How to Focus On Studying in 6 Steps

1.Get Rid of Obvious Distractions

It's not smart to study with your cell phone on, even if it's set to vibrate. As soon as you get a text, you're going to look. You're human! You can't focus on studying if you're chatting with someone else, too. So the cell phone is off limits.

Turn off the home phone, too, along with the computer (unless you're prepping on it) and any music with vocals. Study music should be lyric-free! Post a sign on your door for people to stay away. If you have kids, find a babysitter for an hour. If you have roommates, head out of the house to the least popular spot in the library. For that one study session, make yourself inaccessible to people and other external study distractions, so you don't lose focus when someone wants to chat.

2.Anticipate Your Physical Needs

If you're studying intently, you're going to get thirsty. Grab a beverage before you open the book. You may even need a power snack while you're working, so grab some brain food, too. Use the bathroom, put on comfortable clothes (but not cozy), set the air/heat to best suit you. If you anticipate your physical needs before you start studying, you'll be less likely to need to get out of your seat and lose the focus you worked hard to gain.

3.Choose an Appropriate Time

If you're a morning person, choose the a.m. for your study session; if you're a night owl, choose the evening. You know yourself better than anyone else, so choose the time when you're at the height of your brain power and the least tired. It'll be much more difficult to focus if you're battling fatigue, too.

4.Get Rid of internal Distractions

Sometimes the distractions aren't coming from the external – they're invading from within! We've all sat down to study and had worries and other internal distractions invade our brains. "When is she going to call me? When am I going to get a raise?"

When these distracting questions invade, accept them, then push them aside with a logical answer.It seems silly, but if you answer your own internal questions, you'll focus your mind back where you want it to go. If necessary, write the the worry down, solve it in a simplistic manner and move on.

5.Get Physical

Some people are just antsy. They need to be doing something, and their bodies don't make the connection that they are doing something during studying. Sound familiar? If you're one of these kinesthetic learners, get out a few things to anticipate an "ants in your pants" issue: a pen, a rubber band, and a ball.

6.Get Rid of the Negativity

It's impossible to focus on studying if you have all sorts of negative ideas about studying. If you're one of those people who say, "I hate studying!" or "I'm too upset/tired/sick/whatever to study, then you must learn how to flip those negative statements into positive ones, so you don't automatically shut down when you start. It's amazing how quickly studying can become an awful burden with just a poor frame of mind.


1.Work with quality material seem stupid but you won't put the blame on the material

2.Wear comfortable, not cozy clothes. Your mind will associate relaxing with sweatpants or pj's. Choose something you'd wear to school or a movie.

3.Tell yourself something positive in case you get distracted despite following the steps
above: "I know I lost focus, but I'm going to try again and make sure I'm successful this time." Positive encouragement goes a long way even if it's coming from you.

4.Drink your favorite beverage while studying as a reward for your ability to stay focused. Keep it non-alcoholic!
Human Proportion Calculator!

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Great image quality frank frazetta pieces -

massive resources for animators and artist overall. Gesture, appeal, emotion, lines of action, weight etc.

The last update was at 13/11/15

Useful link for the artist who seek to study

If you don't know what to study here some idea

The Human body

Body shape study fat/skinny/normal/muscular/athletic/heroic
Link coming soon
Ectomorph, Mesomorph or Endomorph?

Proportion male/female,Head shape,Eye,Nose,Hand,Foot,Lips,Muscle,Legs,arms


Hair by color/type/style/era

The most complete site for reference about hairstyle
Information about style by era
Link coming soon
Hair Tutorial

Recommended book- Loomis - Figure Drawing For All It's Worth
Recommended link-


Facial expression
Recommended book - Faigin - The Artist's Complete Guide To Facial Expression
Recommended link-

The Body in perspective
Recommended book - Loomis - Figure Drawing For All It's Worth

Anatomy human/animal
Recommended book - Animal Anatomy for Artists_ The Elements - Goldfinger
Recommended book - Ellenberger - Atlas Animal Anatomy For Artists

Interesting thing to study


Vehicle /by country/by era

Weapons /by country/by era
Image Gallery
Lists of weapons


Architecture /by country/by era

Fashion /by country/by era
Cannot garanti the authenticity so do your homework

History of art
Visual Art Across the Ages
Media and Technique in a historic point of view


Character archtype

Movie still study

Link coming soon
Digital art /Tablet/edge/blending/layers/etc
Link coming soon
Master piece study
Link coming soon
Color theory
Link coming soon
Fabric study
Link coming soon
Texture study
Link coming soon
Link coming soon

Interesting link

Pencil drawing
How to hold pencil

Digital Art
Getting Started in Digital Art
Pen pressure tutorial

Step 1
Benefiting from critique
Step 2
How to give a good critique

useful poster tutorial

How to promote yourself without talking about yourself

The secret art of selling art
Ways to Sell Art Online
How to sell art
How to negotiate price
Link coming soon
Language(the art vocabulary)
Link coming soon
Pricing something you made

Learn more about conservation-of-paintings

Alot of article about Freelancing
French guide to freelancing

Insipirational link

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My Sketchbook

Perfection is unmeasurable therefor it impossible to reach it.
A tumblr that collect links to artists brush packs:

Mythical Creatures vs. Pre-existing animal diagram

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A great bunch of awesome photos from abandoned places all over the world:

Do you know paper wings podcast? I think it's great...
I loved the part about managing your time to draw more, even if you have a day job:
and there are some neat advices on building up portfolio:

What's more, the episode about character design is great:

Anyway, listen to all of them here:

It's a somewhat solitary existence, a bit like a lighthouse keeper throwing a beam out into the darkness, in faith that this action might help someone unseen.

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A nice illustrated summary of technical aspects of light:

How it works, how light decomposes, reflections and all that jazz :)

I wrote a little tool that makes a diashow of one of your folders and shows the time till the next picture is loaded - like the webbased pixelovely stuff but with own pictures. - first version - very rough

Some basic tips for coloring:

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Found over here:

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Stop using black and white? :/

I can share some zooming technique I developed over the few years of working in Photoshop. It's so comfortable for me I can't imagine it now doing any other way. Maybe someone will find it helpful.


For "Zooming in" I got "Ctrl+Space" assigned in place of middle button in my Wacom pen. This way I can get to the portion of the image I want with single drag.

Comfortable "Zooming out" was tricky part but I developed method to make it fast. I found a script that makes image switch to specified zoom level (25%, 33% etc). I have two such scripts assigned to keyboard shortcuts - "Ctrl+." and "Ctrl+,". These are keys near the commonly used Alt key for color picker so I often have my non-drawing hand in that area.

This way I can jump straight into what I want to paint and when I want to see whole image fast in small size, I press the hotkeys.

Here's the link for the scripts. (You can edit them in notepad and change the zoom level to your own)
3D scans previewer - view scanned 3D images in 360* rotation!
Check out
James Busby's work especially!

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Holy shi... smrrfette, that's awesome! thx!

Actually yes. Stop using black and white. If something is in perfect white environment and is lit with white light, then you can use them more freely but never as a 100% black and 100% white. You will just mix them in to the "thing-you're-painting" color to get the highlights and shadows. Anyway, that gives bleak, boring look and... nature is more complicated. You never have 100% white light. The light has color and it influences highlights color. Shadows get fill light from reflected surfaces which also can have color. In this way shadow will get the color of surrounding environment. What's more, when you have 2 light sources the color of the cast shadow from first source will get the second light color and so on. If you put 100% into your highlights you will get this kind of "burnt photo effect". When you put 100% black into shadows your work will look flat, shadows will dominate it and it will have a not-enough-light-exposed photo feel. Hope this makes sense. :)

It's a somewhat solitary existence, a bit like a lighthouse keeper throwing a beam out into the darkness, in faith that this action might help someone unseen.

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Reid Southen made a video how make some special uses of the mixer brush. Worth watching!

National Geographic has a lovely collection of mixed race portraits, great for inspiration I think:

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Every feedback is appreciated!
i apologize if these have been posted before.

a blog showcasing alot of great Russian painters

blog of gloden age artists and their work

more masters work, i thought this one was just beautiful
Here is a really great article by Greg Manchess, posted on Muddy Colors.

Short, but sweet and to the point.

"... for drawing is a thinking person's art." - Walt Stanchfield.

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