Loose Ends and Stalling: Steve Argyle's Fanservice

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"i’m sad and idk how to feel better"

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"i don’t know what to draw"

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"i always mess up"

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"BUT I SUCK"

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I love Bob

Bob is the only thing that used to get me out of bed on Sunday mornings.  Art is the closest thing I have to a religion, and Bob was my prophet.

What I learned from him was not the mechanical processes and rules of making imagery.  But rather: why to paint.  

I was a just a kid who, like too many, was ready to quit “that kid stuff” of drawing, painting, sculpting, creating and playing.  I was unknowingly standing on the precipice of “growing up.”  Doing things only to accomplish chains of tangible goals.  School is for career.  Career is for money.  Money is the measurement of success.  But at some point we realize that success and happiness are not the same thing.  

Bob showed me you can do a thing simply because you enjoy it.  It doesn’t matter how the grown-up world values it.  It has value to you.  I continued to doodle super heroes and impossible cars.  Not because I was good at it - I wasn’t- but because it was a way for me to explore.  I learned more about both the real, and the imagined, by trying to create or recreate it myself, than any book or lecture could show me.  The process, not the end product, was the greatest benefit.

He’s right.  There are no mistakes.  There are surprise insights.  There are opportunities to learn and grow.  

Art is our first language.  We all read it, and many of us could draw something before we could describe it.  But somewhere along the line, many of became afraid to write it.  Either because we were intimidated, told it was a waste of time, or simply have gotten rusty.  But it’s in there.  In everyone.  Say “I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life” all you like.  You have masterpieces in you.  And every mark you make on a piece of paper, every thumbprint in clay, is a tiny lesson.  Keep going, and it will enrich your life, expand your understanding, and yes - make you a better artist.  And a better person.  

Ultimately, art is not a product, it’s a process.  An exercise, and an experience.  Don’t worry about the end result so much.  Art is observation, evaluation, experimentation.  Art is making decisions that have no quantifiable right or wrong.  That’s what makes it difficult, and that’s what makes it awesome.

The path is not always easy, but it is worth it.  When you get frustrated: Everyone has amazing, unique works in them, and something great to share with the world.  Everyone also has some learning to do.  Remember that the two come in roughly the opposite order.  

You are an artist.  Every single one of you reading this.  Don’t be afraid to be, and don’t let anyone (including yourself) convince you otherwise.  Whatever you choose to do with your creativity, it’s first and foremost for you.  Enjoy it, and let yourself grow with it.

…Amen?

"What would a Liliana altered into Ajani look like?"  I tend to answer questions with paint and sharpies.  Didn’t go over great in kindergarten. 

"What would a Liliana altered into Ajani look like?"  I tend to answer questions with paint and sharpies.  Didn’t go over great in kindergarten. 

Baby Lili and Bloodbraid Elf exchange makeup tips.

Baby Lili and Bloodbraid Elf exchange makeup tips.

I bet those gloves are heavy.

I bet those gloves are heavy.

"It followed me home.  Can I keep it?  If it dies…  well all the better."

"It followed me home.  Can I keep it?  If it dies…  well all the better."

Start your week with a smile, and a coloring page!  Soon, this will be available as a token, along with a few others.  Keep an eye out for more!
(And if you do color it, send it along!  I’d love to see it.  steveargyle@gmail.com)

Start your week with a smile, and a coloring page!  Soon, this will be available as a token, along with a few others.  Keep an eye out for more!

(And if you do color it, send it along!  I’d love to see it.  steveargyle@gmail.com)

Fun fact, Liliana is actually blonde.  She dies her hair for “necro-cred.”

Fun fact, Liliana is actually blonde.  She dies her hair for “necro-cred.”

gatheringsteveargylesmagic:

The Steve Argyle Magic: the Gathering Master List

"Don’t mind me, I’m just hanging out on this playmat, takin’ a break from black magic and murder."

"Don’t mind me, I’m just hanging out on this playmat, takin’ a break from black magic and murder."

So, Rogue has kind of a dangerous job.  Undoubtedly she gets injured.  What happens when an ambulance arrives and they start giving her CPR?

So, Rogue has kind of a dangerous job.  Undoubtedly she gets injured.  What happens when an ambulance arrives and they start giving her CPR?