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Tagged!
Tagged again... Here we go!
I was tagged by KazerZed 
So here are the rules:
  * Write the rules or copy and paste them ( I did the last thing lol ) ;
  * Write 13 things about yourself ;
  * Answer 13 questions made by the person who tagged you and make your own 13 questions ;
  * Tag 13 deviants ( If you don't have 13 friends, it doesn't really matter. You just have to tag the friends you already have  );
  * Make sure they know that they are tagged ;
  * Don't say "You're tagged if you read this" ;
  * It's forbidden to not tag anyone ;
  * Tag backs are allowed.
Here are the people I'm tagging:
Lexidus 
BlittzSketchbook 
artistviews202
PikachuJenn 
ScienceWithSteve 
LionheartedPhoenix 
swenyar 
sleepyth 
xXMagicKnightXx 
MelianMarionette 
HappySniper 
cuestickGenius 
ItalianRecluse
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Omega Flowey by TheStrangestofAll Omega Flowey :iconthestrangestofall:TheStrangestofAll 28 18 In Response to Kazerzed's amazing drawing by TheStrangestofAll In Response to Kazerzed's amazing drawing :iconthestrangestofall:TheStrangestofAll 8 10 When in Doubt by TheStrangestofAll When in Doubt :iconthestrangestofall:TheStrangestofAll 7 26 Mushroom Drawing Comparison by TheStrangestofAll Mushroom Drawing Comparison :iconthestrangestofall:TheStrangestofAll 15 46 Mushroom Sketch by TheStrangestofAll Mushroom Sketch :iconthestrangestofall:TheStrangestofAll 8 11
Just so you know, my medium and the nature of what I draw changes every so often, so if you don't initially like what you see, you might wanna dig a little deeper.

You may find yourself happily surprised.

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Note: in the korok trials, at least the test of wood provides you with a giant core
Finals end:
"And now I shall proceed to lock myself in my room and draw to the full effect of all the bliss and true happiness it yields!"

10 seconds later my favorite pink pen runs dry.....

Is this a sign of some kind?
Okay, I have a minute of freedom. How has everyone's week been?
Y'know, some days I see the good in the people I'm surrounded by, and I'm all happy and optimistic.  

Other days, after about 4 straight hours of studying into the wee hours of the night I hear someone yell "F*** you I'll skate as hard as I want!" to my door because my neighbors won't stop skateboarding in the hallways and it's so loud that it sounds more like the guys are just straight up banging their boards against the wall and I've called them out on it once. At 1 am. After the 4th or 5th time they had done it. 

The guy must really suck at kickflips. 

My blood sugar currently matches my BS tolerance levels, and that is NOT a good thing. 

Firstly: Why would they think that I can't hear them yelling at my door?
 
Secondly: ... I can't help but wonder what they would do if someone "accidentally" oh I don't know... Just dotted a couple quarters on the floor in front of their apartment that would give them a shock when they tried to pick them up.

So, I guess while I vent a bit here, I wanna ask you guys:

Have you ever pulled a prank on someone?

Was it playful?
Harsh?
Vengeful?
If so, what was it?

Ahhhh..... I already feel a little better now. 
So I can already predict that this week and next week are gonna get pretty spotty when it comes to logging on deviant art. If there's a comment that o haven't responded to, I promise you I will and have just been drowning in finals studies
Okay, real talk:

Can someone save me from my inability to draw noses?

Hands are improving and still working on them.
Faces are on the way after I get comfy enough with hands....
But my lawd, I can't nose for my life.
Well, I know I haven't been submitting much of anything lately.

The thing about this school, I have midterms so frequently that suddenly months can pass in the blink of an eye. So, while I can do doodles in my notes, I can't seem to bring myself to draw a full figure, clothed and all. 

Later I want to try redrawing all these doodle poses I've made. You think I should dedicate one big folder to that?

If I did, would it be something you guys are interested in viewing?
So I doodled this without any references but I cannot for the life of me pinpoint what makes it look "off". Can someone help me out here?

embedded_item1494098272702 by TheStrangestofAll
Study squad: "You've been studying all day, why not take a drawing break?"

Me: "Okay sure, I'll draw my current feelings."

15 minutes later:

embedded_item1493992672240 by TheStrangestofAll
What's the worst degree of regression you've experienced after not drawing for a long time?
Has anyone ever alternated between a reading a Terry Pratchett book and Nicomachean Ethics?

It's quite an experience.
I toiled, I cried, and I survived those dang exams.

Surprisingly, I think I'll get a good grade :3
Hey everyone,

I know I've been completely gone for a couple days.

Exams have piled themselves up all onto into the space of a few days so I've been hectic and busy as a result.

So how is everyone?
Famous American bakeries: 
Baking world famous buns since 1987!

Famous Chinese bakeries: 
Recipes and employment passed down from generation to generation for over 700 years. 
Does anyone have advice on how to improve on drawing hands?

Like an exercise you did often?

So far I've been trying to do 2-3 blind contours of hands every other day.
I feel like my watchers number has yo-yoed from 68 to 67 for an entire 2 months. Not complaining, if you're not into my art or what I say then I won't judge you for removing me. I just find it funny how the moment someone decides they like my conversations or my art, another person is like "nah I think I'm all stranged out", and how the conversion always happen within a week of each other.
I can't figure out which is a worse trigger for my social anxiety: being alone at a table for a group lab class or being ignored by my lab group.
What a lovely day to throw my printer out the window because NOTHING WORKS WHEN YOU NEED IT TO!
The difference between learning how to draw and learning how to learn: From my experience, these two concepts occur separately. 

So chances are, reader, you are either an artist, someone who is studying art for a career, doing art as a hobby, admire art, or any combination of the four. Or perhaps you are one of the many ambitious, brave souls out there who set up a deviantart account, found some references and favorites, and are just beginning the process of learning how to draw. 

Perhaps you are like me, and one day, whether that was today, yesterday, or several years ago, you became just too sick and tired of entire storylines and scenery rushing into your head and disappearing into the void.

Learning to draw is what many people, including myself, end up doing in the beginning.
I've always been a strange case, because throughout my life I teeter from completely hyperfocusing to drifting in and out of attention.
In the moments when I was hyperfocusing, I could draw things far, far above my level.

For example, my first drawing in a sketchbook was on a sick day. I watched a music video with incredible visuals, and suddenly I became inspired to draw one of the scenes in it. 
Without any prior experience with facial anatomy or skeletons, I drew this.
From the Aura Lyric Video by TheStrangestofAll

 
If you look closely, you can see the pieces of tape holding the page onto my sketchbook, because eventually it became so worn out that it got ripped out. As well, the graphite has smudged a lot over the years, but this was the one that started it all. 

After that day, I'd tried drawing other visuals from that music video. 
I finished a couple, and it helped enhance my already pretty steady hand for shading. 

That was learning how to draw. 
In fact, the first dozen or so things that I posted on deviantart were drawn under similar conditions. 

However, when I didn't invest a lot of focus into my drawing, they were sloppy and had the kind of sub-par quality you'd expect from someone just beginning to draw. 

And this pattern persisted for about 2 years afterwards.

Now, fast forward to my university years. 

I always have 2 books designated for drawing. One contains paper that's specialized for drawing. That's where I draw things I'm certain that I'd post on DA later. The other is a $2 notebook I got from Staples, because I can carry it in my backpack without worrying about it getting damaged, and I use it as practice paper. 

The difference in quality between the two notebooks (often, comparing hyperfocusing vs non-hyperfocusing) is honestly staggering, and stayed that way throughout those 2 years.
For example, consider the fact that I made the drawing on the left about 2 years AFTER I made the drawing on the right. 

Scan39aaa by TheStrangestofAllScan9aaa by TheStrangestofAll

These two drawings were made by someone who had learned how to draw to some degree. 
So instead, it illustrates a bigger problem. 
Even though I knew how to mimic design and shading, I didn't have the slightest clue on any of the anatomy of the female form. 
I had learned how to draw, but I hadn't learned how to learn about drawing.

The first encapsulates the "how", while the second encapsulates the "why". 

So in the last year and a half or so, I've been focusing much more on learning how to learn about drawing. 

The results are evident in my hands progress reports. It has been about 2 months and I've improved exponentially. 

Learning how to learn has a couple requirements. One of them is the need to balance between mastering and stepping out of your comfort zone. I personally think this is one of the most common and tempting mistakes to make as an artist. We all want to develop a style, draw amazing things like our favorite artist. Sometimes, our desire to get there makes us try to run to that goal a little too quickly. We leave a trail of knowledge gaps along the way, and they make every step forward that much more resistant. So then we get comfy with drawing a particular body type or a specific facial expression. As nice as that is, if you want to do something with art like I want to do (and that's the secret I've kept buried in pages for the past few months), you can't rely on that one specialization. 

Looking at my hands progress reports, I'd say focusing on a particular body part or concept will definitely help you become an expert on it. That is, as long as you can stand to make good poses and bad poses. 

By mid-May, I had gotten pretty comfortable with the palm facing up position. So then I tried to flip the hand and try to draw the knuckles facing up position instead. 
As you can tell from the End of May (Well, Most of it) Progress Report , I definitely had a lot of work to do before my hands looked realistic from this angle. 

But I didn't let that discourage me, and well, you can see for yourself that the progress is becoming evident with every passing day. 

Now, let's fast forward to my experiences today.

I just finished an extremely stressful exam, and for the first time in months, I had a solid couple of hours completely to myself. 
I decided that I wanted to spend some of it drawing Mettaton ex and Undyne.
But every time I tried to get a pose down, I thought it looked terrible. The torso was too big, the shoulders were too broad or too narrow. 
I ended up ripping out a couple pages because I just became so frustrated, despite my practice notebook only down to ten or so pages of free space. 
So I took a deep breath, and I analyzed the situation.
I realized that my biggest problem wasn't that I just suddenly lost all my ability to draw figures after over a year of invested practice. I simply needed to refresh myself with a couple references before I tried drawing from imagination. 

So in the same day, I went from drawing this: 3june by TheStrangestofAll                             to drawing this: 3junebetter by TheStrangestofAll
(References provided by SenshiStock), which in my opinion, are pretty good considering the leap in quality.  

And what you see in this is someone who's making sure that they're learning how to learn. I'm weighing my strengths, my limitations, and tackling a strategy that will allow me to influence both. 
So I guess the moral is that.... As an artist, whether you just started drawing, have been drawing for years, or are only considering it after reading this post, the most important thing to remember is always try to strike a balance between comfort and discovery. 
Set yourself checkpoints (which should NOT be confused with expectations!).
If there's something you know you suck at, like hands or eyes, then the only way you'll stop sucking at it is to practice.
You can increase how much you gain from practicing by looking at some tutorials, applying the strategies of different artists into your practice. 

It's a long process that requires a lot of patience, but in the end, you'll be so glad that you decided to keep with it. 

Viewers, if you have any advice to add, please feel free to do so in the form of a comment. 
Or, if you know a new artist out there who seems to be struggling, perhaps show them this journal.

I'd love to give them whatever advice I can. 

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Windigo02 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Love ur art
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017
Thank you so much :) I draw as a hobby, I've been doing it for a few years but it's only been in the last 1.5 years or so that my skills have really picked up at all. How about yourself?
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Windigo02 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I suck
Still
I don't get much time too practice ;-;
But I hope you like my art too :D
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I personally think your natural eye for texture and design is something to brag about. 
In particular, your detail to dragon scales and sense of shading to show the shadows cast on the different feather of wings is really impressive. 
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Ineedaphone2005 Featured By Owner May 31, 2017
Thank you for favourite! 
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
You're welcome, I really like how you draw hair :)
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Ineedaphone2005 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
I really appreciate it!Hug 
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firefysh1140 Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Hi, Emily.
Thank you very much for adding my work to your favourites.  :-)
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TheStrangestofAll Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
You're welcome, the piece was quite beautiful. 

I've heard you use some program to make fractals like that, but I couldn't even begin to imagine how. 
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firefysh1140 Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Thank you again.
The programme I use is JWildfire. It is free to download and to use. It is a good programme. :-)
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