Valen's Sketchblog
A place for me to post my sketches, WIP, and finished art pieces. I also post other art I find awesome and inspiring as well as helpful art tutorials from other artists.
Inktober Day 6! Terrarium.
#inktober2014 #inktober
Inktober Day 7! Venus Fly Trap #inktober2014 #inktober
Inktober Day 5! Trying to catch up.
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Hey, you're on Flight Rising as well? I just joined on Monday. That's so cool. Great artwork, btw.

Thanks! And yes, I joined Flight Rising back in April. I’ve had a lot of fun playing on the site, but I’m probably too invested in it. 


Another Flight Rising commission!

#Inktober 16 If you have a choice between being you and being Toph Beifong, always be Toph Beifong… #Toph #tophbeifong #KuretakeInktober #earthbending #avatar #atla
Working on my next painting!#Painting #WIP

Frederic Leighton, Elijah in the Wilderness (detail)

It’s an art magician’s birthday today.
Happy Birthday, Valen! : >

Thank you so so so much! I love it!!!!
And no your not a day late! My birthday is today.  :)

Valenlarae ’s fairy princess character.  So lovely.





Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble."this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…""this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…""there is better stuff on later pages…"It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

This was always a HUGE pet peeve of mine when doing portfolio reviews at cons, and we still get it with submissions sometimes. (relevant because short comics submissions are currently open!! :-D  )
I totally get the urge to be modest, but don’t sell yourself short! If you don’t believe you can do it, no one else is going to believe it either.