FAQ and useful info
The manic mania when you're Arting.Whenever you create something you go through various stages before it is finished (if you want to finish it that is, not all artwork is meant to be finished.) I've noticed that these creative stages that you go through in that small time period of just one artwork is a manic type of emotional storm.Suzanne-Helmigh
Funny enough, being artists also means you're probably a more sensitive person than most.
This following stage story is based on my own experience. Yours might be completely the same or perhaps you encounter different emotions thought he development stages. They are sort of placed in order, but you usually don't experience all of them in one artwork. (or do you?)
01 The brewing stage.
You got this idea in your head of the thing you want to make. It is not a completely clear vision, but you slowly get worked up and cannot wait to get started working on it. Sometimes if it takes to long for you to get started (procrastina
How can I become a better artist?Whether you are just starting out as an artist or you feel like your progress has stalled, these tips and suggestions from various DA members may help you to continue moving forward. I've paraphrased and edited in some cases to showcase the tips that I found particularly insightful.FriendlyHand
For inspiration, check out Mindcandyman on conceptart. Look at the first couple of pages of his sketchbook (2002) and then jump to about page 40 (2004) to see how far someone can progress in about 2 years (and beyond): http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=870&page=41
Studying realism would be a good first step. Even if you want to work in, say, a comic book style, you need to have a handle on realistic drawing. Knowing realism will help you improve your drawings a lot. Let's say you want to get better at dragons, you could study lizards and snakes for the body structure and birds and bats for wing structure. Dinosaurs as well, but those are a little hard to find nowadays.