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7/12/2019 5:45:26 AM
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Hey there artists

How long have you been doing ~art~? Any commissioners out there? Where do you guys post your art mainly? Any advice for beginner artists or techniques? Anything else worth adding that I'm too lazy to ask? Put it all here! Please feel free to link your art page or Imgur links to your work, I'd honestly really like to see them, and I'm sure other people would too. [spoiler]also please include tips if you can i succ at drawing people thx <3[/spoiler]

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  • What are you interested in drawing? I'm afraid I can't give any advice, because I am the most novice of novices.

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    • Edited by BlackToe: 7/13/2019 3:33:15 AM
      https://imgur.com/OJX7EXA https://imgur.com/TwBGMMx I've been drawing since I was little toddler. I do commissions since 2004, I have a page but I cant link it here. For advice, I say ditch the pencil and go digital. Get a tablet and a drawing program. ALWAYS use layering! Dont draw straight on a white background if you can help it. Make a new layer and fill it with a soft muted color. (BLUE/GREY/BROWN etc) Then make another new layer and start a base sketch. When you go into the next phase (inks/color/background) It will be MUCH easier to deal with. It kinda branches out from there if you want with sub-folders of layers once you get the hang of it. PICTURE/CHAR/HEAD/BODY/CLOTHES/ etc. Then you're going to find out if you need to buy a new computer...

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      • What f3 said, [i]practice, practice, practice[/i]. There's really no other way. I post my art here or share it with my family, but I'm thinking about making a portfolio for a job soon

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        • I've been drawing manually since I was in 8th grade. Never went digital. Never will. All I can say is that when drawing people, do a base outline of the figure, then work on the different areas separately (head, torso, arms), and good luck on the hands, bc those are a big pain in the ass (for me at least). And also, if you are doing a drawing with people far away in the background, don't worry about detailed eyes, just make a curved line for the upper eye lid, and draw a half diamond as the eyeball/pupil. [spoiler]A good sketching/drawing kit should have pencils ranging from 5H to 6B or 8B, charcoal pencils, woodless pencil (optional), art knife, kneaded and standard erasers, those little rolled up paper sticks (for blending), sandpaper stick, sharpeners (preferably), and straight charcoal sticks. This is my kit, and is honestly pretty basic. My drawings usually look like shit bc I actually can't do anything artistic, but if you want to sketch/draw, even badly, you gotta have the right stuff.[/spoiler]

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        • Been drawing for as long as I can remember. I don't have a page, or do commissions. It's more of a hobby to me. Is there a particular part of a person you're struggling with?

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            I really haven’t been doing art in a conventional sense for that long. If you’re looking for drawing tips, it depends on the kind of drawing you want to do. All I can really say is practice, practice, practice. Familiarize yourself with different types of lead, ink, and paper. H leads are good for clean, light lines, whereas B leads are better for dark lines and shading. But really, the most important thing is trial and error.

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          • Edited by Cell-3: 7/12/2019 1:10:42 PM
            Been doin it for 5 years now? I have mine all in sketchbooks, and none on imgur. Most of them get posted in Discord. Advice: Experiment. Sometimes a mistake can be [i]just[/i] the right thing to make a piece good.

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          • Not much of a drawer, Im much more like a table. [spoiler]i'll see myself out[/spoiler] But fr, as a musician I think I can give a somewhat rare tip. Atleast I dont see it myself that often. When you get a little bit of a hang of things, (dont neglect practice ofcourse, and practice in a good way) do something new not too long after. By doing a lil bit of everything, you increase not only your skills but also your knowledge and understanding of the theory behind it all. Youre not the best at playing raggae just because you can play pop music with 4/4 time signature at 120bpm in E major. Personally, ive played alot of different genres so im kinda a jack of all trades but master of none type, altough I do have genres Im much better at than others. I suck at jazz but I can sure as hell play metal.

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          • I've drawn pretty much as long as I can remember. It's just a hobby though. I post my drawings on my bedroom wall

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            • Edited by Mk300mk: 7/12/2019 4:34:37 PM
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              Peter Popoff wants you to mail him money - old

              Lighting and shade brings life to a picture.

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            • I mostly just doodle.

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              • Edited by DemonicChronic: 7/12/2019 1:30:56 PM
                I've been drawing since I was first able to use a pencil. As a teen I got really into drawing graffiti and abstract type art. You can see one example above. Lately I've been trying to practice faces to achieve a certain style. I mostly post to my Instagram: [url]https://www.instagram.com/aetherone[/url] The greatest tip I can give is to study, study, study! Study real life, study other artists work, just try to emulate whatever you see on the paper. Develop the way of looking at something that allows you to make out all the shapes, forms, and values of whatever you're looking at, and recreate them on paper. Don't draw what you imagine something looks like, pay attention to that thing and try as best as you can to draw what it exactly looks like.

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                • Edited by Fae: 7/13/2019 3:58:34 PM
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                  Been drawing ever since I was a kid (so about maybe 10-15 years.). Mainly do character art, general illustration, and concept art nowadays. About to enter my third year as a Graphic Design and Illustration student at university. I post my art on Instagram mainly, but not as much as I'd like. As for tips, I think I have a few. The two biggest tips I have for a beginner are first off, practice, and practice often. Try and do at least one drawing a day, even if it's just some shitty little sketch you hate. By no means does it have to be a masterpiece. A lot of beginners are perfectionists, and this is a bad mentality to have. Your art will not and does not have to look perfect, so don't worry about making it so. Also, do studies of other artists and use references. There appears to be this weird stigma in the amateur art community that using a reference is some kind of heinous crime. It isn't, and basically every professional artist uses them. (Don't trace or use bases though, they aren't really helpful at all.) My second tip is [b]always draw from life[/b], especially if you plan on drawing a lot of people. This is why art tutors tell you not to draw anime. You need to learn and understand the foundations of drawing, and this is what life drawing allows you to do. You must learn the rules before you can bend them. Ideally, try and book life drawing classes with a nude model, but this is by no means required. Literally all you have to do is just buy a small crappy little sketchbook and go sit in a cafe or a park or any public place and draw people as they walk by. Draw your friends, draw your family, it really doesn't matter. As for more specific/advanced tips, I'd say a good one is draw with a time limit, and make that time limit shorter every time. Draw the same subject, but give yourself 15 minutes for the first drawing, then 10, then 5, then 1. This is a nice little exercise to test your ability to pick out and render shape and form, and also keeps your drawing loose and dynamic. Other fun exercises include drawing with your non dominant hand and drawing without looking at your drawing pad. Also, you should always be analysing your art and picking out what is good, and what needs work. You can then draw with the specific goal of improving those things. Go out of your way to draw things you find hard. You won't improve as fast otherwise. For most beginning artists, it's anatomy and form, but don't forget about rendering light and colour. A personal favourite tip of mine is draw in pen instead of pencil. It will make you more confident in your linework and help you speed up. Also helps stamp out a perfectionist mindset. Being able to stay loose and flexible is an important quality as an artist. At the end of the day, you need to remember art is for the artist. It doesn't matter if you're not as good as that one guy you saw on Instagram or your friend in class, or even if you're not as good as you want to be yet. Art is supposed to be fun, so don't get too stressed out over your mistakes and don't burn yourself out. As long as you practice and practice well, skill and speed will come with time.

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