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“I’m not good enough, and I’ll never will be,” are the words that have gone through every artist’s brain at least once in their life. And if someone says they haven’t, they are lying liars that lies.  I think sometimes when we see a master’s work, someone for example like Leonardo Divinici,  Neil Gaiman, or even the late David Bowe’s works and especially as a new artist, you suddenly get a sinking feeling comes in that your work is child’s play, and that you will never get to that level.


I recently had that moment.  I was looking through deviantart, and I found this piece by Whendell and I had that moment where I was like I’m done. I was like, ‘I will never get to this point, and everything I done is just crap.’  I was honestly thinking about walking away for a moment.


So this post is for all those artist who is currently at this point in their careers, and here are three things that personally made me go back to my art and try that much harder.




 


1. Getting to that Level Of Skill Takes Time


You have to remember that to master anything takes about 10,000 hours.  No, you didn’t misread that.  It takes that at least that long or even longer to master anything.  The artist you currently comparing yourself has probably MANY YEARS of experience. No one comes straight out of the box at their best.


2.  Never Getting to that Level is Perfectly Okay


No, I’m not saying to stop challenging yourself as artist, but even after years of practice you may never be as good as the artist you’re comparing yourself to; and that’s perfectly okay! For example, you can be a musician and practice for years and years and never be as good as Beethoven, but that doesn’t make your own art and your experiences doesn’t mean anything.


3. Everyone is Different


Yes, every artist is different. As we develop our craft, we each have our own styles and your little quirks that goes into every piece.  So stop comparing yourself, because even you copy all the steps the artist you’re comparing yourself use, your art will still be different. So be true to yourself, and embrace your differences. Your art (and your life) will be better for it!




So this my own personal way to overcome my own artistic fears and self doubt, so how do you deal with your own fears?


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It is so easy with our busy daily lives (especially if you have day job along with being artist) that you just stop challenging yourself. And challenging yourself, and pushing your own boundaries as an artist is essential to keeping your skills sharp and fresh. So here is my list of how I challenge myself everyday.




 


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1. Never Stop Learning


With this economy, no matter what industry you in, you need to always be expanding your skillset. The more marketable skills you have,  the better. This especially goes double if you are artist. So take a class, go read some books, do some tutorials.  If you stop learning, you stop challenging yourself, and that’s a very easy for you to go stagnate as an artist.


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2. Visit Museums and Galleries


I primarily work in graphic design and photo manipulations, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be inspired by the great painters, and sculptors of past.  Although, I live in San Antonio, you wouldn’t think that we wouldn’t have a great art scene. However,  San Antonio have at least three museums (my favorite being the McNay museum) and is home to a vibrant art district ,called the King William’s District, which that hosts weekly art exhibits.  I am often get some of my best ideas after visiting the art district or museums.  So it’s a great way to brighten your horizons.


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3. Do Something New


I personally think that one of the biggest secrets to becoming a good artist is having the courage to jump in and try something new.  I always try to push myself try something at least once a week. And yes, I sometimes fail, but the most important thing is that succeed or fail you will learn something new. And you have to remember, making mistakes is essential to growing as an artist.


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4. Talk to Other Artists


Working as an artist of any medium be it painter or writer or even graphic designer can be a lonely business and no one knows our pain quite like other artists. If you near a major metropolitan city why not check out if they are some meetups or industry events near you? It’s a great way to network, but it’s also a good way to find a nice support system that will help keep your spirits up, especially when you have artist block.


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5.  Blog About It


Seriously, I know this is reductant because you are in fact reading this from a blog. However, what challenging myself the most is blogging about art. Blogging helps me keep track of my successes and my failures and what I need to improve on.  However, if you too shy to blog, why not try write it down in a private journal or even an audio diary? I think almost every cell phone has a sound recording app.




 


So this is my list on how I challenge myself as artist, how do you challenge yourself?  Also, if you like what read here, please check out my portfolio, thanks!


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So time for yet another, personal blog post from yours truly.  So I had another blog post done and planned with only some proofreading needed and then my life sort of exploded and it’s full of changes and heartbreak and successes.


I’m now a official working artist. In the last month, I got not one, but two paid commissions and I ‘m so happy right now that I can moon walk. I can just hug everyone who decided to put faith into a relatively unknown artist? Thank you, so much. I love my paid commissions so much. It’s going to that much further help me to keep up this site up.  So nothing but love from them.


However, this month was a lesson in business, that scant business class in my first and only year of college did not in fact prepare for me for. So I been using a prepaid card with Amazon Payments for a long time, and I thought to be smart and open a business account with Paypal. Turns out, that PayPal doesn’t accept prepaid cards.


Another reason, why this sucks is because I HATE BANKS. They always nickel and dime you, and almost always shade-y about overdraft fees (I’M LOOKING AT YOU CHASE AND BANK OF AMERICA).  And then one of my payments from one of my commissions went to my mother’s bank and now I can’t get it back. It’s just been one big hassle.


Now, I just sign up online at my parents bank which seem to have decent fees, and I’m just waiting for the paperwork to come in on my email or at in the mail. Now, I have to tell my client that I might have to post-pone work on her book cover, and thank god I don’t have a real deadline or I would be screwed.


And speaking of changes?  I’m no longer the primary caretaker of five kids. Yeah,  it’s a long story that I won’t get into, but for the most part,  the kids are no longer under my complete care and it broke my heart to have to let them go. I’m still adjusting to this big change, because I have been in charge of the children’s care for a good majority of my adult life.  So it’s a huge change.


Another thing, is that I’m diffidently moving out of my parents house and living alone for the first time in my life.  I actually plan on moving out-of-state in the next few years as well, because I really hate how backward Texas has become in the last ten years.


So that’s a lot of change happening in a short amount of time. So now, that I finished updating you about my personal life, what’s happening with you guys? Let me know in the comments.  Also don’t to forget to sign up to get notified of any new posts. Thanks!


 


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As a broke artist, I often love to use free fonts. I am a frequent visitor to places like fontspace or 1001freefonts for free commercial fonts. However, there are some fonts that have been used so much in designs that every time I see them I cringe.  So in effort to stop the insanity,  I’m listing the top five fonts I hate.


1. Morpheus


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I see this font being used everywhere. I swear to god, I actually have three different books on my desk right now that have used this font for their cover.  It’s supposed to be Gothic (without looking too Gothic) looking, and perfect match for the ‘Urban Paranormal’ books and shows.


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2. Scriptina


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It might have been an elegant font once upon a time, however it is SO OVERUSED. The most popular uses for this font has been for romance book covers and weddings invitations.


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3. Bleeding Cowboys


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If there any design to do with Cowboys or anything Country and Western, then you have probably seen this font used. I have never liked it. I don’t like the grunge distorted look, I don’t like looping lines. I quite frankly find the font ugly, and I practically facepalm every time I see it.


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4. Comic Sans


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The most hated of all fonts. It’s supposed to be fun and informal, but for most people (especially designers) this font has the power to give them a headache at the mere sight of it.


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5. Brush Script


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Another supposed to be elegant (but more informal) font that has been WAY TOO OVER USED. It  I have seen everywhere, and I just want to stab things at the sight of it.


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So this are my most hated fonts? What fonts do you hate and why?


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As a broke artist, I often love to use free fonts. I am a frequent visitor to places like fontspace or 1001freefonts for free commercial fonts. However, there are some fonts that have been used so much in designs that every time I see them I cringe.  So in effort to stop the insanity,  I’m listing the top five fonts I hate.


1. Morpheus


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I see this font being used everywhere. I swear to god, I actually have three different books on my desk right now that have used this font for their cover.  It’s supposed to be Gothic (without looking too Gothic) looking, and perfect match for the ‘Urban Paranormal’ books and shows.


Alternatives:



2. Scriptina


scriptina


 


 


 


It might have been an elegant font once upon a time, however it is SO OVERUSED. The most popular uses for this font has been for romance book covers and weddings invitations.


Alternatives



3. Bleeding Cowboys


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If there any design to do with Cowboys or anything Country and Western, then you have probably seen this font used. I have never liked it. I don’t like the grunge distorted look, I don’t like looping lines. I quite frankly find the font ugly, and I practically facepalm every time I see it.


Alternatives



4. Comic Sans


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The most hated of all fonts. It’s supposed to be fun and informal, but for most people (especially designers) this font has the power to give them a headache at the mere sight of it.


Alternatives



5. Brush Script


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Another supposed to be elegant (but more informal) font that has been WAY TOO OVER USED. It  I have seen everywhere, and I just want to stab things at the sight of it.


Alternatives





So this are my most hated fonts? What fonts do you hate and why?


P.S. If you want to be instantly notified of any new posts on this site, please sign up to subscribe to just my blog posts.  Thanks so much!


 


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So I was doing art for an rpg blog that I was doing called Sheninagans and I wanted a color scheme I haven’t done before. I found this picture and I had to have it. So I decided to do a color scheme card. It’s not too shaby for my first try!  The picture and the PSD are available free for download! Enjoy!


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Yeah, I need to stop counting days.  I keep forgetting to actually update this and it’s just messy. So I’m stopping with the counting of the days. I’m about a quarter through the Typography Workbook and oh my god, I’m learning so much. Seriously, my designs have like improved a thousand folds.  The downside of this is now I’m super parnoid about my typesetting and kerning. It takes me longer to finish because I’m nitpicking over every piece of type.  Now, I did a design for a Harry Potter inspired book cover and Oh my god it took me forever, but it came out so well. Seriously, I love it and it’s the best so far.


I need to work more on having more than one subject in my compositions which is going to be so hard let me tell you. Also, apparently I’m blowing up tumblr, because my book cover for ‘Red Queen to Overwatch’ went viral last week.  It’s like at 65 notes on tumblr, and 157 kudos on A03. It just blows my mind.


I also plan to do some articles on this blog, other than my personal whinging.  I also want to branch out into wallpapers (which you would think wouldn’t be so hard to do but it is). Oh! And I’m very close to getting my first paid commission *bounces in my seat* It’s a fanfic commison, and I was very leery of taking money to do fanfic book covers, because that shit can be beacon for lawyers to go after me, and I really don’t need that type of drama in my life.


However, this can be like my foot in the door to being a paid artist.  So I’m very excited, and I hope this comes to fruition *keeps fingers crossed*.


 


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Yeah, I need to stop counting days.  I keep forgetting to actually update this and it’s just messy. So I’m stopping with the counting of the days. I’m about a quarter through the Typography Workbook and oh my god, I’m learning so much. Seriously, my designs have like improved a thousand folds.  The downside of this is now I’m super parnoid about my typesetting and kerning. It takes me longer to finish because I’m nitpicking over every piece of type.  Now, I did a design for a Harry Potter inspired book cover and Oh my god it took me forever, but it came out so well. Seriously, I love it and it’s the best so far.


I need to work more on having more than one subject in my compositions which is going to be so hard let me tell you. Also, apparently I’m blowing up tumblr, because my book cover for ‘Red Queen to Overwatch’ went viral last week.  It’s like at 65 notes on tumblr, and 157 kudos on A03. It just blows my mind.


I also plan to do some articles on this blog, other than my personal whinging.  I also want to branch out into wallpapers (which you would think wouldn’t be so hard to do but it is). Oh! And I’m very close to getting my first paid commission *bounces in my seat* It’s a fanfic commison, and I was very leery of taking money to do fanfic book covers, because that shit can be beacon for lawyers to go after me, and I really don’t need that type of drama in my life.


However, this can be like my foot in the door to being a paid artist.  So I’m very excited, and I hope this comes to fruition *keeps fingers crossed*.


 


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I’m currently undecided if I’m going to take tomorrow off. I might be too hung over to actually get any productive studying done. I’ve read a bit more into the typography book (currently at page 30).  And yes, it seems that I’m going at a snail pace, but that what works for me. I read until my head starts to hurt from information overlode and I stop.


I can google at people who retain information from 50 pages a day, because I can’t do that. I don’t think I ever could do that to be honest.


Also, after reading only about a quarter (or less than a quarter ) I have come to realize that my kearning is horrendous even on my own blog and I’m kinda alarmed.  It makes me want to RE DO EVERYTHING I HAVE DONE.


However, the point of this blog and my portfolio is to log my growth as an artist, so I can just push the big red delete button and delete everything. Ugh. I also realized that I’m going to have to activity start using the grid function in photoshop, because I can barely pay attention to the spacing problems without it. *hangs head in shame*. This why I’m kind of hesitant to start actually selling any of my work right now, because it’s painfully obvious to the other designers that I’m amateur, and when I come out strong.


There is just SO MUCH TO FREAKING LEARN. The cornerstones of my education is going typography, color theory, and layout, but that’s the freaking tip of the iceberg. I need to learn illustration (ye gods) because I can rely on photoshop and stock photography for everything. *headdesk*


I still want to just download all the information in my brain and instantly be a boss at typography. Why can’t I just do that?  Also to be fair, I have come so far since I started to seriously study the craft. I mean I use to stick two pictures together, put in some type, and blend mode it.  I’m so not kidding.


And speaking of my typography fails, I was one of those noobs who thought typography was just picking out a font and if it’s in bold. *groans* Nope, nopedity, nope. Who would have thought arranging letters on a page would be so confusing. I feel like I want to cry.


Oh, and one more thing I’m going to be posting some links to some resources for other people who are in the same boat I’m in.  So did you guys find it hard to learn typography, or am I the only typography noob?


 


 


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So yeah, I decided to cut short my headache and switch books. I know, I know it’s a little confusing but I got to find a better book on visual communication because that was dry as hell. Seriously, snorefest all the way.  I think people need to start making textbooks more entertaining or risk students trying to bang their heads against books, honestly.


By some stroke of luck, I actually got a few new twitter friends. All authors or book bloggers, and I’m the lone artist in the bunch. This is what I get for following Kryptaria on twitter!  I put all the blame on her, although I’m not annoyed at it all. I want to break into the book market anyway, and what better way to do so by getting to know other people in the market.  I might I also found another fandom bestie!


I think friending all of these authors and book bloggers are getting me back into books. Although, I haven’t had any luck finding a book to capture my attention yet. *gasp* I am in fact experiencing that rare disease called, ‘Fandom Burnout’. It has finally happened to me, and now I must go back to all those romance books that I have forsaken to squee over my slash OTP’s.


Honestly, I think I need to just slow my roll and go back to basics, and since Romance Novels are my basics (I have so many old bodice rippers hidden in boxes I can’t even tell you).


Back to graphic design, so Typography (a little confusing) but I’m loving it. I really want to improve my own designs and typography is one of the major ways I can do it. I am also loving the typography workbook.


The book is so pretty, and I was a little hesitant to go highlighter happy like I do with my other books, but I finally did start highlighting and there is just SO MUCH INFORMATION! I wish I could pull a Neo from the matrix and just download all the information into my brain.  But I must keep reading.


*sigh*


And speaking to reading I’m going to try to read an original fic book at least once a week and work my way up to three books a week. I need to back off the fandom before I end in a straight jacket or something.


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So yeah, I’m done with this chapter. The last little bits of the chapter didn’t have a lot of information, but I spent this study session mostly taking notes on what I read yesterday. Although my head hurts after studying for so long.
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First and foremost, before I start off this study log I would like to remind my dear readers that they can read the previous study logs here.  Okay, now that is out-of-the-way. I basically tried to studied yesterday, but I was way too lazy to force myself out of bed. I’m still not really ... http://gigikiersten.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ejsedblok6yf3nvlkdya-1024x576.jpg -
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Hello and welcome to brand spanking new blog!  This is the central blog, so if you want the full look what happening behind the scenes of my latest designs or if you want to hear me talk about design come here first! This blog is attached to my portfolio and homesite, so feel free to check that ... http://gigikiersten.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/designer-1024x576.jpg -
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So yeah, I’m done with this chapter. The last little bits of the chapter didn’t have a lot of information, but I spent this study session mostly taking notes on what I read yesterday. Although my head hurts after studying for so long.
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Hello and welcome to brand spanking new blog!  This is the central blog, so if you want the full look what happening behind the scenes of my latest designs or if you want to hear me talk about design come here first! This blog is attached to my portfolio and homesite, so feel free to check that ... http://gigikiersten.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/designer-1024x576.jpg -
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First and foremost, before I start off this study log I would like to remind my dear readers that they can read the previous study logs here.  Okay, now that is out-of-the-way. I basically tried to studied yesterday, but I was way too lazy to force myself out of bed. I’m still not really ... http://gigikiersten.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/ejsedblok6yf3nvlkdya-1024x576.jpg -

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