In preparation for making this blog easier to follow and implement for the people reading, I am going to use a scale and rating to give an impression of how “difficult” or “easy” it could be to do some of the tips and follow along. This post will be the explanation for the rating system I will use and tinker with from now on, use it as a reference from now on. Of course, this would be over-simplified from the actual reality with how everything relies on context and circumstance. Even so, I will try to make this the base of something that will give enough information to a reader at a glance what I would recommend to do first or how hard I would perceive it to be.
To be clear, I am aware of how limiting these sort of “sliding scale” measurements are and can make things seem pretty black-and-white, but I feel that it would be much better to have one than to not. If you think you’re not “that good” and prepared to do things from the “harder end” of the scale, but still want to do something I label as difficult, don’t let it stop you — these are just suggestions and warnings, learning from trial and error is still an important aspect of art and creation! You might even find that it is much easier for you than I would anticipate.
With that all clear, this is the rating system I propose for my blog, it’s very simple:
From 1 to 5 stars. ✭✰✰✰✰ to ✭✭✭✭✭
The 1 star ✭✰✰✰✰ rating means “basic & universal”. While it is a “beginners” thing, that doesn’t preclude those that don’t consider themselves beginners to do them, it is also a universal tip that can be applied relatively easily.
Then, 3 stars ✭✭✭✰✰ rating is intermediate, meaning that it would be best suited for those with more knowledge and skill that are still having trouble honing their skill or can be pretty finnicky to apply as a tip, more likely to involve in-depth drawing fundamentals or an interpetation of them.
A 5 star ✭✭✭✭✭ rating, as you can imagine, is much harder to implement without a previously established library of knowledge and skill — so it’s tips that are to “polish” already difficult to achieve standards OR to overhaul certain practices more deeply.
Then the stars in-between are a fusion of the standards between these 3 ratings.
If you noticed that the ratings are more like categories and recommendations o how to use them moreso than anything else, then you’d be right. As previously stated, your level of “expertise” and what step on your journey you are on with artistic growth shouldn’t preclude paying attention to these tips.
There is a high probability that for more involved or hybrid tips that they will have multiple star ratings for different aspects of what the tip involves, different for each post but expressed in a template such as “skill: ✭✭✰✰✰ | implementation: ✭✭✭✰✰ | color theory: ✭✭✭✰✰”.
Along with the star rating, when applicable, there will be suggestions next to them for how I recommend them to be used. Things like how much time and frequency I think would be best to use for the tip in question.
I hope that this system is helpful to everyone reading!