If you were to give an aspiring or beginning artists some tips and need-to-knows, what would they be?
*whistles* that’s a tall order, I’ll do my best…
First, try different things! Look for new things to try, ask for help and tips (you’re off to a good start with that ;) ). You will get pieces of advice that contradict, and that’s okay. It’s because there are several “right ways” to do art; try them out, get to know them so you can figure out which works best for you!
Second, draw from life. I’d say that about 80% of making art is learning to see, even if it’s just learning to see the images and ideas in your own head, and drawing from life is one of the very best ways to learn to see like an artist. Draw anything and everything: people, places, objects; anything that strikes your fancy. It will teach you to see in three dimensions. Don’t just copy, have fun with it; learn to emphasize and edit. See a shape you like? Emphasize it! That line killing the flow of the pose? Take it out! Love the red goin’ on in that cheek? Emphasize it! That fold in the shirt making things to busy? Take it out! When people first start drawing from life they often get fixated “getting things right” and will use too many lines, missing the bigger idea of what it is they’re trying to depict. Instead, try doing short simple drawings; you might start out with a lot of bad ones, but at least you didn’t spend very long on them. Doing it this way will help you learn to capture the visual essence of things, this can really help you both in drawing from reference and drawing from your imagination. Maybe challenge yourself to see how few lines you can use to communicate what you see. But remember, you have to see it before you can decide weather or not you want it in your drawing!
If you want some more specific tips, my first tutorial talks about some little tips that really helped me grow my drawing ability.
I hope that that was helpful. Thank you so much for asking rulerofthefandomkingdom!