Hi Auri -- I absolutely loved your sketchbook drawings you uploaded. I'm pretty new to drawing, and I wondered if for those sketches you would have drawn out guidelines, or if you're able to just draw human form mostly of the bat now through practice? Could you recommend a resource (or a book or anything) for starting to draw anatomy/faces in particular? Thank you so much! You're a real inspiration to me and I love your work so much. ❤️😊
thank you so much ♡
This actually depends - I am nearly always doing a sketch with pencil but I don’t really use guidelines actually (tho sometimes I feel I should! /)v(\) but just tend to draw from scratch. I try to draw really light lines to get the pose down firstly but often I still just start out with drawing a face and then sitting in front of the drawing asking myself what to do with the pose now… not really ideal i guess :’D I feel like the process of drawing is actually a pretty personal thing where you just have to figure out a workflow that works for you - I know artists who just draw the human form of the bat because they practiced enough, others use guidelines/-boxes even if they are AMAZING drawers - it’s all just about what works for you. I feel like I will never really use guidelines and boxes because I am not fond of them. I am tho trying to learn to construct the human body by learning how muscles work and how the skeleton is constructed so I am able to put down a pose not because I learned how this specific pose looks but because I can construct it from my knowledge. Same with the face, when you learn the different planes of the face you are able to imagine where light and shadows are.
I highly recommend using references and learn from them - not just by trying to make it look identical but by thinking about WHY it looks like it looks. Why light hits different spaces and why not. This helps you to learn the theory while drawing (even when drawing fanart - it really doesn’t matter WHAT you are drawing, just draw what you enjoy! ♡). I think there is still a lot of stuff for me to learn and I just start out to embrace this possibility to learn more instead of being afraid and intimidated when I see artwork from people I admire and thinking like “I cannot be this good”. Because everyone can learn and get better and if you just put in the effort, you will get better! And I really like to see different arts and styles and I think every art is precious and important.
I can recommend the Youtube channels I posted in my earlier answer and especially listening to motivational podcasts (THIS channel inspires me like so much!) and of course some books:
Some of these titles are german as I’m from Germany, the one of the left is a book about european saga and legends, the japanese book is an artbook by Katsuya Terada which has a lot of process pictures and stuff. There is also the german version of “Drawing with the right side of your brain” by Betty Edwards and the book on the bottom is a anatomy compendium (I think there are better ones out there but I can’t really recommend one as I don’t have them :()
I absolutely can recommend the books by James Gurney and just looking at The Art of-Books as they really inspire me a lot.
Other then that it is really helpful to learn from life drawing, even if it’s just in the train or at starbucks, you learn the analyse expressions and the human body and why it works like it works. I feel like when drawing from life you tend to understand easier volumes and lightning, as you see more than a photo can show you. But drawing from photo references is also good help just to learn. I think there are actually so many ways to learn that you can be overwhelmed so just try to find something you like rather than try to do everything at once. Also: keeping a sketchbook and drawing on a regular basis into it is really helpful too. Just draw hat you love and what comes to mind, it don’t has to be perfect and you can just redraw it if you don’t like it. Keep it fun ♡