I was going to say practice a lot, but then I remembered that that answer is given a lot so I’m going to expand on it a little bit.
While sheer volume can you make you improve, so does the quality of that practice.
What I mean by that is this. If I’m trying to draw the same thing over and over and over again, be it an object, or anatomy or what have you, I will improve. I will slowly find things that I did well, or things that I like, and it will get easier to recreate those things.
But that progress will come heck of a lot slower if I’m just relying on my head especially in the beginning when you’re trying to build your foundations. When we picture something in our head we picture an idea of what that thing is. A representation. So, for example, if I’m drawing an apple for the first time the things that might come to mind will be “Oh. It’s round. It’s red. There will be a stem and maybe a leaf.” and that will be what I draw. And if I keep drawing that idea over and over again I might improve, but that improvement might be kind of slow.
But if I actually draw from looking at an apple, and I mean really looking, I’ll pick up on so much more. That the apple will have lumps. I’ll see that there’s the reflection of light in the shadow. That there are little spots, that the stem is curved, that there are more colors to it, that colors from objects around the apple reflect off the apple. So even if my first few renditions of this apple aren’t too great in the beginning, I’ll still improve so much quicker, and will pick up on more information that I can use. Not just in drawing apples.
SO use references. Draw from life. But really, really look at what you’re drawing from. Because you’ll pick up so much more information. And the stronger your foundations get, the easier it gets when you want to distort those things you learn. A strong foundation will improve your art even if you want to draw cartoony. Even if you want to draw colorful, and exaggerated things. The more you practice, the easier it is to recreate. The better you know the rules. The easier it is to break them in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing to you.
hey i wanted to ask if you could make recommendations for bakushima fanfics? i'm curious as to what you're currently reading, what your favorites are and what your thoughts on the fanfics you read are! :)
Boi!!! Okay, I guess I did something like that a long while ago, everything I said about those fics is still 100% valid, after making that list I reread nearly all of them a dozen of times and I’ve loved them all just as much each of them, good great fics those - but since then I’ve read a shitton more, so!! Let’s do this? Let’s do this
My (newer) Favorite Fics:
one to ten by crunchrapsupreme - lotsa pining, acquaintance to friends to lovers, incredibly soft and ridiculously happy it gave me such a warm feeling reading it? Kirishima is so pure it made my heart sing, Kaminari is just as ridiculous and negative as he’s supposed to be and Bakugou’s!!! Perfect I’m sure you’re gonna like this one
out of sight, within reach by potato - no powers AU, high school AU, misunderstandings and jealousy and ridiculous babies in love - Bakugou pines!!! It’s actually!!! A fic from Bakugou’s pov with this ridiculous dork pining!!!! I would have loved it just for that, but honestly anything potato writes is worth reading they’re just so good and know the characters so well !!!
get tough, straight up by quactus - this!!!! damn!!!! fic!!!! it’s useless even to drag this for long, the reason why this fic is between my favorites is straight out the incredible amount of Bakugou and Kirishima acting like a couple while they’re not even aware their liking each other might be mutual - they’re soft, got no personal space at all, care for each other so sweetly seriously it’s so good to read it made my insides melt
all good things need sunshine by shizuumi151 - a flower shop AU from another author I love with all my heart! Go check everything they’ve written they’re honestly a fave, such a good grasp on these two - this fic is sweet (I think I used that word to describe all the fics I’ve recced till now? It’s my fav genre what can I do) flowers make me soft and these two acting like the ridiculous crushing idiots they are surrounded by them is just a recipe to make me happy lbr
it’s pouring out here again by shizuumi151 - no power/high school/basketball club AU and I’m pretty certain I suggested this one already between my favorite Kaminari fics? Cause he’s amazing in this one, he and Sero both - so are Bakugou and Kirishima, obviously, the whole atmosphere of the fic makes me genuinely happy every single time I read this fic (which I’ve done… way too many times in the last month already, honestly… rip this is a fav for sure)
Fight Meby ryonello - no quirks/nurse! Kirishima AU and oh my god this fic is so good - it’s fun? and bright? and Bakugou pines in the most endearing way ever? I spent the whole fic nodding and going same Baku same haha
From Pictures to Wordsby Kivea - snapchat AU snapchat AU snapchat AU!!!! Holy heck!!!! These!!!! NERDS!!!!!!! This is a seriously great fic - Baku/Mina friendship and the squad being it all there and Baku & Deku being on civil terms make it all even better, but g o d Bakugou and Kirishima in this fic. Jesus Christ. I love them so much I can’t even find the words to describe it
little are the things we learn by newamsterdam - a 5+1 fic, 6 PoV total each of them describing the KiriBaku relationship from the eyes of those aorund them - listen. Listen. This might be obvious, because newamsterdam is my absolute fave KiriBaku author, but I live and die for this fic - aside from how I adore the external PoV format in general, every single character is so incredibly IC? And the KiriBaku relationship is so so so well described and complete even if constantly seen from an outsider’s point of view? God, I love this fic. I should reread this fic right now, honestly
Have you ever been hit? Hit by your brother? People usually think of it as siblings playing, siblings wrestling. But have you ever been hit? Have ever been there when a joke no longer remains a joke, you say a word and his ego is scratched, you end up with a slap on your face, his fingerprints lingering there. And instead of coming to your rescue, your mom tells you to shut up, giving you another slap, not literally but you get the feel. You wish you wish you wish you had it in you to protect yourself and somehow you swing your hand and it only ends up not hitting him like you want to because you were brought up with a mentality that men loose their temper sometimes and it’s always your fault, you can’t hit back because you’ll always be beneath them, and you end up with a punch to your gut. Another slap on the face, your head bangs onto the sofa but you wish it was a wall, at least then you’d have something to cry for other than being hit, at least then the pain you feel on your cheeks could be ignored. But you can’t ignore it, and every time you think that it might just be your own fault, that maybe you don’t know how to take a joke and this happens every once in a while and somehow you are never prepared. And even if you were, it’s a common thing in most middle class Indian households here so talking about it to your friends doesn’t help either. And you think of all the ways to not cry but you end up crying the whole day but hey you are a girl, you have to put a smile on your face even if it has his fingerprints on them. You hear your friends wish for an older brother so that they feel protected, little to they know that sometimes, most times, they don’t protect you unless it’s for their own benefit.
I still remember the first time you hit me and I had to be in bed the whole day because I was in pain- physically, mentally and emotionally. And I remember our mother yelling at me for not being able to take it because it was my fault and I deserved it. I remember why you hit me and she isn’t even in your life anymore and I remember all the times something like this happened because it happened quite often. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget this. I know I won’t but I hope I do.
PS you aren’t allowed to call this physical abuse because this isn’t really abuse, this is just how siblings are, this is how they behave