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Fallacies To Watch Out For by StephenMcCranie Fallacies To Watch Out For by StephenMcCranie
I find myself getting trapped in these fallacies all the time. Watch out for them!
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boxedcrow Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do this way too much and sometimes it can get very disheartening and makes you want to quit. I constantly have to remind myself of my limitations so I don't overwhelm myself. 
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SquidHatJenkins Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great Stuff !! Especially relevant to anyone in a beginning career, not just artists!!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional
Thank you!
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SayuYazawa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to say that I love your work! :heart: You always mix a great subject to think about and an unmistakable drawing and coloring style that always makes me smile. Meow :3 
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional
Thanks for the kind words, Sayu! 
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SayuYazawa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :huggle:
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Kinglorshi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Writer
Thought provoking, well illustrated, and rings true for me (although I write, the math one in particular is very applicable to me X_X). Nice work!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional
Thanks Lorshi!
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Kinglorshi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student Writer
No problem. It's refreshing to see artists such as yourself, just throwing that out there. (based on reading your bio)
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unSpookyLaughter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
I love this!  I call hoarding new art supplies "Buying emotional potential".  It FEELS like I just ordered the possibility for some really amazing paintings when I order new supplies.  I know the truth is that the possibility really just comes from study and practice.  But it still feels nice to be holding new art supplies.  And try to tell me paints and brushes and all the rest aren't marketed to us as being raw potential!  :D  Haha, I do have to constantly remind myself to stop bargain hunting and start painting!
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ochaonomu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
yep...
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ToVieira Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"Impossible math". That's me! o/
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
XP
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Magical brush… guilty ~sigH~
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
XD
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Dramawind Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, you know exactly how I think! Get out of my brain! NOW!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
XP
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advanceguard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artist
THANK YOU again. great advice!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
My Pleasure!
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude~
I needed this wakeup call
I'll lower my commissions as soon as I get paid by the first batch.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Smart move.
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MipTheAlien Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So true. By the way, I really like your color scheme.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Thanks!
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Zero-NordStorm Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty cool mate. 
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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OneKnightsStand Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
There should be something like this for writers too. :) Thank you for the read.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
You're welcome!
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Alioli1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
mostly asking about brushes because well, it either looks interesting - or i'm asking what brush setting it is, because i've still not found a good setting for myself.

-However, do not be alarmed - that "Wow" is genuine and I have no doubt about the artists skill. I do suppose I could phrase myself better and make it seem more genuine, but what you have here is not - at least not my reasoning for asking. 
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Yeah, sometimes it is really helpful to know the equipment they use. Good tools are important!
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Alioli1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
obviously talking about virtual brushes, but then - regular ones apply too - except they dont have brush settings ~
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Artemensia Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Oh hey... This gorgeous comic isn't in your Book "Brick by Brick". THIS is one of my biggest mistakes and I KNOW it, but it's so hard to resist, when other use this kind of whatever, to buy it for myself... I wish this were in my book too... (My boyfriend bought this for me, and it was the best present ever... Ok this year... He always gives me gorgeous presents... And he bought me the haptic book with shipment to germany... ^^)

(Hope my english is understandable)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
It will be in the book! I'm sending out another pdf with this essay in it. Thanks!
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RickGriffin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True story!

When I was in high school I learned why Crayola markers would never produce an image as good as a "marker piece" you might see in a magazine. That's because the good markers are alcohol-based and have strong pigments so they will blend. So clearly, if you want to make good marker art you need those kinds of markers.

Well, yes and no.

Yes because crayola markers literally will not do the thing you imagine them doing, only the premium art markers can. (similar to how cheap white paint barely contains any pigment at all and requires a few gallons to actually lighten your colors--not impossible to use, but far more impractical)

No because even if you have the premium art markers, they do not impart the magical knowledge of how to use them properly. If you don't know how to use premium markers, the art you produce will still look like the crap you were doing when you were just using crayolas.

So, I had a near-full set of Prismacolor markers in my closet since 2005 basically until 2011. During that time, I made a couple crappy pieces and gave up because they weren't as good as the ideal in my head.  I finally started practicing for real and applying blending techniques by doing them on cheap commissioned badges that I had incentive to do well on, but didn't panic too much if they looked wonky. THEN I was finally comfortable enough to start applying those techniques to more complex pictures.

As much as certain tools can help create a better outcome, it still requires fundamental understanding of composition and technique, which always requires practice and thinking about what you're doing at the moment instead of constantly comparing it to the future outcome that is splendid and perfect in your head.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Thanks for sharing your story-- it's so true! I wonder how many expensive prisma color marker sets are hiding in people's closets right now...
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kura-ou Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for another helpful comic ;u;
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
My pleasure!
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BekaDavis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is EXACTLY what I used to do... both of them. And just like you said all it did was stunt my progression and work. I only recently saw what a downward spiral I was in and decided to quit dreaming and get working. Still working on developing good habits, but I'm getting there. :) Thank you for your essays, I really love them.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
You're welcome!
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xXEm-033Xx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
its like your comics come at the exact right time :wow:
thanks so much !! ..needed that , especially since i ve been wondering abt the brush fallacy 
a lot this month :iconheehee-plz:
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
My pleasure! Thanks for being here!
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ElwenAldalinde Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I knew math was bad for me! Haha! :)
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Ha ha. it's TRUE
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Droakir Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's me right there. :D

Of course, I find it fun to dream. Then I make sure to check my reality.

Some amazing tools lead to higher quality art, but it is the artist's skill that is required to make the creation.
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Yup!
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TimLiljefors Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great as always <3!
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StephenMcCranie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional
Thanks Tim!
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