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How does one find people in real life, who also practice art?
I imagine thats easier, if very young, but it seems to me that almost no adult people are interested in art (i mean people in real life, not internet).

Do you have real art friends? How did you find them?
I heard some artist use discord but i don't know what a friend mean to you .But in person to person format unless you go to actual art class it really going to be hard to find people who regularly engage in art related topic .Art friend in my opinion are simply people you happen to be meeting in your class.How would you define an art friend from a friend... is it someone who enjoy art or is it someone who engage in some kind of art themselve.Does it have to be the same craft or not?How do you define art...
Best way to find art people would be to go where the art is, right? Life drawing classes could be good, otherwise art classes in general. With a bit of research you might be able to discover art groups in your local area (like through facebook, for example). Could even try using something like Meetup to find groups of people who meet together and talk about art. The latter is likely the easiest for establishing connections, whereas it's more difficult to talk to people in something like life drawing.
(07-19-2020, 09:52 AM)darktiste Wrote: [ -> ]How would you define an art friend from a friend... is it someone who enjoy art or is it someone who engage in some kind of art themselve.Does it have to be the same craft or not?How do you define art...

You are right, it might have been not specific enough.
What I meant were people, who also do art (drawing), but who one knows in real life, so they live in your area.

But because of your questions I was thinking about it. And why I would want that.
The reason is to have somebody, who does a similar thing (also creating a graphic novel or also creating some similar thing), whose progress I can see regularly, so that I feel like I am falling behind and I better give it my best, because otherwise the other person creates something soo cool, while I am not.

So I wanted it for motivation and a bit like competition/urgency. But I realized, it has not really to be locally in the same area. Maybe it could be something over the internet. But over the internet the urgency goes away, as soon as you turn off the device..
If you want a constent remind of how much you are behind visit everyday i don't think that exactly the best approch for the moral but if you need a kick in the butt it a good place to start.Ultimately the reality of being an artist is not alot of people are going to be willing to kick your butt and there certainly even a smaller chance that someone will sit by your side and make sure you do the work.It come down to how much you want it and much you are ready to take on those responsability and be disciplined.We for the most come from a school system that is constently kick were ass but when we are left to do the kicking wereself we have become really impotent in that for some of us.It one thing to want something it an other to do the sacrifice.If what you need is a structure you can go take art class but you might find them to be to rigid... having class mate to compare against is always nice but it also toxic to other.

If you want a feel of urgency learn to create deadline for yourself and consequence if you don't do x y z.But of course you are the one apply the punishment and you can end up miserable failling to meet your own expectation.

The only thing i can share with you about motivation is the longer your not doing the thing you want to do the harder it gonna be later on because of other responsability getting in the way.If your young your problem will mostly be discipline and if your old it going to probably be to find the motivation to find the time to do art.

Having clear intention is the key to sucess but the clearer it get the scarier it get because you are now in front of what you have to achieve and that can be scary.The problem is that people tend to be vague about there goal there lost exploring and that is normal to find what you like but it not necessarly constructive to achieving a clear direction.Some people treat there art journey as an adventure and some treat it as a career it depend what your seeking.
I took a life drawing class a year back. I vent mostly to practice my art, but I also wanted to meet new art friends. I have also attended sketch-meets in my city that I found through Facebook.

In my opinion, a lot (if not most) of the people at the life drawing class were not really artists, but rather seniors who just wanted something to do. There were only a few people there between 20-30 years old. However, I did end up connecting with some professional concept artists and designers, so it was not a total loss. And of course, I got the chance to practice my drawing skills.

The sketch-meets were much better for meeting friends and networking, so I really recommend those in that aspect. You can probably find some in your local area on Facebook, otherwise, you may want to look into setting up a one yourself. If you stick with it, it should grow nicely and attract more people over time.
The art community here in my city is pretty small, and they weren't very in touch with each other. I found out once that someone started to make videogame art meetups and i went. After two meetings they stopped, so i talked with the guy that was running it and offered him my help. Since then and for two years, we were making those meetings monthly and a lot of artist came. All ages and experiences. I started to meet and being in touch with colleagues.

I think the casual instance opened social possibilities, maybe in studying environments you may be restricted with the structure of the course or perhaps the people mindset itsn't very social.

In this case, the meetings were always in pubs (people had between 19 to 35+ years old) where we could talk and drink something. Some people went there to draw, share sketchbooks, or talk about art in general and the industry experiences. But I found out that not many artist really wanted to talk about those things and were not very passioned about the craft or learning process so i actually didn't make many art friends (but i made some close friends anyways).

But it was an amazing experience and of course the connections were valuable.
Today it's harder to find that kind of event because of the isolation. So I started to look for friends and communities online.