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!

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How To Get Back Into Art

  1. schmesar says:

    The grey hair is magnificent!

  2. Lannistark says:

    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.

  3. Smmurrs says:

    LOVE this color palette you used in this piece!

  4. Heike K says:

    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! 😊❤️

  5. Laura Ramy says:

    Please please I'm beginning you please share the process of how you sketch

  6. Lu A says:

    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?

  7. Selen says:

    Missed your videos so much! Thanks for this video and your positive attitude on this subject. 😊

  8. Wards Art says:

    Beautiful painting and great video thank you for the inspiration 💖😁👍

  9. Voidridden says:

    I love the roses!!! They feel so anime!
    I appreciate you reminding me to just get to it, I was feeling those “maybe it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing” moments yesterday and man did it stop me in my tracks. I couldn’t even bring myself to stream because I was so out of it. Thanks for pulling me out and reminding me that it’ll go away if I just take care of myself and go for it

  10. AgentCazu says:

    Thanks Tori! I definitely needed to hear this! Glad you're doing well!

  11. zzabellaa says:

    Thank you for this 💞

  12. DariaFairytale says:

    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. Okuphobia says:

    ty! This is the video I needed badly

  14. Grace Blosser says:

    Thank you. This was exactly what I needed! You are so lovely Tori!

  15. Angel Spice says:

    TORI! We missed you! I think you and I have both pushed art away… thanks for uploading this video! 💝

  16. Winna Zhao says:

    Thank you. This literally motivated me to start drawing or simply sketch something again. You’re amazing!! 💛

  17. Lazy.Flower says:

    I really hate how YouTube does not show me the people that I subscribe to luckily I wasn’t as late to the video 💀 I hate you YouTube

  18. Julia Kutyba says:

    I hear macaron purring u

  19. Christina Todd says:

    Tori, how do you like the Strathmore cotton sketchbook?

  20. Lin D says:

    I’ve missed you! Love your style, off to watch everything else you’ve made!

  21. -ushito says:

    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!

  22. Someone —— says:

    Tory! It’s been soooo long❤️☺️

  23. Lissie Lamb says:

    I looove yooou 😭 you always make me feel so encouraged thank yoooou 🤧💜🧡💜🧡💜🧡🧡💜

  24. turtle flyy says:

    This was really helpful and you're so sweet!! I missed hearing your voice <3

  25. Soapixie says:

    This video came at a good time for me, thank you as always Tori!!!

  26. Pladatookus #242 says:

    Long time no see 🙂

  27. Lim Jean says:

    Can u do a tutorial on how u make art?

  28. Auntie Sojo says:

    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.

  29. Abbi naly says:

    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

  30. _ thanhloan says:

    This notification was the best thing that happened to me today

  31. aaameh_ says:

    I love you, you inspire me so moooch.
    Your so talented as well😍😍😍😁😁😁

  32. sailorfan86 says:

    I am on a 3 months trip through Japan. I’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.

  33. Densoy ayop says:

    Do you know how hard your technique in coloring?

  34. claudia salang says:

    aaaa tori i’ve missed you so much!!! you always get me in the mood of watercolors so i’ve been having to re watch your old videos whenever dabbling with them :””DD!!! haven’t watched the video yet but i’m sure i’d love it!!!

  35. Round Crouton says:

    One quote that I always resonate with. If we wait till we're ready we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

  36. Julia Ferreira says:

    Your videos are so amazing! Watching you painting and listening you is really relaxing!

  37. battlemage10000 says:

    This video came at a perfect time for me.

  38. TheMylittlewonders says:

    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

  39. Candle Lynx says:

    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

  40. ashmasterc says:

    I love that you kept a lot of the background noises in this video. Excellent work.

  41. Joshua Michael says:

    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.

  42. Raquel Salerno says:

    I just love the way you use watercolours and enjoy the pep talk 😁

  43. pseudoEternity says:

    So glad to see you back! And just when I was feeling in a slump with my art… Nice timing! 🙂

  44. Heliantuhs says:

    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. 💗
    (sorry for any grammar mistakes hahahah)

  45. shady seungyoun says:

    i luv u and ur art 😭

  46. Yobhelle Escano says:

    Hi Tori! Thank you so much for this video. I’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! 💕

  47. Ferox Umbra says:

    I love your attitude. Thank you!

  48. YamiGekusu says:

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

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

  49. Dark ArtS says:

    You draw very Beautifully and realistic and the nice watercolor painting it’s pretty. 👍

  50. Syreaine says:

    I really needed this, thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️

  51. Divine Solstice says:

    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.

  52. replicanna says:

    Love your art. I wish I had a friend to talk about/ share art with. Anyone? 😇

  53. Querty Uiop says:

    A great website for when you just want to do some sketching is
    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.

  54. Patricia Whited says:

    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 “me” (everyone in the art community). I need to get back in the swing of art for sure. Thanks for the motivation! ❤️

  55. Analise Pepprock says:

    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

  56. DrowsyProductionStudio says:

    Speaking of “not running in a marathon if you haven’t ran before.” 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 “zero to hero” from absolutely zero skills to pro, which obviously isn’t a good idea. I wasn’t just trying to run a marathon, I built an exploding rocket to finish the race faster. 😂

  57. Srebrna Igła maluje says:

    Thank you

  58. Clara P. Ovejero says:

    I missed you so bad. Glad you're back.

  59. Tagataro Lian says:

    :'/ Thanks 🐝

  60. Morgan M. says:

    Welcome back!!

  61. oceanrose that sails across the sea says:

    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.

  62. fuzzydragons says:

    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

  63. corey deas says:

    welcome back

  64. Garnet says:

    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! 😂

    Hopefully some of my tips can help others too!

  65. Tiffany Yen says:

    I needed this, thank you. Just subscribed :'>

  66. Sergio Camargo says:

    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

  67. DIBUJOS RMO says:

    Saludos desde México, Like asegurado 👍👍👍

  68. Foulbone says:

    This is exactly what ive been needing, thank you!

  69. Brandy Ackerley says:

    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!

  70. AshleyM Hills says:

    Tori dropping art wisdoms like its hot!! Andddd This piece has such gorgeous vibes!!

  71. xenafobia says:

    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
    thank you
    thank you so much for this

  72. RagingDaffodil says:

    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.

  73. laken says:

    Your voice is so lovely.

  74. Pru Dle says:

    This was really helpful especially since I myself had been having a harder time getting back into ‘serious’ art these past few months and not doodles.
    That aside tho your art is so amazing!

  75. Maria Ekblad Drawings says:

    I had a break for almost 5 years but now I’m drawing again and it’s more fun than ever. 🙏🏻🙌🏻

  76. Charley Wang says:

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

  77. Omnific says:

    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?

  78. EkhoEcho says:

    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. You’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 there’s still a process, that it’s doable, and that’s what I really needed. Thanks for the tips. <3

  79. Failed Abortion says:

    I missed you Tori! Glad your back, I hope you're doing okay. <3

  80. Mushie-chan says:

    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!😭 I feel motivated to to keep going again!❤️

  81. sunclownkin says:

    This is the first video i’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

  82. Eve Bolt - Art & Cats says:

    Hi Tori!! Good to see you! Very insightful and helpful video, and that painting is lovely :3 (How do you like that Strathmore book??)

  83. Suruy Studios says:

    Really enjoyed the video. The camera angles and translations are awesome! Just subscribed and can’t wait to see more of your videos. Thanks for all you do.

  84. Joanna Lemler says:

    Thank you. This is just what I needed to hear.

  85. Molly Fourier says:

    Thanks for this video Tori! 🙂

  86. Pula Setati says:

    Art can sometimes demotivated me so much to the point of depression but can also be the liberating element I need to get better.💘

  87. Samidare _ says:

    Your voice is so soft, it really makes all of your videos even more relaxing

  88. Wandering Finds says:

    I needed this today!

  89. Clam5hell says:

    bro this video could not have come at a better time <3 i've been reconsidering what my dream is a lot and if i care that much about art at all, but today i went to the beach with my friends and i did some little sketches and it was really fun! I forgot that art is actually fun what!!!!

  90. Lana Thackery says:

    Your voice is so clam and it's so satisfying to watch your art! completely in love and can't wait to watch and listen more. SUBSCRIBED! <3

  91. Thanh Nguyen says:

    U are amazing and ur voice is sooooo soothing.

  92. Doreen Alexander says:

    Nice Meeting you at Art of the Carolinas! Your work is beautiful!

  93. Cecilia Pou says:

    as soon as you started giving tips, i started drawing trees! much needed 🙂

  94. Monique Destructeusse says:

    I really needed this, thank you

  95. X0oBl00DY0oX says:

    After depression getting back into art has been hard. Your video is just what I needed. Thank you ✨

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  97. vtnfg says:

    OMG Tori, your art is amazing!! Thanks for the tips, it really helps. You're the best 💕

  98. lil babies says:

    Me: doesn't draw for a week because I didn't had a lot of time or motivation

    please tell me that there is anyone who can relate ;_;

  99. PassiveEire says:

    Thank you, this really motivated me~

  100. Ana M. says:

    i haven’t drawn in so long because of depression and mental illness TT but slowly i have to build up myself again ;w;

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