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).
PSG Art tutorial – such a great tutorial with detailed notes on color theory and values
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.
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).
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).
For understanding feet, I tried different tutorials. Personally I found the one from sycra on youtube most helpful. This is part 1 (of 2) of my learning. He describes the appearance of each side inside a simplistic triangle.