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Blue Blooded Shadow Beast by Exileden Blue Blooded Shadow Beast by Exileden
art style pretty much inspired by Zelda concept art.
I was surprised but I like a lot how japanese make concept art for great games so simple, chaotic, messy and with very simple strokes. Watching concept art from west artist or other games (such like FF) where they usually release artbooks to admire that art documentation, but wow after watching I feel they all are such masterpieces, I have such grand admiration but.... feels like beyond. It doesnt inspire me because that detail, every piece is so perfect that feels like beyond my time and skill to practice for my own creating and personal stuff.
I was surprised that many games, especially such great Zelda, came from very simple concept art hands. And guess what? When i started practicing and getting inspired, I felt a lot more joy, pleasure working on it and certainly helped me a lot more with understanding digital (surprising, eh?) than detailed masterpieces and as well creativity.

Isn't that kind of strange?

I think it's because... whenyou get inspired by your favourite game, let's say, God of War where has oh shit amazing concept art and I drool over Andy Park's art so much. It's so amazing. I want to draw digitally like that. I want. I wan (etc.). Then you sit down and draw. After that I feel.... my piece sucks. Looks ok, but I feel that I'm losing motivation and patience to finish. It's like you set in your mind to draw something similar like that artist, strived your skill to learna lot but when is reality, it looks like a piece of shit when you compare yours to theirs. Subconsciously, you feel a mental pressure and stress to create good art that you are unable to see your own tiny improvement but it has to be like what displays on that artbook. You can't focus on enjoyment. On simple things. you feel with that more like a "work practice", not enjoyment for piece but hoping someday you'll be as skilled as this picture.

Thus, when you look at art like Zelda which you admire and has much simplier concepts... You feel like you are on equal levels, not unreachable. Like talking to a human. Looking at amazing masterpieces it feels like talking to a god or deity. Or, even better is to compare is on DA. You, an average hobby artist on DA. You want to improve your art. When you talk to amazing artists with great skill, you feel subconsciously a bit stressed out and cautiously talk to them to impress the artist or not hurt or something.... but when you talk to somebody who is average with the skill and passion, you feel a lot smoother. More open minded. Your mind becomes more open. And so, with that kind of art where concepts gave me impressions of being average level and more simple than what I imagined, certainly helped me to give a boost to try with JOY. When I do, look at Zelda art and wow I feel so much joy what I draw. I am no good at digital and this piece probably dont look good but I feel so happy and excited with it. By that, mentally I dont feel any stress, or any gap or perfection or crazy comparing theirs to mine piece- I was able to fully focus drawing on MY artwork, not focusing why my artwork doesnt have THAT strokes like that amazing art. I was able to fully feel what I draw, focus in my mind on design and so on. Once I've enjoyed working that one, I'm now more motivated to do another - thanks to that I'll be more effective with my disciplinary learning about digital art and create more conceptual designs for my ideas.
I have terrible problem that I get de-motivated with digital art so fast. I get so discouraged. Something like that I have opened hopes to get motivated again.... It's really amazing how great games (or anything, great movie or masterpieces) are created by series of very simple concept art.
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Moongirl18 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I know that feeling.
The best thing is to stop looking at that stuff for a while, but instead be inspired to focus on learning painting/art basics...

The reason concept artists are able to paint like that is because they have all the fundamentals ready in their heads. When doing a painting, they can already plan the perspective, lighting, colours etc. and put it on 'paper' with a few effective strokes. It's not about the few hours they put in the painting, it's about the many many many hours of practice behind it.

When focussing on doing life/photo studies and studying fundamentals, you will see improvement very fast (without getting dissapointed it doesn't look as good ).
Then, when doing something without reference you'll notice you've improved too. 
Rednight19 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
absolutely amazing nice dude
Rednight19 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
absolutely amazing nice dude
nekrosith Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome :)
Valkeus Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a bizarre and cool creature! :wow:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us too. I have a lot of those feelings you're talking about!
TFSakon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Wow, that's beautifully ethereal.
MidnightTiger8140 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you about how seeing so much great art is like a double-edged sword. Sometimes it makes you want to rush off and create your own masterpiece, but then it's also hard not to be discouraged if it doesn't look as good to you. Sometimes it's hard to develop your own style and be happy with it when you see the polished styles of more experienced artists.
I'm really glad you're finding ways to remain self-motivated to do art, and then sharing them with us. Thank you very much for your art and words of inspiration :)
Drake-Constantine Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Fascinating creature there! I really like its design ^^
Mineriva Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It’s really strange, because I feel like the same way, when I look at your art and at the art from other artist here on DA. I think “wow”, when I see such great pictures (for my taste) and I am motivated to do something like that after those pictures has inspired me. But when I’ve drawn a creature or anything else and I compare to others, I see it looks still different – not as good as they did. Compared to them I feel like I am miles away from that (of course in things of drawing) or they are like adults and seem to be experienced and I’m a child or maybe a teenager and ask myself “will you ever reach that kind of level?” I know I have to learn much more, but sometimes I think “how do they do that – such a great progress in short time?” I feel so slowly in my progress.

Then I have to tell myself “your pictures are not bad. You need a bit more training”. But this is not so easy.
EmeraldDragon88 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I instantly thought Twilight Princess, yet the design is still completely different from all of the Zelda characters I've seen. I think that's awesome. The patterns on it's body over a relatively simple design make it look ancient and esoteric, I think. Wonderful piece.
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