I found this gem.
I found this gem.
It’s been a while since I was on here, so might as well post something new!
[The artist, putting a simple cake next to a much fancier one: “Aw man, that guy’s cake is way better than mine.” The Audience, gleefully holding up a knife and fork “HOLY SHIT! TWO CAKES!”]
People have written a lot of touchy-feely pieces on this subject but I thought I’d get right to the heart of the matter
additions from the og artist (credit)
remember: your feelings of inadequacy are often projection and not reality
Hi Yusei! I really admire your drawings, and you are so talented! Do you have any tips for beginner artists trying to improve? Thank you and have a nice day :)
Hello, anon!! I was very happy to receive this message earlier, and I was thinking of how to reply this in a way that can help you. I’m glad to hear you’ve been enjoying my drawings ‘v’) that makes my day. Thank you for your polite message, I’d love to share some thoughts I have/things I went through from the years I spent drawing with you! I have lots and lots to learn in terms of skill, nor am I close to being professional..so please take everything with a grain of salt! my tips would work best for someone who draws for enjoyment and the fun of it.
1. If you’re a self-taught artist and you have very little base to start off from, I believe the first thing you can try is to find inspirations & a role model whose style could influence you in a positive way. (Don’t make this a single person, make this a lot of people so that you can expand and grow your own style and form originality.)People say you need references to make a good drawing, and I agree with that on a lot of levels, but for a real beginner, even figuring out what resources are good can be a challenge in itself. Those resources are either already too good or too complex, and are fit for artists who have a moderate skill. So the easy shortcut here is to find artists whose works you really enjoy and try and pick up what elements they use that really inspire you. If you want to draw comics, read comics but pay more attention to the way panels are delivered, how the artist incorporates their stories and divides each shots. If you want to draw anime characters, see how your favorite manga artists draw side faces (side faces are really hard to get at first and getting the proportions right takes some practicing!), the eyes, the pupils. If you enjoy drawing backgrounds and scenery, see how other artists choose to place each components in a way that makes the scenes look complete. Good artists/professions have whole theories and well-devised ways that they were taught that they put into their works, but we don’t know of those just yet. Seeing a lot of other people’s works (that they’ve put a lot of time and effort into, with lots of trials and errors) can teach you good lessons and give you a gist of things even without you having to understand those theories completely. In short: pick up what you like from your favorite works, and see what you want to do about your own. Remember that copying and being inspired are two very different things, though! You want to make something only you can make, that’s the whole point of taking references!
2. The second important thing for beginner artists is that they should not be discouraged/compare their works to those that have already established a style after years of trial and error.
You’re always, always going to see people who do better than you, or popular than you, or both. That’s a given, they started out before you, and have worked for those skills for many years, maybe they have more talent compared to you, too, perhaps they could have received a good art education. But think of why are you drawing things in the first place. You WANT to draw, and how other people draw doesn’t affect your own skills at all. Rather, they can inspire you and show you what other good things you can do in terms of your own work.
It’s so easy to forget, but we all start from somewhere. And the important thing is that you’ve chosen to begin. It was a pain to rummage through my old art, but here, you can see me gradually forming a style
I improve REALLY, REALLY slow. So the change happened through a span of years but you can see me gradually forming a style-
I’ve also come a long way, right? :)
I actually recommend people to keep from posting their art before they form a style of some sort (for my case, I started practicing to draw people more seriously after 2011, and I waited till 2013 to start posting) because, although it’s important for you to love your art, you also have to look at your art in a more objective manner. If you’re going to post something that belongs to you, under your name, you’d like for it to get a positive reaction, or any sort of reaction but think about it, if you post something that has very little to offer, would it get a response you’ll be satisfied on? And would you want that to represent you? Once you start posting on social media, you’ll show off your things along with many other people who share the same interests. If you aim to post your works somewhere, make sure you have some baseline confidence about your works before you start sharing. Having trust about your own skills & believing you have something decent to offer to others is essential for you to keep from being discouraged, especially when there are so many amazingly skilled artists out there. Do not actively compare your works to other works in a negative light, or say negative things about your own works with your own mouth. If you want to continue putting your things out there, enjoy the whole process wholeheartedly and don’t dwell on the number of reactions you get. Instead, focus on the positive ones you receive and use that as a fuel to practice and create more with a happy heart.
3. Draw lots. On your own pace, don’t feel forced to, but don’t stop drawing. Take a break if you need to, but don’t give up entirely.
I took a photo of my sketchbooks I’ve used over the years (compared to professionals, this isn’t a lot, but I also tried really really hard! :) and all of the works here, I drew willingly for fun) I tend to sketch, instead of making a full-fledged piece.. I wonder if doing that’s better for you to improve but anyhow, I’ve been using up at least 1~2 pages every day for the past several years, digital or non-digital
because I really enjoy drawing and it lets off steam. you don’t have to push yourself to do that, it’s just best to draw a lot though, if you draw lots and lots, the experience doesn’t lie. You will get better.
There WILL be ups and downs. Some of my 2013 art looked really bad compared to my 2011 work, some of my 2019 work looks weird even compared to my 2017 work, stuff like that happens, but improvement is meant to come, just give yourself time and have fun! You won’t get better without practice.
4. Lastly, this is really helpful if you can: Find something you are very passionate about drawing and draw that over and over.
I believe this is something that applies to professionals too! I think I read an interview from either Yoshihiro Togashi(creator of hxh) or Akira Toriyama(creator of dragon ball) that they were really into something as a child and they drew that same thing over and over till they became good at it, and you know they ended up making one of the most well-known mangas in the world.
When I get into a series, I usually have 1~2 characters or a ship I end up really getting attached to. I draw them over and over because I can think of many stories and related to them, and I love sharing those with other people. I think having that sort of passion is important to keep you motivated & have fun with what you do, so if you find something like that, don’t hesitate and just draw and draw away!
I found this sketch from 2019(or 2020?) and there I have some characters I could draw right off the bat, it’s like this: you like something a lot/have something you want to show, and art acts as a medium to express those.
Think about what you want to draw, and how you want to draw it, after lots of practicing, you’ll only keep getting closer to that idea you envision in your head! You’ll learn new things on the way too~
The reply got a bit lengthy, but I think I’ve put in some of the most important tips I learned through my own experience, I hope this helps you!
Hope you have a nice day! :)
And it’s done!
Norman: Bad News - Mama accidentally locked us out of the orphanage.
Norman: Good News - We didn’t have to wait around for a locksmith.
Norman: Bad News - Ray finds it very concerning that I know how to pick locks, and tried to unlock my Tragic Backstory™. I was too embarrassed to admit that the reason I learned was because, at five, I figured that was the kind of skill that would impress cute people.
Norman: Good News - A cute person saw me do it.
Norman: Bad News - It was Emma, and since she’s already seen me fall out of several trees, cry because I saw a fawn that was just too damn small, and knows I can ride a unicycle, she’ll never think I’m cool no matter what I do. It’s too late. She knows.
Old doodle of mujika because honestly why not?