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How to become an artist - Tutorial by Syvaender How to become an artist - Tutorial by Syvaender
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I just felt like doing this, so I did.
I hope I can motivate some people to start drawing and wish everyone good luck with getting started and improving (including myself).

Time to practise!

Art and tutorial are mine.
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DracoDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Practice, practice and practice. Constructive criticism doesn't hurt either XD
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly c:
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catheroin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for this! It was really helpful!
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help c:
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I feel like every newbie should be put into a force-viewing of this tutorial :'D
Especially those coming to the forums asking 'How do I start drawing?' ;)
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh that's really flattering. Thanks c:
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Vakinthrel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you a lot, I really needed this.
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help c:
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X-LunerStarEclisp-X Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thx a bunch! I needed that.. you are very helpful. :heart:
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked it c:
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X-LunerStarEclisp-X Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
ya. I loved it! It made me happy just reading it! =D
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StarriannaFlare Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Feel free to do so. That's what it's meant for c:
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StarriannaFlare Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool ^.=.^
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Icsikve Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Good idea :P Thank you, but I still want to 'become' an artist. I'm drawing dragons for about 4 years - and... you know. Wszystko utrudnia też to, że jestem Polką i ciężko mi się z kimkolwiek dogadać xD 
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your stuff looks pretty good already. Keep up the good work. If you ever need redlines or help you can always ask me if you feel like it c: I'm not bothered by polish either, I can translate it c:
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Icsikve Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
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 :B
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should definitely keep on practising. It'll eventually improve your skill, I promise. 
I didn't really get the part about the graphic tablet. Do you want to buy one?
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Icsikve Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
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 :P
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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.
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Icsikve Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Oh. Thank you... thank you :) I usually work with GIMP, so if I will ever buy a tablet, I will ask some more artists :P I know some people using graphic tablets and they recommended me Wacom Bamboo. We'll see. And thank you one more time :) 
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Cordath Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This tutorial is very helpful.   I think I will start doing more reference drawing like you say. :D 
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could inspire you to do so c: Good luck!
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Cordath Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks :D
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TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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:
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh that's so sweet of you. I guess I just do not have any watchers who'd suggest a DD ^^'
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TheDeceptikitty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well den it needs a non-watcher :XD:
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;-; <3
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Kneitime Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I have never felt more love for a tutorial than I have just now...and it makes me wish to hug you...but that would be creepy. But really...this is great.I love it.
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh thanks so much, I'm glad you like it that much c:
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CookehCloud Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconspazhugplz: This tutorial is AWESOME! Thanks for putting it up! ^^ *zooms off to practice*
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very glad you like it c:
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Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: a very nice tutorial! I'm currently studying animal anatomy. ;_; Not as much 'fun' as freehand but it's important. 
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's important indeed. I hope you'll stay motivated to pull through c:
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Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing how much my sketches improve is enough motivation for me! :) 
But it can be discouraging, and rewarding. :>  
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Zeinjave Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Best. Tutorial. Ever. lol I'm le suck at looking up references and studying the muscle structure. xD
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not that hard tho, you can do it c:!
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Zeinjave Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol Thanks! ^^
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TheDeadlyDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial told me again that i have to practise to be an artist and a little talent isn't enoght to make a masterpiece from the begining. Thank you.
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I could motivate you! c:
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Zeimyth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
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. :)
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:
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SpaceDog500 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ich weiß nicht, ob das so gut ist, den Ozean so zu zumüllen. :o

PS: Step 1, 2te Zeile: Just go! >:I So, das wars. Tut is vorbei. Ihr könnt gehn.

Hat spaß gemacht, das zu lesen... auch wenn ich nicht alles verstanden habe, weil mein Englisch noch nich so gut is. Aber es hat für das wichtigste soweit ausgereicht denke ich. :)
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Zuerst hab ich überlegt, es tatsächlich so ähnlich enden zu lassen, aber dann  hab ichs doch gelassen^^
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SpaceDog500 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aha ok xD
vielleicht auch besser so. ^^
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Blackout901 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
very nice job my friend itwas a very well planned tutorial :D 
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you liked it c:
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Eealithnor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Love this! Humourous, encouraging...although personally I will stick to photos, and writing. But I reckon I could apply a lot of this to both of them, so thank you! :heart:
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Syvaender Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think applying some of this to photography should be possible. I'm glad you like it. Thanks so much for your comment c:
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Eealithnor Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
You're welcome! It's so nice to see something encouraging and also sensible advice! Plus yes, it is applicable to photography in parts, which is also good :)
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