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Do you think young artist improve quicker because of the internet? 

1,268 deviants said Yes
189 deviants said No

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WildFurball Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
(lol so many people saying that they're an example of that) I believe it doesn't really matter if there's internet or not, it's more about how much and the way they practice ;w; You can live in the middle of Alaska in a wood shack and draw better than the people that have access to internet if you practice correctly. Otherwise, if you use what's available on the web to improve, it'll probably do a lot of good because of the variety of references and tips you can find around here ~
repdog Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely do, especially if you go on the internet for art reasons (such as dA). Seeing everyone's amazing artwork on this site especially inspired me to go further with my art.
Fire-Blast-Scotland Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I certainly did!
PenniAcrylic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends if they want to animate or do things like paint ^^ (animating is WAY easier on the computer in my opinion)
T-Ingles Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It depends on what you mean by "improve"
many people's style have formed into reletively cookie-cutter identical styles and not very unique, and with the internet all they really learn to do is how to copy better (Including myself!)
Art is not about anatomy
art is not about making your style look like such and such
it's about breaking boundaries where no one has gone before, the greatest artist's syles are often so unique and unlike any other in thier own special way, and they did not learn that from others, they developed it on thier own
Skeleion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Art is in the eye of the beholder, to most its about anatomy and you will find most art schools and careers require to you learn anatomy and color theory. Sadly you won't get very fare in a art career life without having the basics.

As for the greatest artists styles being unique and coming out of no where, that is also false, if you talk to many great artist, or even listen to a review they were in, you will see they were first inspired by someone.

art is allot of things, its just what you make of it, but most the population isn't as whimsy as thinking "it's about breaking boundaries where no one has gone before" with out having studied anatomy and other basics first.

T-Ingles Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
true! I guess im a hypocrite for saying you need to work your way up from scratc haha
Online you could learn from each other and theres an infinite amount of tools you can use
Gearpunk Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a yes AND no questions, as stated before, it depends on the person :P
calzimer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not at all, cos im getting pretty busy with school, also i only have one computer for 4 on my house :/
i think when i get my laptop, my skills will improve a lot, dunno yet, also if i found someone to help me, would be even better :P
flaries Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends on the person, but for me yes c:
Larkwing Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   General Artist
In many instances, yes. If I hadn't asked one of my online friends about one of my drawings, I'd still be drawing shoulders too narrow. If I didn't have access to reference pictures, my humans would still look like crap. I learned half my basics from tutorials on deviantart because in elementary art class we learned absolutely nothing.
IcieLeaf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yes I have ALOT
Ben3418 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I think it can be a double edged sword. For the most part I do think it helps a lot by giving examples and just with the ability to learn stuff quicker and having the knowledge of doing stuff in an somewhat easy accessible place but the reason why I feel it's a double edged sword is because some young artists get overwhelmed by the talent that some other artists have and they might loose hope of becoming good themselves others my be showing their art in areas where people may comment harsh things in which case the young artist looses the support that some artist need. I believe the positives out weigh the negatives so in my opinion it s better and the internet does help more then not having the internet.
Fluffy-Mage Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally no,in most cases because i see so many who improve at first without the internet become discouraged and stop drawing after they get the internet.
VVanielle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Yes, because due to the work of my colleagues and my idols, and the lovely comments, they help me better every day.
Star-chaser97 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Writer
Yes, because having people look at my art is another motivation to work on it.
TriangleMother Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think yes. I started out a disgustingly horrid artist (before I had a DA), and the web allows so much that's hard to find, especially if you live in a neighborhood like mine. There's so many amazing artists and styles that you can see, and even base your own style off of a particular way they draw something. Plus, I've been told many great ideas from amazing artists on things that I struggle with. ^^
I've improved a lot faster through the time I've been here compared to before having any online accounts or using the internet. c:
ruttitutti Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely say yes, I was introduced to this website at 14, I am 17 now and I have explored various forms of art; but most importantly, the internet has helped me explore my imagination and flesh out ideas for characters and stories I've had in my head since way before I knew I could use them for anything. It's inspired me to make my own artwork, instead of redrawing whatever I saw in front of me, and it's taught me how the body moves and functions and how light falls and shadows take place. All in all, the internet has a great variety of tools that are useful to young, budding artists, and with websites such as DeviantART and Tumblr, where there are kinder and more realistic artists who help give feedback and advice, it helps people grow. Because if we're told by family "that looks awesome!" all the time, you won't move out of your comfort zone to improve on what you need to. Such as hands, feet, poses, etc.
InnocentLittleWolf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a young artist, and when I shoot through DA at a million miles a second, looking at all the awesome art, I get inspired to draw, which doesn't happen much. ^^;
plus, I get to see how other people render things I have trouble with, and it helps me find my own way to do it. Plus, the internet provides tons of referance material.
Teirra-Misaki Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student General Artist
i think id have to say yes..
surfing the net the young artist can view and pick up on many different styles or techniques or even get inspired in certain ways you wouldnt find just in the area you live in. im not really sure all depends on the person i guess
NinRac Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the ones who use it to their advantage and use it to help them improve properly it does...but there also so many distractions that for some it can slow down a lot
LightAnimaux Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Probably. I still improve pretty slowly, but I probably wouldn't have learned a couple of the things about digital art that I know now if I weren't watching other artists or seeing videos on the interwebs.
Inu-shadow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its sure helps me:-)
X--O Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitely, I got a huge motivation boost to improve and practice when I saw what others could do on the internet. Jealousy is a great motivator. :D
I do wonder what my drawings would be like now if I hadn't gone on the internet, though, because I've been influenced by other peoples artwork. :p
Porschepokefan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! I wouldn't even be close to this far if I wasn't on the internet! :D
TwoTailedJockey Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I'm a bit conflicted about this one actually. Because yes, they have easy access to tutorials and free programs and such, but they also tend to limit themselves more? One of the rules of any kind of art form is that there's always somebody who will like what you do, even if you need gratuitous amounts of improvement. Being on the internet raises the chances of being exposed to a bunch of people that give way too much praise over something that may or may not deserve it. Sometimes that encourages people to want to get better, sometimes it makes them want to draw that way forever because that's what people like, apparently. There's nothing wrong with being proud of your art, but sometimes you can get overconfident. The opposite scenario often happens as well, where the overexposure to extraordinary art causes some kids to lose hope or interest in getting better. So no, I don't think they improve quicker because of the internet, in comparison to times before the internet, because the additional help and encouragement tends to balance out with the self-doubt or overconfidence. I think there are definitely more people that try to get into art, and become successful, or semi-successful, because the internet provides more resources and media. I also think that accompanying the usage of the internet and the ever-increasing popularity of video games and animation and such, art has begun to work it's way back into society, no longer kind of being considered a waste of time and/or a fruitless labor. (In that respect, I suppose there is an indirect link between the internet and artist growth, because of the internet and such, there is more availability in the art world, and because of this, we now see art as something important, and thus, we will be more likely to teach it to kids who want to learn it.)

(I'm sorry if this doesn't make sense, I'm really tired. umu;; )
Skeleion Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really think you can blame the net for overly exposure to praise for doing something, considering back when I didn't have the net, my school and my family would would act as if I was doing something unbelievable. But When I got the internet and seen people my age drawing way better then me, It was the jolt of reality I needed to improve my self and learn more.

yes, the net gives overly exposure to people who will love your art no matter what you do or only love you for drawing wolves, but there are more people on the internet willing to speak their mind, then a family or friend.

Yes, it's true the net can discourage people from drawing or posting their work, because they are concerned about what others think or feel they're not improving fast enough. If this type of thing bothers them, then maybe a art career isn't for them.
you need to learn sometime, to turn what brings you down into encouragement, make everyone you feel is better then you, a rival not a art god you can never be. Try to remember they all started out the same, crayola drawings of blobish things.

I personally feel the net is a resource that can vastly improve a young artist abilities, if they have no one in person that is into art, like I my self was. Never ending tutorials from other kinds of artist willing to share their knowledge, amazing friends all over the world into art to grow as a artist with and inspiration all around you at the click of a button.

sorry rambling. XB
TwoTailedJockey Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I don't really blame the net? I think it's just that, as it has done with a lot of other things, because of the fact that you have easier access to a larger amount of people, that you get jolt of reality whether you needed/wanted it or not. That can easily come from the outside world as well, but it's much more isolated to the situations and environment a person lives in, while on the web, everything is just kind of...everywhere. I think the jolt of reality has or can have both negative and positive responses from young artists. It's in no way a "this is a good thing" or "this is a bad thing" type situation. It is a resource, but because of the lack of filters, it can also be a supply center for incorrect information, or just a general downer. They all are of sort of equally easy-access, and I certainly think some parts of the internet does better at being a resource than others.

It's a really indecisive standpoint, I guess. Sorry. umu;;

On the topic of artists that are easily discouraged, I agree with you on that to an extent. Art doesn't have to be a career, and it's not for everybody. Though many artists do worry about the public's view of their works (or lack thereof), if they continue to draw, then their drive to create is more powerful than their doubts about their talents.I think that if you are making a career out of art, be aware of the other people in that profession, but don't let them destroy your muse, since the drive to create, more or less, is(or should be) what art (or making art) is all about.

And it's ok, rambling is my middle name, haha. :v
Syphellium Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Definitely! Though sometimes not for the better.. sometimes young artists are more easily impressionable, and stick to a singular subject or style that they see from another artist. (Eg. Maybe getting latched onto only drawing wolves in a cartoony-cell shade way?) But other than that, getting great reference photos, tutorials, help from older artists.. is great!
Skeleion Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't see the problem in kids getting attacted to drawing what they love and only that, not everyone that posts their art are looking for a career in it. But If they are looking for a career in it, they will learn sooner or latter that they have to draw more then what they enjoy.
Syphellium Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
That's definitely true! I didn't mean for it to sound like a problem at all cx I meant, it's fun and helps with improvement to try out new things, younger artists should be encouraged mix it up and try a variety of subjects/styles. A year ago I stuck strictly to drawing only dragons and such, but since then (and after receiving a lot of helpful critique) I've found that working on humans, canines, felines and working on some backgrounds are really enjoyable too!
ShadowDark97 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, yes it helps really good.
I never really had any real art teacher so I use the Internet to teach me through tutorials or just to look up a photo of something to see how it looks in real life, since you don't have everything in your environment.
Looking at other artists work also helps me to try out new techniques, you see something and try to find out how they did it and then either try it yourself which mostly fails since you never can exactly see what they did by looking at the picture or you try out something new with the thoughts you made about a picture but no matter how it isit always leads to improvement.
In my opinion the artist inspiration is not exactly true. Everything can be inspiring though another artist is a rival to me. No matter who it is and no matter how good they are I always compare myself to them especially skills and age wise to somehow have an image how good I am compared to other people around my age and when I see older people that are way better on the inside I am always like "At this age you have to be at least this good or you can go dying!!!" I guess I am a bit extreme in all this, I even get mad or depressed over other artists. X'D
But in the end I think it's one of the main-reasons I actually improve. If I didn't saw the artist that claims themselves to be 18 and already can make very realistic digital paintings, I still wouldn't try out doing it! And now after I read her tutorial I already have several I want to do.
I also remember that I only joined dA back then because I saw an artist on here and I kinda wanted to be like this person. I pretty much got off this way now and like to keep this older art as a nostalgic memory though I think you may still see which artist inspired me to go back then.
And today I can only say I am really glad to be here.
kingking321 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The internet is an artist best friend :3
MadManxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes the artist gets inspired by others, learns new techniques and becomes familiar with their own
KlonoaOfTheWind Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my god yesssss
Seacircle Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, I mean, if it weren't for the internet I would be at the skill level I am right now (still learning, but true story). Without the tutorials, good advice from other artitsts, ref pictures, stock images, etc. I doubt I'd even be at this point. I doubt if I'd even be an ARTIST or want to pursue a career in this field.
Seacircle Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
change the first 'would' to 'wouldn't' XD
Lynvana Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
*raises hand* I would know >o>
I learned from you and so many other people lol. Took a while to get my own ideas and style but now I'm happy with what I do <3
Hawk-Z-Shadow Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YESYESYESYESYESYESYES 100000000 TIMES YES!i have improved SOOO much because of the net!! without the net, i would have given up on art by now!!!!!!!!
besitoast Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Absolutely. I think a lot of young artists try to mimic their favorite artist's style, which gives them lots more experience with styles, and eventually helps them to develop their own style. At least that's what happened to me. I found a few idols & artists I really admired, and I've learned a lot from them.
pine-needles Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
the internet helped me improve a ton ;w; i used to draw so terribly for a while, then i got my own computer and tablet and found so many helpful tutorials, videos, tips, and amazing artists online and after that i improved really fast eeee
x-AL3X Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ever since i first got on the internet and started to look around on websites i saw people who were way better than me and around my age. so yea the internet helped me A LOT. c: everytime someone comes to me and asks me to teach them just a few things, i either do some quick little tutorial or i tell them to search around on DA and other websites for tutorials and anatomy lessons.

for the 3 years ive been here, i think ive greatly improved. especially this and last year
3232WarriorFan3232 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I did 100% studying many people's styles really helped to improve and shape my own. :D
jordanb12 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ive learned from the internet but not the way others have :/
I study artist art and watch alot of animal planet :) ive also learned by doing ^^ like if i drew a picture and the *arm* was to large i would constly bring the picture up and pretend i was the viewier and make a suggestion for my self :) i also look at alot of Before and After memes ^^"
Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I have to say.. that all that I haven't learn from my mom I learn in the Internet

I really hate when people say internet is just to waste time... the other time I have a really big discussion with an old lady.. she want to learn a knot..and I say why you don't browse on internet? She say: Internet is for nothing.. and I say.. well I learn allot!!! and every new stuff I know is thanks of the internet.. then she ask: how do you say I have to search XD

( well not so big fight lol)

For me internet is awesome! and a really amazing tool
SaracideBunny Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats a tough one. i'm gonna say yes but it really depends on how you use it.

some people just let themselves get bummed out that other people are better so they stop trying.

and some people start copying an artist and never find their own style. most peoples styles are influenced by others, like mine, but there's a difference from influence and exact copying of a style.

when i first found the internet and sites like this, i let it get in the way and just get sad i wasn't good enough. i guess i wasn't ready. but now i'm able to use it to better myself in art.
Trickfilledboxes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... You inspired me.
Skeleion Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
daww :blush:
Trickfilledboxes Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art is very good; I've been looking at it since I was 10.
LacklusterStudios Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
personally, i think improvement comes from practice. yes, the internet provides tools and tips on how to draw certain things, but improving really comes from practicing. there were a few times where i used the internet to learn how to draw stuff, but i learned anatomy and such by using books, observing how people move, and acting out certain things to get an idea of how the human body works. and from there, i just continued to practice until i slowly started getting better.

as far as growing up, the internet has most certainly helped me. i actually got a sense of humor and matured within the past two years. without it, i'd probably still be an immature little brat, like i was when i first became a part of the internet community.
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