I know it’s going to sound cliche, but practice practice practice. Aim for a few drawings a week to get it in without getting burned out. Find an interest, something that’s fun for you and draw that subject. References are your friend. It’s better to learn the correct structure of things early on than develop bad/incorrect habits and try to fix them later. The better you know the rules of structure and anatomy, the better you can break them to create a style that’s both unique and looks right. Without having a good solid base for anatomy if you’re drawing animals or people, it’s going to look a little off no matter what you stylize. Look at magazines, look at dancers (who I find are the best subject for studying movement and how muscles work) look at animals, animals running, how people stand or how they carry themselves when they walk.
Even a failed drawing is something learned, a little extra muscle memory. Also, know that every now and then, you’re going to hate whatever you produce, and I mean hate it. When you hit this stage of your artwork, it isn’t ‘oh I’m horrible, it looks bad, I’m no good’. Not in the slightest! This is your level up stage, it means you’ve improved mentally, you’re seeing the mistakes and what can be done better, you hand just hasn’t learned it quite yet. Usually when I hit these stages, I’ll be in a huge art rut for weeks, sometimes a month struggling, but still drawing, that’s the important part. After that, you’ll hit an ‘oh!’ stage and all the sudden you’ll be on a roll and you’ll have improved a lot.
Also, unless it’s under specific circumstances, don’t shade with white or black! While it works, it makes the colors look muted, muddy and a little boring. Instead, blue and purple are your friend in shading and makes the picture look more colorful and interesting to look at.
Here’s something I shaded with black and gray. While it does a passable job and puts the shading down, it’s a little dull.
Instead, try experimenting with other colors. Here’s blue shadows.
Orange shadows (my favorite color to use)
Or red/purple shadows.
These shadows can also go in the hair as well to make it even more dynamic (I just didn’t want to re-shade it lol). The same goes for lighting. Bright orange/yellow or a pale, more saturated color of your base makes much more interesting and vibrant lighting than white or gray if you’re not using a specifically colored light source.
I hope this helps and if you have any other specific questions, don’t be afraid to ask! Good luck on your art journey! It’s a rough one, but very, very rewarding.
I know you asked me what my Oceantale HC’s were, but for the life of me, I can’t find that ask. I know I wrote some of them on mobile and then tried to Draft it, but I’m thinking tumblr just decided to eat it.
I think it’s worth noting that I’m pretty sure the original Oceantale ( @oceantale01 right?) is just concept art without a set story. I’m sure that by now, there’s fics and stuff for it that build on a canon world (and wasn’t someone making a game for it at some point?), but I haven’t read any of them, so all of this is just my own take.
…. Actually, let’s start with Oceanfell because I actually have a fanfic idea for that setting, so my HC’s are a little more fleshed out for that.
Monsters have always lived in the depths of the ocean, but as humans explore more and more of it, they actually stumbled upon the area the monsters call home. This didn’t go well; the ocean is already a hostile environment, so with humans poking their noses around, more than a few got killed. The humans retaliated, but they didn’t account for the monsters’ magic. Even something like a torpedo could be diverted back to them.
To put an end to the underwater warfare, a barrier was erected with magic–and powered by human SOULs. However, the power of one human SOUL may be immense, but… it’s only enough to last for seven years.
The monsters struck a deal with the humans, to avoid hunting and do a peace treaty of sorts. After all, the monsters may be of an aquatic nature, but not all of them are bound to water–and if they wanted to take over the land, Asgore has assured the humans it would be possible.
Sooo, the humans of a neighboring beach city pull a sacrifice from a raffle of sorts. Your name gets pulled, you have to line up on the beach. Several names get pulled, of course–the monsters want a hearty SOUL to power the barrier, not a damaged one.
The monsters in charge of picking out the sacrifice, are… you guessed it–Sans and Papyrus. Their pirate ship rises from the water, a gaudy silver skull with glowing red eyes affixed to the bow. It’s also flying the skull-and-crossbones sail, and despite the fact that the ship looks like it’s been at the bottom of the ocean for decades (because it has), and the wood is rotten and filled with holes from canon fire, it still glides easily along the water.
They’re pirates. And whoops, you happen to be standing on the shoreline with the others, staring incredulously as the two brothers disembark from their ship and make a beeline straight for you.
This turned into more of a fic-pitch than headcanons.
I should probably add that in my idea of OF, Sans only has one peg-leg, though still has the eyepatch (can still manifest an eyelight beneath the patch, but the eyesocket is jagged and broken), while Papyrus pretty much keeps all of his concept–his legs are swords (look at the concept art and tell me those aren’t swords), and his left arm is dead bone mended to the joint with seaweed.
Lemme try to make this one more Undertale-canon.
Monsters have always lived in the ocean, but they wanted more freedom. Just as humans were exploring the ocean–and encroaching on their habitat, ruining their ecosystems–monsters wanted to explore land. Most of the monsters were only semi-aquatic, meaning they could exist on both, while some (like Undyne) require water full-time. However, when the monsters started coming up the beaches and attempting to settle on land, the humans freaked out and a war began. Ultimately, the humans drove them back into the sea (Underwater… shit, has Underwater been used yet? If not, I’m calling dibs), and this time, erected a barrier to keep them in corralled into one portion of the ocean, deep and hidden away.
Or so they thought.
All it took was for a human to fall overboard on a ship somewhere above, and a SOUL managed to float down to fall into the Underwater. The barrier is like a bubble; with every SOUL collected, it grows larger and larger, giving the monsters more space. By the time the barrier breaks the surface of the water and hits air, the bubble will break and the monsters will be set free.
This also means that humans that fall overboard have a better chance of passing through the barrier instead of just dying and having their SOUL sink to the bottom of the ocean.
The barrier is magic, and therefore humans can breathe underwater just fine when they’re inside of it, and pressure doesn’t effect their bodies.
The seventh human (and the last SOUL needed) is ends up getting tossed off a boat during turbulent weather.
The skelebros used to be legitimate human pirates before they were executed (i.e. shot in the back of the head) and their bodies left to rot at sea. Thanks to a magic artifact they had “liberated” (read: stolen) that once belonged to the monsters, their bodies retained enough magic upon dying that their corpses actually reanimated and they became legitimate monsters.
^ that HC is subject to change. In my head, they used to be human pirates, but I’m still tossing around reanimated corpse ideas.
Grillby looks cool as shit, but I want to go away from the concept art for a sec. I think he’d be an ice elemental instead of water or fire. When he gets mad, the water around him starts to freeze, and he can make ice cubes instantly for the drinks he prepares. Also really digging the monocle look.
Papyrus is a member of the Royal Guard, but it’s more of a Peacekeeper/soul retrieval job than anything else.
Sans is still a sentry, but he can’t teleport, and his Gaster Blasters are now canons.
Also, the skelebros still definitely have a pirate ship they use to get around the Underwater faster.
Sans’s drink of choice is (unsurprisingly) rum, and he sells Bone Soup at an illegal food stand in Hot Water.