I'm Jane. I mostly draw elves.
I’ve always typecast the Altmer as the snooty fashionistas of Tamriel, but ever since I’ve been replaying Morrowind, I have never heard so many elves 1) bemoaning the condition of their boots and 2) complimenting my character on his outfit…
I’m going to America for the next two weeks to visit family & friends over on the east coast.
I’m bringing my computer & my tablet, but I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to draw! ;w;
*KICKS DOWN THE DOOR* WHO IS THIS STUD I LOVE HIM
He’s my new Ljosalfar. He’s a terrible, terrible rogue. And by terrible, I mean he’s awful at it. He breaks all of his lockpicks, he’s about as flat-footed as an elephant, and he can’t flirt for the life of him. He’s more suited towards being a warrior, but he really really wants to be that arrant knave.
Ever since it was physically possible for me, pretty much ADSGLKAJ
By just doing it! I’ve been drawing since I was just a wee thing.
I understand drawing can be really, really frustrating at times. I can assure you that all artists go through phases where we feel absolutely shitty, unproductive, and talentless. These doubts are utterly normal, just don’t let them hamstring you! We’re all in the same boat together.
I know drawing is very sedentary, but in many ways it’s a lot like exercise. You don’t just hit the track and flawlessly run a 10k. You build up to it. Right now, you’re learning how to see in new ways (to see colour, to see shapes, to see gesture and movement, etc.), you’re working on your hand-eye coordination, and you’re working on muscle memory. If you get really frustrated or overwhelmed, remind yourself that sometimes we don’t always see the improvement, but that doesn’t mean it’s not actually there. (Unfortunately, also like exercise, if you want to keep those muscles, you have to keep using them.)
If you’re starting out, I would try to balance enjoyment and relaxation with study and observation. If you lean too far towards the enjoyment/relaxation side of things, you’ll end up drawing the same thing over and over and over again. Conversely, if you lean too far towards the study/observation side, you might burn yourself out if you don’t see improvement fast enough.
I’m sorry I cannot give you more specific advice, but a lot of the creative process is knowing yourself as a person. So what might work for me might not work for you. I know myself well enough to know that I should not force myself to draw if I’m not ‘feeling it’ that day. Other people in the same situation just put their nose to the grindstone because they know they can power through a bad day. I don’t set goals for myself because I know I’ll only become anxious, stressed, and upset if it seems like I’m not meeting those goals. Other people like to set goals for themselves because they feel like they’re getting somewhere when they meet them! Try to figure out who you are as an artist and modify your behaviour accordingly. Know when to push and know when to hold back, know when an activity will make you feel good and when it will simply demotivate you.
This was a really sweet message to receive in my inbox so thank you so much! If you ever get back into TES rp or if you want to rp with me at any point (it could be off of Tumblr like on Skype, for example), feel free to get in touch!
AAAAAA you’re so sweet thank you!
I hope to make these comics! They’re scripted and storyboarded, just not in any way digitalised. I’m just pressed for time at the moment. I’ve been really exhausted from juggling two summer jobs and keeping up with my friends this summer so I haven’t been in much of a mood for being productive artistically too. ; 0 ;
I’m going on holiday this Saturday to America tho! So hopefully I’ll have some much-needed downtime to relax and draw a shitton of art. U w U
As usual, I can only offer Bodran’s perspective. Kayla is of course the authority on Valkari’s character so she’d be able to give you a better sense of how her character feels about the whole thing.
Bodran, of course, thinks they get along swimmingly. Because Valkari is considerably shorter than Bodran, he views her as exceptionally portable and cuddleable. Unfortunately, this means that Valkari spends little time on the blessed ground. Bodran has a bad habit of just lifting her up out of the blue and carrying her around aimlessly. He views himself as doting, loving, and nurturing when in reality he’s a damn nuisance.
omg you’re so sweet!
I’ll talk a bit about Sigurd (my Dragonborn) since I’ve been really lax about drawing him.
I created Sigurd last year when I took a module on The Nibelungenlied, a Germanic epic poem from the Middle Ages. Although the class focused on the mediaeval text and translation, it’s overarching plot is a famous one that has been told again and again over the course of the Middle Ages. With each retelling, the names and nature of the characters may change—a foreign queen in one version is a Valkyrie in another—and even the plot changes, but the ur-story remains the same: Sivrit/Sigurd/Siegfried slays a dragon. In short, it’s an old as balls story—we’re talking pre-Beowulf balls, here—and Sivrit/Sigurd/Siegfried is believed to be the first dragon slayer of mediaeval Western Europe.
I wanted to incorporate this aspect of The Nibelungenlied and its variations into TES with my own Dragonborn. I headcanon that Sigurd is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last Dragonborn
(my apologies to Jesus and Miraak). Like the dragons whose blood and soul he shares, he is not born, but made. He shares his literary counterparts’ superhuman strength and its origin: dragon’s blood.