TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...FROM JOE MADUREIRAHere's some of the most amazing and invaluable advice you'll most-likely ever get from one of my good colleagues and legends in comics/gaming, creator JOE MADUREIRA. It's what i've been preaching to you aspiring artists since i arrived on DA, but i think his POV says it perfectly:TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...FROM JOE MADUREIRA by LeSeanThomas
*WARNING: SOME MATURE LANGUAGE*
"DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST?
Or a successful WORKING PROFESSIONAL?
Believe it or not there is a difference. I'm not usually a soapbox type guy, I don't like instructing people, and I think I'm a terrible teacher. But hey, it's Friday and I'm in a strange mood. So here goes:
I've noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: "Where should I go to school?" "What classes should I take?" "What should I study for anatomy?" "What pencils and paper do you use?" "Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?" "How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?" "When
I like to read comic books, watch anime, study martial arts and draw. A few years ago I picked up writing and haven't stopped yet. |
I use to draw all the time when I was in my teens my work even resembled that of Rob Liefeld in my prime. Unfortunately and regrettably I threw away all my old work with an exception to a few.
Now Many years later I am picking up the pencil again for therapeutic reasons. With a lot more practice I would like get better at this craft since it is something I like so much. Right now I am aiming for an animated version of Arthur Adams and Chris Bachelo mixed together for my art style.