Bad drawings and conclusions

in OCD7 months ago

I was playing around with Krita again last night as I had an image in my head that I think would be pretty good, but I ,don't have the touch for the execution - same old issues. It is annoying to visualize it with so much clarity and not have the skills required to accomplish the vision, but part of the problem is that I haven't practiced with any intention.. pretty much ever. I have always just drawn when and how I feel like it without putting any thought into the development of the skill or trying to achieve a particular look. It is a super lazy approach, but since I am never likely to rely on my "art" to earn a living, I don't have a great deal of incentive to do anything more than enjoy what I do, regardless of the result.

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This is the basic concept without getting anywhere close to the form I imagined. I will give it another attempt later.

However.

I do want to put some work up around the house when it is closer to completion and I am pretty picky with what I put on the walls as what is hanging becomes part of the influencing environment that affects our thoughts and behaviors and has a big impact on our preferences. This means that through our surroundings, we get primed to make decisions that move us in a narrower direction.

There are many points that illustrate this and one that I mention from time to time is surrounding ourselves with catalogs and junk mail advertising that influence us into becoming discontent with what we have and wanting something new, a couch, a computer, a TV or some other consumable. But there are other things in the home that direct attention and direction too, like whether things are in order, or if one has to step over or around objects.

Small factors change the flow of our movements and our mind, which is why I think it is important to intentionally surround ourselves with what brings out our best. This doesn't mean only populating our conscious with what we like, but also the things that challenge us and make us stretch our skillset to strengthen and improve.

I believe that the best approach in this is like cross-training, where rather than focusing only directly on where we want to get better, we can include surrounding activity and influence that pushes our base outward and can increase the height of the pinnacle, our real focus. But there is more to it than that also, as when we are including a wider range of stimulus, we could find that there are points that grab our attention and take us off on a tangent or, influence the way we approach our focal point - it gives us perspective.

As said above, i think our home environment influences our thinking and behavior a great deal so the "design" of it is important. After all, we spend a massive amount of time in the place we lay our head and possibly far more now due to the impacts of imposed Covid-19 restrictions. "Design" doesn't mean designer though, it means that we create our space with intention and if we really know ourselves, we are able to make small adjustments to our homes to improve our our process and therefore, improve our outcomes.

I assume that even while you are reading this, you could look around wherever you are and identify several things that are "out of place" or could be better positioned. It could be something little like dirty dishes on the sink or a cluttered table, which begs the question as to why we don't take care of these things and why we leave them until they actually annoy us enough to do something about them. It is a pretty good sign of the influence they have, as if for example something gets messy enough to to do something about, a little mess will likely influence us also.

We all want some kinds of results in our lives, but if we aren't even willing to take care of our home environment, what are the chances we are going to put in the effort in areas that are far less personal and potentially, far more uncomfortable to deal with. While there is plenty outside of our control, our processes are critical and when we act with intention to develop them, we are better able to also identify what isn't working for us.

I come across a lot of people in my interactions who want one thing, but act toward another result entirely - Many of who feel that they are working toward their goals. This will generally result in people not accomplishing what they want to, but feeling they did all the work necessary, often ending in them feeling somewhat bitter and resentful. Working hard for what one wants is really only successful when the work done is the right actions to get there - otherwise it is "busy work" and will fill the space and burn the energy, but get nowhere.

I don't know what kind of space you have in your home and how it influences you, but I think that no human is immune to the influence of surroundings, so paying some attention to where, how and with whom we spend our time is likely going to have an effect on our results.

We reflect our surroundings, we are what we eat - quality matters.

Taraz
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BTW, it is uncomfortable and I dislike putting my drawings here - but that is part of the improvement process for me.

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Your proportions and understanding of human musculature here are very good. Better than where most people start. I notice this in your photography as well, as you've got a good way of doing your composition.

What can be improved in this image is the composition and flow to add more drama to the image. The winged figure on the top should be higher.

I've done a quick massacre of this in Photoshop to explain what I mean.

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You've got a good understanding of the way the leading lines work in the image, but the next step (if you build more detail) is to also use light and colour to guide the eye through the composition.

Some basic facts that you can then apply:

  • The human eye tends to the brightest spot first.
  • Make that bright spot an arrow.
  • WHen you get to the conclusion of that natural arrow, have a slightly darker spot, with another arrow
  • Repeat, and you'll tell your narrative, and instruct the human eye to look at the image in a sequence, which will enable you to ensure a clean reading of the image, and your intent with each person who looks at it.

Please let me know if you want further critiques of this stuff. Don't ever be nervous about sharing art. Art is always a deeply personal thing. I'm not here to judge, I'm here to share my knowledge and expertise with you and anyone else that wants it.

If not, tell me to go away - or, you will know how to track me down on discord. :)

The concept would actually be this:

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  • Central explosion, pushing one upward (light) one downward (dark) with hands not quite touching.

I can see it very clearly, but getting into position is the challenge for me - but it looks awesome in my head ;D I was wondering if there is a digital wooden mannequin for Krita as a plugin, would make life easier :)

I don't mind the critique. When it comes to the lessons, I am actually pretty good with it, but my execution sucks. With photography, it is much easier as I don't have to build the image as well.

Super hero poses might help, with a dab of the dramatic from renaissance paintings etc. :)

Check out the accidental renaissance sub-reddit, it is a gold mine of composition and posing of various people in photo journalism - it is a great way to see stuff that is natural, yet impeccably posed and composed!

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Legit picture. I'd hang that in a frame. I've got no fucking clue about art though...It could be really shit.

I'd still put it on the wall.

Hello, former art student and holder of masters of visual art and design here, I'll post a separate comment, then you can decide whether or not it is wall-worthy or not

It is really shit, but, such is life. I have an idea in my head but have no idea if i will be able to get it on the wall.

no, you're shit for having this attitude!

I'm just a teenage (40-something) dirt bag, baby.

Continue the conversation in my essay comment. Hopefully I helped, PS I didn't read the majority of your post, went straight into art-support-person mode!

It could be really shit, but I'd still hang it on my wall.

Some brotherly love there😂

Yep.

Surrounding matters a lot to me also. If something is misplaced when I start to write something in front of my table, I may be in the flow with the writing process, but I will stop it and make the thing right first.
It can be things that are as small as the misplaced cap of a pen. 😄

I think it would be terrible to be really OCD about these things, but I definitely believe it is worth spending some effort designing our spaces to best support our well-being.

Yeah it's a bit awkward but it's for concentrating on the work. It's why I don't care that much about these small actions.

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First get a good finger then talk about surroundings😜

I am not sure what to make of this comment 😂

lol😜

he he 🤣

Lol, You don't make a living on your drawings?

I am pretty sure that if you put this one on etsy, someone will buy it.

I like it. There is some emotion there.

I know everyone has a different meaning when they see art. When I see this piece, I feel like someone is trying to break free from the rules and traditions of the world. And the world is trying to catch that person, entangle it back in the rules.

For sure our surroundings effect us a lot. I have a small picture of beach with a sunset in my bedroom. Pretty much how I want to spend a lot of my time. And a wallpaper of David Goggins on my laptop...so that whenever I open or shuts it down, I am pumped to see him.

Btw, is this your first attempt to draw, or did you used to draw before?

Perhaps one day I will put something on the NFT showroom and see :D

I feel like someone is trying to break free from the rules and traditions of the world. And the world is trying to catch that person, entangle it back in the rules.

Well, that is a pretty decent interpretation.

It doesn't take much to enhance a space for better outcomes, just a little thinking and effort.

Btw, is this your first attempt to draw, or did you used to draw before?

A long time ago (20 years ago) I would draw more, but not digitally.

That's great to revive an old habit. Hive is really a cool place. It gave you a chance to draw again and share with people.

Now you can draw more often.🙂

"Design" doesn't mean designer though, it means that we create our space with intention and if we really know ourselves, we are able to make small adjustments to our homes to improve our our process and therefore, improve our outcomes.

My "design" is strictly accidental. I see something I like and find a place for it. Each item (and there are lots) has a distinct memory affiliated with it.

But, as with all good collections, the sheer volume is daunting. Today's previously scheduled task is to 'make room for' a new printer that will arrive tomorrow. I'll have to box some items, and throw some out while affecting two spaces. Where the current printer sits and where the new one will go. Typically, the movement will breed more movement and I'll go through a change more significant than just moving the printer across the room.

I actually like the 'art'. Possibly because I can see where it might go. I am way better at visualizing than I am actualizing.

I see something I like and find a place for it. Each item (and there are lots) has a distinct memory affiliated with it.

It could be the design that works best for you also - surrounded by memories.

Typically, the movement will breed more movement and I'll go through a change more significant than just moving the printer across the room.

I think that this is the point of making those small changes - it has a knock-om effect on many things. Keystone habits doe the same - change a keystone and it puts pressure on all the rest in the arch.

I am way better at visualizing than I am actualizing.

Visionaries get paid more? ;D

First off - I really like that illustration - it is very emotive and I reckon that on a really large scale... in JUST that format, it would be an amazing focal piece and a great conversation starter... but having said that, I also have complete respect for what you have said regarding your home and the purposeful intent and contentment of what you surround yourself with... because I am very much the same.

I love my home space to make me feel at ease. I want it to inspire and bring forward the best emotions and state of mind. As much as I loathe Mondays, I also love them... because since we no longer have a domestic here to clean three times a week (thanks covid)... I clean the house from top to bottom on Monday's - dust, polish, vacuum, mop, bedding, fresh flowers... you name it and I absolutely revel in the renewed energy of the space afterward, which in turn generally leads to me doing additional little things like rearranging, hanging something I had been meaning to... giving a specific space a new look and feel or whatever!!

All of those actions make me feel good inside because I like what I see in the space that surrounds me - and not only that... I am a firm believer in the actual energetics of it all... ie. clearing out dirty, dusty spaces that collect stagnant energy etc. All of which compounds your point.

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Have you ever thought that part of the problem in life is when we outsource the cleaning of our space to others? No judgement on this of you or others in this, just an observation. Perhaps when we let others clean and keep things in order, we lose some attachment to what is ours. Plus, the investment into the mundane tasks and maintenance might give us more satisfaction in the ownership. Not sure if I explained that well :D

Have you ever thought that part of the problem in life is when we outsource the cleaning of our space to others?

Yes, yes YES!!!

And to be honest, not something I gave a lot of thought to until she was forced to leave because of lockdown and also because I was looking out for my mom prior to her passing... but domestics were allowed to come back to work a while ago and I made the decision that I prefer doing it myself. First off, I KNOW I do a better job (or at the very least a more attentive job) and yes... there has absolutely been a restoration in my personal connection and appreciation with our/my space.

That is pretty cool to recognize I think and something that deserves exploration. If I remember from childhood correctly, it always felt better to have cleaned my room thoroughly. I looked after myself from a young age in this regard and never really had a mother that picked up after me - so I don't know if this was the same for others.

I think it was pretty much the same for us, but as for my son... hmmmmm hahaha!!!! Just kidding... as far as kids these days go, he's pretty damn good! Makes his own bed every SINGLE morning without being asked, his room is ALWAYS tidy and his toys organised (we are all very OCD here... can you tell lol), he washes his own dishes every night, but only because mom has the hot water run and ready - a sacrifice I am prepared to make if it means the boys under this roof wash their own damn dishes haha!!

Actually, that was a lesson from my mom... "always have a sink of hot soapy water and you will never have a dirty kitchen". I cook a LOT (as you most likely know...) and I loathe nothing more than a dirty kitchen.... so with boys in the house that life lesson has worked well for me haha!!

That is pretty cool to recognize I think and something that deserves exploration.

I agree! One thing I noticed with having a domestic was that I would "throw out" so much stuff! - most of which I would give to her... I can recall the often "amazed" look on her face that I would "throw that away" and would also often find her bagging the things that I didn't bother to give to her, which she found in our dustbin. Witnessing that gave me a lot of perspective... ESPECIALLY once she was gone. I am a lot less wasteful and a lot more contemplative about what can/could be done with certain things....

WOW,,,,,YOUR ART IS VERY BEAUTIFUL. GREAT WORK BROTHER AND KEEP IT

Thanks.

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Mmmmmm

I saw many people being busy busy throughout the day without achieving much. Movement should not be confused with achievement.

I love it that you have a try with art, I see potential! I look forward to see more!

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I think the picture is art, it does make one look and think, what is going on what is the story behind the image. It could be a complete piece as is, or it could be defined even further. Would defining it further detract from or tell to much of what the story is? Would it take away from the viewers thought process of what is the story? Some times a closed piece of art (one that leaves very little for the viewer to imagine), while technically ideal, is just not something that appeals to people.

Give your brother permission to use it in his weekend comment challenge, he can ask what is the story behind the image. You should ignore all the comments story wise, and over the course of the week, refine it or leave it and then pass the next iteration of it to your brother on next Sunday to close his weekend thing out.

I think the image would bring a lot of various stories out, bring out more detail in the picture than is there currently via the telling of emotions or feelings or simple stories from the viewer.