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Art Tip of the Day: Should You Erase?

Do you attempt to draw something perfectly on the first try? Are you afraid someone might think you made a "mistake?" But wait a minute. is it really a mistake? You haven't done anything wrong. You tried something, and weren't satisfied with it, erased it, and are trying something new. Sounds like a plan to me.

I always say, "If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't trying new things." In my youtube videos, I often demonstrate this. Just remember, you don't get points for getting it right the first time. Give yourself the freedom to experiment. Just a tip from your pal and cartooning sherpa, Christopher Hart. christopherhartbooks.com
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Is drawing something you like to do, or something you need to do? christopherhartbooks.com
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I was notified by my viewers that website weasn't functioning right fro the past few days. the technical problems have been solved and it's back and running. Thanks for your patience. If you haven't visited, please do. It has an interactive FAQ section, as well as my books and free tutorials. christopherhartbooks.com
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Is it the way they perceive things? The way they feel things? It it a drive to create? Or something else. What do you think? christopherhartbooks.com
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Would you say it's:

a) Cartoony
b) Manga
c) Realisitic
d) Comic book
e) Fantasy
f) Other (describe)

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How often do you experience Artist's Block, and what have you done to overcome it? Share what works on this journal, for the benefit of your fellow DA's.  christopherhartbooks.com
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What percentage of professional artists do you think are formally trained in art? Do you think it's necessary? Or can someone be self-taught, or a combination of both? christopherhartbooks.com
Suppose a beginning artist asked you for advice. What two things would you tell them to keep in mind? christopherhartbooks.com
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Is your art a passion, a hobby, or something more? christopherhartbooks.com
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Do you believe there are more opportunities for artists now than before? Where do you see yourself as an artist ten years from now, and what are you doing to try to get there? christopherhartbooks.com
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When I was in art college, the instructor said the word "artist" was a "gift" word - that you couldn't give it to yourself. Someone else had to call you an artist for it to be so. But Vincent Van Gogh's couldn't make a single sale until his 700th painting (true). Does that mean Van Gogh wasn't an artist after he finished his 699th one? But he was after he sold his 700th one? Hmmm. What do you think?

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You've felt it. All artists have. Especially the pros, because continued to submit their work until they got it published. But how do you deal with that crushing feeling? 

You may have gotten the advice: "Don't take it personally." Yeah, yeah. However, having been published by four publishers, and being represented by a terrific literary agent, I can give you specific reasons why this advice is correct. But my advice is from a business point of view, rather than an emotional one.

Let's say you've submitted your work someplace, and they reject it. You immediately assume they hate your work (!). Here are many other likely reasons, which you may not have considered:

1) They already bought something in the same genre, and don't want to duplicate it
2) They are changing up their editorial staff, or being bought by another company, and they are not taking on new projects until the dust settles
3) Their focus has shifted, and they no longer publish in you genre
4) You didn't follow the format they required when you submitted it
5) Their backlog is so large that they are not looking at new material at the present time
6) Your cover letter didn't "sell" your credentials well enough (you can describe your background in a way that interests agents and publishers - but it's not like an ordinary resume. More on this in a future post!)

So you see, my friends, there are real reasons not to take rejection personally. So carry on, and you'll get there!

Christopher Hart
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One of the biggest drawback of aspiring artists may surprise you: They don't know how good they are. Learning to draw is like running a race, but not being able to see the finish line ahead of you. You imagine that it's so far away, when you might be closer than you think.

I've looked at many artists' work on DA. Some people ask me to check out their gallery. At other times, I come across it by chance. And I've also had the privilege to have worked with some of the most talented artists on DA. From the perspective of someone who has had many books published, as well as art kits and drawing pads, I can tell you that if you're on DA, chances are that you're too self-critical. I see it all the time in comments.

Everyone needs work on the areas which could use improvement. But I truly believe that if all you're doing it trying to work on your faults, you won't excel as much as if you also focus on your strengths. And you'll enjoy it more. And drawing is one of the few jobs where enjoyment is an important part of the process.

I'm thinking of posting regular journals like this. If this is something you'd like to see, please let me know.

Christopher Hart
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My new book,"The Manga Fashion Bible," has just been published and is available everywhere. It's got all the cutest, most stylish, and authentic outfits of Japanese graphic novels. This tutorial was contributed by manga artist Akane. I hope you'll check out more interior pages on Amazon by clicking on this link amzn.to/2eUY3B1
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IN ONLY FIVE DAYS, my book "The Manga Fashion Bible" comes out! It's got all the cutest, most stylish, and authentic outfits of Japanese graphic novels. This tutorial was contributed by manga artist Akane. I hope you'll check out more interior pages on Amazon by clicking on this link amzn.to/2eUY3B1
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My Newest Video on Youtube: How to Draw a Funny Dog. If you like it, click through to post a comment and subscribe! www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlpOSD…
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As cartoonists, we try to select animal species that can best exhibit appealing qualities and personalities that our readers and audiences will love. Sometimes, you have to go beyond the typical pup & kittens. Take a second look at species that have acquired unfavorable reputations, like the wolf & fox. A fox is thought of as a crafty predator. Although it is a predator, it is one of the most beautiful animals in the world, with its coloring and markings. They're also cute and expressive - not to be solely cast as a villain! What other animal species do you think are mistakenly portrayed as "evil?" www.christopherhartbooks.com
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Want to learn how to draw a retro-style "cool guy" character? Check out my newest, FREE video on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=G95_Iv…
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