Becoming an Artist – Year1 – Theory vs Practice (Video 1)

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I’ve always wanted to make a roadmap for people just starting out studying art. To show to process of improvement from the very beginning, with all the unfinished, ugly studies that you would never want to show to anyone to, hopefully, one day becoming an artist.The mistakes and failures are part of the process, you can’t avoid those, you can only hide them. Everyone’s had them.

I used to keep a sketchbook on , but since the website’s been closed and I’ve lost my main place for tracking progress, I’ve decided to make a series of videos, going over my first year of studying and outlining principles I’ve learned through experience. I wanted to make it all in 1 video, but that would either turn out to be a massive, unwatchable 1-2 hour mammoth video, or I’d have to run through a super rapid slideshow and not really cover anything. So I’m making a compromise between the 2 and I’ll split the series into about 5 videos. This first one is mainly an overview of my biggest problem – discovering a process. Since I’m a completely self taught artist, finding out how to do things is the most difficult part of learning, no one hands you a template, you have to try everything and just see what works and what doesn’t. Yes, there are tons of videos out there, but most of them are done by seasoned pros, who have long ago abandoned the need for a basic process and are now freestyling and producing amazing work. A beginner, using the techniques of a pro, will find that what they produce for the most part, is nothing like the work of a pro. You need to first find how to control everything, before you’re able to just let go and see where things take you.



  1. Christopher Phoenix says:

    Very interesting video!! I’ve experienced what you mean by theory vs. practice. Art isn’t something you can learn from a book and just spout out at someone, you have to put into actual practice. And, in practice, I’ve struggled trying to find the actual process of drawing, just like you did… so it is very helpful finding someone who discusses this exact problem. Thanks, man!!

    BTW- I like the painting of Diogenes of Sinope and his barrel. šŸ˜€

    • inpursuitofart says:

      Thank you Christopher šŸ™‚ For me, the things I’m finding out are more about life in general, they just happen to come from art. It’s a very interesting thing, to me at least, that once you immerse yourself into a fragment of the whole, like art, you begin to find out a lot about how things work in general šŸ™‚ So this theory vs practice thing to me really was an epiphany as to any philosophy, anything that you stand firmly behind – it’s not about reading the words or having an idea, it’s engraving the idea into your brain and into your character. It’s the only way to retain anything and to transform yourself.

      Thanks for the comment, good to find more people struggling and learning šŸ™‚

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