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I have noticed that my favourite and (in my opinion) best executed illustrations happen when I'm avoiding doing something else that is probably more important. Is this the case for other artists and creatives? I usually get a craving to draw and it just seems to happen. I'm not the sort of person to endlessly rehearse a drawing. I don't normally "practice" as such... If I'm in the right mood I can do an anatomical drawing of a skull in roughly an hour and a botanical drawing of one sole flower in less than 15 minutes. I'm a very fast drawer and with the majority of my ink drawings I don't sketch it out first I just dive straight in with indian ink.
I've never thought of my process as abnormal until I went to study illustration at university. Everybody seemed to keep endless reels of sketchbooks and layout plans and practises. At college I was taught to draw the basic outline of a person in under five minutes with no errors. My life drawing tutor was incredibly strict... Maybe that's why I'm an abnormal artist.
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thisprimaryreality Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm exactly the same way.
I'm terrible at requests, art is an escape for me. So, when I feel obligated to create something, I lose all enthusiasm. But, when I am avoiding something, is when the real passion sets in.
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NicolaWallace Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
However grateful I am for requests, I feel the same. It's like art is the child in me and as soon as someone tells me what to do, it get's stubborn and refuses.
I usually get a sudden enthusiasm to draw when I'm about to sleep. Why is being an artist so troublesome? :P
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thisprimaryreality Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, exactly! (:
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JMFenner91 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I work the same way you do - I get the feel and I do it without looking back. I usually do sketches with no erasing or revision and they always take less than half an hour. I think it's just a natural lifestyle to do things like that because I tend to play music really fast too and I notice I do other things fast too. It's just how our minds work haha!
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NicolaWallace Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I waste a lot of paper because if I start to draw and it seems wrong I have to start again on a fresh sheet. It's like the paper is tainted? I've never thought about it so much before but I have some bizarre drawing rituals.
I'm incredibly impatient by nature, if I'm doing something my mission is to get it done and not waste time.
It's nice to know people work the same way. It's such a personal thing and artwork is so influenced by personality. :)
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JMFenner91 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeahhh I do that too. Erasers are for the weak! XD I tend to just treat pencil as pen anyway :p

Same haha everything has gotta go fastttttt. It totally is influenced a ton by your personality! Very easy to tell how someone is in real life by their work it seems! :)
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NicolaWallace Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I always lose my erasers anyway, or my dog eats them... so it's not even an option. haha!

Definitely! I find it odd that some people think they don't have a visual signature, they definitely do, everybody does.
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JMFenner91 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
We have a cat in my apartment and I found out yesterday he eats erasers too, like how does a cat even do that.
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NicolaWallace Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Hahaha cats are brilliant, I absolutely love cats. I've never heard of one eating erasers though!
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