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Breaking out of comfort zones.

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lilmissann Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you get out of a your "artistic" comfort zone? I mean, of course you can just draw something that you normally wouldn't, but does your fear get in the way of you branching out and trying new things?
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Your fear only gets in the way if you let it.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, it is acting in spite of fear.

And yes, to get out of your comfort zone, you just do something you have not done before, or even do something you normally do in a difernt technique or style.
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lilmissann Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My biggest hinderance is myself. I definitely know what I need to change.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Don't you think that if you even entertain the notion of a "comfort zone", fear plays into your art life? Certainly plays into mine. I find even a small step, a minor alteration in how I approach something gets me out of my comfort zone. I usually contemplate whatever it is I'm, going to try...essentially visualizing how it's going to work for a good long time...then go for it. Somehow in my mind...by visualizing it for a while, by the time I actually do it, I feel like I've done it before...so...I guess I'm in a not-so-uncomfortable-zone.
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lilmissann Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good idea, baby steps. :)
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Find an artistic prompt that you think is boring, corny, or otherwise totally not worth your time. Then do it anyway, but make it creative.

I wrote a story for a the last round of a writing contest. The prompt was "Write a story about you, the author, interacting with your characters." My first thought (and apparently a lot of other people's first thought) was obviously "Some crazy weird magic happens, and the characters either appear in the real world, or I, the author, get transported into the story. Everybody goes WHOA! and we deal with it." Kind of boring and definitely done before.

Then I thought of something more creative and wrote this: [link]
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
When I was younger my comfort zone wasn't because I was afraid but because it was what I liked doing, possibly because it was easy. But at school I did different things because drawing anime didn't quite pass when you were meant to be doing a realistic self portrait or such.

I always enjoyed the duality of it, like Art for School was serious, and the Anime scribblings was just for me. So I never really pushed myself with my personal work but I did with my school work. My difficulty now as a professional out of school is reconciling the two halves of me to create on unified front, which is happening slowly XD

I think the main thing for me now (that uni bashed into me) was not being precious with your work and accepting sometimes shit looks bad or goes wrong. That doesn't mean you're a crap artist, it usually means you tried something new and haven't perfected it yet. You just have to think "well that didn't work. Why? And how do I make it work? Let's try something else." not "oh it failed I give up". I enjoy the process of failing and sketching and working out the final image more than the image itself sometimes. 

In the end "it's just paper" and you don't have to show anyone if you don't want to, so what is there to be afraid of, embarrassment? No one will see it. And esp if you're a digital drawer you don't even waste paper if you screw up! You don't even have to save the file!

I screw up several drawings a day but every time I screw up I learn something not to do, and the more you know not to do the more you're narrowing down how the right way to do it for you is.
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lilmissann Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very true. Sometimes when I'm sketching in my sketchbook, I rip out pages I'm embarrassed of. Which makes no sense really because no one else is going to see it, but me. But I feel like even just mindlessly sketching I have a hard time letting loose and just going with it. I have too high standards even then.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I started painting over those sketches with white paint then drawing on the paint, or covering it with some paper glued on top etc.

It kind of gives extra meaning to the new drawing because I know what's underneath but no one else does.
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lilmissann Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an interesting way to do it.
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sometimes I use masking tape because it's kind of transparent so if it's anatomy flaws and such you can just draw over them that way.

Some of my pages have chunks cut out and filled in with other things. It's just paper after all and if I end up scanning it to clean up it doesn't need to be perfect anyway.
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