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1. Produce constantly and visibly.

The public has the memory of a goldfish. Hell, most of them will have forgotten the title of this post by the time to they get to this point. It almost doesn't matter who you are or how good you are or how popular you are, you need to have something new out there at the very least monthly, weekly would be better, or you'll be forgotten and you'll have to start building an audience again from scratch.

2. When in doubt about quantity versus quality, do both.

Rule one above mandates a large quantity of work. However, a pile of shit would have to be pretty damn big before it would draw attention. You've got to put the effort in to make anything you do the best you can do. If that feels too much like work then you should be doing something else.

3. Draw in the moment.

Do not let what might happen after you finish a piece affect your creation of it. Don't let worries of if it will sell or if anyone will like it take away your enjoyment of creating it.

4. Don't let the critics win even if you're one of them.

No matter how poorly your work is received, no matter how many flaws you find in it yourself, if you want to draw then draw. It's better to have your work critiqued than to be criticized or just plain ignored for doing nothing.

5. Don't shy away from inspiration.

Don't be afraid to try new things. Let your style evolve. Be flexible. Try new genres, new mediums. If you get the urge to create something you've never done before, do it. Your art guy just leveled up.

6. Improve.

I don't care who you are or how good your art is, you have room for improvement. Always remember that and always try to get better. Just remember rule #4. Don't let the knowledge that you are not as good as you could be depress you and keep you from drawing.

7. Have fun.

If it's not fun do something else.

Thats some of the advice I've given people over the years. Just what came to mind. Why I never take my own advice, I dunno. I should try.


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