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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
Wind and Light by barananduenNecklace - Astrapia by barananduen


:bulletgreen: Thank you to virnagray for the Premium Membership! ♥
:bulletgreen: Current user-icon Leviathan Icon by Galadnilien by Galadnilien
:bulletgreen: No need to thank me for llamas, etc.
"Thank you" messages are hidden because it was getting hard to find the other stuff ^^;
but you're welcome!

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

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 22, 2014, 10:51 AM
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.

Don't Let Anyone Make you Feel Bad About your Art

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 11, 2014, 6:10 PM

I see so many people with destructive rather than constructive comments on people's art or even general styles of art. In my [previous journal entry], I mentioned how, if you're doing art for your own enjoyment, the only person your art has to please is yourself, and I mentioned about people having different artistic visions.  Since my return to DA, I have seen many people being made to feel insecure about their art. Here's a very old anecdote and hopefully it will inspire you to not give up...

When I was a child in elementary school, Art was a mandatory subject. We had it every year and it was always the same teacher. It was also more really "Crafts Class" than really "Art class," and it was never about learning to draw, proportions, or mixing colors, etc., even though the teacher was an artist and an excellent painter. Sure, we were children, but it would have helped.

Anyway, one week, the teacher brought paints to class and had us paint whatever we wanted, and work on it throughout the week. I did my thing and was insanely proud of it; I thought it was the best thing I'd ever done. My classmates, too, really liked it and were standing around looking at it on the day we were to turn in our stuff.

The teacher, on the other hand, took one look at it and, with an unimpressed face, said, "You need to add more behind it." Then they pointed to one of their own paintings that they had around the classroom and added, "THIS is what something like that is supposed to look like! Doesn't it look so much better this way?" I said, "But I don't like it; it's too crowded!" (Granted, I should have worded that better, but I was a child.) The teacher replied, "You know nothing about art! You'll never be a good artist!"

There are two points to this story:

:star: VISION AND ASSUMPTIONS IN ART CRITIQUE. One is that when someone draws something, they have an image in their head of what they want to achieve, what they want their thing to look like when it's done. It is difficult for another person to know what that image is, and almost always, they make assumptions of what the artist's vision, their goal, was. More often than not, when someone gives you critique, especially online, they don't ask you questions first to try to understand what your vision was; they just make assumptions and base their critique on that. Very often, they assume you're shooting for a style that's well-known, usually realism; sometimes the style of an artist they look up to.

In the example above, the teacher liked paintings that were full, that showed abundance, and they commented on mine assuming that I would like what they liked. On the other hand, child!me, while still thinking theirs was pretty, wanted something more minimalistic for my own. I can tell you now that even back then I thought the teacher's painting was very pretty, but I didn't want to change mine in any way because I thought mine was a different kind of pretty.

Even now, I look at stuff here on DA and offline and think, "Wow that's really well done; sooo beautiful!" Sometimes, if not just the execution but the subject appeal to me, I Fav it if it's on DA. But, if I were to redo the same subject (hypothetically speaking, of course; but it's the best way to explain what I mean), would I paint/draw it the same way? Almost all of the time, the answer is "no," not due to a different level of skill, but due to a different vision - in other words, if I painted it exactly like that, it would not be "me."

:bulletblack: Takeaway for the artist: So don't focus on trying to make your art look like other people's. Focus on developing a firm vision of what you want your art to look like and work toward that instead.

:bulletblack: Takeaway for the critiquer: Perhaps it would be beneficial to ask the artist first what specifically they would want to improve, and, through dialogue, try to understand their vision/goal of what they're trying to achieve.

:star: DON'T LET ANYONE MAKE YOU STOP DOING ART. No matter how old you are, no matter how long you've been doing art, and no matter who the person putting down your art is, never feel like your art is crap. If the Artist Master of Super Duper Art of DOOM (if that ever existed) him/herself says your art is crap, literally says your art is "bad" (I've seen so much stuff called "bad art" in here), it just means that you two don't share the same artistic vision - AND THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY! Art is YOUR personal expression, not anyone else's, no matter how well-recognized they are. Also, like I said in my [New Year's journal entry], in my opinion, only the artist her/himself can call their own art "bad," because only they know what exactly they were trying to achieve. It may be "ugly" to someone else, but "bad?" Someone else can't possibly know how successful you were in achieving your goal, so they can't call it either "good" or bad." And if they call it "ugly?" Well, appreciation of aesthetics is subjective, in art just as it is with judging how "hot" or "sexy" one person is ;) What's ugly to one person is beautiful to another, and both are neither right nor wrong because it's their personal opinion. Sometimes, people say "that's bad art!" and perhaps it should be "I don't like that piece of art!" And if they don't like it, it's perfectly fine, as long as YOU do.

And remember: Work to move your art toward what YOU want, not toward what others expect of you.

Disclaimer: This does not apply if you are employed by a company and are expected to adhere to their style, but then that's art as a product, not as an expression of yourself (not 100% anyway). And that's perfectly fine, I have absolutely nothing against commercial art, it's great, but it's a different ballpark entirely, and that's not what my journal here is about.

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christiano2211 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
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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   General 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 
thanks for understanding my sense of humor Happy Dance Gator 3 

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!
TheRavenMichaelis Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are most welcome!
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midnightpb Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I made another valentine O: OMG 2 left to go XD
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xXTheBlackSheepXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just want to give you a big thank you for all the lovely comments on my art! It's really cool when someone takes the time to comment, I always love to hear what people have to say :)
barananduen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   General Artist
You're very welcome; it's my pleasure! :)
It's sad that comments have become so scarce on DA in the last few years - they're so much fun! So when I can, I try to do my part and comment on others' art, even if I don't know them. If I find something I like, I comment and tell them so :D You have a very cool gallery; keep up the awesome work :la: Those two were my favorites; they have very nice details and I was especially impressed by the girl's kimono. ♥
xXTheBlackSheepXx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only really been active on this site in the past year or two, and I've noticed how few comments are given to deviations, despite the number of views or favs they might have. I'm the same way, I'll comment on a lot of stuff just to mention a few things I like or a "keep it up!" haha. Because I know how much that can make someone's day lol, and it only takes a few seconds to write x)
I'm really glad to hear that! That comment actually helps me a lot because I've wondered for a long time which pieces I should put on my profile. I'm never sure which ones were my best work so it's great to hear your opinion! ^_^
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