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Digital portrait drawing completed 16 November 2016.

The drawing is intended to replicate the look and feel of traditional charcoal and chalk drawing, which I love work with. 






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Andyboomerangablanca Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work!
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Soft-boiled-egg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
I've thought this was some actual handmade stuff on Ingres or something, nice work.
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2017  Student General Artist
It is handmade, but I understand your point. ;)

In my gallery, there are charcoal drawings on board; it's my favorite medium, so I worked quite hard during this period to replicate the look and experience of that kind of drawing in a digital workspace. I'm glad to hear it was successful then! :)
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Soft-boiled-egg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Ha ha, yeah, it's always handmade, it almost sounded like Artrage or something does the stuff by itself.

It's very successful, needs a close look to tell if it's digital at all, even then not that noticeable.
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I have shared the Photoshop document before, and it appears to be setup in such a way as to allow even others to jump in and create drawings that feel authentic as well.

Interesting story: I started the whole endeavor because the total POSSIBILITY of digital artmaking was debilitating; I would sit down to make art, and because I could create basically ANYTHING, I could create nothing. I'd just stare at my tablet monitor, and experience a creative blackout.

To get past the block, I had to reintroduce limitations inherent in physical media. And that's pretty much my entire approach now to digital painting and drawing: treat it like it's physical media. I cannot really pull off the manga-esque "fills-and-gradients" method of digital illustration (thougth I'm totally jealous of those artists!).
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Soft-boiled-egg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Well, about artblocks, your career as an artist can get stale from many different reasons, you don't even need the freedom of a PC with internet and photoshop to manage an artblock, I'm a living example, lol.

As I see it you have a set level of enthusiasm, it can change with different stimuli or lack of it, do enough repetitive work that's not visually interesting to you, that's not as fun to perform, you're not paid enough, you don't get work at all, you're always on your study, etc, and it's only natural to get blocks. I don't know if digital media is that related honestly ;)
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry; I must not have been clear.

I suffered from an art block that was related to having too much freedom to make too many things in too many media, and I solved it by imposing limitations on myself.

I didn't mean to leave that up to interpretation; it was just a factual retelling of an experience. :)
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Soft-boiled-egg Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Yeah, I really got it, that was mostly me rambling about a completely different/theorerical scenario.
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donavanneil Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017  Student General Artist
I see! Well, no worries. Art block is probably something many, many of us know more intimately than we'd like.

I have recently set a new policy for myself to allow myself to procrastinate projects, as long as the method of procrastination is working on something--anything--creative. So I have started allowing myself to flit from one project to another a lot more. That seems to help with burnout.

Have any methods you use to prevent or deal with blocks or burnout?
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