This walkthrough focuses on: - guiding you as an artist and improving your artistic skills
So having said that... let's get started!
I have been drawing for a long time. Since I was little I would draw all the time on anything I could find. That passion for drawing and art has always stayed with me. But the problem is talent or potential will only get you so far. If you really want to become a great artist you will have to put in many hours of work. And you would preferably have someone there to guide you. Even now I am learning about basic skills I wish I had learned years ago. That is the problem of being self taught... you have to figure everything out yourself. Of course there are benefits to that too. Self taught artists are generally very motivated and passionate people. I have only come to the point where I am now just because I am passionate and slightly obsessed with drawing. But I want to know more, learn more and improve more. So that is why I am setting up this little drawing walkthrough. I have recently talked to several professional artists and it really has me fired up to learn even more faster.
I'll start with the most important tips that I have learned from the PRO's.
#1 - If you LOVE drawing never quit. Just keep at it! You'll get there but building up skills takes time. So don't despair. We all started somewhere.
#2 - Master the basics!!!! This will make your drawing life so much easier.
#3 - Don't be afraid and just do it. If it doesn't work out that's okay. It's all part of the process. Learn from your mistakes and try again.
#4 - Don't stick to one thing or style (like anime). Learn from real life. Try out everything. Every style and medium. Make backgrounds, characters, objects etc. See what suits YOU and create your own style.
I have learned a lot from other artist, books and tutorials. I wanted to share a great site set up by the former concept artist Xia Taptara. See his deviant account here: The art classes!
Here are some very wise and helpful words from Xia Taptara to get you started.
Tips from concept artist SUMEET SURVE (God I love this guy his art )
Okay before we go any further let me give you another tip. If you like certain tutorials or video's save them on your hard drive because there is always a chance that they will no longer be there in the future.
The following are some of my favourite tutorials I have collected from all around the Internet. I hope this will help you in your quest of becoming a better artist.
Before continuing remember that anatomy is different when drawing from real life and drawing cartoon or anime. It's best to learn 'real' proportions and anatomy first before you go on and learn about cartoon/manga/anime anatomy. Having knowledge and understanding of real anatomy makes it easier for you to use in different forms like manga.
Drawing tutorials on humans and the other living beings:
Oh, oh, also: I think this is a much better guide on how to hold the pencil. It explains why and several different types of grips you might use for different things (as well as answering some troubleshooting in the comments!). As the link you have says, the key is to draw with your whole arm -- and the 'scribe's grip' which your link has is less efficient at this.
... This list is pretty epic. I appreciate it more every time it pops up in my watch list.
Another suggestion: Either instead of or in addition to Posemaniacs (which is ok for beginners but quite inaccurate -- the muscles are just painted on and don't stretch realistically and other stuff -- and some pros think it teaches bad habits because of this), for gesture drawing include PixelLovely, Lovecastle Drawing Script and maybe Photo References for Comic Artists (first two are free, last one is free for small watermarked images but subscription for the full res).
This is totally nit-picky so feel free to ignore, but you might want to put 'Pixelovely' in the name of the banner, because that's what most people know it as. Also one reason it's awesome is that it has a gesture mode with quick poses, so you may want to include the word 'gesture' too. Could even put all these sites (pixelovely, lovecastle, posemaniacs) in their own category like 'gesture & figure drawing tools' or something.
Request: Can you link to the DA version of my composition tutorial instead? (Link in sig.)
The one on Conceptart.org is lower quality, and Deviants mostly like DA stuff because it's easier to collect. Also, it's not associated with 'conceptart.org' in any way, it's just that I posted it there for critique and exposure. It was designed for DA in mind.
Hi Lulie. I hope you don't mind that I mentioned your name and journals again in my article. I saw your wonderful color theory link and I really wanted to include it. I put a link next to it of you. Would you like me to direct link to your articles or do you find your icon sufficient?
I'd be delighted, thanks. Icon is more than sufficient.
That site (huevaluechroma.com) is definitely my favourite tome on colour. But it is a bit technical and dense -- I had to go through it twice with a notebook to really understand it. So I'm working on making my own guide to colour, based largely on that but more artist-friendly. Thing is, colour turns out to be a huge topic so I'll have to put a lot of time into it before it's done, and it'll have to be an ebook. When it is done, though, I'll make a smaller tutorial of some of the most useful stuff from that for DA.
Hi Lulie, I didn't know you were here on DA! Thanks so much for the link. I'll go change that Your tutorial is brilliant. It's very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I hope this gets you lots more exposure, you deserve it.