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Hi. You're amazing! If you could take a quick second to answer this, you would honestly change my life: What do I physically need to do during practice, each day, to eventually be able to create art like you? How did you learn and become so amazing?!!
Can you please break down exactly what one extremely motivated beginner student would need to do, each & every day when he or she sits down to practice, in order to create these incredible photorealistic 2d digital drawing/paintings?
People just say 'Practice.' But I do not know 'exactly' what this entails.
Can you maybe make me, like, a list or something?!! So I can then go out and explore those topics? Or at least tell me what I need to physically be doing with my practice time so I can get as good as you?
If there's any books/DVDs/tutorials you can recommend that totally helped you get better, that would be so freakin' incredible!!!
Thanks for the help!
Here's some tips:
- Draw at least 15 minutes every day, from reference and from imagination. Spend another 15 minutes observing how other people paint, and marvel at every day phenomenoms like how light reflects on different surfaces, what are the unique characteristics of water, how ambient light colours the scenery (ie. red sunrise), what colour schemes create a feeling of warmth, chill, danger or mystery. 15 minutes a day doesn't sound much, but over time it piles up. 15-30 minutes of practise for 365 days (a year) is a lot if we look at it that way.
- Observe how other artists paint and browse through a lot of tutorials online
- Don't get stuck in the same art routines for too long. Draw different subjects and try out different styles. ( Realism, surrealism, different cartoon styles)
- Spend a lot of time studying the basics: anatomy (human and animals), perspective, colour palette, composition, etc. Composition - how and where you place subjects in the image - can help tell a story through the image. Compositon guides the viewer's eye from one element to another and helps them "read" the image.
- Be open to constructive feedback. You don't have to always agree with the feedback, but try respect the time and effort someone puts into giving you some tips or ideas. They usually just try to help you improve, not smack your cheeks for "not being good enough".
- Some links to educative websites and tutorials you might find useful:
ctrlpaint.com/ - a wide selection of digital painting tutorials
www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL… - concept art video lessons
beta.imaginefx.com/ ( you can order the ImagineFX magazine from there, or you can check out if you can find it at your local book store)
- Be patient. Some people get really good in 20 years if they have been drawing since childhood. But there are a lot of artists who started from scratch only a few years ago and are now awesome artists. You can get there. Drawing is not an inborn skill - all the knowledge about how to draw human anatomy, how to hold a pencil, how to make interesting compositions, how to use colours for highlights and shadows, comes from learning and educating yourself. Both classic and modern professional artists use reference images when doing their illustrations.
- Our imagination never comes up with something truly new. Our imagination mixes things we have seen at some point. For example many concept artists mix different animals or objects we know on the planet to come up with alien creatures. Often aliens in the movies are inspired by bugs and deep water creatures. Taking from real life makes it easier to design how that creature moves, balances itself and how it survives in the wild. Build up your creative library to expand your imagination by looking at things unrelated to drawing; watch wild life documents, take a trip, look at architectural design and clothing fashion of different cultures in different time periods. The more you have seen, the more ideas you have at your disposal to mix together to create fresh, unique looking ideas and designs.
I hope this helps some, good luck!!
Personally I got to this point by practising drawing a lot since I was a child. However, many people at my age are far more skilled artists than me, and there are people who have started from scratch only a few years ago and become awesome artists - in just a few years. There have been periods when I have been drawing as little as only a few times a month, and periods when I have spent hours every day studying illustration. I did not attend a traditional art school. My knowledge comes majorly from art books, magazines like ImagineFX, observing how other artists paint and draw, and also spend a lot of time studying digital painting tutorials trying to get the same end results as presented in the tutorial. And also other people giving me feedback helped a lot! For example, other people see much easily if I repeat some mistake in drawing anatomy over and over again (for example if I keep making head too small compared to the body).
I think the best advice I could give you is to spend 15 minutes every day drawing something from imagination and reference. Spend another 15 minutes observing things like lighting, human anatomy, animal anatomy, colour palettes, perspective and material surfaces. You could draw humans, animals, clothing, pattern motifs - a lot of different things. Start with drawing from reference. Even professional artists look at reference images when working on their images. Keep in mind that our imagination does not truly come up with something new: all ideas we present on the paper are a mixture of things we have seen in the past. A unique looking alien monster? It could be a mixture of reptile skin, fish eyes, gorilla's posture and that animal's proportions. You see my point here?
Start with basics; study about lighting, how light reflects on objects, how ambient lighting (ie. red sunlight) affects different surfaces compared to neutral light, study anatomy and proportions, study perspective, study colour palettes.
Here's tons of great online tutorials from beginner level to advanced level so you can build up your skills over time: ctrlpaint.com/
I also recommend ImagineFX magazine for you, perhaps you could see if you can pick it up at some book store, big supermarket, local library or you can get the volumes as eBooks. You can also order the volumes from the magazine's website.
Lastly, here are some cool digital painting videos made by FZD School of Design that provides an education in entertainment design. www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL…
Good luck! I hope these three places will get you started. Remember that how good you become depends a lot on your passion. Drawing is not an inborn skill, but a skill pretty much anybody can learn with patience and dedication. The more you practise, and don't get stuck in the same drawing routines (such as only drawing in cartoon style or only drawing cats), the better you get. Also perhaps the best advice of all: be open to constructive feedback! Even if you do not agree with the feedback, respect the time others put into giving it to you. They often do it to help you get better, not to smack you over the cheecks for not being "good enough"!
This beautiful, soft portrait is just.... radiating character and story and history and mystery and thoughts and wonders.... What a treat for my imagination.
i got a lil misty eyed
this would make a gorgeous tattoo!