Hi!! I've been drawing for a while, mainly manga style stuff and I'm really tired of it so I just kinda stopped drawing because I wasn't satisfied with what i did, i'm tired with always drawing the same thing? I am REALLY in love with your art and with the way you handle colors, how you draw buildings/house etc...It's like - ultimate art goals for me ahah and it motivates me to start again ;;; Do you have advice about colors and drawing buildings, houses, interiors, scenery? Thanks a lot!!!
There are sooo many ways to practice scenery, if I want to be quite honest most of the times I’m just making stuff up as I go but… here’s some tips that might be useful!
- Go out and draw stuff in your area, if you can! Like, a cool window, or an entrance that looks interesting, or a lamppost, or fancy roofing, or whatever really? It might be worth for you to start small, environments as a whole can be super daunting at first. It’s a huge thing!
- References!!! Seriously, pinterest could easily be your saving grace. There is so much useful photo material out there, collect them and use them to build stuff for practice!
- 3D, if you have the resources for it can be super powerful. I use SketchUp which is free and relatively straight-forward to use to quickly block out buildings and streets, it also has a huge library of models you can use to build a scene. I use it it usually to help me with perspective because that’s what I struggle with the most when it comes to buildings.
- Practice perspective! There are tons of tutorials online, to start simple and understand how it works in practice. I’m not gonna lie, it can be a pain in the neck to get into at first but it’s seriously worth it further down the line.
- The isometric grid is super cool to use to sketch out interiors, because using the grid will keep your perspective consistent and they make for cool design sheet drawings!
If you’re struggling, you can do colour palette studies of drawings you like - look at the picture, pick off what the most prominent colours are and try and figure out why it works. A lot of the process in learning art is looking at other people’s stuff and going ‘oh, that’s cool, I want to do something like that’ and you adapt it to your own style. For a while, I’ve been super into neon aesthetic, I looked at tons of pictures like these and made drawings like this one or this one. Use what you see to your advantage!
A lot of colour also comes from lighting - where the light comes from, what the atmosphere of the picture is, what time of the day is it, etc.
This is all a lot of course, if you need help with specifics I can try and help you. The most important thing is to be patient with yourself though. There is nothing wrong with having a manga/anime-esque style, and if at first that’s what your drawings look like, it’s fine! You’re trying to adapt yourself to discover something new. It’s going to take time. Just start small, take it step by step, don’t be afraid to go off on tangents (like you discover you really love drawing succulent gardens and that’s all you want to do for three months, go for it!) and try and enjoy the process of growing. Good luck!