ask: drawing tips

anchestor  asked:

You seem like a person who has this drawing thing figured out. So tell me, oh wise one: how to do the clothing wrinkles? Where do the lines go? Why? (Also if you have some tips on how to do the skeletons they'd be appreciated.)

Ha. Ha ha. Hahahahahah! Friend, I am no where near having this drawing thing figured out! But thank you for thinking I do! XD 

I’m still learning, like any other artist, but I’ll give you some tips that have helped me so far. First thing I suggest is draw from real life. With wrinkles, pay attention to how clothing looks on other people. Where the fabric folds. With shirts, there are wrinkles around the elbow where your arm bends, and at the arm pit. There are also wrinkles usually around the hips/waist. For pants, there are wrinkles around the crotch where the legs move, the knees, and around the ankles. Just pay attention to how fabric moves and falls on the body and in various situations.

For skeletons, I suggest looking up pictures of real skeletons. When I first started drawing Undertale fanart, I looked up “human skeletons” on Google, and then drew using references. It helped me figure out how to draw each of the bones and how they connect, and even though I simplify the bones and make them a little more cartoony, it has helped. Drawing skeletons has also helped me draw humans, since drawing the bones help me figure out how to draw normal human anatomy. It’s just like drawing a skeleton, but with flesh. 

I hope this all makes sense and helps you! I’m no where near being a pro at drawing or anything, but it’s incredibly flattering that you think I’m good! ^v^

This is what I call “anime profile mouth”, and it’s a terrible scourge that has been set upon the world by anime. It sort of makes sense in anime, because it means you don’t have to animate the lips along with the mouth, making it cheaper to animate. But in webcomic form it makes absolutely no sense and should be banned. LIPS MOVE, PEOPLE.

anonymous asked:

I love your line sketches of the BBcsherlock characters and would love to learn how to draw this way. This style where you can see individual lines instead of other shading absolutely facinates me. Do you have any tips on how to start?

Hey thanks! I don’t think there’s anything particularly special about this sort of style, it’s basically just the same as crosshatching with a traditional pencil, except here with digital art I just used the pen tool in SAI so the lines don’t blend and they stand out more.

Essentially what you’re trying to do is express a plane with a series of lines, like this:

To express tone and shading, you can vary the density:



Or overlap lines (crosshatch):

This doesn’t mean that crosshatching always makes things darker, sometimes you can crosshatch lightly, it’ll just make the shading look finer:

So with a combination of line density, thickness, darkness, and overlap, you can create all sorts of different tones and textures depending on what you need for different parts of the picture:

To express turning faces, you can vary the direction or angle of your lines:

The rest is just a matter of deciding how you use those techniques to express the picture you want to draw, and that’s a matter of your own judgement and experience; it would be impossible to list every rule because there aren’t any rules. The stuff about thickness and crosshatching and density etc. I basically made up just now by looking back on my drawings and analysing the lines; I never actually consciously thought about those things when I drew them, so don’t treat them like commandments or something, play around with different lines and combinations to get a feel for yourself what works in what situations.

To illustrate that I’ll draw a picture of Sherlock and try to break down what I’m doing at each step:

Sorry my notes are a bit messy (I hope you can read my writing) but if anything I guess it reflects how messy my thought process is, I’m always adding things and changing things as I go along.

Always remember, you’re trying to use lines to represent planes, so even though you’re drawing in lines, you need to be looking at the reference and thinking in terms of planes, not lines. Also, make sure you keep your lines parallel so they don’t run into each other because that’ll make it look messy.

I think the best way to learn is always to try things yourself, so don’t just look at this tutorial, go play around with the lines yourself, whether you use my steps as a starting point or draw from a photo of your own, hopefully you’ll get a feel for how to use lines then. Also remember that you can go as detailed or as loose with your lines as you want, so long as you have the important shapes and facial features expressed.

Hope this was helpful! :)

anonymous asked:

How do you draw hands? Like I think i did it once years many years ago but I can't seem to figure it out. Don't worry if you don't get to this request I don't mind ^~^ You're art is super cool amazing and I love it <3

Thank you so much!!  <3 

I’ve studied lots of tutorials and videos, so definitely look for those and draw alongside the videos whenever possible. 

Also, back when I was in high school and college, to keep myself awake I’d doodle a lot.  I’d end up drawing my left hand because it was just right there.  As a result, there were a lot of drawings of my left hand all over my notes.  XD  Anyway, I got quite a bit of of practice that way.

Here’s a hand tutorial by Kienan Lafferty, one of my favorite tutorial guys on YouTube because he talks in a very basic way without sounding like he’s talking down to you.

Here’s a quick gif I made of my own process.  I usually start with the basic shape of the palm and work my way outwards.  I use a reference if needed.  I’m still far from perfect but I make it a point to not try to hide hands behind objects or behind characters’ backs to force myself to learn to draw them better.


Tumblr makes it look really low quality, but they’re fine if you click on them~ :)

Tutorial time! Here’s a quick hair tip tutorial for eat-my-shxrts (I’m working on the eyes/facial features one, but since I finished this one I thought I’d post it :) Hope this is helpful, I wish I was better at explaining how I draw XD

I also included a process gif! Featuring some of my faves with varying hairstyles~ :) <3


The thing I learned while making a hand tutorial is that so much of what I know about drawing hands, I learned from making mistakes. Seriously, practice the crap out of hands. At this point I’ve got enough experience to tell me when a hand doesn’t quite look right, and that’s really hard for me to teach, especially since everyone’s hands are a little different. So practice them a lot. If any of this is hard to understand or not explained well enough, let me know. Sorry for the long post. 

anonymous asked:

Hey uh.. not to bother you by any means.. but can I get a link to those tips for drawing people crying you did once?? I looked through all the tags and couldn't find it myself, sorry..

Oh, it’s no bother! 

But honestly, I’m not actually too happy with those anymore. They’re pretty old. I still sort of hold the same value when I draw them, but here’s some more updated tips, if that’s alright. 

One of the biggest complaints I got with those tips was that just a single tear is good enough. Well yes and no. Tears are just a helpful tool, and of course not everyone cries the same, so yes, a single tear can be just as impactful, as long as your emotion and context carries the message. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s heavy crying. And this can take many forms. Again, the face has to carry the intensity of the emotion; the tears are just there to emphasize it. More intensity, (for some people) does tend to include more liquids and leaking. 

And of course none of it has to be perfect or even. As I love to touch on, crying is messy and ugly. It brings out the most strained emotions. So none of it has to be symmetrical to get the point across- if anything, it gives it more movement. 

I of course draw in a more cartoony fashion, so if you did want to go on the more realistic end of the spectrum, you can focus on the actual physics of tears and how act and react on the face. More realistically, they come from the inner eye, and are much smaller. They tend to fall in wayward paths, slowly, but  sperraticly, and in droplets or thin streams. You can also add streak marks and flush up the face, depending on the subject. 

I’m glad you liked my old tips, and I hope these new ones help! 

anonymous asked:

How can I get faster at drawing? I want to start a comic series but I take too long to draw the strips.

Hi anon! This is a great question!

I would recommend not getting hung up during the sketching process. Sketching quickly without over editing will speed up your workflow a lot, and allow your work to flow more easily. 

Practicing quick gesture drawing and composition thumbnails will be especially helpful for you, and hopefully help you gain both speed and confidence. Also study storyboarding concepts, as that might help you draw strips more quickly. A ruler might be helpful if going traditional, and digital will allow for faster and easier edits to strips. 

Further Reading/Other Resources

How to Draw Faster - video

Speed Comicking – Artist Advice – Medium 

Draw more Accurately - helpful because consistency in comics is good

Resources for Comickers

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Hi! This isn’t a tutorial for figure drawing that some of you were asking for but it’s just a small tip that I thought would be helpful! I saw this in one of Grace Ciao’s instagram posts and thought it was quite helpful when you’re having trouble with getting proportions right!

Use a ruler and mark out 10 dots pretty equally spaced from each other. 

Label these for the head, chin, chest, waist/elbows, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and feet. Note that these are just rough guides and the corresponding body part doesn’t always have to be exactly in line with the dot!

Draw your figure accordingly! I personally like to start drawing from the shoulders down. 

Tadahhhh! This is just a basic pose that I don’t use often. You don’t need to stick too closely to the dots, they’re just a guide! I personally like to draw legs that are slightly longer so feel free to take whatever artistic liberties you want to take once you get the hang of it!

The technique can be used with any pose really. Just vary the angles of her joints and the way she leans etc etc. 

Have fun! Also, it’s best to take a step back while you’re drawing. Often the part you’re drawing can look really nice but then when you finish and look at it as a whole you realise it looks a bit awkward so don’t just focus on the part you’re drawing, remember to look at the big picture (literally)!


Thank you sm!!! i’m glad you’re enjoying mandarin orange <3

for the drawing tutorials, i honestly don’t have any…i never took classes and right now im just going with the feeling (not a good thing! i have to go back to drawing studies!!) but i made some coloring tips/processes !

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A few unrelated tips that I was going to put as part of a larger tutorial, then I realized I didn’t really have much to say so I couldn’t come up with my Part 2 tutorial with this.

Part 2 of my drawing tutorial will be about coloring and painting.

These are just some random things I realized recently so I figured I’d share them. I hope they are of help to someone. Oh, and the first tip isn’t about sketching, but inking. (It helps for sketching, too, but obviously I still sketch all doodly. So I got some work to do xD)