painting “advice” from an art website worse than deviantart

Are you an artist? Are you not an artist? Good. I literally don’t care, because today we’re
all going to come together and look at some of the worst art advice on the internet. We’re going to learn how to paint like this
guy, as explained by these guys (insert pictures: terrible 4chan posts). That’s right, we’re going to learn how to
paint like Ruan Jia . . . from 4chan, because how could that go wrong. Greetings parasocial parish. Rejoice, for today father is blessing you
with art advice. Today’s video is sponsored by– no it isn’t. Anyway, how was your day? Okay. So, have you ever heard of the artist Ruan
Jia? If I’m mispronouncing his name, please let
me know, angrily. The reason I enjoy looking at his artwork
is because I get sad when I look at artwork that’s so advanced I feel like I can never
make it, so to make myself feel better and to get some inspiration, I look at beautiful
illustrations. The same ones . . . that make me sad. Knowing that it’s a catch-22 isn’t going
to stop me from willingly participating in it. I feel like life would be simpler if I could
just get rid of my internet and spend my time painting watercolor dog portraits. But yes, I really enjoy his work. But why be salty about someone else’s hard
work when you can work hard yourself and be salty? Cry smarter, not harder. So I decided to do something about it. What better person to explain how to paint
like Ruan Jia, than Ruan Jia himself. It’s time to Google. *ruan jia shares the secrets of the universe
but it’s in chinese* So that’s not really going to work for me. I have many skills but art is the only one. I most certainly have not learned how to translate
other languages besides English and sarcasm. But did you honestly think that was going
to stop me from learning how to become like Ruan Jia? Yeah, it did. Cuz I’m really not going out of my way to
translate that. But, when all else fails, just go back to
what you tried the first time and see if it works now. It’s time to Google. Harder. I di– I didn’t like that. A couple of amazing results came up on the
first page, but none of them made me powerful enough to understand Ruan Jia’s process. How does he use brushes the way he uses them? Then, I found the motherlode. An /ic/ thread from 2015 about how to paint
like him. If you didn’t know, /ic/ is a board on 4chan
that‘s all about artwork and art critique. And 4chan . . . is bad. Everyone on 4chan is anonymous and none of
them are nice. But maybe they know how to paint like Ruan
Jia, so let’s go through this board I found so we too can learn. The post that starts this thread off reads
. . . “Big boys thread? Big boys thread. Sub-2-years-of-serious-study peasants stay
out, hobbyists not welcome either, and god forbid you come in here with your opinion
about abstract art and watercolor dog portraits.” Wait . . . In this video I’ve already given
my opinion about abstract art AND watercolor dog portraits. I don’t know about you but I’m starting
to feel kind of unwelcome in the “big boys thread”. “Todays debate: How does Ruanjia pull off
that hard-grainy yet soft look? And how does he so unbelievably well control
his edges throughout it?” So someone actually answers, anonymously of
course. “Because he spends over a month on each
piece. He also paints at like 10,000 – 15,000 pixels
wide, so when he reduces the size down to 2 or 3000 pixels wide it creates a lot of
texture”. This is actually really solid advice. I’m not sure where they got those specific
numbers from, but I am sure that my computer can’t handle 10,000 by 15,000 pixels, especially
since it could barely handle exporting the video you’re watching right now, but I do
work in the 4k+ pixel range and it does look nice and sharp when you export it to a smaller
resolution, and this effect plays pretty nicely with texture brushes. See, look. This person chimes in with: “My guess is
that he uses a textured brush layer as a mask and paints highlights over the top of it with
it’s alpha clipping the brush. It could also be a bunch of textures with
‘blend if’ set between them to get those transitions between value groups.” I literally don’t know what any of that
means but it sounds technical so it’s probably right. “Stop trying to get “the secret answers”
from people. The only way to learn how things are done
is to do them yourself for many, many hours. Even if you could figure out how to get the
texture you can’t draw for crap so anything you make will still look bad.” Okay, I– “Considering your first inclination was
to come on here and ask others how something was done, rather than just trying to duplicate
it yourself, means you’ll never get to that level so why bother.” Ee– but like– “You sound delusional about how much work
it takes to get to that skill level, or just lazy.” Um . . . okay . . . yeah. Did I just ask for help? Because I didn’t know how to do something? Pathetic. So that’s another thing I’ve learned today. Wait, are you keeping track? 1. Work in a large resolution and export it smaller
for nicer textures, and 2. Asking for help means you’re delusional. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding
this to be very educational. Then, someone responds with their artwork. Where are the big boy’s works? “Right here buddy”. Okay. Like . . . It’s nice but . . . “big boy
art” equals an unfinished study of someone else’s work? “Sure Jan”. “Here is my attempt. Essentially you use a texture brush as an
alpha clip for a gradient and those are your ‘hard edge’ textures on the helmet. The silhouette of the helmet however has a
soft edge when the value differences aren’t that high, by hard texture edges with high
contrast areas. If anyone else has a criticism, feel free,
but post yourself or you have no credibility.” Okay. So, it’s not a bad attempt, I actually think
it’s a good study. But I don’t necessarily think you have to
post your artwork just to earn the right to criticize someone else. Like . . . “Hey there Bonanno Pisano, that
tower you built in Piza is kind of . . . leaning, a little bit–” And Bonanno Pisano is just like “imagine
telling me that a tower is leaning when you’ve literally never built a tower. Can’t relate.” But like, the tower looks like this. So we’ve actually learned two things here,
we’ve fed two birds with one scone, as PETA would break into my house and force me to
say. Use hard edges for high contrast and soft
edges for lower contrast, and . . . you can’t critique anyone else’s artwork unless you
have an art portfolio. Those are equally as important, so I hope
you’re still taking notes. But like I said, the study was honestly nice. I mean, I thought it was nice. “Looks like trash, pointless exercise. You – can’t – draw. How many time must it be said? You’re just pointlessly applying texture to
forms that are wrong. Learning all the stupid tricks isn’t going
to make your work look any less amateur. This thread and many others like it are just
time wasters teaching yourself how to polish turds.” Okay first of all . . . nobody . . . can’t
draw. So let’s just end that one right there. Secondly, yes, drawing is the backbone of
painting. But there is a way to say that without discouraging
someone. Source: I just did it. But you know what, despite the wording, we
can still take the advice from it. “Knowing forms is a must when painting”. “LMFAO no, he just paints with flow. Pic related is my attempt, and you can see
what I mean on several of his hi res ones, he just applies the flow on textured brushes. He paints more with non textured brushes however. Also he uses wet edges to enhance his edges
and stuff.” Use flow in your brushes and use wet edge
for sharper edges. Flow and wet edge are all part of custom brush
settings, and I can make a video on that if you need me to. “>big boys thread
>asks about his brush” That’s actually a good point, like I didn’t
even realize. The person asking the original question calls
himself a big boy, and then asks the most beginner question in existence. Good job. “I wanna be a Big Guy. Someone name an animal and one of the elements.” “Barium Sea Cucumber”. He was one of the greatest artists of all
time . . . Barium Sea Cucumber. “I don’t find any need to learn to draw
because my life is trash. Sooner will I end myself than make successful
art.” The only response to this sentiment is . . . “Good.” Can we delete 4chan. And then the last post I’m going to read
. . . After over 120 posts, someone finally gave me the answer to my mission. Behold this image, from Ruan Jia himself,
reposted from his blog. Ruan Jia uses 4 brush attributes. Soft brush, Hard brush, Wet brush, and Dry
Brush. He uses a combination of these 4 attributes. He experiments with them until he gets a result
that works. We actually did learn how to paint like Ruan
Jia. From 4chan. Like, it was literally supposed to be clickbait
but I guess . . . still did that. Weird flex but okay. Anyway, looks like I’ve gotten ten minutes
of content out of this, so . . . leave a like, tell me what you think and subscribe if you
haven’t already. Thank you for watching and a big thank you
to my sixty two thousand subscribers. Okay bye.


  • D'Angelo Wallace

    i fixed my audio situation compared to previous uploads, but look at the video quality now
    all i want for christmas is to upload something with both good video and good audio simultaneously
    edit: here is the advice from ruan jia

  • Gensou Music

    You must be the physical embodiment of our lord and savior Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. :3

  • Dalia Elhanan

    180666 view

  • GarlicFriend

    “I have many skills but art is the only one”

  • kitty huggins

    btw its ru-ah-n gee-ya

  • ParaNEra

    You catfished me with ruan jia

  • 93hothead

    The reason is /pol/

  • your sleep paralysis demon

    Was the idiot criticizing secretly butch Hartman

  • slinkyatrest

    Christ you're hilarious

  • TheLurkingPanda

    Why hate on 4chan being anonymous and negative when you can use it correctly. Words that you dont like have no more weight on them from likes etc. Things that make sense or are funny can be appreciated at face value as well. Sure its toxic but so is everywhere

  • marisauna

    /ic/ is like Internet Explorer, you only go there to find a better community

  • Minnie Moo

    It's alright man, we're all delusional. Life itself is a delusion making you think the things you do will change the inevitable outcome. Which is death. We all die and turn to dust. It truly doesn't matter what you do with the time in between. Haha, just kidding! Sunshine and rainbows!

  • Lee Lewis

    Lmao i had a "friend" named Kelsey who had this exact same 4chan attitude about writing

  • Chris Ma

    He said:有问题的小伙伴们你们可能要等我把这张图画完 ,这张图画完之后差不多拿出20 分钟时间来回答一下大家的问题(any one who have questions you guys may need to wait for me till I finish this work, after I finish that I may leave 20 min to answer your questions.)

  • Cynthia Buck

    People without hands?

  • Mohammed

    sorry to hate but your the driest nut sack I've ever came across

  • Wicked Amoeba

    Can we delete 4 Chan? It’s seems so unhealthy there.

  • JJ Tong

    2:06 "I have many skills but art is the only one" haha

  • 【黑夜】

    I'm a simple fan.
    I see Ruan Jia.
    I click.

  • Kay Teuber

    i liked the video but you come of as extremely smug.

  • Vi Merveilles

    Cry smarter not harder.

    Honestly man you hit it. Too real

  • Fernando T

    Yes sure you did

  • jinkies jew

    You know, I’m disgustingly ill and I’d like to draw but all I can do is watch art videos and be sad lmao

  • serenity

    i originally came to your channel through your video about holly brown and oh boy am i glad i stuck around…. “barium sea cucumber”

  • Aetheria D.G.


  • Sebastian Sean Crow

    8:56 omg that joke ?

  • K Ferguson

    I thumbs upped this video mostly for the “Barium Seacucumber” joke you make. 10/10 made my day

  • Henry Knight

    stop asking teachers how to read. The only way to learn it is to do it yourself for many, many hours. Even if you figure out how to pronounce the letters you still can't read for shit. Considering your first inclination was to go to your teacher and ask how that word is pronounced, rather than just reading it yourself, means you'll never learn how to read, so why bother. You sound delusional, you fucking dumbass toddler.

  • Discord Entropy

    “What did we learn today kids?”
    Raises hand
    4chan artists are assholes!

  • ColorMeDistressed

    “I have many skills, but art is the only one.”

  • Artist Watasi

    “I feel like life would be simpler if I could just get rid of my internet and spend my time painting watercolor dog portraits.”
    Honestly me lol.

  • Josey Lobsinger

    4chan? Scary
    I ask for help? Pathetic
    Raunjia? Amazing
    Hotel? Trivago

  • Grapes

    Barium sea cucumber

  • Vєɴυѕ

    i liked the video soley because of the bennidick cuntbatch joke

  • Liliana

    I can speak Mandarin…

  • UserNamedEww

    "Nobody can't draw" damn. Wasn't expecting something so wholesome to be said and forgotten just like that.

  • Nicoline Forsberg

    Hey D, could you maybe post that picture that you found? Would love to read it!

  • Lisa san miguel

    I always teased my dad for listening to his talk radio while he drives , but I gotta take that back- listening to your videos through my car's speakers is awesome.

  • Lmao rip

    cry smarter, not harder

  • Rlaqro

    Ok I actually love the deadness in your voice

  • Rugilė Arštikaitytė

    Before watching this video I was enthusiastic,and now I'm just depressed 🙁

  • cannibal vegan

    what's your problem with abstract art?

  • Brady

    That shade in the beginning

  • Katie Luzadder

    of all the videos I've watched of you this is the first I see you laugh omg

  • OhNo

    Your art is absolutely gorgeous. I literally can't imagine being to your level, my dude. Big inspiration!

  • Twigpalm -

    The quality makes me laugh so hard, not because it's bad. but because now your face looks wet

  • Chall

    Well of course everybody giving advice would be a downer. You literally can't be a high level artist unless you have some form of depression or a large amount of pretentiousness. It's just a simple fact, one that a low level peasant like yourself can't comprehend.

  • primalbutter

    im slurpin real hard and i cant find a taste. gimme some flavor dad cause mommy aint doing it no more

  • Niboo

    I'll judge food even if I'm not chef

  • Turtle Boy

    Someone: gets really good at something and wants to explore higher level stuff without really caring about being welcoming

    This guy:?????

  • bck pck

    This channel got a cum haze to it

  • AudOldEnds

    The monotone voice really kills me
    Also Rue-ahn Gee-ah

  • Crazy Nikki 101

    Art rant/StoryTimE

    This is a parody from a memory i went through. When going through my art journey.

    Title; MY ART GOT CRITICISED! (Emotional) (Almost dieD!!) (EXPOSED) ?????

    Hello! Welcome back to another Artsist rant! Be sure to like my comment because it helps me earn money to pay my rent! Be sure to also join my non-existent giveaways and sweepstakes for free iPad Pros!

    Now! Onto the rant!

    So. I saw this post on my feed. Nothing bad or anythinGG. But, This girls art needed some help on anatomy! Wait!- not "girl." Im an IDIOT for ASSUMING genders. IM CANCELED!!!!!

    Anywhooo! I made a comment under her post telling her mistakes and how she can improve them. They replied with;

    "Its My First Time using references but thANK You!!!!!!!"

    No biggie right? Literally right after i hear from this other girl. (OMG NOT "GIRL" IM SO CANCELLED. UNSUBSCRIBE; UNLIKE AND BLOCK ME!!!!)

    So. The artist's friend called me out saying that; I SHOULD NEVER CALL THE ARTIST OUT BECAUSE ITS JUST THEIR "A R T S T Y L E"

    In that moment. My eyes began to water while reading that! HOW HATEFUL of them to say that!!!!!! But as i continued to shed tears, everything suddenly went black!!!!

    I have fainted!

    I woke up in the hospital hours later to have my doctor tell me that im a sociopath.

    He told me the cause of my "sociopathic tendencies" was due to me eating chucky cheese pizza! YUCK!

    Lesson of the story; if anyone brings up the excuse that its their art style. Just play the "Uno Reverse Card"

    (This is a joke.)

  • Júlia

    oh… That's bad

  • Shizuko Mike

    when u are chinese and understand mandarim 🙂

  • fhilippe127

    Dao Le paint like ruan jia and her have gumroad

  • Ryan Stone

    Add me on DA @

  • Stella Fagerstedt

    How sweaty were you lol? ?

  • dude bro

    Isn't /ic/ like one of the worse "artists" boards? I don't use 4chan cause it has no limit on filters so its lead to some crazy stuff. Like kill other people stuff and for real did it stuff, for those who don't know anything about 4chan.
    But despite that I've heard there's still good boards you just gotta find them. Also it's mostly trolls going to the extreme but if you want criticism and not a love hug box 4chan will always crap on your work and make fun of your failures so you can actually improve them. Or not cause 4chan is depressing and will drag you down some deep dark places from which you'll never return. 😀

  • Gacha Cherry

    D'angelo: fed two birds with one scone

    Me: *furiously stabs subscribe button*

    P. S. Your annoyed, bored voice is my new fave thing

  • ツPotato

    Wow, people in 4chan are kinda really aggressive-

  • Kokkino

    Nothing is "worse" than DeviantArt. There's no bullying going on at this website and there doesn't seem to be problems with staff ignoring you or banning you unfairly while allowing your tormentors to stay and write false "call outs" against more people. In fact, I can count how many people my stalker got banned unfairly.

  • I'm done

    Dude 4chan might be full of trolls but they still humans. Of course some will be normal

  • JoeEyeMonster

    Deviantart has some of the most AMAZING digital artists I've seen. I'm more in the traditional range, but I really appreciate any artist who can paint in the digital medium and trick me into thinking it's a traditional painting.

  • Banterisk

    My man really did just summarize 4chan in 5 seconds

  • Jingyi Chen

    Damn, never knew that speaking Chinese will be my advantage on Painting someday, Ruan Jia does share a lot of paintings on weibo though.

  • Goldstar

    oh my god I've never seen your setup before and holy- that's the most beautiful and relaxing setup i've ever seen in my entire life.
    If I had your setup I'd ruin it in less than a day by forgetting plates and snacks lmao

  • slim randombs

    I literally know nothing of art yet I watched the full 10 minutes.

  • Pferd Schild


  • Tara Sheng

    I can understand him…..

    Something along the lines of if you have questions you'll probably need to wait for me to finish the drawing, it'll probably take about 20 minutes. Not word for word, just the general idea.

  • Annonimoose Q

    Five years of mandarin has given me the skills to figure out that he said “question” multiple times! I bet I’ll be fluent very soon!

  • Isabel Follrod

    me: draws kinda cartoony
    that one 4chan group: lazy ? stupid ? child ? get ? off ? the ? internet ?

  • vee power

    ron jaw

  • hero iam

    did you ask permission to put ruan jia’s work in your thumbnail?

  • YaoLi Jiang

    ur pronunciation is pretty good, it's not perfect but it's really close. that being said, i like dry humor content. ruan jia also makes me sad. heh.

  • xena x

    you’re gross and your jokes are not funny, your personality isn’t cool nor quirky

  • Lotus Auer

    Love the new avatar, and all the work you're putting in! ?

  • Choco Princessa

    You remind me of Luca from grownish

  • lily the loser

    You sound so depressed lmao

  • Lucas Cheeseman

    4 Chan is actually just an angry mob filled with experts and assholes

  • Fruit Scones

    i read this as "parenting advice" and i was so concerned

  • ishychicken

    the fact that i understand ruan jia and im not even chinese

  • KotaRainBear

    ngl I Only went on /ic/ bc the classic paintings they posted were sUPER nice

  • No Healing

    God I L O V E 4chan

  • Issam Kt

    5:08 I that moment I felt like you talking about me D'Angelo Wallace, and I would say I felt miserable but after a while, I felt cool listening to rest of video thanks, Wallace.

  • H A

    Wait, I thought the whole point of art is to pollish turds.

  • you're adopted

    you look so wet in this video or is it just the 360p beacuse wifi bad not very strong

  • hifret

    whaaaaat is wrong w these people? wow

  • Sasha Hawkes

    fyi, what ruan jia was saying at 1:47 was, "To the people who have questions, you may need to wait until I finish this artwork, so I'll be answering your questions in about 20 or 10 minutes."

  • Froufrou Deluxe

    Your videos are very visually appealing
    They look so so good

  • vee ee

    Ruan Jia said: Ask me questions after the drawing it will probably take 10 to 20 minutes for me to finish

  • Hentai;


  • Valeria Draws

    Deviantart aint too bad if you look in the right places

  • Snoggy

    "Cry smarter, not harder-"

  • Yanca

    Inever thought dry humor would be this entertaining god

  • musique nonstop

    it's pronounced Ruan Jia…


  • Potato Chan Draws

    "If you have any questions that you would like me to answer, you will have to wait till I'm done the drawing. Once I'm done the drawing, I will spend 10-20 minutes to answer everybody's questions." This is probably not perfect, but I tried. Too bad I can't ask him any questions 'cause I can't read Chinese. XD

  • PrincessJpen

    He really did Jackson Pollock like that

  • Demmie Walnut

    This guy is basically Black CritiKal but he is an artist. Great Content btw


    My eyes are gonna pop out of my head because I can't stop laughing XD


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