Artist Questionnaire Redux (electric boogaloo)

People didn't ignore the last one, so let's go again

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May 24, 2018 6:40pm
I kinda wanted to bring up my questionnaire from nearly THREE years ago, just to see if any of your answers have changed over time. I've also included some new questions (although some can really only be answered if you did it last time).

Here is the old one. If you have answered these before, include any updated answers here. Preferably include the old answer in a strikethrough for comparison. If you haven't, answer them all in this thread (please don't necro).

(I didn't bother including my old and unchanged answers.)

NEW QUESTIONS
What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?

How much have you improved since last time?
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My answers

What do you typically like to draw?
People in various (almost) fantasy-ish clothing (ie. armour, robes, etc.) of my own design. That or gijinkas, and the occasional character from a series (like Fire Emblem).
These days it's mostly OCs, ranging from established characters to generic soldiers.

What are your weaknesses?
Drawing in profile, proportions, hands, etc.
Basically the same as before (anatomy), but now it's also backgrounds and correct lighting, as I've learned.

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?
Porn, or anything overly fanservice-y (ie. I will NEVER draw Nowi from FE, at least waist up)
I can only say porn now, because I've made 2 swimsuits pictures and one nude (WHICH I WILL NEVER POST). Perhaps excessive gore too.

How often do you draw?
Several times a week, that's for sure.
As of late, I've been doing it every day (mostly figure drawing practice).

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?
An hour, and then an additional, say 3 hours, of nit-picking.
lol too long

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?
6.5/10, if I'm honest. I'm very inconsistent.
5/10 now. Not because I've gotten worse, it's more that I've realized how much more I need to learn.

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?
So... I don't even wanna link it now, because I hate the drawing in question now, but over a year ago, I was really proud of it, and sent it to a few friends. One friend in particular went completely ballistic and started to rant about how bad it actually was (the anatomy was FUCKED), and flat out told me that I shouldn't be proud of it at all. So yeah, it was rough. Luckily, and I assume it was because I was still in a good mood, I took the criticism well, and took his advice. Hopefully you guys think it improved since then.

Funnily enough (in retrospect), MONTHS after that beatdown, it was only then the words actually haunted me for a bit. But that's more my problem than his.

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?
Because I like drawing and I want to see myself improve (gee that question wasn't very well thought out)

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?
It's either praise or some dickhead asking if it's hentai. Out loud.

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?
don't bother
Don't beat yourself up over your art (like i do sometimes). It doesn't help you improve at all; you're only making what's already a challenging path even more painful. It also does nothing but alienate your peers. At the same time though, accept criticism with grace and always know that you can improve.

How much have you improved since last time?
Objectively, as much as the monkey on my shoulder would vehemently disagree, it has gotten much better. My anatomy is generally better, my poses don't look as stiff, I've redesigned a couple of characters' faces so they don't look too samey, and the switch from pencil to tablet definitely helps. I've also generally been more positive concerning my art as well (although sometimes I mildly relapse), after alienating too many people.
May 24, 2018 7:04pm
When did you start drawing?

Technically I started drawing seriously around 2015-16ish. But I've been doodlin since like 6th grade.

Why did you start drawing?

I showed my friend my drawings and she was like "wow thats actually really good! you should pursue this!" anddd after that i kept getting inspiration oof

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?

Probably the artists I admire. People liike Hyanna-Natsu, Yenkoes, Alchemaniac. Etc.

What do you typically like to draw?

Now it's just people. I used to attempt to draw pokemon/animals but uh.... we'll revisit that in a few years

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?

I think hair and eyes. Legs too.

What are your weaknesses?

Heads, hands, arms and body poses! Jesus @.@

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?

Pregnant women...

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?

sincewhendoyouseeguysonmytimeline

How often do you draw?

I have looong rushes of art blocks, so months at a time. And when I'm off of it, it's like weekly, dailyish??

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?

If I'm into it, I'll take half the day to draw whatever I want since I get no requests/commissions. One drawing can take 1-2 hours or 30 minutes.

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?



Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?

I usually doodle in class but i don't really like showing anyone.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?

4/10 my guy. I'm harsh on myself lol.

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?

"Is that supposed to be a part of the human body?"

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?

I guess it's just my ambition. If I slowed down/stopped, it was mostly bc of my lack of self confidence since I was frustrated with my speed in improvement.

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?

"That's fye!"

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?

Patience is key. Reference a lot for quick improvement and never give up! I guess...

How much have you improved since last time?

Oof, first time doing it sooo

May 24, 2018 7:15pm
When did you start drawing?
I've been 'drawing' for as long as I can remember, but I think it was 6th grade when I really decided I wanted to take art more seriously.

Why did you start drawing?
Wanted to draw cool Pokemon... an especially big influence was a lot of artists on Deviantart who would draw their sparkly Eevee OCs and I was like WOW I WANNA DO THAT TOO

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?
Absolutely anime, but also a lot of Western cartoons (Adventure Time is a good example, also like... Scott Pilgrim?)

What do you typically like to draw?
pretty girls and animals/animal-like creatures (cough Pokemon)

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?
I think I have a pretty good sense of color? Also, I have a pretty good grasp on drawing cute things? My lineart is decent? it's hard to be nice to myself, hmm

What are your weaknesses?
I'm not good enough at planning/executing backgrounds, I still get stuck making interesting/fluid poses, my anatomy is still kind of wonky, can't draw hands/feet well

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?
child porn.... and maybe intense gore? I'm pretty open to at least trying to draw anything else

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?
Definitely female; I need to draw more guys

How often do you draw?
I've been on a pretty long hiatus because of college eating up all of my free time, but I'm trying to get in the habit of making several drawings a week again! Realistically, I think it'll end up averaging out to be about two drawings a week

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?
Four-ish hours?

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?
I want to make a comic soon! I'm also planning on doing game dev :D

Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?
I'm pretty fine with people IRL seeing my art, but I usually don't show it to them on purpose because I feel like I'm forcing them into looking at it... lol. I make Jessa look at literally everything I draw ever, though

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?
that's SUCH a subjective scale... I'll put 10 as like, the artists I really admire online and say I'm a 7? I'm lacking a lot of the things I still want to learn, but I feel like I'm making progress towards my art goals

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?
My art teacher in elementary school told me I had no talent whatsoever, LOL

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?
I continue to draw because it's one of my biggest passions in life, and I want to do a lot more with it! College destroyed my free time, but I'm consciously making a lot more free time for it now that I've graduated.

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?
"Is that anime"

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?
Draw all the time! Draw as much as possible! Use lots of resources and always push yourself, even if you think your skill level isn't high enough to accomplish what's in your head yet. You'll get there.
May 25, 2018 3:45am
When did you start drawing?
I started getting into drawing around 2012
I can't change this lol

Why did you start drawing?
I think it was because I was really getting into anime more than before and that I found video tutorials
Can't change this either

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?
I enjoy going on image searching sprees, and during the process I would look over the pictures I've saved and try to learn what aspects of them I like and attempt to mimic/include it in my next few drawings.
Definitely this

What do you typically like to draw?
Cyoot grills <3
I haven't changed at all

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?
I'm not sure
Does suddenly having bursts of inspiration and motivation to draw 4 in the morning count?

I still don't know lol

What are your weaknesses?
I occasionally screw up the body proportions, which is why I don't post a lot. When I make a mistake I prefer to start over rather than waste more time trying to fix it.
Add drawing guys and colouring into the list

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?
I'm pretty sure I'm open to anything
Maybe some tags I find gross

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?
I can't draw guys ^^
I've drawn some guys now but I still suck

How often do you draw?
When I feel like it, which can be huge drawing sprees, or can be long breaks of not drawing for 3 months
Same as above

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?
When I get really into it I spend about 6 hours on a picture. This only happens when I have those inspiration and motivation bursts
I haven't gotten any faster. Maybe more actually, since I want to get it right

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?
lewd stuff
Better lewd stuff, maybe a webcomic/doujins

Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?
Sometimes I do, depending on who it is.
It's hard when a majority of them are inappropriate

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?
I hate judging my own skills because it's pretty subjective, so I'm not sure? 5/10?
One of the things you eventually learn as an artist is that what you do will never be enough for you. I have a long way to go.

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?
I don't remember, probably something about how bad the proportions were.

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?
My libido
As much of a joke it is it's also probably the realest answer

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?
Positively, many people that don't draw think they're pretty good(of course, I don't fully agree)

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?
You can't get better if you don't practice, and that's just how it is. Watching videos won't suddenly make you good.

How much have you improved since last time?
A little bit
May 25, 2018 6:28am
When did you start drawing?

I don't even remember. I've been drawing for pretty much ever, and I think I started drawing regularly when I was 7 or 8.

Why did you start drawing?

This is probably gonna sound kinda weird, but I find it much easier to connect to people and characters that I can draw. Empathy is something I kinda struggle with, but I feel like art gives me a means to understand the world better. That's all retrospective though, as a kid I think I just liked it as an outlet and something that was consistently positive.

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?

I've had a loooott of influences over the years! Sugimori, obviously, when I was younger. More recently I'm taking a lot of inspiration from Kasey Golden, KingofMaggots and TwilightSaint.

What do you typically like to draw?

Dragons! Pokémon! Monsters! All are good!

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?

Eyes, probably. I've been told many times that I draw really expressive eyes.

What are your weaknesses?

hhhh backgrounds and inanimate objects.

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?

If you've seen my FA you probably know I'm pretty open to subject matter. There is certain porn I won't draw though. I'm not a monster.

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?

I definitely draw more typically male or androgynous body types. I'm trying to draw more ladies though!

How often do you draw?

Whenever my brain lets me. On average I'm getting several drawings out per week at the moment, I just don't post most of them here. I'm just trying to make up for lost time over the last couple years though, I didn't draw much at all during 2016-2017.

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?

Depends. Clean, coloured sketches take maybe 3 hours at most, but when I get hardcore into a piece I can easily spend 15+ hours on it.

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?

I'd LOVE to live off of commissions or merch. I'd love that so much.

Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?

Eeeeeeeeeeeh. I don't usually mention it unless it comes up in conversation, but that's mostly because I'm a private person. If it comes up I don't mind sharing though!

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?

mmmmm 6/10 if I'm being real. I know I still have real issues with my art but I'm a lot better than I was. I think if I'd kept drawing during the time I missed I'd probably be a 7 or 8, but c'est la vie.

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?

Like the entirety of my art GCSE class lmao. That was just 2 years of being told my art is worthless and wouldn't get anywhere because I was focusing on animals and digital media.

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?

Forcing myself through art block tbh. It's one of the few things I really really enjoy through depression tinted lenses so it's where I put most of my energy. I've definitely slowed down from my baby artist phase where I drew 24/7, mostly because of physical and mental illness setting in meaning I'm limited in my energy each day to where I need to plan my exertion to include loo breaks and making food.

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?

Overall positive, at least recently. I'm well aware that I'm much harsher on my art than my audience, but it makes me really pleased to know that I'm getting to the point where I can show a stranger my art and they'll genuinely compliment it.

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?

Fail faster, fail harder. The faster you fail the faster you improve.
Also older/more experienced artists aren't untouchable gods. Chances are they're as nerdy and awkward as you. Talk to them and ask them about art! In my experience they're usually more than pleased to answer questions or give you guidance on your art if you're polite and passionate.

How much have you improved since last time?
I didn't do the original questionnaire, but over the last 3 years? I think I've improved a lot in more subtle ways. I'm getting more comfortable with flexing my style and trusting my sense of anatomy to where I don't make my figures stiff by sticking too close to a mould.
It's times like this, when things are tough, that you have to be strong. Think for yourself and do as you deem right. - Grovyle
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May 25, 2018 11:37am
When did you start drawing?
-when i could hold a pencil

Why did you start drawing?
-i can't actually remember, i was a small child hahah

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?
-pokemon, and anime was somewhat of an influence too, but not any specific one. my style has hopefully passed the anime phase now, lol
my style now is mostly influenced by tumblr artists i love! i'm constantly going "oh i love how they draw hands/hair/eyes/etc, i wanna try drawing like that" and working their techniques into my own style

What do you typically like to draw?
-cats and pokemon
angst, baby >:3c

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?
-i think i can draw animals pretty decently
i like my attention to detail, and i'm pretty good at picking colors

What are your weaknesses?
-i need to get better at humans, and full body drawings
guess who got better at humans, it's me :Db now i'd like to work on drawing dynamic poses and detailed expressions

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?
-nsfw things
i'm gonna get more specific here and say inc*st, p*dophilia, and extreme gore

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?
-female characters
definitely more male characters lately

How often do you draw?
-i've fallen into an art slump this year, so not much lately D:
i'm once again in a slump, but i try to force myself to draw a few times a month

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?
-at least 2-3 hours, because i am slow and a perfectionist
oh my dear sweet past fex, we've only gotten slower here. if i'm working on something complicated or something with a background it can take literal days

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?
-not sure. people have always told me to persue a career in it but i don't know if i'd enjoy it
still don't really have any solid plans, tho i've been thinking about how cool it would be to sell prints and keychains

Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?
-i usually keep them private from rl people. i don't like the feeling of people judging me for liking pokemon at the age of 20 :1
the only person i make a point of showing my art to is my mom, hahah

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?
-hmm, i feel like i'm happy with how the things i draw come out now, but i know i still have a lot of room to improve, so i'd say a 7?
i still agree with what i answered last time but i know i've improved a lot, so let's bump that number up to 8

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?
thankfully, i can't remember it!

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?
i've slowed down bc i get burnt out easily, which on top of my already existing depression/anxiety makes it even harder to sit down to draw. but i made a goal for myself a couple years ago that i would try to finish at least one fully colored piece a month, and keeping up with that is what keeps me drawing

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?
the most public place i draw now is at my dining room table, so it's just mom looking over my shoulder and going "are you drawing what's-his-face again?" and the answer is usually yes

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?
take care of your hands!!! do warm ups and wrist/arm stretches, take breaks often, and don't overwork yourself, bc it will just cause more pain in the long run!

How much have you improved since last time?
a lot, i'd say! i draw backgrounds now!!


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May 31, 2018 1:28pm
When did you start drawing?
Around age three or four, I think.
When I was a toddler.

Why did you start drawing?
i was a bored child
I just decided to start scribbling on paper.

What influenced your art style (the way you draw)?
My art tends to take traits from other art styles I like, and then develop on its own.
Friends, people I admire, things I like, etc.

What do you typically like to draw?
I like to design characters, though I get demotivated whenever people complain about how much I make new OCs,,
Humans, mainly for stories of mine or fandoms I'm into.

What are your strengths when it comes to drawing?
Eyes, hair
Faces, expressions

What are your weaknesses?
I've been given a lot of slack for my inability to draw different body types.
Body types, more dynamic poses and perspectives

What, under any circumstance, will you NEVER want to draw?
Porn.
Heavily sexual NSFW stuff and extreme gore.

What do you draw more of: male characters, or female characters?
Male
Male characters, due to me tending to project (and being a dysphoric trans dude), but I've been trying to draw female characters more often despite it being out of my comfort zone.

How often do you draw?
too much
Pretty often, though it's been slowing down lately due to me having frequent artist's block and motivational issues.

How much time do you spend on a drawing (on average)?
A few minutes to an hour or so depending on the size, medium, and detail.
A few minutes to a few hours. I've been trying to take my time more often.

What do you plan to do with your drawing skills in the future?
Either animation, character design, or making a comic.
Character design, running my own comic, something like that.

Do you like to show people your drawings IRL, or do you just keep them private?
depends
I don't have many people IRL that I'm comfortable with explicitly showing my art off to.

And finally, on a scale of 1 to 10, how good are you at drawing?
i am really proud of my art but i have this mindset where if i rate myself too high i fear i'll seem conceited so i'll give it a solid 5
Seven? I've been improving a lot.

What's the harshest criticism you've ever received?
Somebody once really really rudely pointed out my struggle with stuff like varied body types, faces, etc. It still haunts me from time to time due to me taking things personally too easily.

What made you continue to draw over the past 3 years? If you slowed down or stopped, why?
Wanting to visualize my ideas and let others understand them without having to read through mile-long infodumps. I've slowed down due to depression and stuff.

How have people reacted to your drawings in public (if they looked over your shoulder or something)?
They're impressed, but they're usually people that just don't draw or people that are related to me.

What's the best advice you can give to a budding artist?
Don't give up. Practice. Use references.

How much have you improved since last time?
A ton! I still don't have a very positive outlook on my own art most of the time, but the improvement is noticeable.
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