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  • Question: Good Afternoon Bret ,I wanted to ask another question, if it doesn't bother you. What do you do when you feel stuck, because I have this periods (each week to be precise ) when I just cant draw, even a single line, the pencil or the brush doesn't move, no matter how hard I try to do something, my arm cant move and its impossible for me to draw. Do you have this trouble? and if you do, How do you deal with it? Thank you so much for your time again :) - kitsunekei1
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    2dbean:

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    Well it sounds like your body and mind are telling you that a recharge is in order.  If you can’t find the will to draw at that moment, don’t.  I Take moments to recharge.  I’ll read a chapter from a book, pick up a comic, listen to some music.  Just Zone out for a moment.  I’ll buy an audiobook and go for a long walk. Feel the earth beneath my feet but for gods sakes I DO NOT SURF THE INTERNET! 

    It’s a time suck and a waste of creative moods.  You’d be surprised by how much silly time we keep from ourselves by clicking and scrolling incessantly.  And yes, I know that people get inspired by the internet and look at art and blah blah blah….  Whatever…… I believe It’s just hard to have full thoughts or problem solving ideas when you’re constantly bombarded with imagery, sounds, and clickity clacks…..

    On the professional side we sometimes don’t get that luxury.  But I still step away or problem solve the issue mentally.  I come up with a plan to attack the problem, take a coffee break, then dive back in because it’s got a deadline.  Deadlines force decisions. 

    If it’s for a client.  No excuse, just do it.  Don’t miss your deadlines.  In a professional setting, it’s more important in my opinion and the opinion of almost every client I’ve ever had.  Power through that.

    But if I have the time, the stopping and thinking about the issue helps.  That’s when I feel most creative and thoughtful.  When my brain is relaxed and refueled, I usually come up with something to start with when I get back to the drawing table.

    It happens from time to time.  I just try to be inspired by something new.  Just the other day I started riffing on a story idea merely because something happened on my walk and I started making stuff up to fit the scenario.  It’s not just about getting art on paper.  Being creative is important and breaks are too.  That works most of the time for me.

    But if it’s not working out, taking a break and refocusing is better than beating yourself up.  Also think about the last time you truly vacationed from your job.  If you, like me, turned your favorite hobby into a career, you need to step away from that and take a vacation.  If you haven’t had a week away from your art in a 2 year spread, do it.  It’s necessary.  Gain perspective, allow your hands to rest, and brain to take in more information about other vital things to you.

    Good luck, hope it helps

    Cheers,

    Bean

    Another great Advice from Brett Bean :)

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Lineup by Rene Cordova :)
Character by Barbara Caneppa

Color practice :)

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anatomy practice 

They look really good :) I will color the girl later

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Forestal King

I know you’ll not gonna belive me, this is a 15 minutes pen sketch XD I hace a Subway wagon full of witnesses of the time it took me XDXDX

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  • Question: Good morning Brett :) I wanted to ask you if you have any advice for practice gesture because I still have troubles to make them look fluid, thank you for your time. - kitsunekei1
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    2dbean:

    Practice gesture hmm?

    That’s tough as I am not there to see what you are doing but here’s I’ll attempt it and hopefully I’ll be able to point you at a place to start.

    1.  Long lines.  Start creating longer lines.  Even if they’re “wrong”  You’ll get more from the hand eye coordination then if you do the short little strokes over and over to create a long line (What I refer to as, “Pencil Masturbation”)  Use throw away paper.  Just make long sweeping marks.

    2.  Use a brush pen or charcoal.  You have to make deliberate decisions with these tools (for the most part)

    3.  Quit trying to make the “right line” and focus on making the line that has the feeling you wish to evoke.  Think of the lines in gesture as adjectives and not nouns. (it’s not the noun; “spine” you’re drawing, it’s “angry, slumped, tired, aggressive”)

    4.  Use your arm and not your wrist.  Fluidity is in the entire arm.  Wrists only get you so much movement.

    5.  Turn your pencil on it’s side and use it differently.  Break up how you currently work.

    6.  Realize that you’re making all these mistakes on purpose.  You are learning to get better.  Focus, try again, a ton.  Each time you do, you are slowly gaining knowledge, understanding, coordination, and confidence.  That’s what it’s really about.  It’s learning, seeing, and doing something that builds up yourself.  You start to trust yourself.  Gain confidence so you can attack that line and tell it who’s boss!

    7.  Don’t practice, produce.

    8.  No really…produce…..

    9.  Like a ton…..  lot’s of producing……

    10. and you’ll figure it out slowly over time. 

    Time and production = results

    Good luck

    Cheers,

    Bean

    A great advice from Brett Bean  :D

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Samurai elf WIP :)

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Water Shaman
Another good workshop I learned a lot  :) 

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Fairy-sketch

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Tankgirl quick doodle forma Sketch dailies good night :)

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My first assignment for the Taught by a pro courses Im taking, this one was create a pet for a painting company  XD