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ZiggyZaggerz
04-16-2014, 12:05 AM
Hey, I'm new to drawing, and I'm very negative in the view to my art. People say I'm decent, but at times my hands can't respond to what I want to draw T.T

Anyway, here's some the art I want you to shead to pieces.

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/569470/i-am-the-shadow-the-true-self

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/569245/ziggs-refrence-sheet-2014

https://www.weasyl.com/submission/569464/blue-blaze-pony-design

These are the 3 pieces that I brought over from my FA that I liked enough to post. Some of it is quite old, but they're all from this year, so I think it counts as recent.

Please, don't hold back, it may help me improve in the long run.

Infestissumam
04-16-2014, 09:01 AM
The most I can really say is practise anatomy, and practise it a lot.

Moogle
04-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Yes.. anatomy is something you could practice, but just saying that to someone isn't very helpful.

I think first and foremost, you need to have confidence in what you do. You won't improve if you think your works aren't any good. If you truly want to improve, don't look back at your art and think how ugly they may or may not be, rather look and study them to find out where you went wrong and what areas you need to work at.

Draw things you like, but I suggest you use a reference picture from google when you do and try to base even your cartoony pictures from real life. Like I suggest to many, gestures (http://books.google.ca/books?id=-1sRWo0QNVYC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false) every few days (https://www.youtube.com/user/glennvv/videos) (or everyday if you're up to it) can help immensely (and is something everyone can improve & learn from no matter your skill - which actually reminds me, I should be working on those more often than I have been, heh:x3:)! Also, personally I find sharing your sketches or more unpolished art (https://forums.weasyl.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?61-Sketchbook) can be motivating and open up some doors for good ol' feedback & encouragement.

However, what a lot of this boils down to is just drawing. Sketch, scribble if you have to! There's plenty to draw, and the more you do the better you can only get. Good luck! :thumbsup:

StormWhiskers
04-16-2014, 11:46 PM
I know it's easy to be negative about your art, especially when you've just started but try to enjoy what you're doing and find something to be proud of in each piece. I find that picking out something that I'm proud of in each piece I do motivates me to draw more which helps me improve.

Pixelovely (http://artists.pixelovely.com/practice-tools/) has a great tool that will let you practice your anatomy and gesture drawings. I tend to use the 30 minute trainer in class mode because it's a great way to practice.

As long as you keep drawing you're bound to improve, good luck with your practice!

kipKei
04-29-2014, 08:27 PM
It seems your just starting out, I agree with some of the other replies.

An alternative way to approach improving, just keep drawing what you really like, after months(one year would be better) have passed make a month(yearly) comparison on the previous drawings, and you might start to see what you dont like about the past art and you can start from there. It would also help you see that you have improved and motivate you to draw more if you really want to continue c:

QT Melon
05-03-2014, 12:37 PM
Actually its fine to be negative about your artwork when you're starting. It's very rare that any of us started off good. Even if we did think we started off good, we soon learn how bad we were. That's just part of the process and the thing is you have to learn

IT IS OKAY TO SUCK- BUT YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING

As long as you go about learning foundations (not really anatomy because if you don't learn how to draw basic shapes to learn how to relate them to anatomy it takes longer to learn than how long it is already)

Learn to analyze, and what could make it better. Don't take it out on yourself though. This is key, because we are human and make mistakes we see art as an entire reflection of self. So when you make bad art it's natural to think you are bad. You're not. You didn't get up and walk in a day without falling. You screwed up tying your shoelaces or spilling milk because you weren't coordinated.

Art takes some time and practice. We just get overwhelmed by it because of the time. However, once you get over your humps you'll see that time flew by.

http://qtnoodling.studiokemono.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/stagesofartisticmastery.jpg

therainbowtroll
06-05-2014, 09:06 PM
Look at tutorials about figure drawing. You can look up some great stuff on youtube. Watch how they do it and try to apply it. Look up Loomis. Really helpful. And Keep trying your best. :)

spacerogue
07-14-2014, 02:33 PM
aight I'm seeing a lot of 'practice this and that' how bout we hand them afew channels and reading materials :v

Sycra, lost of great tutorials for all levels, lost of things to also listen too (streams with other artists and interviews)
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sycra

Must chek out since you're starting out, and most defently do read the book by Betty Edwards ! Its worth it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxZbsLBd3oU


CTRL-paint, great site, good info
http://www.ctrlpaint.com/

Proko, fun and good tutorials.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV

Kekreations
08-08-2014, 02:58 AM
Seems like you're on the right track for a beginner artist! There are so many different factors that go into becoming a better artist and years of practice without giving up! I suggest finding references and study the kinds of things you want to draw (whether it's real objects/animals, CGI stuff, or even other drawings). Look at different techniques and tutorials online that will help you learn how to put what's in your head onto paper.
Starting outs with art is hard sometimes when you feel like you're so much worse than everyone else, but you're really not, and everyone started somewhere! You have to do art because you really love it not because you want to be super amazing or famous or anything. A pure love of art will get you a lot further than any other motivation in the times when you get art block or are feeling really down about your abilities! :)
Good luck!

theksetcher06
08-10-2014, 09:05 PM
I've seen that quite a few people have given out some helpful hints, thought I'd share mine as well. As somebody who has being doing art since a young age I've gone true this stage where you always feel some sort of negativity and frustration, especially the sense that "you can see what you want to draw but your hand doesn't" but as I got better there's a few tricks I learned. One of the most important ones, which not a lot of people remember a lot of times, is to pay attention to negative space. You've already got a better sense of space that most artist when they start so you're on a good way. If you google images negative space you'll get a pretty clear idea of how it works. That way you train your eyes better, making it easier to draw things the first time around. Now, time to train your hand! Looking at your art I see that you still do some pretty thick lines, which means that your hand hasn't loosened up up drawing yet. How do we fix that? Drawing A LOT even if it's lazy sketches. Your hand muscles aren't used to making such soft movements with that much preciseness, so you gotta train them. For this type of thing I recommend choosing something you can reference to draw, get a something crayon like, like china marker, and try to draw it but using very "lazy" strokes, not etching along trying to get every line perfect. Throw lines everywhere, DON"T BE AFRAID OF THE MESS! You can also look up figure drawings done in a very small time to find an example of this, since they tend to do this a lot.
And always remember, an artist will never be 100% ok with their own art because they are aware of the imperfections and they always feel like there's room for improvement, so there's always soemthing that's going to bug you about your won art, it's natural. But never forget that the viewer will always find something positive about it, since they get to see the finished product, so don't feel like what you did is in vain or anything like that. Nobody is born a perfect artist, everybody has to work years and years to get there, you just gotta keep going!
Hoped this helped:)