I tend to start working on an idea, then get another idea that I am more enthused about and start working on that without finishing the first. >.<' I also tend to go for projects that are way bigger than I can finish in a reasonable amount of time (this is especially problematic when I have to make something for arts class at school). Finally, I usually neglect working out ideas that would be more visually interesting (surreal) in favour of portraits/fanarts/comics, because the latter feel more 'meaningful' because they are based on something. This is a bit of a bad habit I think, because the more visually interesting pieces would be better art, especially if I would somehow manage to come up with a meaning for them.
1) I get a bit lazy with naming layers in Photoshop, though I at least remember to put layers in folders according to what part of the picture they're meant for. 2) I don't doodle as much as I should. I've gotten too obsessed with the idea of a finished product. 3) I'll occasionally try to add something that isn't really necessary because I feel like my work seems incomplete.
If you don't mind, samroxudont, I'd like to pass on some advice to you as well.
You don't need to work at huge resolutions considering the work you're doing is meant solely for publishing on the web. You could just work at a smaller size like 1000 to 2500 px but instead set your document to 300 ppi instead of 72 ppi (I'm assuming this is one of the problems you're having if you're making your canvases 10,000 px large). Then you can shrink a copy of the document down to 72 ppi once you have a finished product and save that as your final image. That way you'll have a smaller picture to upload while still having the original larger file to make edits to if you wish.
XD I actually don't use the pen tool because I have to make short, unrefined lines to resemble fur when I draw animals so I never really noticed the pen tool I didn't know you could draw using it ^^ thanks anyways
-messy linework -messy coloring too (although sometimes i like things colored in a messy way! but not messy lines, ugh.) -the hands i draw always look bad... i don't improve with hands... -adding too many things to my drawing to-do list because i can't resist, even though i know i don't have time... -i work pretty slowly, i think >___<
Arg! I have the 'messy lines' problem too T.T I think it's because I draw fur too much, and I get used to it, and I CAN NOT draw a single smooth line now, only small fluffy ones, so I'm not good at doing linearts I'll have to re-learn that
I have lots of bad habits... The most prominent one right now is lazyness, and lack of inspiration!
When I actually get to drawing: Rushing - wanting to get the drawing finished, before it really is. Background - Yeah, they're tedious! Giving up - more or less consciously. Some drawings just don't get finished, for some reason.
-Unintentionally smudging traditional art with the side of my hand (even though I'm right-handed) -Small canvases- too scared or too frugal to work on larger scale projects -Leaving sketch pages with one tiny drawing in the corner and nothing else -A year ago, I USED to feel helpless without the burn, dodge, and smudge tools- I AM OVER IT NOW AND SO SO SO GLAD -Less than ten layers (out of laziness) -Don't label all layers (lazyyyy) -Work extremely slow (distractions, redoing the sketch over and over, etc.) -Attempt to avoid hand and feet drawing by hiding them behind objects/other bodies/in pockets (also slowly getting over this) -90% projects don't make it past the sketching stage and I fail to upload even WIPs to motivate or obligate finishing
A lot of the time I'm very busy with school-related projects that I don't get to finish my 'self' projects. It's pretty discouraging. Other times, I'm in a mixed mood and I will draw for hours and hours into the night to the next day, but never upload or finish them for whatever reason!
That is a very bad habit indeed. Although I've been told the great Picasso would usually make multiple paintings a week, like really a lot, and then burn most of them at the end of it... So hope isn't lost yet
Since I usually like doing the lineart the least, I'll often end up sitting with a finished sketch, and erasing lines just to draw them again... That makes no sense whatsoever. I also do that thing with several layers for lineart (when drawing digitally), more because I think it's easier that way. I tend to relocate or change some things, so it makes it a whole lot easier like that. :'3
I'm a painter so to a certain extent I can simply paint right over errors, the starting over again is usually when something has gone beyond the original concept and it annoys me to a point where I'd rather just do something new.
I rush, I give up too easy, and sometimes I get so caught up drawing one particular aspect of the picture that I don't bother to check how it relates to the rest of it. (Which leads to a lot of "Fuck, I drew her hand too big" moments.)
I'm too detail-oriented. I forget the big picture and fill in all the details I can as soon as I can. That's why so few of my sketches get uploaded- most are rejects bound to never be thought of again.