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Coloring Walkthrough part IIIt seems DA is no longer accepting as much thumbs as before. So I am afraid I have to split the journal I have made in the past. Sorry guys.
Part 1 is here:

Clouds and sky:
Short tutorial- Clouds by Sadir89 Clouds - Meago's way by meago The Cloud Tutorial by ehbi
Light and fire/lava:
Glow tutorial by Sadir89 Scarypet's LAVA TUTORIAL by scarypet Fire Tutorial for SAI by RayCrystal Easy to do -Fire- tutorial by Nakubi
Trees, grass and other plants:
Tree tutorial by griffsnuff Grass tutorial by Sadir89 Trees Tutorial by Sadir89 tree tutorial part 1 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 2 by calisto-lynn tree tutorial part 3 by calisto-lynn Tutorial - Painting Trees by jezebel Quick Woodtexture Walkthrough by nathie TUTORIAL - Trees by ikdomik grass tutorial by jerry8448 tree process by TylerEdlinArt Painting trees tutorial by vandervals Tree and Leaves Tutorial + Tips by Qinni Mini-Tutorial No.7 - Gnarled Tree Bark - by ValaSedai Tutorial Attempt: Tree (Updated) by ichan-desu Quick Tree Walkthrough by nathie How to paint a fairy tree by nathie
Easy Cracked Surface Tutorial by semaj007 Mini rock tutorial by Aomori Stone Tutorial by Grypwolf Scarypet's 'ROCK'ing tutorial+ by scarypet Painting a Rock - the fast way by Lizkay Pt. 2 -- Stone, Marble, Cracks by Sirquo Stone Tutorial by NoobGamer75 Rock Wall Tutorial by liiga Step-by-Step Tutorial - Ice wall symbol by Djekspek rock and stone help-tutorial by true-crystalwolf Tutorial Attempt: Rock by ichan-desu
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Artist Walkthrough

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 12, 2012, 6:53 AM

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: :iconxiaman:
The art classes!

Here are some very wise and helpful words from Xia Taptara to get you started.

The basics from the pros/masters:

What pencil is the best to draw and sketch

How to hold a pencil for drawing

5 ways to avoid smearing when drawing

Sketchbook tips

Tips from concept artist SUMEET SURVE (God I love this guy his art :worship:)

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.

General drawing advice:
4 tips to get your idea into concept art

Tutorial: Shading and Blending by Cataclysm-X Tutorial: Basic drawing tips by Red-Priest-Usada relationships and neg. space by Marker-Guru Global Lighting Tutorial by Angelus-Tenebrae

My two favourite composition tutorials by amazing artists.


Philip Straub's composition tutorial

The Secret to Composition by Lulie

Perspective + Composition Pt.1 by fox-orian Perspective + Composition Pt.2 by fox-orian Freehand Perspective Drawing Tutorial by AdamMasterman Perspective Pill that wont Kill pt2 by syo-senpai Perspective Pill that wont Kill pt4 by syo-senpai Manga BG Tutorial by verticalfish Perspective Tutorial by Angelus-Tenebrae

Color Theory
The Dimensions of Color - by David Briggs --> Found this lovely link at :iconlulie: Check out her helpful journals as well
Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou Quick and Dirty Color Theory by DarlingMionette Unified Color Palette Tutorial by Cpresti Light and Color Tutorial by Cpresti

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:

Draw people/bodies/poses:

A list of helpful tutorials on bodies

Tutorial- Pose and Body by Fyuvix Foreshortening from Reference by SenshiStock Pose Collection 001 by what-i-do-is-secret  Pose tutorial by shingworks Big Guide to Drawing the Body by Majnouna Express guide: Figure drawing by Majnouna  Guide to Movement1:Flexibility by Majnouna UNDERSTANDING ANATOMY: part I by FOERVRAENGD IFX - Strike A Pose by WarrenLouw TUTO: introduction to drawing by Noiry Ladies Tutorial by shingworks Fellas Tutorial by shingworks Female Anatomy Patterns by Snigom -Anatomy Tutorial- by odduckoasis Proportions Guide by FOERVRAENGD 12 realistic woman body shape chart by NinaSquirrelly Gesture and Curvature Tutorial by Jeff-H

Body parts:
Hands and arms:
Drawing Hands by Majnouna Tutorial : Drawing Hands by Zue Hand tutorial by shingworks Arms and Hands Tutorial by Snigom Tutorial- Proportionate Arms by Fyuvix

Feet and legs:
Drawing Feet by Majnouna Art Tips - The Foot by ArandaDill Foot tutorial by shingworks +TUTORIAL-Feet drawing guide+ by goku-no-baka :thumb288343894:

Draw Faces:

List of tutorials on how to draw faces

Face Drawing Tutorial by hel999 Face Patterns Tutorial by Snigom Face Proportions: PROFILE VIEW by FOERVRAENGD head_proportions_tutorial. by Lady2 Face Tutorial by shingworks face tutorial by Phobs + Tutorial - Drawing heads + by goku-no-baka  Resources: Head-Neck 1 by deeJuusan Tues 4: Head in Perspective by genekelly MANGA to REALISTIC: PART ONE by FOERVRAENGD Character Aging Sheet by deeJuusan

Tutorial: Detailed Hair part 1 by Cataclysm-X The Rynnay-way: Ears + Eyes by Rynnay Semi-realistic + anime Eye Tutorial and References by Qinni -Eye Tutorial- by ChiyoNemuri Everything Concerning Lips by Mytherea Tutorial: how to draw noses by Cataclysm-X Nose Tutorial by MasterSS nose and lips - sketch tut by Griffinfly TUTORIAL - EARS by Kaoyux Expressions- Mouth + Jaw by JenPenJen

Tutorial: How to draw hair by Cataclysm-X Tutorial - How To Draw Hair 1 by DarlingMionette TUTORIAL: Drawing Hair by Red-Priest-Usada Tutorial: Detailed Hair part 2 by Cataclysm-X Hair Tutorial - Second Edition by OneFreeInternet Tutorial: Hair by kitten-chan hair-eyes tutorial by viria13

Emotions and Facial Expression by Majnouna Expression tutorial by shingworks Basic Expression Tutorial by Jeff-H Lackadaisy Expressions by tracyjb

Tutorial - Clothing + Folds 1 by DarlingMionette Tutorial - Clothing + Folds 2 by DarlingMionette Clothing Folds Tutorial by solfieri


Tree tutorial by griffsnuff tree tutorial part 3 by calisto-lynn Scarypet's 'ROCK'ing tutorial+ by scarypet tutorial:BACKGROUND-eng.ver by E-park Freehand Perspective Drawing Tutorial by AdamMasterman Drawing Cities 2 - Academic Perspective by fox-orian How to draw isometric mountains by torstan fantasy map - step by step city icon by Djekspek Fantasy map - Step by step tutorial - Canyon by Djekspek Fantasy Map Tutorial - Castle Symbol by Djekspek

People and places I recommend you go see:

:iconartistshospital: :icondrawing-tutorials: :iconmangaacademy: :iconpose-emporium: :iconreference-library: :iconsenshistock: :icondaposes: :iconanimal-anatomy: :iconfoervraengd: -->check out her awesome art & tutorials

Thanks for reading. :iconthankyousignplz:
Be sure to :+fav: if you like this article and want to share it with others by getting it more exposure.

If you have any tutorials or ideas how to improve this article please leave a comment.

My other walkthroughs:
Coloring tutorial
Photomanipulation walkthrough

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Divine-Angel-Heroine Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student General Artist
:icontips4you: also shares tutorials
delta-why Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
all the tutorials and sites here are SO useful! i've been looking for these since forever! thank you you are a lifesaver :iconhappytearsplz:
elyse331 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
this is really helpful! thank you so much.
Lulie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

Sorry to spam you with links. :P
tamaraR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconthankyousignplz: again. I'll add that link soon as well. :)
Lulie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... 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).
tamaraR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
:iconthankyouflowerplz: Great links thanks. I got the first two and good to know about the bad habit of the stretched muscles offered at posemaniacs. I'll add the comic one soon. Thanks again. :D
Lulie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

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. :)
MorikoRaion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. Thanks so much for putting this all together!
tamaraR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
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