Do you feel as though you are moving forwards or backwards with your drawings? It’s very easy for you to turn a few degrees off course when you are working alone in your studio. Not getting feedback on a weekly or bi-weekly basis could really be hurting your forward progress.
I see this a lot as owner and founder of Drawing Tutorials Online. I’ve been critiquing work on DTO since 2008. When you film weekly video critiques for roughly eight years you start to see glaring trends. The members who sign up watch the tutorials and pursue feedback through our Group Coaching Gallery constantly improve.
The members who sign up and just watch the tutorials usually get a little overwhelmed. They then proceed to loose their focus not knowing what to work on next. That is when they bounce around from online video to online video looking for that secret technique.
There is no secret drawing technique. It’s called study, apply what you learned, then get feedback to see if you are doing it right. Rinse and repeat on a consistent basis. That’s the secret sauce.
You see watching tutorials is great. Signing up for online courses is awesome, I’m in the midst of a course right now. You just have to combine the course with feedback. Call it what you want, feedback, coaching, or getting a critique it’s all the same.
If you consistently ask for feedback from a qualified instructor you will improve one hundred times faster. You won’t loose your focus, you won’t get frustrated either. Destructive negative self talk dooms so many aspiring artists. You might think your work sucks, but perhaps with one tweak it could be so much better.
I really want to encourage you to look for feedback. Whether it be from Drawing Tutorials Online or a local instructor in your home town. If you are really serious about improving your craft it’s a must for you.
Of course we would be happy to help you. We offer Group Coaching via a membership to Drawing Tutorials Online. If you are a bit shy with sharing your work we also offer One Time Coaching. It’s very private and very effective.
I hope you enjoy the example critique below taken from this weeks Group Coaching Gallery.
Diane has been a member for a few months now. Her figure drawings keep getting better and better. Mainly because of her consistent hard work and a little feedback. A little goes a long way.
– Hi, Matt!
Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful coaching you gave me last week. As the self help gurus say, you gave MUCH more than expected! Thank you! I am now a bit more structured and clear about what I need to do, including making the time to practice art. I also have four people to help hold me accountable for the hours I work on art each week. Yes, just a start, but a great one!
Again, thank you for pointing me in the right direction. It is much appreciated!
Kelly Hatfield (and husband, Rob, too!)
I am not at all shy to share my work, but I have two main reasons for not doing it: I do not work often enough on my drawings and, the most important one, I am really bad at working with the computer so I do not know how to do it. I do not know if I have to take the photos with a camera or I can do them with my iPhone, and after that How do I send them to you?
I have lots to do and just recently started to use my computer a little bit more and attending workshops at the local AppleStore. Is there a place where I can find the instructions to do it?
I am also in the middle of updating my web page these days, with help, of course!!!
Thank you for your tutorials. I think they are great!!!!
If you are a member of DTO it’s pretty straight forward. You just go to the gallery page, click on upload, locate the image on your hard drive and click upload once again. That’s pretty much it.
Hope this helps,