MAKING ART GOALS THAT SCARE ME?! // Watercolor Botanical Painting


Hey guys! We are doing a full painting in
today’s video! This is a bigger project.. this one took me a long time, and this is
the one that I had been hinting about in my last video! I am really pumped about
this, but while you watch this speed paint, I’m gonna talk about something
very applicable to both you and me. What am I talking about? We are discussing art
goals in today’s video! So the new year recently came up, and a lot of people are
talking about their resolutions. I’m not the type of person to make New Year’s
resolutions… I’m just the type of person that constantly makes lists of goals,
whether they are realistic or not. But I have been assessing that, let’s just say…
and I realized I need to make healthier goals. So today’s video is going to focus
on how to make healthy goals, and I’m gonna share mine with you. But before I
delve into my vulnerabilities, I just want to encourage you to feel like you
can be vulnerable too. We are a safe art community, so if you want to share your
goals down below for whatever reason – maybe you want people to encourage you…
feel free to jump in and encourage other people… let them know that they can do it! Because we are a community, but sometimes just sharing your goals holds you
accountable, which is healthy too I think. So yeah, feel free to share your art
goals below. I want to know what your art goals are! And I’m gonna share mine,
and then at the end of the video I’m gonna kind of briefly go over some
advice on setting up healthy art goals. So yeah, I have to admit I am very guilty
of setting unhealthy goals where I overwork myself, and I don’t give myself
chances to rest and I burnout… that is what has led me to doing this. If you
follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice that I’ve been kind of poking around on the
goal topic, and asking people to share their art goals. This is because
this is something that’s been going on in my head for a long time. So I have…
let’s see… about eleven art goals that I may or may not share in this video.
The first one, okay, let me just put a disclaimer – I am applying a lot of these
goals in this painting. First one (of my goals): draw people from the neck down. Stop
being afraid of anatomy, and try to draw bodies more. So here we do — here we do?!
what what what … here we ARE. We are drawing arms. We’re drawing hands… these
two things scare me! We are also drawing half of a body,
because compositionally speaking, I did not feel it would be appropriate to draw
the full body for what I envisioned. I am very proud of just delving into
that. We drew a person from more than just the neck up. I’m very happy about
that. So that’s my first goal. Second goal: draw backgrounds! I seem to avoid this,
because I feel like my ability to develop a not awkward composition is
lacking, and I’m gonna get rid of that! I am going to obliterate that goal
this year! I actually found that working on this background was quite stress
relieving, and I enjoy it, so I think making that a goal was a very good
decision for me to finally stop being afraid of backgrounds! I also want to
delve back into realism. I want to do more gestural drawings and still life
studies. This is because I really enjoy doing realism when I’m not doing YouTube.
I really like to practice those things and stay on top of them, because doing
those little practices and studies really develops your skills as an artist.
So if you kind of feel stuck, maybe jump into a different style and do that for a while. So
that’s what I’m doing (lineart style here). I’m kind of excited for that to be honest. It gives
me an excuse to get new colored pencils too! Because realism! Yeah! I also want
to play with more cohesive color palettes, and keep things simple… which is
what I’m doing in this picture here! You will see me working the
piece as a whole and repeating a lot of colors all over the place. I’m using a
lot of softer colors. I wanted to keep it toned down just a little bit, because
we’re doing plants, and I just felt like it lined up more with all the earthy
things. Felt really great. Let me know what your favorite color palettes are
for your artwork! Are you a really bright colored person? Do you do muted colors, or what? What is your favorite color scheme? Let me know! I also want to delve more
into oils. I want to sell my artwork and stop feeling guilty about promoting
myself, because I put a lot of work and effort into my artwork. It’s what I do for
a job. I should not feel guilty getting paid for what I do. I have to keep a roof
over my head like everybody else. Why do I feel guilty about that? I need
to get over that! The next thing I want to make more art for me. It doesn’t need
to be stuff that I show, but it is stuff that makes me happy. Now this is the kind
of artwork that I would do for me off camera… I just love plants, that’s
all I have to say… Tell me your favorite plant down below! I have lots, and I don’t
know if I can pick a favorite at this point. A lot of the things in this
picture like that snake plant I really like… birds-of-paradise leaves are really
pretty… I like succulents and air plants a lot!
Getting off topic… back on topic – okay, I need to rest when it’s needed.
I want to collaborate more, but my vision of collaborating is like product
illustration, biological illustration, and perhaps designing book covers. The
whole book cover thing stresses me out, because I have zero interest in
illustrating somebody’s book, like a children’s book, because I would rather
do that for my own storylines. And every time I mention book covers, I
get told like, “oh you should illustrate my story!” and I really just don’t want to
do that. So I have to learn how to say no better… for the next while as well…
That’s something I need to work on! Okay, I have some storylines, and I want to
develop my own children’s book eventually (long-term goal). Anyway, those are my goals. A
lot of them are short-term goals, but a lot of them are a mix of long-term goals.
Now comes the time for me to give you advice for art goals if you want it. You
don’t have to take – it it’s all relative, really. But I encourage you to make goals
that make you feel uncomfortable. It helps you to grow as an artist, whether
you realize it or not. When you look back, I think you will. And if your goals make
you uncomfortable, and they don’t turn out okay – and you completely get regret
it – that’s okay! You probably learned something! That brings me to my
next point – you should make goals that kind of make
you feel like you’re developing your skills more. Not all of your goals have
to be pertaining to this, but if you kind of don’t know where to start with making
goals, you can think to yourself, “huh… what will make me improve as an artist?”
That’s kind of what I had in mind when I developed a lot of my goals.
The next thing – you should make goals that are realistic. For instance, if
you’re just starting out, and you’re a new artist… don’t make a goal like, “ooh I’m
gonna learn hyperrealism within the next three days, and then I’m gonna learn how
to completely illustrate stuff in Adobe Illustrator, and crank out my own
children’s book within the month.” That is so unrealistic, so make sure you set
realistic goals. Stuff like that would be long-term. That way you don’t get
down on yourself. You need you need to have little victories here and there, and
if you set unrealistic goals you might get really discouraged and burn
out. And we don’t want that. We want you to love what you do! So yeah, it’s really
healthy to set goals that are obtainable and realistic. You also may want to
consider goals that affect your skills, but they don’t have to mean that you’re
hovering over your art desk and practicing for hours. What I mean: take
it away from the art for a little bit. It’s healthy to give yourself a break,
and allow your mind to grow. So like, when you’re out and about… maybe you’re at the
mall and you’re people watching or something… study the way that shadows
fall under people as they walk. Or look at the way the light comes across
certain objects. That kind of stuff. Or even like placement of certain things
to study composition. That is the stuff that you can actually take from the real
world, and come back to your art and apply it, which is so cool! I think
it’s very healthy, because as I said, it gives your hands time to rest, but your
mind is still active. I think this one isn’t talked about a lot, but it
definitely ignites a lot of new inspiration for me! I really love doing
this when I am hiking or I am in places that inspire me. So just my little tidbit…
Another thing I would suggest: not making goals solely for the purpose of pleasing
others, because again, it could lead to burnout. And we want you to be happy. We
want you to love what you do, so yeah! Make small goals AND big goals! Those
small goals are important, because you need little victories to like keep you
going, and keep you wanting to do more art! But those long goals, like PHEW, when you cross that thing off the list… MAN! What a victory! How awesome! Anyway,
the most important thing are goals that make you happy. Let me know if you
have any of the same goals as me, and we can be little twinsies! But I hope that
you have healthy art goals, and goals that make you feel fulfilled. Anyway, keep
doing what you love, and thank you so much for watching! Have a good day, guys! Bye!