How To Get Back Into Art

How To Get Back Into Art


– [Tori] Hey There
YouTube, long time no see. It’s been a while. Thank you so much for
joining me here today. If you are new here, welcome, I’m Tori. So, in today’s video I
wanted to share with you some helpful tips on
how to get back into art after a long break. I just recently got back from a break where both my art and work was pushed onto the back burner because
family and life stuff took a higher priority for a bit. So, what I’m sharing with you today is how I personally get back into art. And I hope by sharing this video with you it will inspire you to
practice positive art habits so you too can enjoy making art the way you’ve always dreamed of. Okay, let’s begin. The number one thing that
you can do for yourself is to start right now. Don’t overthink it, and better yet just start before you’re even ready, and that’s like the best
thing you can do ever. I am not kidding you. Go out there, pick up a pencil, and go. And just by showing up and
putting the pen to the paper, you have already overcome
the hardest part. And you may be thinking to yourself, “Oh my gosh, no, that is so daunting.” I get it, I know it’s overwhelming. It’s so hard to get back into art. Your head may be rushing
like a million thoughts thinking “Ugh, this sucks,
I don’t know what I’m doing, “I don’t think I’m even
capable of making art. “I feel immensely guilty for
putting it off this long. “I know I should be doing this, “and I’m just so disappointed in myself.” All those yucky thoughts just turning and growing
in your head, trust me, the sooner you sit down
and get the pencil moving, those thoughts will disappear. So, Now that you know the
critical action you need to take, here are some cool motivational tips to help you take that leap of faith. So first off, realize that the goal of getting back into art is
not about making good art, it’s really about gaining momentum. You’re greasing up those good old gears one small step at a time, and all this helps you
to build confidence. And once you liberate yourself from that expectation
to make quality artwork you allow yourself to explore limitlessly. It gives you that chance
to get reacquainted with skill sets you may
have previously built, calibrate your hands
to move more precisely, and you may possibly
discover something new. So, all that starts once you let go of the pressure to be good. Alright, next tip, start small. Like really, please do. You wouldn’t expect yourself
to run in a marathon if you never ran before, right? So, that applies to art. You have to warm up and build endurance, and you do that through repetition. By allowing yourself to start small you increase the chance of showing up to the next art session because you know through
experience that it’s manageable. You’ve done it once, you can do it again. Now, let’s talk about attitude. I encourage you to practice
a positive mindset. If that is completely foreign to you, fake it ’til you make it. Just say it, say it in your head, and then eventually over time it will kind of set in and be your go-to. So yes, if you harbor any ill feelings like “Ugh, this sucks, I am
so miserable doing this.” You’re already setting the tone of that particular art
session to be negative, and you’re conditioning your connection with art to be lackluster. And we don’t want that. I understand getting back into
the swing of things is bumpy. It’s not comfortable. But I encourage you to embrace those really awkward moments and express gratitude towards
yourself for making an effort because you really are
setting the wheel in motion in making more art, and
by taking that direction to be more positive, you are ensuring more awesome art sessions in the future. Another thing I would like to talk about in relation of getting
back into the swing of art is that I ask you to
take care of your body. I know we want to kinda push that aside, but I wanna make sure you’re
not running on an empty tank. Fill yourself up. Get some quality sleep, eat nutritious food, drink lots of water. Ultimately, get moving. And one of my favorite mantras that I repeat to myself all the time, it’s like my number one favorite, is that bodies in motion stay in motion, and I repeat this to myself in both art, business, and in my health. Because when our bodies
are feeling their best, we can do our best. Cool, those are your
four tips to get started. To recap, number one
is to remember the goal is not about making good
art but building momentum. Start small, practice a positive mindset, and nurture your body. Now, let’s go over some common pitfalls so you have a smoother
transition back into art, and the biggest pitfall is
comparing yourself to others. Man, what a rob of joy. So, by obsessing about what
other artists are doing, you are missing out on your
own adventure in front of you. And even worse, by dwelling
on what others are doing you are missing out on the chance to focus on what you can do for yourself. What actions can you take? You are the main character in your story, and you get to call the shots, and you get to chase after your dreams. And I encourage you to look
inward on what you really want. And if you don’t know that right away, just try a little, and through action the more about what you
want will be revealed. And I do wanna emphasize
that it’s not fulfilling to chase after someone
else’s dream, so don’t do it. The next pitfall I
would like to talk about is not being realistic. Growth takes time, and change
is not apparent immediately. We have all experienced this, where there’ll be months that pass by and we’re like, “Am I growing?” So, be patient. The time you put in is really
what you get out of it. So, keep that in mind. Avoid getting frustrated,
and just enjoy the ride. If you made it this far into
the video, major kudos to you. High five, it means you
are serious and committed. I am excited for you. I am wishing you all the best on your creative endeavors. So start now, even if you’re not ready. If you like this video, please do give it the
thumbs up and subscribe. And share this video with a friend. Maybe they are struggling too and need a little nice nudge to kick
their butt back into gear. And if you’re currently
experiencing this break, please do start. Give it five minutes. Leave a comment down
below how it felt, okay? So, until next time keep on
drawing and have an awesome day. Alright, bye!

100 thoughts on “How To Get Back Into Art

  1. Wow this is a video I need. The last time I did any art was 3 years ago but then I had health issues and it was hard to get back into art afterwards due to treatments.

  2. Omg You're back!!! I missed you so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I'm glad you're back better than ever ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

  3. This video reached me at the right time! Life became too busy and I wasnโ€™t able to draw consistently these past few months. I really struggle to get back into it, but Iโ€™m working on it!

  4. Welcome back Tori! I'm glad to hear you are doing well~ I was wondering when you would be back with a new video and low and behold, here it is! I'm also really happy that you took a break and you're reoiling those art gears lol. Looking forward for the next thing you decide to post~

  5. This couldn't be more well timed for me!! Tori you're always super sweet and down to earth ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’– this video was/is so relaxing.
    Jumping into drawing after a long break is so scary sometimes, and I'm finally starting to learn how to do it. The first few doodles tend to be ..not so great, but those few doodles loosen up my arms and hands- and mind.

  6. Thank you so much for this! Your positivity is infectious, and this video couldnโ€™t have come at a better time for me!

  7. I've been on a big break with art for longer than I would like to admit, although I do excercise it a little bit here and there and not in traditional drawing means. Sometimes I'll be excited that I have a project in mind because that means I still have the drive to try and make something, its following through that is hard. But just when I was thinking about starting a new art project, here comes my favorite Youtuber back and telling us how to do it. Incredible. Thank you for all that you do, Tori โค๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™

  8. I'm having troubles getting back into art and I was talking to my friends about it and she just said "if it makes you happy then just do it" so then I started drawing again. I have been so stressed with my life I forgot about the things I enjoy doing and forced myself to actually get up and do them and it made me feel a lot better. Seeing one of my favorite artists make a video like this helps a lot with the encouragement of getting back into drawing.

  9. Every time I began to draw with the intention, that it have to look fine, I get frustrated and failed! But when I started with no expection, I liked my artwork, because I had fun to draw, it turned out great! Thank you for your video! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

  10. Thank you for the amazing video!!
    I've been meaning to "get back" (i never really stopped, if i'm being honest) in to art but i just can't finish anything i start, do you have any tips for dealing with this or actually finishing pieces?

  11. I love the roses!!! They feel so anime!
    I appreciate you reminding me to just get to it, I was feeling those โ€œmaybe itโ€™s not what Iโ€™m supposed to be doingโ€ moments yesterday and man did it stop me in my tracks. I couldnโ€™t even bring myself to stream because I was so out of it. Thanks for pulling me out and reminding me that itโ€™ll go away if I just take care of myself and go for it

  12. Everytime I'm having a big break it feel like I font know what am I doing even if I actually drew during the break

  13. Thank you. This literally motivated me to start drawing or simply sketch something again. Youโ€™re amazing!! ๐Ÿ’›

  14. I really hate how YouTube does not show me the people that I subscribe to luckily I wasnโ€™t as late to the video ๐Ÿ’€ I hate you YouTube

  15. Thank you so much Tori for all this tips! My country is going through a social crisis and our government is awful, so all is affecting my mental health so much that I got zero to none motivation to make art. This video is helping me to draw again and now I am determined to pick up the paper and pen and just be creative!

  16. I looove yooou ๐Ÿ˜ญ you always make me feel so encouraged thank yoooou ๐Ÿคง๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ

  17. You are immensely amazing, awe-inspiring, and radiate this cheerful glow that sweeps aside my pessimistic thoughts.

    I know you probably hear this all the time, but you, YOU, rekindled my creativity. Years ago, I saw one of your Sailor Moon illustrations, and it reminded me how much I absolutely loved drawing as a kid. You convinced me to get my hands wet and pick it back up even though I was buried in my career. I bought my first sketchbook in several years and started reteaching myself the basics.

    I recalled watercolors being frustrating growing up; however, the way you happily painted with them made me want to give them a second chance. And oh boy! You kickstarted the journey of my now favorite medium.

    I can't think of a more worthwhile act than sharing pure love and passion that positively impacts the community.

    Oodles of thanks! I wish you a good one and send supportive vibes to you and your family.

  18. My personal "art-mantra" that helped me alot to commit more to my art is a citation by Joseph Chilton Pearce
    "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong"
    This helped me so much to let go of my toxic perfectionism and improved my creativity and motivation <3

  19. I am on a 3 months trip through Japan. Iโ€™m using this trip as a way to get back into a consistent drawing habit that I lost. I did participate in Inktober this year while on my trip, did not post anything but managed to complete the challenge while also being behind. I think being away from home is definitely helping me drawing more and anything that comes through my head or see.

    I think giving yourself a challenge, like Inktober, is a great way to achieve some of these goals.

  20. aaaa tori iโ€™ve missed you so much!!! you always get me in the mood of watercolors so iโ€™ve been having to re watch your old videos whenever dabbling with them :โ€โ€DD!!! havenโ€™t watched the video yet but iโ€™m sure iโ€™d love it!!!

  21. thanks a LOT for that words… all those last 3 weeks has been tought in my country (Chile) so, draw and paint is almost painfull… thanks you so much. I love your technique <3

  22. Good general advice but not so much for people with mental health issues. Like masking negative thoughts and feelings with positivity is a very bad habit to get into. Advice like this seems very surface-level and I can't really seem to connect with it

  23. I just started seriously attempting watercolor this week after taking a class and messing around for a few weeks. I am so frustrated and wish I could find a better hands on teacher. I watch videos of portraits and feel like I totally understand how they are doing it, but when I do the same things, it's terrible.

  24. Art is one of my biggest passions in life, but I haven't drawn in 4 months. I'm starting university next year and I'm just so insecure of what I want to do with my life. Also my home situation is getting worse and worse every day. I feel like all this mental health stuff and schoolwork is holding me back from doing the thing that I enjoy doing the most.
    Because I stopped doing art I felt too ashamed to watch art related yt videos. This is the first art video that has been recommended to me in months. I already feel inspired to get back into it just by hearing the first tip! I'm super thankful for people like you who make this kind of content. I'm not myself without art so I genuinely think this vid just saved my life lol. ๐Ÿ’—
    (sorry for any grammar mistakes hahahah)

  25. Hi Tori! Thank you so much for this video. Iโ€™m currently getting back into painting after several long breaks due to college. This video gave me a motivational boost to get me right back into painting. You and your work greatly inspires me to continue to do art. In fact, when I feel stuck with my art, I watch your videos for inspiration. Thank you so much for doing what you do! ๐Ÿ’•

  26. "Repetition is the key to mastery." ~Zenyatta, Overwatch

    Hearing you mention repetition helping you improve reminded me of that quote

  27. warm ups are important.. warm up for exercise, warm up for drawing, warm up for painting, warm up for music, warm up for a test at school, etc…..warm up.

  28. A great website for when you just want to do some sketching is https://line-of-action.com/
    It shows a variety of slideshows (figures, faces, animals, etc) and you can change how long it spends on each picture. I find it great because it helps me not get too caught up in the details and just get back into the flow of things.

  29. Thank you so much for this video. There at the end I actually started to tear up because I felt like you were speaking to me. And how you said that you were excited for โ€œmeโ€ (everyone in the art community). I need to get back in the swing of art for sure. Thanks for the motivation! โค๏ธ

  30. this was a video i didn't know i needed until it popped up. i haven't drawn in a few months and i sat down at my desk tonight for the first time in way too long. it felt awesome <3

  31. Speaking of โ€œnot running in a marathon if you havenโ€™t ran before.โ€ I started really drawing and sketching again about a year ago after nearly 9 years of not doing anything related to drawing or art. In a single year I tried to go from โ€œzero to heroโ€ from absolutely zero skills to pro, which obviously isnโ€™t a good idea. I wasnโ€™t just trying to run a marathon, I built an exploding rocket to finish the race faster. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  32. I want to try huevemmber but i have'nt drawn in a while because of school and now i lack the urges to draw and also with a lack of motivation.

  33. yes people really need to stop comparing themselves to someone else, artists tend to do this way too much. every artist is unique and at different artistic levels. yes its hard not to compare yourself to another, but its not a good habit to get into, a person will just end up so frustrated with their art rather than just creating something

  34. I have the same motto!! "A body a rest stays at rest but a body in motion stays in motion" I use it often to motivate myself!

    I recently got back into art after a 10 year long bought of depression that robbed me of my ability to create. Here's a few things I did to "get back on the horse"

    1. I chose a new media. I was largely a digital only artist but I couldn't get it to work after coming out of depression. Nothing felt right about the process. My work might look fine but I was not happy. So I got into watercolor and ink! Learning how to use those mediums inspired me and helped encourage me to work again.

    2. I did inktober. I didn't really care about sharing the progress I just did it to do it. I completed all 31 days and it was my 1st inktober attempt! Drawing nearly daily helped my body remember what it was like to create regularly and that helped me redevelop the habit! There is truth to that phrase that it takes 30 days to make or break a habit!

    3. Experiment!! Before I used to rarely experiment because I wanted my work to always be "perfect" which kept me in comfort zones. Once I was in this funk I didn't expect to make amazing work so I was free to do new things and play around. Even if all I did was make copies of my own old art line work and color it in it was worth it.

    4. Do gesture studies with online gesture sites! I didn't have to worry about being perfect when I was just working on gestures! Plus it's practice for anatomy so that's always good!

    5. Scroodles / scribble doodles! I'd just take a pencil and scribble around the page with my eyes closed. I'd then look at the lines until shapes popped out and then I'd refine out the drawing. It's like excavating a drawing from the page. Lmao One of my best scroodles was a quirky cartoony doodle of a cat tearing up a toilet paper roll.. all from random lines and curves! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Hopefully some of my tips can help others too!

  35. This was a bit helpfull and also reconfortable, I just wanna be the artist I used to be, and get back the art style I had, 'cause for not drawimg I forgot many thinks, so, thanks

  36. I will have to start after Nanowrimo… I'm writing a novel right now. I will be starting up a few different things starting December 1st though!

  37. i just sat there and..started crying
    i cried my soul out because art is something i enjoy doing but stopped
    and i felt so so guilty for not doing it i cant even describe
    but knowing that one of my favourite artists that has always inspired me (you) have went through the same stuff just gave me motivation to do it again
    to just
    draw
    thank you
    thank you so much for this

  38. It's not about making good art, but making momentum. I think it's time I internalize this as a notion. I am a very goal oriented person, which can be great, except when the perfectionism sets in and I know my art isn't where I want it to be. It's time to slap a ton of post-it notes around the house with that quote, pfff.

  39. This was really helpful especially since I myself had been having a harder time getting back into โ€˜seriousโ€™ art these past few months and not doodles.
    That aside tho your art is so amazing!

  40. I had a break for almost 5 years but now Iโ€™m drawing again and itโ€™s more fun than ever. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  41. Australian travel artist believes that the painting process is very easy, the color is very clean and the characters are beautiful.

  42. Lately I've been feeling a bit useless. I took a break from college semester due to a family emergency and ever since then, I've had trouble getting back into art. Ive been on break for 5 months and feel I havent accomplished anything, making me feel disappointed in myself. You hit the nail when mentioning common reasons like "comparing to others" or negative thoughts "I'm not good enough, I'm not improving". But the advice you gave is so helpful! Give positive thoughts through a lie until they become true, start small, and definitely have a healthy body (I gotta seriously work on that last one, not enough sleep).

    I tend to procrastinate too much games, I know my art is important to me but I dont know why I put it to the side over dumb videogames (which makes me feel guilty). Any advice from anyone for procrastination? Or perhaps, how to balance/when to make time for art?

  43. This is such a weird thing to say, but that pan at the end where you showed off your thumbnailing and tests is actually the most motivational thing to me. Youโ€™re saying to start small and then show this amazing piece. Seeing the process and how you figured everything out is insanely helpful and motivational- it says that thereโ€™s still a process, that itโ€™s doable, and thatโ€™s what I really needed. Thanks for the tips. <3

  44. I had taken a Long break from Art, and I am trying to get myself back into it, and this video was Super HELPFUL! Thank You! Being told that I am first building momentum more than creating quality art really took a lot of weight off me, I kept getting frustrated that my art was not coming out like it did before my break, and was considering just quitting, but THANK YOU AGAIN!๐Ÿ˜ญ I feel motivated to to keep going again!โค๏ธ

  45. This is the first video iโ€™ve tuned into and you are so sweet
    I can tell you are so genuine about what youre preaching here and it means so much to me
    Ive fallen into one of the worst art blocks of my life and your video is giving me courage to go out and pick up a pencil again

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