I want to learn how to draw but I don't know where to start. How did you start in the very beginning? Do you have any tips?
Good question, friend!
When I first started out, I drew a lot of what I saw on TV and read in manga. I was heavily influenced by anime/manga growing up so I watched a lot of Sailor Moon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and I was reading Naruto, Fruits Basket etc etcc so I would copy those characters. I think that if you want to do art and you are genuinely passionate about it, copying from your favourite artists/books/TV shows is a good place to start. Now it’s important to remember that copying isn’t stealing or plagiarism unless you post it somewhere and claim it as your own, so don’t feel like you are doing anything wrong - it’s just practice!
To humble myself, here are some of my earliest drawings from when I was about 14 years old -
All artists have to start somewhere, and this was the starting point for me! Now these drawings are by no means bad, but I was only able to draw something If I copied it - if I tried to draw something from my imagination, it would go horribly wrong. But that takes time and practice so just be patient with your progress.
Find artists that you look up to and admire as well - for me there are artists out there like LD Austin , Ryan Lang , Dan Howard , Charlie Bowater whose work is such an inspiration to me and I strive to be as talented and hard working as they are which is what keeps me motivated at times when I feel like I’m too mentally tired to carry on. The art industry is tough, but equally as rewarding when you succeed! But like I said, we all had to start somewhere.
Remember, art isn’t a race - there is space for us all! So enjoy the journey and have fun with it :) <3