Q:Heya, Ez! First of all, I love The Valiard Mansion, dragged my friends into it and became a fangirl of your work. Second of all, do you still do tutorials/helpstuffforgotwhattocallitcauseenglishisntmynativelanguage? They're really helpful and I don't see a lot of them around anymore. :c stay awesome!
Hey Anon! :D Thanks so much for your support. Means the WORLD that you’re enjoying my story! *hugs!!*
To answer your question, all my free time is currently going into writing and researching. Making tutorials is not a priority right now. ^^;
BUT! I’m always more than happy to answer specific questions and to share links to other artists’ tutorials. ;)
A lot of people have been requesting me to do a colouring tutorial, so that will definitely be the first tutorial I’ll make as soon as I find the time.
Thanks again for the support and thanks for your question! <3
Q:There's times where I cannot draw... And I feel dismotivated. Can you please help? It's just that you are an incredible person! Even on days where you feel rusty, well... It doesn't look like it.
Hey, Anon! ^_^
If you’re drawing as a job, your motivation is money (or not getting in trouble with your boss/client), which keeps you drawing, even though you’re not giving it your best efforts. If you’re struggling with that, you just have self-discipline problems. ;) There are exercises you can do to help with that. Google is your friend. ^_^
If you’re only drawing as a hobby, then you have the luxury of drawing only when inspiration strikes. And what a luxury it is!
The thing is, while you sit, forcing yourself to draw, there is no way you’re going to be motivated to draw. The only way to find inspiration is to stand up and move outside your creative space. Watch some movies, play some video games, go out with friends, talk to your favourite people. You will never, ever find inspiration on a blank page because there is literally nothing there!
The creative centre of your brain can run out of energy. You need to switch it off so it can recharge. Take a few days if you can, stop drawing for a period of time. Try to forget that drawing even exists! ;)
I know school and work can really suck time, and you feel you HAVE to draw when you have free time to do it, but in the end, you’re just going to spend two hours frustrating yourself. And that’s a waste.
Only draw when inspired and motivated, if you can help it. Break away if you can. Do something else. In other words, don’t force it.
Good luck, Anon! *hugs!*
Q:Hey Ez! First of all, I'm a huge fan. Second of all, can't wait for the next chapter. Third of all, whenever I draw, I block the character out entirely and I usually feel pretty good about it then. But when I refine and erase the guidelines, something always seems to be lost in transition. Have you ever experienced this problem or do you think you might know what I'm doing wrong? I understand if you can't answer this. Hope you're doing well!
YAY! You’re a Valiard reader?!? Omigosh, I LOVE YOU! xD Thank you! <3
Ahem! Yes, your problem…
Everyone struggles with your stated problem sometimes. Any artist can fall into this trap if they’re not paying attention. ;)
One reason details might get “lost in the transition” as you say, is when you jump too quickly from the rough guidelines to the final details. Rough lines are busy and thick, so it’s difficult to pinpoint where the single, thin lines of details need to go. The fix: have several rough stages, lightening the drawing a bit in between stages and refining it very gradually. In a way, you’re “thinning” the rough lines little by little to a median point until it becomes clear where the final lines must go.
A great way to train your eye is a simple exercise you can do any time you’re feeling rusty. First draw a picture as you normally would, leaving plenty of space on the page. Then draw that picture again on the same page, right next to the previous finished one, but now try to improve it. Your first drawing will serve as an example of where you went wrong.
Basically, when you erase a bit of a drawing to fix it, you have much less of an opportunity to learn what you’re doing wrong. But if they’re side by side, your “failed” drawing and your “improved” drawing, you can study your mistakes and take your time learning from them.
I wish you the very best of luck with this. Please let me know if you’re still not getting it right. There is always a solution and I’ll be happy to help you find it. ;)
Q:`Hey Ez, what South African time do you post your drawings?
9-10 pm and then around 2 am. ^_^ I also always schedule my posts so I don’t need to hop online at certain times just to make sure I get views. xD
These are just the times I’ve found to work alright. If anyone has better times, feel free to share.
Also, South African time is GMT+2, if anyone was wondering. ;)
Thanks for the question, Anon! :D
Q:Hey EZ, Lately I have been feeling so insecure about my art because usually when I post a picture of my art I get around 400 likes but nowadays I am only getting 10. I don't feel like drawing anymore. Any Advice?
Whoa! That is quite a decline! ^^; Sounds to me the only problem here is that you’re just not reaching your audience. ^_^
My advice is to keep an eye on WHEN you post. The Internet works super fast and you usually only have one chance to make a post trend. If you don’t post during peak times, nobody’s gonna see your pic. Almost all online platforms work this way, but Tumblr is especially finicky.
You’re aiming for lunchtime and after dinner. Time zones play a big role. The US and UK are your big English speaking spots. Aim for their lunchtimes and late nights.
It’s 100% trial and error. Post several pics at different times to see which ones trend better. If we’re talking Tumblr, you can also reblog older pics that did well to grab your audience again.
Lastly, post some fanart! People eat that stuff up. In terms of exposure, fanart gets you quantity over quality. It’ll get you Likes but not Followers. But it’s something.
I know it really makes you hopeless when people don’t seem to enjoy your work. It drains your creativity right out of you. But if you find a project you can really sink your teeth into, you’ll keep drawing. And you’ll find your audience. Just keep posting regularly. ;)
Good luck and feel free to get in touch if you need anything else! :D
Every. Single. Time. This is basically me after every shiny fancy portrait painting I see. And I still haven’t learned my lesson.
Q:hi! First of all, I wanna say that every peace of your art is in my phone and I often look at those pictures, because they inspire me and make me feel good! Thank you so much! And.. Can I just ask for your advice, huh? You know, I'm creating a fanfiction, heroes and I really love it. As you're doing it too, I wanna ask, can it probably spoil your life? I mean, very very soon I'll be getting exams and at the same time I'm in my story. How can I consentrate? Coz ma future depends on those exams...
Hey Fanfic Anon! *waves!*
I’m so happy you enjoy my work! ^_^ Really I couldn’t ask for more! THANK YOU!!! <3
I can totally help you out! I used to be super distracted when studying, but I found a way to beat it. Maybe you could use these tips!
- When I need to study and my imagination starts to drift, I shake my head and slap my hand hard. “No! Bad Ez!” That always gets my head back in the game. :D
- Use your writing time as a reward. Remind yourself, “No, I’ll write when I get home after the exam.” Use your study breaks to jot down your ideas if you get new ones. You don’t need to fully develop them if you can do it later. Just get them on paper. Jot them down.
- I always worked out my study schedule so I had nights off, because I’m more creative at nighttime. You know when your creative time is—try to schedule your time off then. That will be the hardest time for you to study anyways.
Your thinking pattern will start to change. Soon you’ll be thinking, “Wow, I can’t wait ‘till tonight to develop this idea! Well, back to studying.”
I hope these tips help you out. The rest is just self-discipline and practice. ^_^ You’ll get the hang of it. Remember: you have all the time in the world to work on your story, but your exam is coming at you no matter what. Best part is, the end of the semester also coming no matter what, then you’ll have lots of time to write, obligation free! :D
GOOD LUCK WITH EXAMS!! <3
Father and Son. Teen Theodore and his scary shadow dad. And me just trying different colouring styles. :)