Hey! I absolutely love your art and scrolling through your blog :) You're one of my role models in art! I'm hoping to learn how to draw myself. How did you get started and what can I do to improve (my art just barely exceeds stick-figure quality)? Thanks and keep doing what you're doing!!
Hi Anon, thank you so much for the compliment and for the ask!!
Here are some advice I can share with you based on my experience in drawing:
- If you don’t know where to get started, you can first study how others draw. You may already have a list of several artists you like and want to draw like them, so you can observe how they draw faces, poses (anatomy), expressions, backgrounds etc, as well as how they line, shade or colour, whichever component you want to focus on. Remember that it’s perfectly fine to use references as long as you’re learning something from them in the process.
- At the same time, I highly encourage you to experiment and draw things out of your comfort zone from time to time. It’s good (and fun) to learn how to draw like your favourite artists but it’s also important to develop your own unique style that you’re comfortable with.
- Try to draw frequently regardless of the quality of the outcome. Even doing small doodles will make a difference to your skills if you’re doing it every day. Practice makes perfect!
- I personally did not study theories on art like lighting, composition or colours, but I’m sure having those knowledge will prove useful to you while drawing. You can look up for tutorials on them if you are interested.
As for how I got started, I attended watercolour classes when I was small where I mostly drew landscapes. I self learnt drawing humans and digital art. Being a hobbyist I usually just draw whatever I want, so I get hooked up on anime/game series and draw my favourite characters 3678947842 times :’D
For your reference, here is a list of art masterposts that you will find useful (courtesy of this masterpost):
- paint tool sai
- lots of tutorials
- get rid of art block
- drawing lips with the help of beans
- perspective thing in photoshop
- adobe creative suite
Not sure if they’re included in the list above, but here are more tutorials that you may also find useful:
- various extremely helpful tutorials by kelpls
- various colourful tutorials by kawacy
- hand tutorial and some hand references
Have fun drawing!!!