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Hi Austin! My 18-yo cousin is feeling discouraged because she feels like her drawings look like cartoons, which made me remember a video (that I think you posted) that was a sort of timeline showing someone's progress in technique and skill over several years. I've been looking through all your likeliest tags and even googled it, but can't find the video. I'm hoping it was a post of yours... Do you know what I'm talking about or am I nuts?

Dec 11, 2012
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Hi Austin! My 18-yo cousin is feeling discouraged because she feels like her drawings look like cartoons, which made me remember a video (that I think you posted) that was a sort of timeline showing someone's progress in technique and skill over several years. I've been looking through all your likeliest tags and even googled it, but can't find the video. I'm hoping it was a post of yours... Do you know what I'm talking about or am I nuts?

Hmm… doesn’t sound familiar. You might ask her, “What’s wrong with cartoons?” David Shrigley can’t draw for shit and he’s one of my favorite artists!

Buy her Picture This or send her to this Gary Panter post and give her Wayne Coyne’s advice: “Don’t think. Just start drawing.” (And keep drawing.)

“It’s okay to head out for Wonderful, but on your way to Wonderful, you’re gonna have to pass through Alright…” —Bill Withers

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  3. buckycee said: Don’t give up young artist! One technique she might want to try is quick sketches while really observing a real object or person. Like people sitting in cafes or bus/subway or walking down the street. Draw action/pose first and then go into detail.
  4. daanwindhorst said: Was the Ira Glass-video already attached? Didn’t see that. I’m stupid.
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