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how to improve at drawing: a guide

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 19, 2013, 9:07 AM


So as I sit and read my comments, I found that alot of people want to know how to improve.
I'm betting you are tired of hearing people say "practice"?

Well for me, improving is not instant. I may not even notice it, but every time I draw im improving a little. 

How to Improve:


Step 1:
Draw.
Draw all the time, draw everything you see, draw what you want to draw, draw in other peoples styles, draw realistic, draw cartoon, anything. JUST DRAW. Do it all the time. Draw in your notebooks and on your homework.

Step 2:
Do you hate the way you draw eyes? Maybe your paws/hands need more practice? Then find references and use them. I personally don't always find the time to use references, but I find when I do, my art is 10x better. Just practice drawing those eyes you've never gotten quite right. Look at other art and see what you really like about their style. And then try it out.

Step 3:
Now that you've practiced a bit more, draw something- using your best ability. DO NOT TRASH IT. I promise it looks good!

Step 4:
Find tutorials and read them and learn about your program and KEEP DRAWING
here are some I really like:

<da:thumb id="362605647"/>Tuto 17 : underconstruction by AquaSixioTutorial 12 ImagInAction by AquaSixioLine Art Tutorial by whispwillA Fur Tutorial: Q + A by CoyoteMange


Step 5:
Wait a month or so and then redraw step 3. Redrawing makes me want to do WAY better in my art. I work harder and learn more. I PROMISE YOU WILL SEE IMPROVEMENT. 


I'm sorry this is all over the place but these are some tips to help you improve- Step 5 is crucial. Redraw. It makes me really proud of my artwork


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:iconreligiouscornrose237:
religiouscornrose237 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Gosh, it seem like so much to do when you're just starting out...ono but I like a challenge X3
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:iconmagicpawed:
Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nono dont think of it like that! it should be fun no matter what you should be excited to do it all!!
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:iconreligiouscornrose237:
religiouscornrose237 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, yes, I know. >w<
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Saiyij-kun Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i really needed this aswell ! Thanks for the motivation
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:iconmagicpawed:
Magicpawed Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ee thank you~
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:iconglowingradiance:
GlowingRadiance Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thaaaaaanks. I needed this SO much. :D
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The-blue-blur1 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Artist
SO TRUE SO TRUE I WILL DO IT 
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PhychoPumpkinZ Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
i can make eyes like a boss i cant make the face or hair or anything els i usually draw anime and cartoon i need helpp doing it...
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CalculatorBomb Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can draw eyes like a boss...Everything else is hard.

:(

I has sad. 
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ShadowsGirl9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What would you like help on?
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:iconcalculatorbomb:
CalculatorBomb Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really sure exactly....
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:iconruth-1:
Ruth-1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
It's always the hands/paws and the clothes with me!
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:iconth3l0stch1ld:
th3l0stch1ld Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
it's always hands/paws or eyes.  at one point I kept erasing the eye until their was a hole in the paper
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:iconwehrmacht90:
Wehrmacht90 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I had so many years yet I'm such a lazy useless bitch.
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:iconvoraciousamphy96:
VoraciousAmphy96 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Been lazy with it :p

But I do draw sometimes, and I normally just practice :p
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:icondiscordedday:
DiscordedDay Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay cut the crap! How did you know this are you a magician of some kind?
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:iconcat3o4:
Cat3o4 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thx, its really kind of you to post this!
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DolphinsKiss Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my problem is definitely the hands...=_=
they often turned out crappy & needed to be re-drawn over and over
I also troubled with the clothes
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:iconshadowsgirl9:
ShadowsGirl9 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't blame you! I have never been great with hands either :p
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:icondolphinskiss:
DolphinsKiss Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder why hands are hard :icononionfailplz:
they are even harder than faces

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Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Good tips! :) Thanks! 
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General-Sedivh Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I rarely use references, unless I am doing commissions.
Plus, I am a traditional artist. I can't learn more about my hand. >:L

Furthermore, I practice by drawing circles. Boy, do they improve your curves. ^^
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:iconcornaii:
cornaii Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Be careful on the "Copy other's" bit. c; 
Some people might get a bit upset.
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VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Filmographer
its funny how people get tired of the word "practice" but if you never practice you never get better lmfao
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful guide. Simple, clear advice. And I reckon this would help anyone - digital novice's to traditional legends.
Well done!
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coloured-prisms Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this!^^ it's very useful!
I will do just that 8D
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Th3Frgt10Warrior Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Resuming it will always say practice and see tutorials :3
Love this ♥
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prysmyr Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice to see the redraw old pictures step. Most people do not realize when they have improved; being able to see their improvement in the same image will really help them and give a boost to their self-esteem. :)
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Isihock Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Watching others draw helps too o: on Join.Me's or Livestream, because you can ask them questions while they're drawing, and look at how they do things. And Redraws on YT *u*
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Abbeysaur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
wowza thanks so much for the links to those tutorials! they're really nice.
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:iconlucernne:
Lucernne Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely guide and tutorial suggestions, I'm sure many will find this helpful <3
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Sirius-Shiriusu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this awesome guide! Btw, Step 1 made me laugh a little, because it reminds me of all those times I've drawn on my homework and tests and got yelled at for!xD
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Sulfate-free Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
yep
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:iconmagicpawed:
Magicpawed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*was thinking of you this entire time*
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Sulfate-free Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
awwww oh you
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WaffleDUH Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
True n.n References help a lot, especially with things like anatomy; Maybe it's worth adding that you should double check with references? Since most of the time, with anatomy, you don't always see the mistakes until you've added the finishing touches. 
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AmberfaII-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this helpful guide! :D
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:icondolphin4dreamer:
dolphin4dreamer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really good! Hehe...draw all over your homework...hehehe...ideas forming in my head...XD
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:iconlenaira:
LeNaira Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg it's really kind of you, that you did this guide! Because I hated it when I got always the same answer! I am motivated to draw more ..and not to give up! Thx so damn much ♥_♥
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Nickle4aPickle Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for writing this up!
Imma check out the tutorials~
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dreamybean Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this guide! I usually do all the things listed here, but being reminded of them is super motivating :>
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