Stephen Silver, a well known artist and character designer ( [link]
) stopped by the studio last Friday to give us a nice workshop on design. While everything he had to say was very helpful, there's one thing in particular that, while I have known it for a long time, it's something that really needs to be heard, particularly by many of the artists here at Deviantart that I've seen:
EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT EXPERIMENT!!
You're not going to learn anything from doing the same thing over and over again. Don't draw the same way repeatedly. Don't stick to your comfort zones. Do things you know you're NOT good at, 'cuz it's the only way you'll get better. Try different media, try different drawing techniques, try different STYLES! The worst thing I see ALL OVER the place is people that essentially draw in the exact same manner they're comfortable with, over and over again. The more you force yourself outside your comfort zone, the less UNcomfortable you feel trying something new.
Remember that, if you are only capable of drawing in a handful of manners and styles, you will be practically worthless to most employers in this field. You need to be able to do what the employer asks of you confidently. The only way you get that is by experimenting. A great place to get experimentation done is in figure drawing sessions. If you're not going to figure drawing, start right away. It's incredibly helpful, heh.
... Well, that's it! I could probably share a lot more than just this, but I find this to be an important topic. Artists are very susceptible to this problem, and there's just not enough people telling them that it is, indeed, a problem.