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8 minutes ago, rodsal23 said:

will it cost you so much money if you give it to me for free please?

It’s not mine to give away! I paid for my copy, but the licence I purchased only permits use, not redistribution.


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On 6/28/2020 at 2:07 AM, rodsal23 said:

will it cost you so much money if you give it to me for free please?

I know this was posted a while ago, but I have been thinking about it ever since and wanted to submit some kind of reply to it.

Firstly, I do thank you for the consideration of asking. As blatant as it may be, there is a modicum of respect in requesting charity, especially since there's a good chance that you've since acquired my work (and the work of others) for no cost anyway.

To answer your question, no, it wouldn't cost me much to hand over my work to you for free. However, I don't think, you've considered what it might cost you.

See, the one thing I can't build or sell is the same thing that actually makes my tools function- which is your effort.  Effort is the price of creativity, and one which cannot be acquire freely. My brushes will never make you good, creative, or produce successful work- that burden is entirely on you and your own tenacity.

Consider the insubstantial price of the brushes as a small ante on your willingness. Because I dare say, if the effort to cover that cost is too great...then the mountains you need to climb in a life of creative pursuit will be insurmountable.

I am certain this is not what you wanted to read, but I think it's more valuable than anything I can sell you. Know that if you do desire to climb those mountains, I am in your corner and rooting for you- I hope my tools can stand as a testament to that.

Regards,

-J

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Thanks for your great advice wren! I've just started learning digital arts and I'm getting a bit desperate. I just don't have the talent nor skills. Well, I've been passionate about drawing before. I have always had a pencil and a paper at hand, drawing and sketching. It's not that my work was awesome, but I started young; I was already creating my own comics way back when i was 3. But something in my past stunted my growth, I had to abandon it completely. With the recent pandemic we are all in, however, wherein, people are losing their jobs, businesses are closing out, I'm left without a work. I had to consider learning new skills; or re-learning the skills I used to have. And its so frustrating trying to learn how to draw knowing i could do it so well before. 

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13 hours ago, rodsal23 said:

Thanks for your great advice wren! I've just started learning digital arts and I'm getting a bit desperate. I just don't have the talent nor skills. Well, I've been passionate about drawing before. I have always had a pencil and a paper at hand, drawing and sketching. It's not that my work was awesome, but I started young; I was already creating my own comics way back when i was 3. But something in my past stunted my growth, I had to abandon it completely. With the recent pandemic we are all in, however, wherein, people are losing their jobs, businesses are closing out, I'm left without a work. I had to consider learning new skills; or re-learning the skills I used to have. And its so frustrating trying to learn how to draw knowing i could do it so well before. 

You are welcome. I want to impart a few more pieces of advice, but before I do I want to acknowledge that the pandemic has turned everything upside down, and adds another layer of complexity to establishing or re-establish yourself, but I believe it is possible.

Having that said, don't rely on the idea of talent as the source of permission to become an artist or learn a new trade. Talent is how a novice interprets hard work. I also started drawing when I was very young, but it was only until I made an effort to sharpen those skills did I find myself improving. Also, for as much as I know or as skilled as I may be- I still have so much to learn and improve upon. Drawing is a lifelong pursuit that I don't think I'll ever feel "finished" learning.

It's great that you have a passion for drawing and that you have pencil/paper by your side. The best thing I was ever told early in my Art education was, "If you can draw- you can do absolutely anything" it's absolutely true- and applies to more than just visual art. With that, hone your skills in drawing with paper/pencil first and foremost- it will make learning digital illustration and whatever else so much easier.

If you need a syllabus to study by try this:

  1. Learn to draw objects in perspective
  2. Study the human figure
  3. Study the work of old masters
  4. Study nature, in nature.

Finally, it's okay to feel frustration, it will occur and get the best of you no matter how skilled you become. Accept that you'll become frustrated, and try and learn to occasionally harness it to your benefit rather than allow it to discourage your effort.

Again, I hope this advice was helpful and that you continue to pursue a life of art making, I am cheering for you.

-J

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