Can you please help me learn how to get started on drawing anatomy and idk just drawing in general? I've always drawn people freestyle, I didn't know you had to actually plan out the anatomy ;o; how did you become as good as you are today? Do you have any tips?
Lol plan out anatomy XD Most of my stuff it’s pretty freestyle- as in, I make up the pose as I draw it. Then, I go and look up some refs, and make sure the anatomy is pretty close to correct. If I have a lot of trouble with one area, I just redo it in a different position that’s easier.
Anatomy is hard. It’s probably the hardest thing artists deal with, other than perspective and lighting. It can make or break a picture. There are lots of different styles, and you can exaggerate limbs and expressions, and it still looks awesome. So what’s the difference between stylization and just bad anatomy?
When I look at someone’s art, I can tell if they can or cannot draw realistic people, or if the style they are drawing in isn’t natural to them. Lots of people copy cartoonish styles, thinking that will make them better. But it won’t. Not really.
The way to get good at stylization is to get good at realism. If you can draw realistic anatomy, you can draw anything. Because stylized anatomy is based on real anatomy.
The way to get good at anatomy is to study it. This takes years of effort. I still find things on a real person that I don’t incorporate into my art, and I’m like “How did I miss that?” For example, a few years ago, I realized that collarbones are V-shaped; they don’t go straight across. And I changed the way I drew collarbones. Basically, the way to improve your anatomy is to look at the actual source. This applies to anything you draw. You need to draw what you see.
My art teacher brought a bike into her class, and told everyone to draw it. Only one person drew a realistic bike. Why? Because that was the only person who actually looked at the bike. People like to draw what they think they see. You draw out of your mind. You think you know what a bike looks like, but you don’t. You should be looking at your subject 90% of the time, and only at your paper 10%. The greatest hurdle in art is being able to draw what you see. If you can do this, copy a picture exactly just by looking at it, you are unstoppable. And this is easier for some more than others, depending on natural talent. But just because it’s hard, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You have to train yourself.
Once you do this enough to get the hang of drawing a particular subject (in your case: people), you can start drawing from your brain and be happy with the results. You will realize that your brain has a better image of what a person really looks like, because you have been looking at real people a lot. And no matter how long you study anatomy, your anatomy will always look better when you use refs. But using refs is a hassle, and you also feel more honest when you can just draw from your head. People seem to expect artists to draw from their brain and make it look freaking awesome. So you feel like you’re cheating if you use refs. You’re not. Even the masters used refs.
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with horses. I drew horses every single day. But I never looked at a real horse. So my horses weren’t that great. They would have been a lot better if I just used a reference. And it would have been so much easier too.
This is my basic advice for improving your drawing capability. I have taught a lot of kid’s art classes, and this is what I tell them (in simpler terms, of course).
The other part of getting awesome is to practice. People would ask me in class why I “draw good”, and it’s because it’s my obsession. I draw for hours every day. I invested a lot of time and effort into it, because it’s my craft and I love it. And I still have a super long way to go. But I know I will get to where I want to be someday, because I have no plans of stopping. I am going to draw everyday for the rest of my able-bodied life, and I am going to continue to improve. Just like you will improve if you keep drawing.
Hopefully this helped! This is very basic advice, but it is very helpful. In short:
Draw what you see
Draw realism (of course you can draw stylized stuff whenever you want, but realize it will be easier to do if you focus on the hard stuff, a.k.a. realism, first)