you should also +watch me if you like this because I'll be making more art like this
for #Elementiiae's artist vs artist competition!
everything took about 20 hours in total to make (including the writing, the drawing/painting, and the video) but it was worth it - I'm really proud of this! <3
I tried one-layer painting (it used to really intimidate me so I never really did it) and it's actually really fun (although it made my hand hurt)!
my theme was dusk, I'm kind of worried this doesn't fit the theme very well because I went off on a bit of a tangent haha;; but I really enjoy competitions because they make me push myself to improve (and I did improve over the course of this drawing!)
Featuring (in order of appearance)...
be sure to give my opponent for this round, ~RiverStarOfSkyclan, some love too! <3
Plaintext version of the writing (should I post it in a deviation?), for those of you who might want to read it or anything:
Dusk is one of my favorite times of the day - the darkest moment of twilight,
during which the last of the sun drains away like the grains of sand in an hourglass spilling
the amount of sand yet to fall gradually dwindling like the water in an overturned canteen
SPLASHing out until there's all but a drop left.
Those precious seconds have passed, just like that.
An hourglass, unlike a canteen which must be refilled, can be inverted once the day has been spent and those same grains of sand will fall again,
but never in the exact same way they did before.
It's almost as if time has a life of its own.
If one inversion of an hourglass represented the day and the other the night,
then the dusk would represent those very moments when that hourglass is turned over,
transitioning from the day to the night.
It's that change that's
No two moments are alike.
And while it's quite impossible to capture the very essence of time, anyone can witness it in its purest form -
- just step outside and take a look around.
Omg beautiful, just wow! Great job ^-^
My god my digital art sucks.
At least you tried your best right?
there's no point in being mad at yourself about it, or insulting yourself about it - this contest is really down to luck. you could get put with someone on the same skill level as you, or someone on a different skill level as you. also, in the contest journal it says -
"The member who wins a round based on creativity, effort, and how well it fits the Theme."
it says nothing about how good your art is! you tried your best, and it shows in your entry. you shouldn't be so hard on yourself about it. also, if you don't win, it's not the end of the world. there's a ton of other contests you can join around deviantART, and there's other ways to get points, too.
also another good thing the contest journal points out -
"Please sign up even if you don’t you won’t win the grand prize, participation is a great way to be more active in the group and make new friends."
again, it doesn't matter if you don't win! you might meet new people through this contest (or you might have already done so). even if you win or don't win, you can learn a lot from participating in this contest. so you shouldn't be so harsh on yourself!
But I did certainly learn something- way too many people at Elementiiae are at a higher skill level than me.
And I'm harsh on myself because I want to be. What I should and shouldn't do doesn't really matter to me in these cases. If I'm mad at myself, I am. And no on can get me out of it unless I really personally know them.
I know you were trying to make me feel better, but it just...... isn't working. I'm too emotional right now for anything to really help.
before this was uploaded, I recall looking at your piece and seeing you be proud of yourself. you said put in a lot of effort. you pointed out all the things that you liked about it. so what's stopping you from thinking that way now? just because you believe it's not as good as Rae's piece doesn't mean it's not good. before I even knew you were her competitor, I remember looking at it and enjoying the expressions you had on the pets, and the lighting you had. just because people haven't commented doesn't mean that people don't appreciate or enjoy what you created. and instead of thinking so negatively about what you made, try to think of what you learned from that piece. what you've improved on. how can you get better? how can you grow from it? figure that out and practice, practice, practice.
and do you know how improvement works? it's not an overnight process. it's hard work. it's time. it's effort. you can't expect to suddenly get where you want to be with one single piece of art. no, you have to keep practicing, learning, and studying. if you ask an amazing artist how they got to where they are now, do you know how they're going to respond? "years of practice." I used to ask artists that all the time, and their answer was literally worded exactly like that or extremely similar. so what if people are at a "higher skill level" than you? strive to be better than them. don't strive to be at their level, say to yourself: "I want to be better than them." and if you do that and practice, then yes, you're going to get where you want to be!
being harsh on yourself isn't a good idea. there's a difference between knowing your mistakes and completely losing hope in your art. something that's important to learn is how to find your mistakes, and then figuring out a way to build on them. mistakes aren't a bad thing. in fact, mistakes are wonderful! make lots of mistakes. because if we didn't make mistakes, how would we know which direction to go? how would we get better? how would we grow? don't get upset at your mistakes - first, be glad that you have to eye to find those mistakes. then try to figure out a way to learn from them! it'll get you one step closer to becoming a better artist.
don't be down on yourself! taking a look at your gallery, your art is really pretty. especially your contest entry, and your style is really nice to look at! you're already a good artist, but you also have the potential to get better - you just have to believe than you can. I know this comment was a lot of rambling, and maybe you didn't read all of it, or maybe it's worthless to you. but I hope that you find this a bit of a learning experience. we all go through bouts like this, but there's always light at the end of the tunnel, whether or not you want to believe it. I hope you grow as an artist, and don't let this contest bring you down.
one person is still a person, isn't it?
and wow, I didn't expect you to know how to read what a surprise
if you think they're at a higher skill level then work harder to be there with them. I know exactly how you feel (since rae is my friend and seeing her art makes me cry all over my laptop and make it break on a daily basis) but honestly, I'm trying my best to get to where I want to be with my art. if you're going to just look at people's art and be upset that you're not as good (which I did quite recently but realized that I shouldn't) then nothing good is going to happen.
I know this probably isn't going to help you, but I figured I would ramble a bunch anyway haha
(And I'm really serious his time. I'm pretty pissed at myself.)
whoAAAA this is amazing!!!! im not even kidding i just
the analogy???? and the way the whole picture doesn't eVEN SToP?????? HOW DO U
no rpoblem!! omfg
???? thats really cool