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In my gallery you'll find pixel art (made with MSPaint), colored pencil works, paintings made with
acrylics or watercolors, digital paintings made using The Gimp, a few sculptures made with
Super Sculpey, some jewelry, and photography. You can see all of my supplies here:


1) pixel (MSPaint) ... 2) colored pencils ... 3) sculpture+acrylics ... 4) watercolor
soccer pixel - Simon Rolfes by barananduenVampire Knight - Kain at Dawn by barananduenBleachibis 3D - Urahara artsy by barananduenCoffeebag by barananduen

5) digital painting (Gimp) ... 6) jewelry/photography
Wind and Light by barananduenNecklace - Astrapia by barananduen


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If Something Doesn't Come Out Right, Try Again!

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 22, 2014, 10:51 AM
header02 by barananduen

Another journal in the inspirational art advice series.
"Don't Let Anyone Make you Feel Bad About your Art"

I've had this discussion one-on-one with some of you, so, for those of you, this will be a repeat, but I thought it would be important to post this for everyone else as well. :)

When doing art, we know what we want something to look like. When it doesn't turn out the way we want it to, it's easy to fall into the trap of feeling discouraged. But don't!!

:bulletyellow: First, if it gives you some consolation, know the fact that everyone screws up sometimes, even professionals. People just tend to not show their screw-ups, so it's easy to make the false assumption that everything they do is wonderful and they never mess up. Just because you didn't see it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Mistakes and product the artist doesn't like happen to everyone at all levels. It's completely normal!

:bulletyellow: Change your outlook about mistakes. When we draw something that doesn't come out how we intended it, keeping these two things in mind will help you move forward:
  1. Every time something doesn't come out "right," we get one step closer to getting to the point where it does come out just the way we want it (perhaps even better!). We just need to keep trying and not give up.
  2. Laugh at your own mistakes. You don't have to show them to others if you don't want to, but YOU can laugh at your own screw-ups. It will help you not feel bad about them.

Expanding on #1: I know people say it so much that it's almost become a cliche, but it's true: practicing is necessary to get to where you want to be. Art is like a sport: you're not going to become a goal-scoring machine without having first spent time standing in front of the goal shooting balls at it during training, and then doing it while moving and with other players in the way (add obstacles/change scenarios). When I used to go to conventions, I would see people sitting on the floor or wherever with their sketchbooks, drawing all the time; then the people in the artists' alley were always drawing while at their table.

Expanding on #2: Earlier this year, I was telling someone about about this story, which I'll share with all of you here now. Last year I wanted to learn how to draw panthers, so I drew a few. My first looked like that big brown bear that you used to get in all the movies; I forget his name. So I LOLed at it and took a look at my bear cosplaying as a wannabe-panther and tried to figure out why it looked like a bear instead of a panther - aha! the lower jaw was too long. I made it shorter. Now it looked like a cute shiba-inu instead. I drew a bow on it and some blush; had another laugh. I looked at my shiba-inu cosplaying a hello-kitty panther and tried to find out what made it look like a shiba-inu instead of a panther. The jaw was STILL too short. I left my shiba-inu/hello-kitty because it was funny and drew another one, this time with an even shorter lower jaw. Still not right. Made the lower jaw thicker from gum to chin. Repeat, repeat, repeat drawing more panthers until I got one I liked. Then I drew it again. Then I drew it from another angle.

So, when you have something you don't like, 1) don't be harsh on yourself, laugh at it instead; 2) look closely to see exactly what about it seems "off," then you can work on those bits; and 3) once you get it right, try again, and again.

:bulletyellow: Last, but very important: don't drown in your mistakes, always stop and appreciate what you did RIGHT! There is plenty of good stuff, but, in general, we, as humans tend to overlook it and focus on the negative things. Don't. While it's important to learn from our mistakes, it's also important to recognize our successes so we can build on them. Do not neglect your strengths!

I think that's enough for this particular topic today; anything else and I'd be going off on a tangent.

So remember: Don't be too harsh on yourselves and enjoy the process of what you're doing!

Note: I've added an index of these journals in a little custom widget on my profile page for easy reference. It's below the journal right there with the inspirational phrases, above the comments area.

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virnagray Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Your profile and presentation of your work are very beautiful
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barananduen Featured By Owner 3 days ago   General Artist
Thank you! It's thanks to you that I was able to customize the profile like this :heart: Thank you so much for all your support, Virna!! I truly appreciate it!
virnagray Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! you are so sweet:)
I am happy to see that you enjoy it!
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virnagray Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just stopping by to remind you that you are
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I wish you a nice week:)
barananduen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014   General Artist
Thank you, Virna, and the same from me to you! Wishing you all the best! :heart:
Have a great week!! Tight Hug 
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Thank you.Love Hug 
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014   General Artist
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! :rofl: I loved it! :lmao:
I guess you saw my comment about Angry Birds on Virna's deviation :XD:
LOVE THIS! AWESOME! HAHAHAHAHA Thanks for making me laugh! :XD:

And thank you so much for the +watch/faves/etc. :heart: I really appreciate it!!
christiano2211 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
he!he!he! Laughing  no problem! LOL you are super welcome Omg I gets present 

I'm glad to see you laughing, Wink/Razz Tight Hug 
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Virna is a great friend ! Hug 
TheRavenMichaelis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have an amazing gallery! Awesome work and style
barananduen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   General Artist
Thank you so much for your wonderful words, I really appreciate it! And thanks also for the watch!
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you are most welcome!
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