Texel’s LSP went on an arctic camping trip in the freezer! It took him three days to notice (during which time he did actually utilize the freezer and, uh, apparently just never looked up).
or did you never make it until now?! DUN DUN DUUUUN
…actually it turns out I posted it last year! WHOOPS oh well have it again!
I think it’s mostly about having the right attitude! Unfortunately there isn’t really a point where you “start seeing results”, it’s a depressingly gradual process and you don’t really notice until you look back at stuff you drew two years ago and go “oh I guess I am improving”.
From my own experience and what other artists have said, there will pretty much never be a point where you stop learning, growing, being critical of yourself, and wanting to improve. It can be really frustrating, but that’s also one of the cool things about being an artist! You’re always getting better!
My advice to anyone who’s serious about being an artist: get a grasp on foundation skills like anatomy and perspective (yes, you will need them, even if you think you won’t). Learn to handle criticism, and when and where to apply it. If you can’t draw something well, don’t avoid drawing it, but draw it over and over again until you can. Accept that some people just won’t like your art, and that’s okay. Don’t worry about developing a style; focus on experimenting and trying different things and let your style evolve naturally instead of trying to force it.
Don’t look at other people’s art and go “everyone else is so much better than me, I’ll never be that good, why do I bother” — look at it and think “wow, they must have worked so hard to be able to do cool stuff like that, if I work hard too then I’ll get there someday”.
The most important thing, hands down, is to just keep working at it and not give up because you think you’re not getting anywhere. You are, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Believe in yourself, and in the people who believe in you!
/puts on sunglasses and flies away in a giant robot