Anonymous asked: Any tips or tricks to give advice to people who want to draw? Also your art is pretty kick ass keep up the good work :3.
oooh I’m bad at answering these anon xD
Here’s some broad advice I can give to people who may be starting out:
- Draw everyday: it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, even a 10 minute sketch, it gets you into the mindset of drawing for the sake of drawing. If you can make the act of drawing routine it will take the pressure off. “Every drawing must be an improvement on the last!” is not what you should be thinking when learning, you should be relaxed so you enjoy the act, meaning you’ll draw more, and draw better.
- Don’t be so critical of your own work: even I have a super hard time with this but this is especially bad for people just starting out. Being too negative will slow you down and de-motivate you. You won’t want to draw if ALL you see is your mistakes, and you can’t improve if you don’t keep drawing!
- Make little goals: A lot of people I’ve’ve talked to who are starting out think they’ll never get better, everyone has their own pace and you can’t expect to draw as good as people who have been drawing years or even their entire life. You need to recognize the little things you’ve gotten better at. That’s how art works, even the super talented people don’t become gods overnight, they get better in steps, after awhile you’ll be good at whole load of little things and they all add up into something awesome.
- Keep your old work: "I hate my own work" is something I hear a lot, but keep your old drawings you think are crappy, look back at them in a few months and it will help you see they improvements you’ve’ve made. That’s a great confidence boost.
- It’s okay to make mistakes: We all make drawings that don’t live up to our own personal standards every now and then, no matter what level, but a bad drawing is never a waste, you learned something from it, even if that’s what NOT to do next time.
- Don’t make excuses for your tools: I see this all the time. Young artists saying they’ll start drawing “for real” when they get a fancy tablet, and that they can’t “learn” to draw properly without a tablet. Yes, yes you can, all you really need is to a want to learn, a pencil, and a piece of paper. A tablet won’t make you magically better, it can actually make the learning curve steeper for people starting out, as you have to learn whole other hand/eye coordination skills because of the disconnect between your hand and the screen. A tabet has it benefits yes, like digital coloring, and the ease of which you can’t erase mistakes, but basic drawing skill can be learn with with a pencil and paper. To end; if you’re rich and want a tablet, buy one, but if you’re strapped for cash and bummed “you can’t learn” don’t worry, you’re not really at a disadvantage :)
- Keep a sketchbook: Learned this in college, draw things from life, they can just be doodles. Sketchbook helps with your observation skills.
Biggest tip is draw, draw all the time! you don’t have to do this when starting out (cause you don’t want to scare yourself or put yourself off drawing xD)
The truth is if you want to get good you have to put in the hard work, there’s no secret shortcut unfortunately. All the amazing artists I know aren’t just insanely talented, they draw all the time, all the time for years, so they’ve earned that skill.
Don’t let that put you off, learning to draw takes time, but it’s fun and rewarding! Hope this rant helps you somewhat anon, best of luck! x
EDIT: Here’s some good books to check out for beginners who are confused on what they need to do on “how to learn/study”
Andrew Loomis (free books)
Betty Edwards (amazon)
Glen Vilppu (amazon)
Huge list of resources (good for all artists!)