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How Do You Find Your Style?

I’ve been practicing drawing women’s faces for a couple of weeks now. I think I’m getting better but I keep asking myself, “How do I find my style?” I know I want to draw in a Manga-American hybrid style but I really don’t know what that would look like. Moreover, I know that the central theme of my comic is forgiveness. What kind of style does that one have??!!?? I mean really? How does a person find a style? How do you know how to draw?

The truth is that you will develop your style the more you draw. It will come to you naturally. For example, I’ve always drawn characters with big heads and little bodies so chibi was a natural style to gravitate towards. Even before I knew there was a name for it, I was drawing in that type of style.

woman1But what about my comic book style? I need to make my characters look believable and semi-realistic. I’m also shooting for a more minimalist approach. I want to add the shading and the values to the faces using color gradients and shapes more than lines to define the nose, cheeks, and chin. As I’m drawing (and practicing) I’m watching my use of lines around the eye and nose areas.

Natural Progression

As you continue to draw more regularly, a style will indeed evolve. It does so my osmosis! So even though you may feel like you DON’T want to practice, do it anyway. Break the time up into chunks and work on different aspects of your drawing to keep things fresh. For example, practicing gesture drawing, and then spheres and cones building of the form, and then shading would break up a comic book character drawing session.

As for me and my practicing, I’m drawing the eyes more comfortably and using a more almond-shape to them. In all the books that I’ve been researching, they suggest this look for that sexy, sultry, femme-fatale look I’m going for in my anti-heroine.

This is an inked practice pic I did just below. Have I found my style yet? No, but I’m getting more comfortable. In fact, the next evolution of my practicing is to: A) find my style by increasing frequency in drawing and B) draw a style sheet for my character once I feel comfortable with how I draw women.

As you practice keep setting new goals for yourself to keep things fresh. woman2

I’ve been researching different artists’ styles that I really like. I’m not going to copy their style or anything like that because they’ve already done it and I can’t do it any better than they already did! Does that make sense?

Instead, I’m going to find things that I like about the way they draw and incorporate it into my drawing to make it my own. The two examples in this post were made using magazines as reference material. I’m going to try combination drawing: both from my head and reference, so I get less dependent on reference material and can draw “my style” of women on my own.

What I Need to Do Next

  • Keep practicing, increasing frequency
  • Research other artists’ styles
  • Try to develop my own style
  • Draw a character sheet

Remember, your style will come to you naturally, don’t force it. Keep practicing and trying new things and gradually, you WILL develop your style.

 

 

 

 


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Still Practicing!

My idea for my comic book is this: a human and a fallen angel need to work together. So I really need to work on drawing sexy women, yes the angel is female. Anyway, I’m still teaching myself exactly that – but it’s gonna take a little time. It’s actually a lot harder than one would think. There are many different ideas of beauty and sex appeal. It’s hard to draw an image of a woman who is an all around consensus. I do think I’m improving on drawing the lips so I’m happy about that. The research continues!

That being said, here is another sample:

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How to Practice Drawing

Start Drawing

Okay, so from my last post about drawing (which was about a week ago) I did a pre-assessment and determined that I needed to work on drawing the female face and head. I especially needed to work on the eyes, lips, and hair. So to get started, I got started! I drew a few female faces and heads WITHOUT any help of any kind. I tried to draw from my memory and imagination. Needless to say, it was a dismal failure.

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As you can see I made the eyes cross-eyed, the jawline is STILL too heavy, and the hairstyles are off. Whatever you do, don’t throw out your bad drawings. I really wanted to toss out these early sketches but I didn’t. The only way to grow and improve is to look at them, examine your mistakes, and make corrections in your drawings. I can easily tell from my early sketches that I’m not proficient enough to draw from memory. I need to get some reference material. But if I had chucked them out, I wouldn’t reflect on them. Don’t be afraid to examine your mistakes.

Use Reference Material

Okay, I definitely need to look at some images of women’s faces and heads before I go any further. I decided to check out some magazines and focus on drawing women whose faces were turned at an angle. I also decided to look at a few drawing books so I can better understand the structure of the face and head. As I draw, I’m focusing on making the jawline more feminine, sultry eyes, and a decent hairstyle (at least believable) so that is my focus area. Of course, feel free to change your focus area as needed.woman1

My new drawing is a lot better than the ones I tried without looking at reference. The eyes aren’t crossed anymore and the jawline is a little better. The lips are definitely better than the drawing without reference. I still need to work on the hair and make it look more natural. In the sketch below I tried to add some shading to the figure as well. I like the hair on this sketch and I’m getting more comfortable making the hair more flowing.

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Getting Closer

Remember NOT TO GIVE UP! It is going to take some time before you get really good at a particular skill. I’ve been sketching 30 minutes a day to work on my women’s faces. I definitely think I’ve been improving but if I crumpled up all my old failures I never would know that! As painful as it is to look at something you really don’t like, that is the best way to see improvement. This final image is what I got after a couple of days of practice. If you scroll up and look at the first attempts you can definitely see some improvement. This was only a week of practicing and I can see some changes in my drawing already. I will continue to practice using reference material as well as apply anything I learn in the two books I’m reading about drawing. So, since I’m not proficient enough yet, it’s back to the drawing board.

KEEP PRACTICING until you get better, or at least comfortable, but do you see how critiquing your work can help pin-point exactly what to practice? That way you aren’t drawing something you already are good at and you can focus your efforts on what you really need to work on!

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More Tutorial Videos

I just barely started getting into my tutorial videos this summer. 2019, however, will be a new start and that means – MORE VIDEOS! I’m currently working on a series of videos to help  anyone wanting to draw in the comic book style art as well as how to draw hands. Everyone, myself included, could always use a little help with hands. I’m also continuing with my sketch series because sketching helps improve drawing immeasurably!

Stay tuned and keep drawing!


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New How to Draw Hands Video

A lot of people have trouble drawing hands. Unfortunately, the only way to get better at something is to practice. Practice makes better but never perfect. In fact, perfect art doesn’t exist so stop trying to make it! If you really want to improve on your drawing skills, set up a schedule and keep to it. Make sure to draw at least 30 minutes a day. Stop criticizing yourself and just draw!

My new hands video explains how to draw, ink, and color the hand in a clenched position with the thumb up. Check it out!


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Sketch Challenge! Elements of Art

So a few weeks ago I did a video about sketching where you can and finding what you can to sketch. It truly doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you set a consistent schedule and stick to it! Becoming good at drawing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice, which is why I made that video. Have fun with it while you are learning!

This video is a sketch challenge. I chose three elements of art at random and then drew one object emphasizing each different element. I liked the shape and line drawings the best. I think I could have done more with the texture drawing.

Don’t know what to sketch? Check out this video for some ideas!


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Adding Tutorials

In case you didn’t know it, I’m working on a project with my best friend. He is writing a graphic novel and wants me to illustrate it. I don’t mind and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sequential art. However, there are some challenges. For example, drawing the same character in different poses, coloring, adding dramatic lighting, etc. I could go on and on about this subject because there are literally hundreds of things to know. Comic book illustration isn’t easy. Anyway, many people want to learn to draw but get stumped. They just don’t know what to do. You are more than welcome to follow me. I’m going to create my own program to improve on my skills and I’ll share my learning.