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3 Tips To Be Productive Even When You’re Not Feeling It

31. July 2014

r20s:

Today’s one of those days where I just don’t really feel in the mood to get things done. Often times, it’s hard to pinpoint the causes. We wake up and we just feel like doing nothing. Instead, we’d prefer to take a break off or just sleeping more. Today’s one of those days. It’s often hard to pinpoint exactly why we feel that way. We may be be tired from yesterday, burn out from repetitive work, discouraged, or even being hungry? It’s hard to know, but there are things that I found helpful for myself. They may be helpful for you too! 

1. Tell yourself to get even just a little done. 

Tell yourself that you know today’s not going to be a productive day but you are going to do the best you can. This helps you acknowledge the problem and forces you to be realistic. Sometimes, people feel ashamed of themselves for feeling the way they do; but if you can acknowledge your feelings then it will help you move forward. Hence, tell yourself “Yes, today I don’t feel like working because I feel overworked, but I will get as few things done as possible instead.” You may not get as many things done, but at least you will have something done. Getting something even just a little done can make tomorrow less burdensome for you and help you progress closer to your goals. Take baby steps because those baby steps make a difference. 

2. Get your favorite food or snack and put it in front your work place.

Maybe you’re hungry? Or maybe you’re just tired? Eating something you like can be a big motivator. Just having your favorite snack or drink in front of you while working can make you feel a whole lot better.

Right now, I am  staring at computer screen and having some of my favorite snacks beside me already makes me feel a lot better. It also serves as a reward and makes you feel less negative about having nothing good in your life. 

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Fig: My Desk (July 30) with snacks :)

3. Plan out something fun that you could do later today; (aka: Reward Yourself)

Hopefully, you didn’t wake up too late that you will be missing out things that you could do for the day. Lucky for myself, I woke up just before 12 leaving me with at least 12 more hours to do fun stuff outside if I wanted to. There were past experiences where I woke up at like 5-6 pm and I felt even more groggier because I already lost most of the days. It felt even worse knowing that today’s not going to be a productive day and that I won’t even have time to do anything outside if I wanted to (since by the time I get my work done, it will already be night time and no places are really opened). If you can, force yourself to wake up just a bit earlier on days you expect to feel not good cause at least you can apply these steps above. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this article and me rumbling about my bad day. If you know more tips to help be more productive on bad days, reblog this and comment. 

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Anonymous said: I was wondering, but what are your brush settings when you draw?? And which brush do you use for what??

zeilyan:

I don’t have many brushes, I use similar setting for the brushes I use for specific things. Here’s a picture of the brushes I used most of times (sorry my software is in spanish) with Paint Tool SAI.
The first one: For lineart and hair most of times, it haves a soft touch of paper texture.
The second one: For skin mostly. Soft paper texture and arrow shape brush. I always try merging colors with multiply option for shading and ‘normal’ option for lightening.
The third one: For clothes, metal and backgrounds. With a rough texture. It also works as pencil effect for lineart or sketches.
I don’t use layers, because is easier to me for get color scheme and ligth-shading like in tradtional art.
Hope it helps ^^



amazinglyartisticadvice:

Feng Zhu’s video tutorial on Atmospheric Perspective.

cyanparade:

Uploaded a CG process for this particular artwork :>

zadjatheifrit said: I was wondering if you could explain how you do your painting process and what tools you use?

teaat2am:

Sorry this took so long to answer, it’s been kind of a crazy few months.  I took a series of progress shots. and they’re pretty self explanatory.  I go from sketch > color under > color over > adjustment

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I use the default photoshop brushes when I paint, generally at 50-75% opacity

Anonymous said: hello! first of all I want to thank you so much for all of your tutorials - I love them and you're just super awesome! *w* um, but I always have trouble figuring out what to do with backgrounds ... I love your art because the backgrounds are very pleasing to the eye and soft looking! are there any tips you can give me for backgrounds? ;w;

kelpls:

omigosh i get this question a lot but I DON”T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHY BC I Don’t rly draw bgs?? HAHAHA UMM Idk what kind of BGS you mean but for simple backgrounds, I generally just use 3 types

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I personally don’t like using the photoshop gradient tool bc i think it looks rly flat SO I DO IT MANUALLY USING A NICE TEXTURED BRUSH

if you are struggling w choosing nice colors for a gradient you can always just make use of the layer effects yeah! OVERLAY USULALY WORKS WELL W MOST COLORS if it’s a light bg and multiply is good if ur looking for something darker

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and i guess the last option would just be to slap a texture or pattern onto the background!! YOU CAN DO THIS USING PHOTSHOP EFFECTS or manually with a textured pic  THESE 2 are my favorite though:
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u can mix and match the 3 to get cool effects EG ADD TEXTure to the shape or whatever AND YEAH OFC YOU CAN DO LOTS OF OTHER THINGS AS WELL but these are the 3 types i use most often !!

IF you mean like complicated backgrounds I don’t really have much advice besides looking at actual pictures of scenery and stuff.. and when you draw DON”T BE INTIMIDATED!! BUILD THINGS UP SLOWLY like draw a box > add smaller boxes > add detail
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I FEEL LIKE IM EXPLAINING IT RLY BADLY LIES DOWN i hope this helps you out a little ? ?