I remember when I was younger and looking to improve my skills, I was often met with “Just practice,”. Although the intentions behind the adage were well meaning, that did not help me improve. As I’ve gotten older, I found myself at times, usually when I was tired myself, replying with the same two words that I was often told when I was seeking to extend my artistic skills.
When a person asks the question, “How do I improve?” what they’re asking is “Where do I focus my attention?” “What can I practice?” Giving extended feedback to every person, particularly if this is a question that is asked of you on a regular basis, can be exhausting. For me, I tuck away channels, books, resources or websites that I have found helpful. What is important is that the new creator is pointed in a direction, even if it’s just a start.
I tell them what I focused on, colour theory, panel layouts, story structure and pacing, how to draw hands, how to improve my workflow. If you turn inwards and express what it was that you struggled with and where you found the answers, you’ll have not only helped the budding creator focus their energies, but demonstrated how to give a better answer than simply,
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