Thanks for sticking around.
I've mainly been doing a shit ton of gesture drawings to work on my sense of anatomy, perspective, and movement. Also working on sprites for a game. Other than that, not many projects. My mouse broke so I had to get a new one, and it's kinda… shaped weirdly, if that makes any sense, so my digital drawings haven't really been good enough to upload. Working on getting a tablet.
Man, I wish I had a plan. I honestly don't know what I'm going for. I just want to improve as much as I can I guess. Trying to find an art school that isn't pretentious.
Anyways, I can give you some general advice that applies to all artists. (regardless of what style you're aiming for) But if you want specific advice, and don't mind harsh criticism, try the beginner thread on 4chan's /ic/ board. They can offer some really good advice. Or if you want you could email me some of your drawings and I could give you a few pointers. I mean, I'm not sure if I'm the best person to be giving advice, but yeah. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever want some critique from someone who has eyes but doesn't fully understand what they're talking about. I mean, if you wanna know how I learned (if not just feel free to skip to General Advice
) I started drawing (or at least started drawing the hopes of it looking gud) when I was around ten. Coincidentally the same time I got into manga. I draw Tohru from Fruit’s Basket in the hopes of sending it to the author for her to display in that section where she used to put all the fanart and letters she was sent. Then just sorta kept on building upon that style with all my drawings having sameface cause I didn’t know how to draw anything else for a few months before gradually moving on and learning from other manga, building upon the style I has acquired. Joined an art site that only like 20 people frequented and drew some digital shit there using my mouse for a while. At this point I was probably around 12 or 11 years old. Then moved on to another site that only around 40 people frequented but only like 12 of them actually participated and did some digital shit there. This was from >>2889
to>>3231 The people there were really nice, but they didn’t really offer any constructive criticism so while I improve in the hopes of impressing them, I also kinda stagnated into focusing more on style and less on the fundamentals. So my anatomy was really bad. Eventually left that site and stopped drawing for a pretty long time since I thought I was going to be a game designer. Still drew some digital stuff but didn’t really share any of it. This was from >>3681
. Was stagnating pretty hard then, but learned some cool techniques. What really inspired me to start drawing again was the workshop I mentioned in >>3696
. That’s when I really became serious about drawing and soon after browsed imageboards for advice and started doing as many studies as I could. Really started drawing my ass off after that. But, yeah. That was… way longer than I planned for it to be. But my point is that you can either take that as a guide on how not to learn or just one of the many ways you can learn. Depends on if you like what you see I guess.General advice
: Don't start from symbol drawing. (like that step by step shit) It's not a good way to learn. Or at least it isn’t for most people. You can start drawing from imagination first (that's what I did anyways, still draw mainly from imagination) but a lot of people recommend drawing from life first. Looking up models online and drawing them as best as you can to try to get an idea of how the human body works is a good way to learn.
A site with some good beginner practices is: http://hubpages.com/art/how-to-draw-learn
But my main advice? Draw as much as you can.
Drawing gesture studies, hand studies, perspective studies. Just keep putting as many hours as you can into it every day.
(And sorry for the long ass post. I tend to ramble.)