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I like this one, I’m pretty happy with the hue shifts and colour temperatures. Purple shadows are a lot of fun to paint. :D .

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Trying to combine architecture with nature, it can be a challenge to switch modes between hard surface accuracy and the randomness of nature and do them both justice. Painted in .

When I first started taking art seriously, my only care was to learn anatomy. I went to the university library and borrowed lots of books, and by pure chance discovered what I still consider my favourite anatomy resource: “Die Gestalt des Menschen” by Gottfried Bammes. His in-depth knowledge and stylisation is stunning. The English title is “The Complete Guide to Anatomy for Artists & Illustrators “, give it a shot!

I’m really bad when it comes to digitally hoarding art tutorials, books, references, inspiration, etc. If I wanted to “work through” all of that, as I’ve told myself in the past I would, I’d be busy for life and never create anything meaningful or original. So I’m now doing my best to curate input and focus more on what I actually want to do, rather than grind.

Woooah look at all these amazingly beautiful people – fantastic design and drawing reference but also just fun to look at! I love seeing ungendered fashion, it’s so liberating and opens infinite new design possibilities. dapperq.com/2020/09/moststylis

I guess this was actually intended for graphic designers, but I find it very useful for painting: Canva has written an article that assembles lots of beautiful ready-made colour combinations you can use as basis for painting (in case you struggle with that as much as I do, haha). canva.com/learn/100-color-comb

One thing I absolutely love about having so many artist friends is that I get to see their amazing creations unfold. My friend Simone developed this small adorable game with her partner, and it’s the cutest indie title that always makes me feel better and worry less: Virtual Cottage. Give it a shot if you’re feeling stressed, it’s free. :D store.steampowered.com/app/136

When I moved to Austria for work last year, I was at first disappointed to learn that there wasn’t really any regular life drawing sessions I could take part in. So I started my own little thing on Discord (due to lockdowns), and we’re still doing weekly sketching sessions every Friday! Feel free to join if you’re interested in regular figure drawing practice! discord.gg/9RDmkEYxvB

I find overcast lighting hard to paint because there’s no clear light and shadow, which usually help a lot in creating dimensionality. Painted in .

“Every step of real movement is more important than a dozen programmes.” - Karl Marx

Looking back, probably the biggest mistake I’ve made trying to learn art was to focus on goals to achieve instead of systems and habits to implement. My progress sped up a lot once I stopped going for “I’ll complete this course/this many paintings/this sketchbook by date x” and instead started to implement daily routines for art, regardless of outcome. Consistency beats crunch.

Sometimes you just need to celebrate yourself and what you’ve accomplished so far, even if it seems like nothing is going right. Especially if it seems like nothing is going right!
Feng Zhu once recommended in a podcast to hang up all your best drawings at your desk, so you can always see what you have achieved, and I love that idea.

Sometimes you just need to celebrate yourself and what you’ve accomplished so far, even if it seems like nothing is going right. Especially if it seems like nothing is going right!
Feng Zhu once recommended in a podcast to hang up all your best drawings at your desk, so you can always see what you have achieved, and I love that idea.

It’s really cool when all you put down is just colourful blocks and it all comes together once you zoom out. Also good vacation vibes, napping at the seaside is the best. Created in .

A great inspiration for me to be more outgoing with my art and career has been the “Dear Art Director” blog by Lauren Panepinto et.al. dearartdirector.tumblr.com/ It’s a great insight into the “other side” of all your applications and cold mails. Sometimes you just have to dare to jump.

The combination of an overcast scene with the sun breaking through and lighting a few patches brightly really does it for me. Had a good time painting this, better than usually. Painted in .

A video that really hit home for me was “Debunking Artist Burnout Culture” by Adam Duff. He is so good at analysing this industry’s culture of grind many of us are living, and how damaging it can be to art and artists. I want to create for the rest of my life, not burn out and crash in a few years, so I try to remind myself regularly to take care of myself. Not always easy. youtube.com/watch?v=41KXT9pV-d

Limiting your tools can be a great way to improve. When I started using Heavypaint I was overwhelmed by the many, quite unconventional ways to make marks. So after some intial struggle I started using nothing but the line tool to get the hang of things, and with that as a stable base I’m now much more comfortable to experiment with the rest!

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde

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