Hello, and thank you!! :-) Good luck with your school applications, I know how stressful they can be ♡
If you’re interested in a specific technique/medium, shoot me another ask and I’ll answer it with much more detail, but as for general advice: do art. All the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Do ten minute scribbles before going to bed. Doodle on the margins of your notes. Do it when you don’t want to. I know this is the most-said piece of advice, but it’s said for a reason. You improve when you’re constantly making something; even the shitty stuff turns into good stuff after a while. (And I find that even doing it when I don’t want to, after a while I realise how much better I feel - plus it’s always nice to see the result of being productive when you feel shitty.)
Portraits! They’re my favourite favourite favourite :-) For me, unless it’s fan-art type stuff (in which case, I comb through websites until I find a picture that captures my attention), it’s deciding what sort of portrait I want to be doing. From there it’s compiling images. I have a pinterest that I use exclusively for uploading images that I found interesting, so I’ll dig through there and pluck things out: a face, a makeup look, even a colour swatch I think would work. From there it’s just choosing a medium and a surface - lately I’ve been really into art boards/acrylic paint, although my next piece is going to be oil paint on masonite board :’) Then doing a rough sketch - a lot of artists I know grid, but I usually only grid for commissions because I find it too much effort otherwise - and working on top of there!
Best of luck & thank you, you’re such a sweetheart :-) ♡
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