developing as an artist. But how do you break away from what you want? Lol It's kind of hard. I'm not a fan of styles that have extremely unnatural anatomy at all, I don't like cartoony. So I stick to what I like, but I don't want my work to be based off someone elses...ugh
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Jade-Abarai-Kat Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i feel you. I would just experiment with different style that you have see and then as you study those you can take what you have learned and create what feels right for you
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Trueform Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bear in mind that you don't have to stick to just one style. Even though it does make more sense to focus your time and effort, if you're a versatile artist and able to do many different styles you will see some benefits from that. As for not being satisfied, I know what you mean; I'm my own worst critic. It's best to expect a little bit of that because that's how you improve, it happens to everyone. Just try to learn something from each new drawing and remember no drawing is ever pointless. It's all practise.

Finding your own style is difficult. I personally would advise you to work with the method you find the most fun; the more fun you have, the more art you will do and your enjoyment will shine through to your work. Have you though of experimenting in a middle distance between realism and comic book style as a compromise? :)
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