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Well, if that title didn't grab your attention or possibly hint as to the nature of this post, I'm not the only one who should be seeking aid.
Sarcasm aside, I'm a very novice artist with little experience drawing outside of the general 'filling blank space on page' doodles and some art classes in high school. Nothing major, no real background, no real history, no real training in art whatsoever. That being said, I would really like to get started towards figure drawing or possibly character design / concept art. My main goal is figure drawing / character design though.
My main questions boil down to: How should I get started? Drawing people, shapes, things around me in my environment, etc.
How should I progress? Maybe shapes -> objects -> people, or just dive right in?
Any other good threads of advice?
Finally, having a tablet, should I just do everything digitally that I can and skip the awkward migration period between that and traditional, or stick traditional until I have my fundamentals?
Thank you for reading this post, and I look forward to any replies.
Dive right in if you want, but studies of simple objects do help to understand the structure of complex objects like people.
The typical fundamental skills required to draw are: awareness of form (structure), perspective, lighting, and anatomy. Mark making technique is usually not included, but still important.
I don't recommend to use the tablet for sketching. It is a very difficult sketching tool; stick to a pencil. Don't worry, there won't be a big problem to learn the tablet drawing later if you come to it with a foundation.
Check my sketchbook, look at first post: Art is Not About Talent: click -> mindcandyman, read comments, many answers you will find in comments.. Use powerful search tool. Otherwise draw everything, for start it doesn't matter what you draw, more important is to draw every day.
And mainly, Have Fun.
SKETCHBOOK or MICHALMACKO.COM
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You and only you, with your own sincere self-discipline, and effort, can make yourself an artist.
7 or 8 eight months ago i was just like you, wondering how to improve myself but, in the end you get good at art, by doing art. Even if you dont follow any training routine or something like that just by drawing, painting, etc everyday eventually you will improve.
Just make it an habit, and you will have nothing to worry.
Get this book if you can and read it (but do NOT see it as a pre-requist to start):
keep practicing even if your knowledge is not perfect, take your sketchbook to strange places and draw from life, do what Eddy suggested.
Gaining some knowledge of Perspective and Composition also helps.
Thanks everyone for the quick replies, I'm probably going to start posting in the sketchbook section much as MindCandyMan did, so I'm looking forward to that.
Any tips on what to draw or what to keep progressing towards would continually be appreciated, but this info is great for a foundation.
Draw everything and anything you can. That will be the advise you get 9 out of 10 times here. Draw a cap, a pencil, a duck, a block, a tire, some grass, a rock, a hand, leg, toe, finger, nose, bone, books, shapes there is no shortage of things to draw.
Like eddy said. Make it a habit. That is the first step. once you are in the habit of drawing. It'll become easier to find things to draw. Cause you will want to draw everything.
And, of course, continue to draw the things you love to draw, alongside the things you should be learning (the fundamentals and all that). Even better, strive to apply immediately what you've learned from fundamental studies into the doodles and fanart and whatever else you draw when you're not studying. You'll find that by doing this you're expanding your visual vocabulary by leaps and bounds.