superior ink

( Continued from here. )


“Impressive, right?”
“Y-yeah, that’s basically what it is.”
“Though aren’t all people composed of different personalities..?”

The ink tilts his head. Was he more unique than he thought he was?

“Vainglory must be quite impressive!”
“Not like he expected a-any less.”
“Nearly no one can match his mere superiority.”

He chuckled, adjusting his collar.

“Though you seem to be a rare exception, Vainglory can admit that you stand equal grounds with him. Superiority wise.” The ink chimed, giggling with his other mouths. “Even your name is cool!”

anonymous asked:

I've been practicing art for a few weeks, can I have a few tips for getting better? My stuff looks mediocre.

Got around to answering this at last!

Just going to express my obvious surprise at being asked this by anyone to begin with. Insert generic comment about my artwork being poop etc etc.

Okay that’s out of the way.

Jade’s Guide For People Who Can’t Art Good (And Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too.)

  1. Practice.

    Yes I know it’s a cliche and it’s horrible to hear, but the more art you do, the better you get. Here’s a 60 second drawing of mine from 2011

    And here’s a 60 second one from the last month or so:

    Obviously not my best work, but it was chosen as a fair comparison. I don’t feel like showing too many of my other older pieces because they are quite frankly awful.

    Time spent = skill gained.

  2. Gesture drawing. 

    A good way to get poses down is to do “gestures”. This is where you take a stock pose and redraw the “basic idea” of the image as fast as you can, usually with a set time limit. This is ideal for getting the hang of poses and the concept of the action line.

    Here is a good tool for gesture drawing. I recommend you start by just trying to draw stick figures of what you see, before maybe moving up to basic shapes (triangles for the leg segments, circles for the torso etc etc) and beyond. Remember, these are about speed, not reproduction accuracy.

  3. Look at other peoples art. 

    Look at as much art as you can. Take it in. Steal bits from styles you like and incorporate them into your own style. Reference your favourite pieces with your own personal twist on them (make sure you source your references!). Learn from livestream how a piece is built, learn from tutorials online how to do fire, fluids, hair. Observe and remember.

  4. Don’t get jealous of other peoples skill.

    Easier said than done, especially given #3, but for the love of all that is holy, do not ever compare yourself to other artists.

    I keep this picture in the root of my Google Drive at all times:


    I cannot stress the truth of this enough. You are you, and are what is important when it comes to your achievements, not other people. If something was hard for you to achieve, then it is that much more of a victory. Take pride in your artwork, and don’t live in the shadow of others.

  5. Pick a tool and learn how to use it.

    A common thing you see in newer artists is tool-hopping - where they see a “cool artist” using something and immediately flock it it, hoping that it’ll make them better.

    Unfortunately, it is not the tools, but how they are employed. There is no magic piece of software, no perfect pencil, no expert pen that will make you better at drawing.

    Some people use Photoshop, some people use SAI, for example. However, you give them MSPaint, and while they’ll gripe and complain about the lack of layering and poor functionality, they’ll still be able to come out with something obviously respective of their ability.

    Find a medium and toolset you are comfortable with, and learn it. There is no right or wrong method of creation here. People who use Manga Studio are not better artists than those who use SAI. People who ink on paper are not superior to those who ink in Photoshop (although I respect their bravery).

  6. Draw what you want.

    Do not become a slave to other people with your artwork. If you don’t draw what you want to draw, you won’t enjoy it, and if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t improve nearly as fast. We learn best when we are enjoying ourselves.

    You’ve got to have fun! You want to draw a cartoon horse, do it! You want to draw a fox eating a berry, go for it - I think they’re meat eaters but WHO CARES. You want to draw porn? Scribble away!

    Have fun.

  7. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

    Remember #5 when I said to pick a tool and learn it? Cool. Don’t mistake that for me telling you to get stuck to your chosen medium. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try straight lines instead of curved. Try paper instead of digital. Try Photoshop instead of SAI. Try lineless art, try painting, try abstraction.

    It’s important to have something you feel comfortable with, but it’s even more important to be able to break out of your comfort zone.

  8. Look up and learn artistic principles.

    Shading, textures, line weight…there are a lot of them and I certainly don’t know that much of it myself.

    A good collection of teaching videos for digital artists is here, but books still exist, and are definitely worth checking out of your local library where possible.

  9. Practice.

    Yes it’s worth saying twice. No I don’t care you didn’t want to hear this one. It’s the most important one.

Some useful references can be found at my personal reference material collection here, and this pinterest board I found here.

Anyone wants to add anything, feel free, but for now, GO DRAW SOMETHING.



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