Spoons - And Lack of Thereof
To explain what's going on, I'd have to tell you what 'spoons' are. Now, I don't usually use the spoon theory to describe what I'm feeling, but it's the best description I have found to explain energy levels. The Spoon Theory
is a theory that makes 'spoons' the unreal measurement of levels of energy that a person has. Everytime you do something, you spend spoons. For some people, doing small tasks such as showering, making food, or even getting out of bed spends a lot of spoons, leaving them with a limited number for the rest of the day. Once you run out of spoons, you have to rest or you have to do something else that recharges/doesn't use spoons.
To me, this is a great analogy to explain the energy levels of a person, even if I don't use it all the time.
I work almost all the time now, and while the paycheck is (barely) worth it, I don't have much time or energy to do much of anything else. Even doodling takes away spoons sometimes. So, sometimes I use premade, predrawn poses. That way, I don't 'use' spoons trying to think of a pose (And trying to execute it).
Here's where I got the poses: PoseReference
And, I'm not using them without permission or anything. Anyone can use them, and the creator of the poses also encourages people to use them, even trace them if you would like to. All the creator wants is to see them afterwards.
On the Use of Pre-made Poses and/or references:
Now, it's not like I can't draw without the poses or anything. That much is certain. (I only mention this because people have come to me trying to insist that I can't draw without them.)
Just when I have "low spoons" I don't have the energy to finish a picture starting from scratch. Using premade poses or references or anything of the sort is never a bad thing
, and I don't want anyone who is an artist to think such. If you use them when you first start out in drawing, it really does help you learn. And if you use them three years after you start drawing, it still helps you learn.
You are still the one with the ideas. You are still the one who is taking this reference or this pose and transforming it into a picture. You aren't taking away with the creativity. You aren't telling anyone that you can't draw without it. You're simply getting a jumpstart on the picture, in whatever way you need to.
The MCD Project:
All the preparations for MCD are getting closer and closer to being done. :3 I'm trying to get the last of the Concept Art up. I know most of you don't want to see any of it, but I'm still excited so
I'm still gonna put it up.
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TL;DR: I use poses sometimes because of low energy levels. References or poses =/= bad things for artists. Talk to me if you think otherwise.
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