Preserving a tumblr ask I got because I like to flatter myself that my advice and words are useful and helpful


Here’s the Response

Certainly. I started drawing them in september of 2016. But I only draw them very occasionally. 

I went through my archive and these were the only ants I could find

(images reposted at the bottom)

I coulda sworn there were more but I think I must have misplaced them when switching computers in 2017. 

Process: there’s not really a process to speak of. I just drew the cute head shape on some lithe fem bodies and drew em all segmented like. I don’t really do complicated drafting processes. 

Study recommendations: How Fast you Git Gud at drawing all depends on how hard you work. You can level up to my skill in as little as 2 years if you Go Really Hard. I spent a very slow 10 years or so building up to what I can do. And what I Have Done and Am Doing is roughly as follows:

Draw from your imagination as much as physically possible, staying up days and nights, ignoring all other responsibilities and activities aside from binging games occasionally. Do this for ten years. 

do a ton of studies. copy photos by eye, copy paintings by eye, draw people from life. Do this at least once a month. do this for the latter 5 years of those ten years.

These are choices I made because, shockingly, I have always  loved drawing! and I still love drawing! so I draw and I often ignore other things. 

This is what I did. It is not likely to be healthy for you or other people (it wasn’t necessarily healthy for me), and is not Advice, just an example to learn from.


Do a TON of studies. Gather numerous references and study materials. copy photos of people and every possible thing in the world around. Do studies of primitives. Train your hands to obey you by doing draftsmanship exercises like drawing hundreds of circles and straight lines. Learn to see how things are actually shaped as opposed to the way your mind prefers to abbreviate them. Draw from your imagination and don’t shy from doing this just because you don’t like how it looks.

do this every day for fastest results. the less you do it, the slower you’ll git gud. 

personally I think the best thing to do is just draw  A LOT. no matter if it’s from imagination or studies. 

BUT. as far as my sense of anatomical abbreviation, I dunno. I’ve just drawn so many figures I start to distill them. Everyone distills the figure in their own way. There’s no explanation that will let you just tap into it immediately and know how. you have to put in the time learning all the intricacies of the human form. this can take years and years. 

A big disorganized ramble about gallery sites I guess?

Here's why I think gallery sites are pretty much dead.

places like twitter and tumblr, in my uneducated opinion, are the gravitational centerpoints for online activity. Sites like FA, DA, HF, Weasyl, etc are all mainly galleries for artists, which makes them a niche utility for all users. I generally have to make the choice to go and visit these places in order to discover their content. These days, I can get all my content in like, 3 places: twitter, tumblr, and youtube. (other people will use reddit or 4chan or even facebook). This is because these are essentially content aggregators which feed you basically everything you want in one place. Art, news, shitposts, animal vids, dumb memes, and discourse. You can technically get these on a social art platform, but these platforms were not designed to hook you into an inescapable addiction like the other aforementioned sites. These are primarily used to showcase artists on a front page, and hopefully entice you to browse these galleries while also displaying advertisements.

Aforementioned sites also do this, but they are much more addictive and much more general and varied in their mediums.

For me, tumblr was a central hub, my first stop. It was how I interfaced with an audience, and it was also a way I was fed certain amounts of news, unsourced inspiration, porn, music, videos, and discourse. I didn't really need to go anywhere else (other than youtube or twitter) to get my social media fix. Gallery sites don't meet this need. Gallery sites require people to go to a lot of comparative effort in order to stumble on you. On DA, you either get generally the same popular artists every month if you sort for popularity. sorting for newest can get you interesting results, but there's also an overwhelming deluge of content that just isn't that great.

Tumblr was so much more likely to feed me new and good shit from people I never heard of, and I didn't need to do much other than follow a few well known shitpost aggregators.

Gallery sites just aren't central content hubs. They're archives to link to from your primary social platform. The simple fact is, on twitter, I get bigger numbers, and honestly this is probably the main driving factor behind my dissatisfaction with other sites. I don't get the same validation high. And I feel that the way these sites are structured, that's always going to be the case. On twitter, my social interaction feels much more real time. Also, It's impossible to actually choose between gallery sites. They all have such a high fucking inertia when it comes to getting interaction and getting discovered it seems. This means we end up trying to post work to all of them. Which means you end up only posting the occasional piece you worked really hard on in order to get it noticed. Which means your post irregularity makes your discoverability suffer. This process is time consuming and sometimes discouraging.

And I say all of this because of all the people who are trying to tell me they won't set foot on twitter under any circumstance. For what reason, I can't tell. My experience on twitter after making similar adjustments to those I make on tumblr such as blocking ads, being mindful of what click like on, and being mindful of who I follow. My point is, centralized social media content aggregators are always going to be better for an artist to gain recognition and get their work in front of the highest number of potential clients for the sole reason that twitter is fucking huge. Gallery sites serve a purpose, but they will absolutely never ever be a replacement for tumblr, despite its flaws.

rest in fuckin pieces I guess, I dunno. I genuinely lost what I think is an irreplaceable platform on which to post my art. Seven years of gaining a following just down the fucking drain.

anyways here’s some drawpile doodles from yesterday