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    Thread created on 13:01:50 - 16/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Last replied 17:34:07 - 04/08/21 (2 months ago)
    I never could draw. At least not good. The other day i thought art might be a nifty little hobby, so here I am asking how do i take my first steps out of this bubble of misshapen stick figures.
    I dont have any goal in particular, just want to be able to draw something which can be considered as "pretty".

    I already asked on reddit, so i thought I might as well ask here as well. did any of you start out similarly? How did it turn out?

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    Posted on 22:56:26 - 16/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    Do you want to do analog (by hand) or digital?  There are lots of great, free resources online and on YouTube.  Best advice is to pick up your pencils, pens, crayons, etc. and go to it.  Doodle, or try to follow a reference image.  Don’t judge your work too critically, and look for progress, not perfection.  Number one goal should be to have fun and enjoy your new hobby!
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    Posted on 17:37:00 - 17/02/21 (8 months ago)
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    just do it, everyday. turn it into your hobby, no matter how bad it might look at beginning. Turn it into your entertainment form. Surround yourself with people that would appreciate your progress in it
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    Posted on 03:26:03 - 25/02/21 (7 months ago)
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    just do it... there is no better advice, but i find that showing your work to other artists and asking for feed back helps....
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    Posted on 13:07:48 - 24/03/21 (7 months ago)
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    Build the passion for your new hobby first. Enjoy it as youre just starting out, then proceed to do art studies after a while. Specifically, you should get into the concepts and fundamentals of it, if you feel overwhelmed, that is alright— just learn at your own pace.
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    Posted on 16:55:14 - 25/03/21 (6 months ago)
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    Any progress in your drawing goals? 

    First thing is to have fun. There's no point in doing it if you're not enjoying it. Drawing should be a source of entertainment.

    Secondly, most people and artists will tell you to "just keep drawing.... hurrdurrdurrr...." and I feel like that's a half ass approach for professionals and advanced artist to take when giving advice.

    MY main advice would be to always be prepared to learn and study.

    Here's a list of stuff for you to learn in order to advance.
    I put them in order, but you could even do this shit backwards if you'd like. It really doesn't matter. You're just breaking down reality into its basic forms and putting it back together with your mind and then onto paper.

    So here it is-

    Beginner:
    -Basic shapes
    -3d shapes
    -Basic shading/lighting
    - COLOR THEORY

    Intermediate:
    -Merging 3d shapes to create form.
    -Textures and their effect on lighting/shading.(reflective light)
    -Foreshortening and and how multiple objects appear in space.
    -perspective and the different types.

    *Human/ animal anatomy
    Expression
    Poses

    Advanced:
    - using negative space for measurements
    - understanding how lighting and shadows work with different textures and objects in 3d space.
    - the affects of hot and cold on different textures and objects.
    - multiple light sources and how it travels between objects. (Bounce lighting)
    - how pressure/stretching affects the shape and shadows of an object.


    That's pretty much the basics. I just woke up so I may have missed some.

    Set goals that are easy to achieve and don't get butt hurt every time that you find out that you're REALLY bad at drawing.

    The more you learn, the worse you'll see that you are. But that just means that you've trained your mind to see more of what you're doing wrong, and that opens up the opportunities to advance.

    Also... HAVE FUN! It's just drawing!

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    Posted on 04:55:26 - 10/04/21 (6 months ago)
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    Posted on 05:39:46 - 13/04/21 (6 months ago)
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    why you gotta flex tho

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    Posted on 06:03:56 - 13/04/21 (6 months ago)
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    why you gotta flex tho
    Aye. I didn’t flex. I don’t like flexing
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    Posted on 10:13:10 - 13/04/21 (6 months ago)
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    Hello, since you asked if someone had a similar “start” point, here I am. I am not gonna tell all the learn this, learn that stuff. Trust me, that horse pic I drew was from reference, and I never practiced drawing basic shapes or took any art class. It was just from practice and dedication. That’s bcuz that’s where I wanted to get to. Now, I am learning how to draw from imagination. And for that, I definitely should have an idea about what I am going to draw. That’s where stuff like anatomy, knowledge about lights and shadows, 3D shapes is really required. 



    So putting it all together, there are two things according to me when it comes to learning how to draw ANYTHING.

    1. Learning to draw from reference
    You can start out by just giving your best shot to draw what you see. Be it a pic, real life object or a person. I recommend to start out with drawings that are “OUTLINES” so that you will get better and better at perceiving : a)Proportions and b)Stroking(drawing smooth lines). You can find such images literally everywhere in the internet. The best place is google images, where thousands of images on each word could be filtered out from several websites. You can choose from any of those. For example, search for “Velociraptor drawing” and you will see what I am talking about. After you see some progress, move to adding “Shades” to your drawings. This is the part where your works will start looking “Realistic”. It’s all about smoothening your strokes at light parts and applying pressure at darker regions. This is what there is all about making a 2D drawing look 3D. All shading mate. Finally when you feel that you are comfortable with drawing any image from reference with a good accuracy, you can move on to the next part.

    2. Learning to draw from imagination
    You can draw a line from imagination, a square, a cube and maybe even a bunch of cubes stacked one on the other with extraordinary precision, strokes and shading but can you convert what you can “Decorate” into what you want to draw? At first, you feel like you can’t. You will, however once you start analysing the different shapes, sizes, orientation of different body parts of the human body if you wanna draw humans from imagination. Similarly, for any animal, object or even any mind blowing fantasy character you wanna design. That very process of analysing is called understanding how different structures are built and oriented to show the image in your mind on the paper with any perspective. So, it’s logical that once you have a good skill with shading, stroking and applying lights and shadows, all that’s left is learning how different structures look like. Remembering is not at all a big deal. A few practice drawings will do good.

    So there you go, that’s how I’ve learnt to draw “pretty” stuff as pretty as I can at this point. As I mentioned, I am currently learning to draw from imagination. Wish me luck mate!

    Btw, just practice and have an idea how good you wanna be at drawing and the method you wanna employ. The one I mentioned above is the one I am following and would personally recommend to other beginners too ;)
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    Posted on 15:38:44 - 13/04/21 (6 months ago)
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    Here's some more information on drawing from imagination. 

    A good way to get ahead in this kind of practice is to build up what we call your "visual library".

    This takes time and understanding of most of the things that I listed previously.

    You basically just practice drawing everything and train your brain how to understand how an object looks at any angle

    Look up Jung Gi Kim, he is a master at this.


    Even build a photo library of references and scroll through that for for like 5 minutes. But do it an hour before you actually start drawing. That way you have the information in your mind, but it's skewed.



    I like to create/sketch pages of flowing shapes that create a nice looking composition and then fill it with a scene.
    This is what a lot of concept artists do and it keeps the job fun.

    Although drawing with only your imagination is fun, it is best to use some reference. There's no point in limiting your tools when you have the option to make your creative process easier on yourself.

    I'll use an image for reference that has nothing to do with my art piece except for the fact that I like how the lighting is and I want to incorporate that into my art.


    Also, I recommend not getting too stuck in drawing with just your imagination.

    Yes, the people that do it are badass, but they're also master artists that have drawn that same shit a million times.

    You're still a sprout and have done like two drawings once. Do your studying, practicing and use reference! You'll become a badass too eventually. No rush.

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    Posted on 16:43:17 - 29/04/21 (5 months ago)
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    bad at drawing until i use ibis :I 
    and krita...

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    Posted on 02:55:59 - 30/04/21 (5 months ago)
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    bad at drawing until i use ibis :I
    and krita...
    ive heard about both of them

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    Posted on 00:52:52 - 01/05/21 (5 months ago)
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    If you want to draw faces, go with circles, then add details from there, stick with simple stuff first, then slowly add in harder and harder things, such as shading, mouths, eyes, jaws, chin, hair, neck, shoulders, torso, arms, legs, hands, and feet. I will say this, hands are by far the hardest things to learn how to draw.

    EDIT: You will never be done learning, some earlier drawings once you have a drawing style that's semi-consistent will be different, I know that's what happened to me, like if you look at my earlier drawings in my profile they will look different than even my current pfp that I ended up drawing
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    Posted on 22:49:02 - 01/08/21 (2 months ago)
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    What about when you run out of ideas to draw? I started drawing characters I've created and some animals, but then I started losing intrest because they didn't look as good as I wanted them to be and because I didn't know what to draw next.
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    Posted on 17:34:07 - 04/08/21 (2 months ago)
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    What about when you run out of ideas to draw? I started drawing characters I've created and some animals, but then I started losing intrest because they didn't look as good as I wanted them to be and because I didn't know what to draw next.
    If you don’t have any ideas anymore, search for inspiration. I get ideas when I watch movies, look on pinterest or go through other artists instragram. Or just try something new? Watch a tutorial to draw something you never did. Just paint a object in your room. Try different mediums (acrylic, oilpaint, pens, watercolor, digital) mix all mediums you have together in one artwork.
    Just try something knew without the pressure for it to be good. I paint sometimes 3 painting and one is good. Don’t pressure yourself to make good art. If you had fun doing, it is good. Every drawing, painting makes you a better artist
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