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Seven Steps to Better Drawings!

Every struggling new artist asks her or himself the same question, “How do I get better at drawing?” I’ve complied this list of seven things that anyone can do to get better and to ¬†improve their skill:

  1. DRAW DAILY
    This may sound simple and easy but it’s not! Drawing every day takes time and effort but the payoff is more improved insight into the drawing process and muscle memory. Set aside a time every day when you can sit down and just draw.
  2. DRAW A LOT, NOT NECESSARILY FOR PERFECTION
    All too often people don’t draw because they think their art “just isn’t good enough”. It will never get to the level you want unless you draw a lot. Think of professional athletes who do drills over and over again to get better at a certain skill, drawing is the same way. Keep drawing anything and everything! The more you draw, the better at it you will get.
  3. COPY ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE
    Look at other artists whose art you admire or want to draw like and copy them! It’s always a good idea to look at how other people draw their subjects and try to emulate their style. I’m not saying plagiarize their work, but look at what they do and take what you can use and leave the rest.
  4. INTENTIONAL PRACTICE
    Intentional practice is drawing with the intent of improving a specific area. For example, you may want to draw the figure but you have trouble with the arms in foreshortened view. What should you practice? The arms in foreshortened view! Practice looking at the arm in different positions and from a foreshortened perspective. Choose areas that you could work on and narrow your scope to that particular area. That way, you aren’t needlessly drawing something that you have already mastered. Draw with intention and you will see improvement.
  5. TAKE BREAKS
    I know I said to draw every day, which is a good practice, but also take a break once in awhile. If you are drawing the figure, take a break and concentrate on perspective drawing or draw foliage or animals. Take breaks from what you are drawing because frustration can set in and then you’ll be tempted to stop and that would be disastrous!
  6. ASK FOR FEEDBACK
    This step is critical to growing as an artist. Always ask other people what they think about your drawing. It is always a good idea to have a fresh set of eyes look at your work and tell you where you can improve. Don’t take the criticism personally as if it were directed at you. The feedback is about your art. Keep that in mind and really listen. An outside point-of-view can be a very valuable resource.
  7. DRAW WHAT YOU LIKE
    I’m partial to drawing in the Marvel style rather than manga so that is what I concentrate on the most. If you like drawing animals, draw animals. If you like drawing manga, draw manga. Don’t draw things that you aren’t interested in because that is the quickest way to lose interest and stop drawing.

I hope this list helped you in some way. Now, go forth and draw!

 


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Stop Negative Self-Talk and Draw Like a Pro!

Negative self-talk is devastating to the creative spirit. You can draw a portrait and criticize it until the cows come home and then never draw again because you “just aren’t good enough.” STOP! Having a negative inner voice always criticizing your art isn’t just bad for your self-esteem and drawing confidence, it can have lasting affects on whether you enjoy drawing or hate it and never try again.

Do you hear that little voice in you head, after you’ve drawn something, and it says things like, “This is ugly,” “This drawing stinks,” “I have no talent.”? That is the negative self talk creeping its way into your creativity. So what can you do to stop that annoying voice in your head? SWITCH to constructive talk.

Constructive talk is just that, constructive. It’s more accurate and specific than negative talk and actually helps you improve your skill set.

For example, that negative voice in your head will say things like, “That arm doesn’t look right.” Does that help you improve your drawing? No! Instead, try to switch to more constructive talk like, “What is the overall shape of the arm?”
“Is the shoulder more horizontal or slightly tilted?”
“How is the hand positioned?”
“How far away is the arm from the body?”

Do you see the difference in the two types of talk? Don’t listen to that critical voice in your head when you draw. If you find yourself descending into the depths of negative self-talk, catch it, recognize it, and consciously switch to more constructive words.

Instead try this, FOCUS on your subject. Look more at your subject than at your paper. This will help squash the critical voice because you are concentrating on your subject, NOT the critic in your head. Use more descriptive words as you draw and stay away from opinions. Negative self-talk is full of opinions rather than objective, accurate descriptions. Use adjectives and nouns to describe and construct your subject in your head. Ask yourself objective questions pertaining to capturing your subject rather than commenting what you “think” your art should look like. Change that negative into a positive and watch your art improve as well as your attitude towards drawing!


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New Coloring Page – Flash!

I just looked in my coloring page archive and realized I never made one of The Flash! This was one of my earliest drawings and was one of the original nine prints I had when I first started showing at comic conventions in 2012! It was my first show after a dismal failure at the Phoenix Con two years prior. I actually sold out of EVERY print except Green Lantern (go figure). Anyway, here is a blast from the past, my original Flash. I should probably do an updated version.

Enjoy!

Flash Coloring page

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Look for Vanquish Studio at Tucson Comic Con 2019

It’s confirmed that Vanquish Studio will be in artist alley booth AA15 on the west side of the convention hall. Save the date and stop by!

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Another New Thanos Coloring Page!

Is it just me or is Thanos an awesome character? I was asked to make a Thanos coloring page but I just didn’t quite like it. Since then I’ve done a few more sketches. I’m drawing a few versions to see which ones are the most dynamic and capture the essence of the character (well as best you can in chibi style). Here is another Thanos coloring page!

Thanos3 Coloring page

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Working on a New Rey

Star Wars is by far the better franchise between Star Wars and Star Trek BUT they did make episodes 1, 2, and 3 which are not the greatest and should be burned! Luckily, Disney made The Force Awakens¬†which was considerably better than the first three combined. I’m old school so I like episodes 4, 5, and 6 which were the originals. The technology in those early movies is so outdated! I still love A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back (the BEST in the series) and Return of the Jedi even with all that outdated tech. This year we get the last of the movies that hand over the mantle to the new actors of the franchise and say goodbye to Princess Leia officially.

For the Tucson Comic con I’m working on a new print of Rey. Here is what I have so far. I like the pose and the facial features. I’m moving away from drawing the pure comic character and trying to make the image resemble the actress. I think I may ink this one and make it a coloring page as well as a new print.

Rey

 


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New Thanos Coloring Page!

I got a request from a friend in Indiana asking me to draw Thanos. I did the sketch and made a new coloring page from it. I liked that Thanos but I used the costume from the comic instead of the movie.

I decided to revisit my previous sketch and redo it. I was looking for a more dramatic pose and a more menacing face. I also chose the costume in the movie and threw out the old comic book costume. Here is the new Thanos!! I like this version better but I’ll keep both because everyone has different taste. You can find both in the coloring page section of my site. ENJOY!

Thanos2 Coloring page
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