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SYAC - Growth by TomPreston SYAC - Growth by TomPreston
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It annoys me so much when I see people in the art community perpetuating this thinking that your artistic growth is a straightforward line from start to finish and that everything you do must further this rigid normality. I feel the exact opposite at times. I think progress should be more organic, fun, and not something that can be bound by quantifiable steps.

It take a lot of courage to admit to yourself that your art isn’t perfect. But if you keep at what you do, slowly and gradually you’ll grow and bloom into awesomeness. Even the biggest trees start as little saplings. You can’t force growth, you have to let it happen naturally.

(not to say you can’t help it out from time to time with a little fertilizer, but just don't force it)
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AllVideosOwn Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I also feel like this is more accurate because of the way a tree will grow in different ways.

For example, someone penning comics might have growth in one area of their art and mind while someone who works in photography might go a completely different way, making for two different, beautifully lopsided trees.

Now just tell the photographer to try making a comic and see what happens. It's not gonna work, right? xD
greylokke Mar 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gotta say that it honestly for me anyways, always did kind of feel like I was getting better in the same way you described it.
revolverwingstudios Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this.

This can be applied to character development as well. 
Paradoxigent Mar 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay, these are words of pure friggin wisdom. Instant fave.
Nakokun Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sometimes, I see your art and I find a lot of advice and experience shared about art. And then I feel a little better and smile. Thanks for all!
Sir-Herp Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
I rather like this tree metaphor. For art, growing organically feels much better than growing mathematically, haha.
coooool123 Mar 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww that's really true, isn't it?
and we all feel discouraged sometimes too, but maybe our art tree is just having a slow growing period ^^
Melanie-sama Feb 26, 2014  Student Artist
Can somebody please convince my art teacher of this? She knows a lot about art and we can perfectly discuss our favourite artists and expositions, but damn, the woman DOES NOT know the meaning of phrase 'You can't rush art'. Deadlines; I have learned to deal with those since I want to work in the gaming industry and the deadlines are simply terrible in there. But someone expecting me to develop two or three years worth of growth in a week? I'm an artist, not a goddamn wizard. >.<
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The-hater-hasarrived Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i feel my tree is dying a lot sometimes :iconheavyderpplz:
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