I loved reading this. Its exactly what I did too. XD I've just never seen it explained so well. Do you mind if I use this as a reference for when people ask me how to draw well? It just seems simpler to give them the link to here than to try to explain it myself. :3
Oh! Really? Jeśli nie masz nic przeciwko, to odpowiem po Polsku. Dziękuję za uznanie, ale co będzie, okaże się dopiero jak uda mi się kupić tablet graficzny. Albo... zobaczymy. każdym razie, jeśli nie jest źle, to będę ćwiczyć dalej
Yes, I want to buy one. That's the problem with translators .-.
I keep on practising Or... anyway, I don't know how to explain that. Problemem jest to, że mam słaby skaner i coś co wygląda nawet nieźle na dA jest kiepskie. Ale jak coś wyjdzie naprawdę dobrze, może nawet skaner nie zepsuje
Mh I don't think a scanner makes too much of a difference. Of course it's great to have a good one but bear with me: I know tons of artists that hate their high-tier-scanner to no end because they never quite depict the reality. What you can do tho is, if you have a camera, try and make good fotos of your work. You'll need daylight (i.e. no artificial light, just go to a window) and a plain, well lit surface. You place your work on top and take a foto of it. Try to hold your camera as steady as possible (might even want to fix it in place with some sort of support) and hold it evenly, so you won't have one part of your drawing closer to the camera than another. Most of the times well taken fotos outperform scans by a lot.
But since you mentioned graphic tablets already. I think your skill has progressed far enough to validate the purchase of a graphic tablet. Make sure you have access to a good graphic programm tho. You'll want Sai or Photoshop. I've never worked with GIMP, but it's a frequently used open source (free!) graphic programm that you can download, so you might want to look into it aswell. As for the graphic tablet, all I can really say is: don't buy crap. I've had a friend that bought a large ALDI-tablet (aldi is a supermarket chain in germany, known for their low prices) that really sucked. You should go for a small (!) good quality tablet instead. I'd advise you to start with a small tablet if your budget is limited. You'll get used to the size and if you don't like the medium you won't have wasted too much money on a large tablet. I had a Wacom Bamboo Fun Small when I started and worked with it until last year c: . I hope that helped.
Oh. Thank you... thank you I usually work with GIMP, so if I will ever buy a tablet, I will ask some more artists I know some people using graphic tablets and they recommended me Wacom Bamboo. We'll see. And thank you one more time
Very inspirational! D: Very well done tutorial, I am surprised something like this didn't get a DD yet - I think more than half of dA is looking for some words to boost morale of a starting artist and I think this deserves the recognition as such D:
Good tutorial and good points to focus on. I always find that few things boost my motivation to draw as much as looking at good art - and few things crush my motivation as realizing I can't make anything near as good as that good art. Even being aware of that problem doesn't fix it completely, but it's good to hear it again.
The part that always catches me is finding the inspiration to practice. How to you become a good artist with all the practice required when you just don't have the drive to carry an art book with you wherever you go and draw all the time? Some of the best artists make several new drawings every week. They're constantly drawing. How does an aspiring artist like myself find the drive/inspiration/time to draw that often? Even if it's just doing sketches.
Another thing that's hard to do is finding the right references and knowing what to practice, or even how to practice it.
Anyway, the purpose of this comment isn't to rant. Thanks for putting together this tutorial. I want to start drawing more, and you've given me some helpful suggestions.
Boy you're hitting a critical point with your question. Not even professional artist have that non plus ultra "muse" you're asking for, that flips on the "motivation" switch whenever they want. I myself have huge problems to stay motivated. I don't know what you mean by saying "Art Book" but having a little notepad and a pencil with you all the time is perfectly sufficient to do inbetween doodles whenever you feel like it. I for example was most productive when I was still in school, haha. As I said tho: learning to draw is hard work. Which might include overcoming your own lazyness/lack of motivation and just draw. Believe me, you can draw even if you're not inspired/motivated whatsoever.
Finding the right references/knowing what to practise is one of the things that better artists could help you with, as I stated in the concluding list in the tutorial. You could just go and show your work to a better artist and ask him what you should practise most! Some of them have really good tips or even put your focus onto something you haven't even thought about before.
I'm really glad you found the tutorial helpful and I hope I could answer some of your questions. Thanks for your comment c: