This is just my
opinion. I have to lead with that. Everyone is free to agree or disagree and disregard.
I've had loads of people over the past few months ask me to create tutorials.
I never have. I'm not sure when I will, and I'll tell you why. Deviantart is filled to the brim with the most *awful* tutorials. And now that "Tutorials" have a priority category ( meaning they get to the front page every single time regardless of how many hits they get), some users have been creating tutorial after tutorial just to abuse that loop hole.
Thing is, I find a lot of these people who create the tutorials, have no business creating them in the first place o_o;. Some of them
( not all) aren't doing it to be helpful to the masses. Some of them are doing it to try to make one (to see if they can set it up, to see if they can make it interactive), or to see if they can use the exploit. Those people are not helping you.
I think artists should be very careful and responsible when it comes to making these things. They attract the masses of very young, beginner artists, who follow them just because the user who made it is better than they are- and they are usually better because they are NOT 13 years old. Then these beginner artists get set on a path of terrible habits, trying to emulate someone who needs training themselves.
I've seen tutorial in how to draw say, women- but the user creating it has no sense of anatomy or structure. And they get legions of people praising them for being so amazing to share o_O. Or how to paint hair, when the user creating it paints it like a pile of overly-exposed (hands taped to the dodge and burn function) spaghetti.
Face tutorials when the facial features don't even line up with each other. Of course, sheet after sheet of eyes
. Eyes eyes eyes. When the artist can't draw hands, or bodies. But they'll teach you how to paint eyes?
A lot of these artist who create these things are way more popular than I am, I know ( so who am I to say anything?). On Deviantart, many time, popularity =/= skill. Sometimes people who are very skilled are popular, and that's awesome. But I must admit, I've seen uber popular deviants and I can't comprehend why
. Then I look at their galleries and its full of nothing but terribly done tutorials and 500 faces of girls o_o.
Again, if that's what makes them happy to draw, that's cool. I just believe one should be pretty damn knowledgeable and skilled before they create a drawing/painting tutorial training others who are looking to be set on the right path. I won't make one until I feel I've reached a certain point of skill and ease of doing things- and I think users and learning artists should be very discriminating with the tutorials they choose to learn from here on DA ( there are a few excellent tutorials too! But there's a lot of bad ones).
Otherwise, it's like haphazardly teaching someone to ride a bike but you put them in stiletto heels. and make the back wheel square. You're handicapping them from the start.
Just because anyone can make a tutorial doesn't mean they should.
Just because someone on DA is popular, does not mean they are skilled enough to train others.
Yeahhhh just be careful.
And I mean, of course draw what makes you happy. These are just my personal thoughts on it :/. That people should be careful and selective.
I've had a hard time lately believing in myself art wise lately. I've never really been one of these people who have had a lot of confidence in what they do
. I've always been a personality type where all I do is zero in on flaws and mistakes and proceed to beat myself up for them. This makes it difficult to produce art work as fast as I think i should, because I meticulously look over every teensy part of a painting. I've also been feeling really foggy and dizzy lately whenever I wake up. It lasts for hours in the morning and doesn't go away until early afternoon x_X.
I think I should go to a doctor and get my blood tested. But I'm terrified of needles >_<.