anonymous asked:

hi Faebelina! I want to ask how does one get better at drawing? ;_; i know you may say 'practice' but I dont know what to practice. any tips? btw huge fan of your overwatch art! <3

Hey, Anon!

(Everything I’m about to say is personal opinion and the particular way I have been tackling learning.) 

1.So in the beginning, it’s much more important that you are drawing often rather than drawing “correctly”. Your muscles need to adapt to certain movements. You will see a lot of improvement just by doing. 

2.Once you’ve done that for a while you’ll naturally notice areas you need to work on. For example, you might not be great at faces. So you study faces– drawing from reference. As you draw, study why the features of the face sit the way they do. But most importantly, draw iterations. Instead of focusing hours on one good face, spend that time making iterations of several types of faces.This video can explain more about why that is beneficial and how to do it:

3.If you’re noticing your drawings look stiff, work on gestures. These are quick (30sec-2min) doodles that push you to understand the point of a pose or movement rather than focusing on the edges.

4.When you get around to coloring and you feel frustrated you can study color theory. Some people just naturally have a feel for good colors and others need to work a bit more, so whichever you are is okay.

5.I don’t recommend doing a lot of finished pieces early on. I think it’s great to push yourself to the extent of your knowledge but I also think your time is better spent on fundamentals rather than polishing. This is something I wish I could do over. 

Lastly I will leave you with some of my favorite resources for learning:

Hopefully this helps you get started! It’s a really exciting journey to be on, I wish you lots of luck :) 


The Color Course: Understanding Color

Instructor: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Expert Input: Mel Herring (PurpleKecleon) or more recently GlitchedPuppet

This first half of the color course focuses on understanding color from the terms associated with color, how lights project color, choosing color schemes, and much more. We go into different discussions like why Red and Cyan are considered true complimentary colors instead of red and green.

We begin first breaking down what is Color? Why is there confusion when figuring out what is considered Red? As we continue throughout this course we will constantly refer back to the three terms that better explain what color is.

From there we dive into working digitally and the differences that brings when working with color projected with light rather than pigments. Once you begin understanding working in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) then it becomes easier understanding how colors mix in this digital format.

Working with color, we need to understand the color wheels associated with art and the difference between the traditional and modern color wheels. We will then show you how to choose these colors accurately from within Photoshop.

Then we take the time to look at the terms associated with color such as tint, tone, shade, monochromatic, greyscale, analogous, complimentary, and warm/cool. There are a lot of color terms but they are quite simple once you know the meaning of each.

The last section in our understanding color course looks at creating basic color schemes and we have a guest appearance from one of our favorite color artists, Mel Herring giving her insights on working with color as well!

anonymous asked:

I would like to ask about your coloring techniques, they're absolutely one of my favorites :') are there any usful websites or videos that taught you about them? Thank you!

Yes ( I think? ). It’s thanks to mr Von Rueden and his ConceptCookie streams. I learned a lot from him for the past year. It’s worth watching the streams not only for the drawing techniques, but also for the Q&A segments. I really recommend them.

yoongi-obsessed  asked:

Before I ask my question, I want to say that your art is beautiful and you're inspiring me to learn how to draw! So thanks for that! (Your Natsu is really sexy, tbh XD) My question is.... How long did it take you to get as good as you are today?

Woaaaa! Thank you!! Gosh, I feel so honored! o///o
It’s hard to tell exactly how long it takes to learn something, depends a little on how much you’ve been doing it in the past and genetics.. Yeah you just read genetics! It’s a really unfair thing but some people have a lot easier to learn how to draw than others due to that they have it “in their blood”.  

As for me, I’ve been drawing since I was little (mostly animals though), so I knew the basics when I got myself in to fanart 3 years ago. But I wouldn’t say that drawing itself is the hard part, what’s hard is finding “your style”. A way of drawing that you feel most comfortable with (anime, cartoon, realistic and so on). And to be honest, I didn’t find my own style until recently, when I realized that I would never be able to draw like Mashima, but instead learned how to combine anime and western style in to one. 

My best tip is to study anatomy and watch A LOT of video tutorials and speedpaintings on youtube, I highly recommend Cubebrush and Conceptcookie there.

Doodeling tips:

Good luck my friend and keep on drawing!! 

CG Cookie Livestream - Styled Hair - 9.23.15

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Today’s livestream may get a bit hairy. We will be going through the entire process of creating a styled hair look on a character. This technique is something I’ve been experimenting with lately and wanted to show how I go about drawing it step by step for you guys! Stay tuned and looking forward to streaming some long locks today!

Stream starts at 2PM CDT (-5GMT) HERE:



Starts at 2PM CST (-5GMT) HERE:

Today we are continuing from last week as we show how the ENTIRE process of taking a traditional piece and converting it into a digital format whether that be through picture or scanning. Join in today and have some fun while learning something in the process! 

CG Cookie Livestream - Live Critique - 9.30.15

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)

Today is the first live critique livestream we’ve done as it has not only been heavily requested but I believe it could be incredibly beneficial to know how to give critique that is constructive. We have 9 pieces we choose to be the subject matters today with each receiving around 10 minutes each. Come join in, ask questions, and be apart of our first live critique stream of what may be a more regular thing we do here every so often.

Stream starts at 2PM CDT (-5GMT) HERE:

CG Cookie Livestream - Blending 101 - 4.29.15

Streams Starts at 2PM CST (-5GMT) HERE!

We are back from C2E2! We met several viewers of the livestream and it was our pleasure to get to talk to all of you! After discussing with several users and viewers we decided that we are going to help show how to blend effectively and efficiently! Sometimes our objects can look extremely pillow shaded or the colors just don’t look “natural”. So this week Tim will be showing how to blend smoothly to help convey a higher quality of rendering and answer questions you guys have. We will see you guys in the stream!

CG Cookie Livestream - Color Shifting Demo - 1.13.15

Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)
Moderator: Joe Chico

Today’s livestream will be a demonstration on our latest exercise, E41 Color Shifting. This will further explain the process on how to color shift your colors and then work on showing how to shade and add lighting to an apple. This will show how to add realistic touches very simply and how to do this for your own work! Ask questions and hopefully learn something in the process!

Stream starts at 2PM CDT (-5GMT) HERE: