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Anonymous asked: pst hi friend i love all your art really a lot and i was wondering if you had any art tips for someone trying to get better? thank u

littledeerling:

Hi friend! Thanks a lot, I’m glad you like my art. And I do! This is gonna be super long… but here are 10 tips that have helped me and still help me and hopefully it will help you too!!

1. Draw as much as you can - better yet, draw one or multiple things a day! It doesn’t even have to be anything finished, even something like an eye or a hand is a good start, but try to aim to do maybe a page of doodles a day. You can even pick a theme and then go from there.

2. Get someone to critique your art – I think this is one of the most important things!! Sometimes we don’t really notice our own mistakes (maybe we’re looking at it for so long or you just don’t know how to approach a certain part of it), but other people will be able to see it. Get someone who is honest and will tell you what’s wrong with your drawing and what to improve on.

3. Set up a reference folder - Drawing from your head is really great and all, but you need to learn the basics of anatomy before you can learn how to distort and shape your style in your own way.

4. Don’t hide things – People tend to hide things they’re not good at like hands behind the back, feet covered with clothes or even covering one side of the face (something I’m guilty of doing for sure…) Every time you do that you deprive yourself of getting better at that specific thing because if you’re not drawing it you’ll never get better at it. Even if you draw it out and it looks bad, it’s better than not drawing it at all.

5. Draw things you’re not good at – if you know you need to improve on something, lips for example, then buy a sketchbook and literally fill it with lips. In fact, get multiple sketchbooks and fill it with things you’re not good at and then you’ll start to see yourself getting better, page by page.

6. Try different things – Experiment with styles, colour, mediums, whatever! The best part about drawing is that you can do so many things with it and I find that using other mediums really help improve my drawing skill. 

7. Make an inspiration tumblr/folder/wall – I find looking at art I really love really motivates me to get better and it helps me learn new techniques. It gives you something to aspire to, plus pretty art always looks great on your wall!

8. Draw from life - This sounds boring, I know, and it’s definitely something I don’t particularly enjoy but I find that it’s extremely helpful. Not only does it help you get better at drawing anatomy, people, object etc, etc, but it helps you learn how to observe. Learning to observe is crucial, but don’t just look at things, STUDY them. Watch people interact, shift your arms in different angles, move your light source around and make mental notes in your head. Become a camera and use your hands to record your images.

9. Look at Tutorials – No shame in learning new things! Sometimes I watch a video or walkthrough by one of my fav artists and I learn easier ways to do things that would have otherwise taken me an hour or two to do. You can learn some really cool tips and tricks that you would have never thought of yourself.

10. Don’t worry so much – Progress might be slow, maybe other artists improve faster than you and that’s okay!! Try not to get frustrated because there are artists that are “better than you”. Art is really subjective and people enjoy different styles so it really doesn’t matter how “good” or “bad” you are. If you enjoy what you draw then other people will too.  

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morallygreypirates asked: Sorry if you've already answered this, but would you happen to have anything on coloring with colored pencils?

artiststoolbox:

I don’t, actually! Lets see what I can dig up…

  • elfwood.com I like this website because the author of the page explains different methods of using colored pencils with examples for each, and shows an example of them visually. Just looking at each example gives me ideas on how to color something!! 
  • Portrait-artist.org This website is good to look at after elfwood.com because now you take the techniques shown to you on the last website, and this website gives you examples on how to apply them by layering different colors on top of each other to create shadows.
  • Angelstorm-82 This tutorial details what pencil the artist used for each area, which can be useful if you have a similar set of colored pencils.
  • Moyan Gives an example of how to set up a ‘colored pencil pallete’ and is a good walkthrough of how the artist re-created their reference image. Also, I believe they use water color pencil for this piece, which is something to check out if you’re interested in that!! 
  • [VIDEO] PapernLaceprincess How to create a soft, almost ‘blurry’ look using pencil. She also says in the video she’s covered other techniques, so to be sure to check out her channel if you’re interested!
  • [VIDEO] Thevirtualinstructor Three different ways to color/shade the same object! A great video showing 3 techniques, allowing the viewer to see the differences between them! I like this video because comparing the three techniques gives you options on what to go with, depending on the effect you want when using colored pencil.

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morallygreypirates asked: Sorry if you've already answered this, but would you happen to have anything on coloring with colored pencils?

artiststoolbox:

I don’t, actually! Lets see what I can dig up…

  • elfwood.com I like this website because the author of the page explains different methods of using colored pencils with examples for each, and shows an example of them visually. Just looking at each example gives me ideas on how to color something!! 
  • Portrait-artist.org This website is good to look at after elfwood.com because now you take the techniques shown to you on the last website, and this website gives you examples on how to apply them by layering different colors on top of each other to create shadows.
  • Angelstorm-82 This tutorial details what pencil the artist used for each area, which can be useful if you have a similar set of colored pencils.
  • Moyan Gives an example of how to set up a ‘colored pencil pallete’ and is a good walkthrough of how the artist re-created their reference image. Also, I believe they use water color pencil for this piece, which is something to check out if you’re interested in that!! 
  • [VIDEO] PapernLaceprincess How to create a soft, almost ‘blurry’ look using pencil. She also says in the video she’s covered other techniques, so to be sure to check out her channel if you’re interested!
  • [VIDEO] Thevirtualinstructor Three different ways to color/shade the same object! A great video showing 3 techniques, allowing the viewer to see the differences between them! I like this video because comparing the three techniques gives you options on what to go with, depending on the effect you want when using colored pencil.

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wannabeanimator:

Just like I said in this ask, you should look at the kind of storyboards being made right now. TV, feature, and game animation all have their own styles of storyboarding. Studios, too. Certain things you’ll need for it no matter where or what you work on, though:

  • Quick drawing ability
  • Being able to deal with having 100+ of your boards thrown out and needing to be redone
  • Knowledge of composition
  • Knowledge of story/writing

Helpful links:

Books:

Hope those help!

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wannabeanimator:

It would be great if other people reblogged this with who they follow, to keep the list going!

Here is a list of artists I keep track of… Sorry for the long list!

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zoestanleyarts:

I have briefly gone over how I get my lines crisp over here, and what programs I use here.  Drawing bigger is usually the best way to hid shaky lines.  If you zoomed in some of my bigger pieces you’ll see a bit of shakiness in my lines.

I once tried to make a tutorial of how I get my colors, but it became kinda hard and many other artists have already covered it way better than I ever could.  I’ll just share you a quick idea of my own process through my shitty Photoshop program Elements 6.0.
Over here I made an arrangement of some colors and only adjusted the brightness of them.  They look kinda dull.  The browner tones look the dullest.  Dull isn’t always a bad thing though.  It can really make some other colors pop!

Below we have the same center colors from above, but for some reason, they don’t look so dull.

How could this be?  The darker and lighter colors are actually a different tone of color!  Some of them are slightly duller to make the the other color stand out.  I tend to make lighter tones more warmer and darker tones more cooler.

Below are a series of lazy steps of how I get the color pink it’s shade and hi-light.





Below is a collection of saved colors I have in my Firealpaca.  It really does come in handy for me.  These colors really do inspire me.


Finally, I’ll leave these color reference/tutorials/resource links here that demonstrate things better.
Some pretty neat palettes
Coloring does not have to suck
Coloured Shading Tutorial
Skintone Palettes
How The Face Changes With Shifting A Light Source
The Psychology of Color
Basic Color Theory
Create Color Schemes Here
A Boring Skin Tutorial
Tips on Color
Fun with Palettes
How color?
F’#@ing Gradients Hopw Do They Work
FireAlpaca -it’s free and my main program, but I do have to use Photoshop at times.
I hope that this helps you in some way!

zoestanleyarts:

I have briefly gone over how I get my lines crisp over here, and what programs I use here.  Drawing bigger is usually the best way to hid shaky lines.  If you zoomed in some of my bigger pieces you’ll see a bit of shakiness in my lines.

I once tried to make a tutorial of how I get my colors, but it became kinda hard and many other artists have already covered it way better than I ever could.  I’ll just share you a quick idea of my own process through my shitty Photoshop program Elements 6.0.


Over here I made an arrangement of some colors and only adjusted the brightness of them.  They look kinda dull.  The browner tones look the dullest.  Dull isn’t always a bad thing though.  It can really make some other colors pop!

image

Below we have the same center colors from above, but for some reason, they don’t look so dull.

image

How could this be?  The darker and lighter colors are actually a different tone of color!  Some of them are slightly duller to make the the other color stand out.  I tend to make lighter tones more warmer and darker tones more cooler.

Below are a series of lazy steps of how I get the color pink it’s shade and hi-light.

image

image

image

image

Below is a collection of saved colors I have in my Firealpaca.  It really does come in handy for me.  These colors really do inspire me.

image

Finally, I’ll leave these color reference/tutorials/resource links here that demonstrate things better.

Some pretty neat palettes

Coloring does not have to suck

Coloured Shading Tutorial

Skintone Palettes

How The Face Changes With Shifting A Light Source

The Psychology of Color

Basic Color Theory

Create Color Schemes Here

A Boring Skin Tutorial

Tips on Color

Fun with Palettes

How color?

F’#@ing Gradients Hopw Do They Work

FireAlpaca -it’s free and my main program, but I do have to use Photoshop at times.

I hope that this helps you in some way!

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How?
I just did. I drew. It’s sounds hard, and overwhelming with everything you need to learn. Oh god don’t get me started about the fact that your skills are unable to create the image in your mind!!
But, Draw. Even if it’s stupid shit. The worst thing you can do is not draw. Just do it. Practice from life (if you can), do gesture drawing, anatomy studies.
Just keep trying, and don’t give up. It’s hard. I understand. I’m at the point where I can see clearly everything that is wrong with what I draw. I suck. It’s annoying, and it makes you want to give up. But, if you don’t give up - You’ll get better. No matter what.
Sorry this is abit of rant/tangent lol
Here’s some stuff to check out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWkcUxd5elU
http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL
http://foervraengd.tumblr.com/tagged/protip/
http://ibelievepracticemakesperfect.tumblr.com/post/40250823373/youngartist-city-massiveselection#notes
http://fyeahmyoldart.tumblr.com/
http://ibelievepracticemakesperfect.tumblr.com/post/14591555163/ibelievepracticemakesperfect#notes

How?

I just did. I drew. It’s sounds hard, and overwhelming with everything you need to learn. Oh god don’t get me started about the fact that your skills are unable to create the image in your mind!!

But, Draw. Even if it’s stupid shit. The worst thing you can do is not draw. Just do it. Practice from life (if you can), do gesture drawing, anatomy studies.

Just keep trying, and don’t give up. It’s hard. I understand. I’m at the point where I can see clearly everything that is wrong with what I draw. I suck. It’s annoying, and it makes you want to give up. But, if you don’t give up - You’ll get better. No matter what.

Sorry this is abit of rant/tangent lol

Here’s some stuff to check out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWkcUxd5elU

http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL

http://foervraengd.tumblr.com/tagged/protip/

http://ibelievepracticemakesperfect.tumblr.com/post/40250823373/youngartist-city-massiveselection#notes

http://fyeahmyoldart.tumblr.com/

http://ibelievepracticemakesperfect.tumblr.com/post/14591555163/ibelievepracticemakesperfect#notes

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