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That1DTHguy

Merry Christmas, and I can't draw

1st, Merry Christmas.

2nd, I won't be doing a Christmas pic this here because I can't draw... really, I tried drawing it, but I kept failing on stuff like the hands and every thing.  And fact, I don't think I was ever meant to draw because I never use my time to draw something, and it's been since Aug. since I last drew something, AUG!!!

If you guys can help me, that would be nice.
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Added: 5 years, 7 months ago
 
Wakka
5 years, 7 months ago
That's what i 1st thought when i started out but after two months i made this https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=343724 i got their by watching streams and using lots of references and as many IB members has said lots and lots of practice. other then that i all so use SAI to do my line art and an old adobe CS2 for coloring besides that i cant help you much more but hay don't give up and sooner or later you'll pick up on things and we'll each have own awesome art to post.

And quick note i use my mouse and not a tablet~


Merry Christmas to ya DerrickTheHedgehog. ^^_
That1DTHguy
5 years, 7 months ago
Thanks, I have too, but the this was the last thing I drew https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=290982
Wakka
5 years, 7 months ago
Nice. i can definitely say you did a lot better then i did with your feet. i had none added at 1st. :D
Waccoon
5 years, 7 months ago
Holy cow.  I wish I could've drawn like that after just two months.
Waccoon
5 years, 7 months ago
Well, the only way to learn how to draw is to draw realistically, from models.  The brain is a pattern recognition machine.  Once you learn how to "see" things the way the brain naturally interprets them, drawing gets a LOT easier, because you'll be able to think about shapes without having to examine them so carefully.  At that point, you'll be able to draw without needing to look at references (references always help, of course, but they aren't always available, or posed the way you want them).

This first critical step of learning how to see is the most important part of drawing until you progress to lighting and natural color.  Interestingly, it's also one of the fastest drawing lessons that can be learned.  Once you "get it" you'll notice your drawing ability change pretty much overnight.

Set up a still life with a few objects, and try to draw it as accurately as you can, minding the empty space around the objects as much as the outlines of the objects themselves.  Pay special attention to overlapping objects and where outlines intersect.  This teaches your brain how to place objects and estimate space, so you can improve your composition and proportions.

The next step is to think three dimensionally, so objects won't look so flat.  Look at shapes and try to draw contour lines around the curved surfaces of objects to help give them shape and volume.  Trust me, it's impossible to draw hands and feet unless you can think in terms of volume.

You don't need to practice this religiously -- maybe 5-10 minutes a day.  Most people see a huge improvement in just a couple weeks.  Just think of it as a hobby, and don't get too frustrated with things not looking right.  Just re-arrange your still life and try again.  Keep at it.  Every day it gets easier.

Beyond this advice, you'll need to get yourself a good book on drawing and do a lot of grueling practice, so for now, still life studies are a cheap, easy, and fast way to get your foot in the door.

Oh, and draw with pen or pencil.  I've found that drawing digitally makes things way more difficult, even with a tablet, and even if you avoid using Undo.

Drawing is hard.  Don't rush, and go easy on yourself.  Learn to enjoy it, even if you don't do it that well.
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