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How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:04 am
by Valkhira
Before I started drawing I had nothing and was at my lowest point. Now I have a path and something worth living and fighting for. Also: discipline. I had none before it, I was the typical idiot that did nothing but always got the highest grades. Now that I am on my own, I've learned to work in absence of anyone else doing the teaching for me.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:35 am
by blankheART
Valkhira wrote:Now that I am on my own, I've learned to work in absence of anyone else doing the teaching for me.

yeah me too , but i always wanted to go alone , i like doing things solo :P , also do you still get high grades ? cuz i can't get it now XD

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:40 pm
by DarkLored123
It didn't really affect my life, but it provided an example of how disciplined you need to be to achieve a skill.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:26 am
by Shishi02
It makes me get to know myself and learn proper ways of drawing as if it's part of a discipline in life.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:40 pm
by BulletHell
It gave me crippling depression when I was weak-minded and jealous, but then gave me confidence in my own abilities and overall a lot of joy once I stopped obsessing over art better than mine.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:36 pm
by Fantelle
    I've gotten really good at spotting things that are asymmetrical. My own face was ruined first lol, but also the architecture of my school and things like that. And I totally relate to the people watching thing! I take the bus a lot and studying people's facial features and expressions is lots of fun, but really hard to do unnoticed.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:21 pm
by BulletHell
Fantelle wrote:
    I take the bus a lot and studying people's facial features and expressions is lots of fun, but really hard to do unnoticed.


The fact that I look like I am some kind of terrorist with my face covered with skarf and big ass hat is making me think that at some point someone will call the police on me for looking at them for too long. It's like a stealth game at this point.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:51 pm
by azarga
Made me more jumpy and constantly looking back to see if my wife or kids didn't sneak up on me to peek over/under my shoulder.
Encouraged me to sleep 2 hours less (so down to 5), because I can only draw during the night for the above reason.
Convinced me to delete most of my social apps because I was jelly of real artist's work in the feed.
Opened to me new ways of humiliating myself and helped me to discover the new depths of self-esteem.
Made it necessary to purchase a box with an actual lock on it to store my sketchbooks out of ppl's sight.
Added quite a bit of grey hair (and I'm not even 30 yet).
Taught me to NEVER admit that I actually do draw outside of select few people who know anyway.
Helped me finally realize that the correct (safe) answer to "do u have any hobbies?" is "chess".

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:16 am
by BBstudies
It basically cured my 10 years of Obsessive Disorder and nightmares. Quitting art was the worst thing I could have done to myself at that time, I wish I knew it in time. I don't care how much I still have to learn or catch up, it's just satisfying to do something you truly believe. My days don't feel the same when I don't draw, if I stay 3 days without drawing I go back to freakout mode. At this point, drawing -and music- are my "sanity pill" and I hope to acquire the skill to be able to merge the two one day.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:06 pm
by Josephcow
It has allowed me to appreciate a wider variety of things as beautiful. Starting with myself. We are surrounded with images of what is pretty and what is not, making it hard to escape those standards. But once you have drawn a variety of people and studied their face and bodies for hours, you appreciate un-beautiful things differently. I don't mean I am suddenly attracted to every person, just that it matters less because I am focusing on just light and form for example.


I was talking to an old man with very large bags under his eyes the other day. And while I would have found this repulsive years ago, that day I thought 'that would be interesting in a portrait'. I think that indicates a complete cognitive change that is a result of observational drawing. Maybe it's because every time you do an observational drawing or painting you to some extent have to find a way to appreciate things for how they are, instead of always wishing things were better.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:43 am
by Ab Captain
I'd say two of the biggest things for me are being more visually observant and finding less time to do things (BECAUSE FREE TIME IS ART TIME).

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:39 am
by Ab Captain
I also take notice of shape language in designs, architecture or anything really.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:05 am
by lo-fi
For me, I analyze nearly everything. That's just my nature. Examples would be when i see buildings, I imagine there construction, Form and break-down buildings. The same with trees and other object. Also I observe people's mannerism, forms of their face and body. I also look for composition. Basically, lots of analyzing and observation. Also art is my passion, makes me happy and I can do it for hours. Really art has shaped me and embrace life more.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:07 pm
by Weaver
It's making me realize what a long road I have ahead of me. And it also inspires me to try for something a little bigger than myself.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:01 pm
by Dizzard
I feel like two things in particular have taught me a very valuable lesson over the last year. Going to an exercise class twice a week and taking drawing more seriously.

Growing up I think I had a really ingrained belief that if you weren't good at something almost immediately that you were just never going to be good....I don't think I really had the belief that I could get better.....or maybe if it was too hard I took that to mean I just wasn't good enough and gave up.

but the last year has shown me that I can achieve something if I put my mind to it, I kept going to the exercise class twice a week....even though I was often sore and out of breath afterward....and I feel like I'm getting a bit better at drawing too. I've learned the importance of baby steps and leveling up a little every day.

Things that once seemed like they weren't worth thinking about now seem like they're worth thinking about.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:01 pm
by Plumbum
BBstudies wrote:It basically cured my 10 years of Obsessive Disorder and nightmares. Quitting art was the worst thing I could have done to myself at that time, I wish I knew it in time. I don't care how much I still have to learn or catch up, it's just satisfying to do something you truly believe. My days don't feel the same when I don't draw, if I stay 3 days without drawing I go back to freakout mode. At this point, drawing -and music- are my "sanity pill" and I hope to acquire the skill to be able to merge the two one day.

We can relate to this so much. If our artist person does not get to draw: everyone in our body feels terrible. It has taken us quite some time to really be able to appreciate how important for our mental health it is to have a good balance between what each of us are doing.
I'm really curious what it is about art you really like. For our artist it's that she will be able to draw my characters (I mostly do writing) or the things in her part of our head (because annoyingly, she is the only one with a visual memory).

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:25 pm
by CaptainKiryu
I feel like it's helped make me a bit more humble---especially after I realized no one cares about my art as much as I do. It's helped me see more beauty than what other people tell me I should think are beautiful. Drawing as much as I have has sort of taught me how to learn and just how hard it is and how much time it takes to get good at things. It has also given me a degree of independence from technology and boredom---even if the power goes out or I don't have wifi, I can always just get into my trusty sketchbook with my pens and entertain myself for as long as i need to. I think it has also given me the avenue to express myself and my feelings, and my stories without needing someone there to listen to me because it's almost like I'm just communicating with the paper.

Idk, I've drawn for about as long as I can remember so I do not know who I would be without it.

How is learning art changing your life

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 5:06 am
by CaptainKiryu
Josephcow wrote:It has allowed me to appreciate a wider variety of things as beautiful. Starting with myself. We are surrounded with images of what is pretty and what is not, making it hard to escape those standards. But once you have drawn a variety of people and studied their face and bodies for hours, you appreciate un-beautiful things differently. I don't mean I am suddenly attracted to every person, just that it matters less because I am focusing on just light and form for example.


I was talking to an old man with very large bags under his eyes the other day. And while I would have found this repulsive years ago, that day I thought 'that would be interesting in a portrait'. I think that indicates a complete cognitive change that is a result of observational drawing. Maybe it's because every time you do an observational drawing or painting you to some extent have to find a way to appreciate things for how they are, instead of always wishing things were better.


I totally agree. It's like doing art will make you appreciate various features for the character and personality it gives a face, or body, or object rather than just a more shallow, status related beauty.