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October 24, 2012


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I was asked recently how i draw so well and what tips i can give to help ones drawing skill improve, so here goes.

The biggest and most important and probably the only tip one needs is this, if you want to get better at some thing then do it and do it allot. I have been drawing since i was like 5, then i started taking it more seriously in Jr High and decided its what I want to do as a job in highschool, and now i'm 26 and I try to draw every day. So I have been drawing for roughly 21 years. In one of my collage classes I had to read an article called "The 100,000 hour rule" to give you the gist of it, to be a master at any thing you have to have done it for 100,000 hours.

So yeah you wanna get better at some thing just do it and dont give up
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Fox-Hunter Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Practice makes the perfection.

What you said is absolutely true. I do draw for around 8 years (even if not so often..)
Today I have a good skill level (at least that's what people say =p), but I really sucked at it when I started. I came to this level after a lot of practice, and that's the only reason for it.
Practice makes permanent, not necessarily perfect.
Fox-Hunter Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do assure you, all of what I learned in drawing came from practicing.
I was not implying that, friend. Indeed, when you work at any task, you, whether you acknowledge it or not, are practicing; every skill from taking out the trash to writing great literature is acquired through practice. However, you can, through practice, learn the wrong way to do something just as easily as the right way. In terms of art, one could say that the improvement is slower using certain methods of practice as apposed to others.

P.S. I am not in anyway assuming I am better than any other person in Art or elsewhere.
Fox-Hunter Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that is right.
Without some guidance (even self-guidance), you may grow to the wrong side. But, with no doubt, you will grow =p
Bryce1350 Oct 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've heard this tip before and have been taking it. I started actually drawing at about 7, but at 13-14, I sort of stopped, even though I would always doodle from time to time. Now that I'm back into drawing (started back at 15, so about a year and a half of not drawing) permanantly, I've been trying to improve faster, but I feel like I'm barely going anywhere! Not saying I'm going to quit, no, because drawing is my passion, but it feels like an insanely long process. Did it for you, Rongs?

(im 16 now btw)
The only real problem for me is inner conflict, as I don't know what to do when it comes to this subject. I've been told to "Stop pigeonholding" even though I've never really sprited any mega man stuff in a longass time and there's this quite irrational thought that starting off anime is a bad thing.

And I already plan to release Knights, a series of 4-panel strips featuring a captain of the guard named Taurus Lauren Jr. and a fresh recruit called Todd Buggards on wild misadventures, meeting the Gemini twins along the way with the occasional fight with Aries and his hellhounds. I even got a pilot strip in the works! DX
how to be a better artist: find the magic potion!
See, that's precisely it. I, for one, was terrible at drawing when I was 13. Six years of near-constant practice makes one improve a LOT. What it really comes down to is, are you willing to suffer through years of making really shitty art for the sake of later being able to make something amazing? The one thing all skilled artists have in common is that they were able to answer that question with yes.
iKimchie Oct 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this, instead of whining that your art isnt good why not practice every day until you get yourself better at it? it doesnt hurt practicing but is the only way out..
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