Okay so I followed this video about foreshortening and…

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Sycra. I love you so much for making this video.


Sycra’s series on light and shadow is wonderful. I think any artist can glean at least one thing from it. Heads up though, it’s 17 parts!

jeremyreid1  asked:

Any tips for beginning artist?

Hey there! @jeremyreid1​!

I recommend learning the fundamentals first–basic hand eye coordination, learning to break down forms into simpler 3D shapes, control for values -light/dark/midtones, perspective, and anatomy (if you want people). 

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I hope this helps!

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I’m sorry if it’s confusing to understand at all -.- next time I’ll plan ahead instead of just making it up as I go.

I used to be against drawing from refs, but once I started doing it, I realized how useful it is. I mostly draw faces, and using refs has helped me to understand how the different planes of faces work, which has made my drawings look better/more anatomically correct. 

HOWEVER, don’t become dependent on references, because there won’t always be the perfect one you need. (Not to say there’s anything wrong with people who only draw from refs, but then, that goes back to knowing what you want to do with your art).

ALSO, keep in mind that drawing from reference doesn’t have to be some rigid thing. You don’t have to aim for photorealism if you don’t want to. I like to stylize a bit by making the eyes large and using colors like dark blue or purple instead of straight black.

ONE MORE THING! Don’t fall into the trap of drawing from reference all the time when you feel like your original drawings aren’t good enough. One artist I love (I think it was Sycra?? not completely sure tho, it’s been a while) said, basically, that drawing from reference is easy because the reference has all the answers. You don’t have to figure out anything for yourself. If you’re like me and you want to draw amazing pictures from imagination, you should know that just because you can copy a photo, doesn’t mean that’s how good your art is.

that’s all for now, k thanks bye lol


Hey guys, remember sycra’s video about foreshortening that got a shitload of notes?

this one is one of his older ones but it’s still pretty interesting. The “lighning bolt-technique” is something very new to me, so I’m gonna try it out myself!


How To Draw: Connecting the Legs and Torso

by: sycra


Not sure if it’s been uploaded here before, but this video has been incredibly helpful to me and I really wanted to share.

The youtuber’s called Sycra and he makes the best drawing tutorials I know, so his channel is definitely worth a check!


Sycra discusses how to creatively use photo reference. 


Here is a video done by the wonderful Sycra ! In this video, he talks about the fundamentals of art and tips on how to go about studying and improving on them (as well as different types of artists and what areas they should focus on the most).


Practicing anything, is related to practicing anything.

Life requires your deliberate participation in it, for you to have the best experiences; and not just once, but repeatedly.

Learning to cook, type, draw, dance, sing, file taxes, relate to people, kiss, have sex, get over heartache, be a good friend, change the world - all require you to try, and learn , and try again.

Eventually you get better at all of these things.  It’s practice.  Your life gets better, with practice.

So I’m posting this up, in hopes that it will inspire you to draw better, but also live better.


i know i’ve posted a few of Sycra’s videos already, but seriously, they are the most educational drawing videos i’ve found online.  many people struggle with drawing hands (even i still do sometimes), so i thought this would help a lot of you.  check it out on youtube because he has a video on drawing feet also (should be in the ‘related videos’ column on the right).


Sycra Yasin’s Art Help for Beginners!


Ok, this is the tutorial that honestly made me understand how to choose colours, and I really recommend it if that’s an area you struggle with

It’s super clear and easy to understand!

(Screenshot taken from here)

A diagram that might be helpful to some. Shows how the legs connect to the torso. I see this is something a lot of us either have an issue with drawing or make a mistake with a lot.

I have a love/hate relationship with stiff art mannequins (just started using them more often), but this at least makes understanding how to simplify and position legs a little easier.

(Excuse the bad drawing, the pressure sensitivity in my tablet is acting up.)