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Ok, here's a subject where I need some serious helpful advice from you guys!

At the beginning of this year I set a number of self-improvement goals for myself.

One of them was to read more, and I've been doing alright on that one (if I do still struggle with my attention span sometimes).

Another was to get back on board with my goal to be fluent in Spanish and other languages, and I've been really excelling on this one as of late. I hope it lasts!

And the other was to consciously improve my artwork, but this is the goal I haven't really gotten to yet. I feel that I've noticeably improved this year just by continuing to work hard on the comic and occasionally other drawings, and seeking out other comics and art I can learn from just by observing attentively. However, my original idea was to sit down with some tutorials, guidebooks, etc. and consciously practice colors, anatomy, dynamic angles and poses, and general comic-making.

One of my troubles is I don't really know where to begin. There are a lot of art help websites and tutorials out there, and so many books I could potentially order.

I'm wondering if you guys have any favorite places you go for help, or any conscious "programs" for self improvement that you've set yourself on or have been encouraged to follow by a mentor. Are there certain books or role models that have influenced you? In short, what do you do to improve yourself consciously other than just letting time and practice aid you?

Thanks!
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Altermentality
Courtney Svatek
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
A 22 year old small-town girl currently living in Houston, Texas. Everything I can do with art is completely self-taught. My main project is The Fourth, a story webcomic that I create with my boyfriend: www.thefourthcomic.com When I get the chance, I also like to do a smattering of video game fanart. If you like what you see, I do commissions for pretty cheap! (Look here: altermentality.deviantart.com/… )

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CencanMS Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the watch! :>
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IggySeymour Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi,I'm Ishi Koopa,pleased to meet you! :) :handshake:
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LostCrystal Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear Altermentality,
     Greetings! I hope I am not disturbing you, but I have a special proposal for you. I would like you to help in an anime series I am working on. This series will be based off the popular Nintendo game Super Paper Mario. I have noticed your love for said game and am surethat this idea may seem interesting. I'm Crystal, the anime's creator, script and story writer, and voice actor playing a totall of four voices. I would love your help. Anything can use help other than script (I already have a file). I hope and await your response in a prefered note. I'm sorry for being pushy if so, but I still hope for a new friend being you.
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SuperflatPsychosis Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, how am I not already watching you? I must rectify this at once!
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks! Looks like I wasn't watching you either - I have no idea what's going on in my dA world XD
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SuperflatPsychosis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me neither, I'm afraid. The real world's been keeping me busy these days.

I still check in on your comic from time to time, though! Looks like Skarva and friends have a heck of a fight ahead of them; hopefully that Kraken isn't too well-armed.

:')
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Altermentality Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here! I'm getting back into dA though. I honestly do miss this place a lot.

Hey thanks! Yep, they certainly do, but for a guy who wants to challenge the gods, I hope he can take on a kraken at least.
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MortisFalx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
I hope your birthday was a merry one!
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!  Hope you've had a great day!

Hope to see you around here again sometime. =)
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aquanut Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!! I hope you have a fantastic day! :D
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