As I sit here finally confirming the printing of my book, I took a few minutes thinking about art tutorials. My book will have a chapter dedicated to knowledge I’ve attained during my journey. I was very specific in my approach, opting to teach theory over technique.

I firmly do not believe there’s much use in teaching technique unless you are working in a strict pipeline. Technique is something anyone can learn with enough practice. While it’s a very important aspect of art, it’s also a trap many starting artists make by focusing too much on it.

Every professional has their own way of achieving the results they want. It’s extremely important to note, however, that they melded their techniques based off their experience and understanding of life. They’ve observed life for many years and withstood countless hours in order to perfect a method to capture what they understood of the world.

This is also why I absolutely abhor “step-by-step” tutorials. I am very open to showing process shots of my work, but I will never curse readers with exact descriptions of how I get what I visualize.

Every individual, with enough dedication, will be able to dissect an artist’s work and achieve their visions. By condemning them with a rigorous process, it obstructs creativity that they could realize on their own terms.

Step-by-steps are counterproductive to the journey of discovery, and it is discovery that teaches art’s best lessons. Being told how to do something can only go so far, so might as well get used to figuring things out on your own terms. That’s not to say copying doesn’t have benefits for education, though the person must be fully aware of what he or she is doing during the process. Blind copying, other than to get a crude imitation for social media views, is useless.

We are in an industry of art. Art’s greatest boon is the voice of the individual. Learn the knowledge, not the steps, and you will naturally achieve the vision you desire.