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How to Start Drawing?

I need to get better at drawing but I don’t know where to start?

Does that sound familiar? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve procrastinated because of that very same thing. I just don’t know where to start. So instead of actually trying to figure out a good starting point, I just put it off. So what can you do to figure out a good starting point?

Do a pre-assessment…

What do I mean by a pre-assessment? Well, you need to do a sketch of what it is you want to get better at and decide what you need to do from there. For example, I would like to create my own comic book. What’s the problem? I draw in a chibi style. My comic is a serious, action-packed, saga about a fallen angel seeking redemption. Does that sound like it would be good in the chibi style? Absolutely not. Of course I don’t want to do the Marvel style either. I’m looking for a hybrid style like my chibi-fusion only manga and American-style together. Hmmm, well I guess my style will evolve and I shouldn’t get too concerned this early. Regardless, I basically have to teach myself a new style to make my comic wish come true. My main character, the fallen angel, is a female. So, since it’s “not-my-strong-point” to draw women, I’ll start there. I’m not going to overload myself, I’m going to take it piece-by-piece. I’ll worry about the body later, right now, I’m drawing the face.

Below you’ll see, I drew a sketch of a woman’s face and inked it.

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BE HONEST with Yourself!

Now, if I really look at this drawing, I could rip it to shreds but that really doesn’t help. STAY POSITIVE! Don’t just attack your art, be constructive.

For me, I definitely need to work on my hair styles. I also think I need to fix the jawline. I don’t think the placement of the jawline is feminine enough, too wide. I’ll have to research other artists and styles.

I like the placement of the features, so I’m good there, but the features themselves need some work. I don’t like the eyes and the lips. I want to make my fallen angel more sultry. I mean after all she has tempted mankind for centuries! I’m definitely going to need to look at that.

Now You have a starting point. Get to work!

Okay, so now I have some direction as to what to work on. I’m not just blindly drawing something not knowing what to improve on. I now know what I need to do:

  • research how to draw the female face and head
  • practice drawing hairstyles
  • practice drawing eyes, and lips (that’s just for starters)

So what are YOU waiting for? Draw a picture and critique it to determine a starting point.


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Negative Shape Drawing

A little known technique by beginners but widely used by experts is negative shape drawing. Since the positive shape (the figure) and the negative shape (the background) share and edge, you can draw either one. If the positive shape is giving you trouble, switch! Draw the negative shape instead. . . it’s a lot easier.

 


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Worksheet for Triggering Words

So hopefully you checked out the video for triggering words. Well, here is the downloadable worksheet. Enjoy. I’m currently filming and editing the next beginner’s video: negative shape drawing. Stay tuned!
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Tutorials and Teaching

Okay, when it comes to comics (and art in general) the understanding of light is so important. I’m going to design and offer a shadowing tutorial. I think this will coincide with online YouTube videos to help demonstrate technique. Hmmm, now a release date? How about March 15, 2013? YAY! I have a project for myself. If you haven’t made it big yet DON’T STOP CREATING ART! You have to give yourself assignments to keep busy, otherwise you’ll stop drawing and dwell on the negatives. KEEP DRAWING my friends!