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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:12 pm

What to learn first

Hey,
I just started drawing, but I don't really know where to start.
Can someone tell me what he/she thinks is best to start with

thanks,
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:40 pm

Re: What to learn first

Hello. I am not a great artist, BUT I have gone from stick figures to reasonable portraits in about a month.

RECCOMENDED SITES

Here- This is only when you get a little more advanced, lol.
DragoArt- Awesome fore beginners. It's approach is very cartoony, but I think that the first thing I ever drew well was the Handgun using a tutorial from that site.
PortraitArtist- This is more difficult than DragoArt, but this is probably where I have improved most at drawing.

TIPS

I put in about an hours work each day to improve like this. You must be dedicated.
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:10 pm

Re: What to learn first

start where you personally feel comftorable my drawings sucked about a month ago and although its not good yet it is possible to have an idea of the person i am drawing.i too started at drago art and my 2 sense of it is that it is good,BUT it is very very simple and is not so good due to the fat that you basicly copy everything and its not in the slightest bit complex.i would reccomend going to darrel tanks website www.fivepencilmethod.com. patiance is your best tool.also try gridding your drawings it will help alot.
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:14 pm

Re: What to learn first

Speyki wrote:Can someone tell me what he/she thinks is best to start with


I'm assuming you already have the pencil or other writing utensil in your hand. Usually it's best to start things with the first step, so here you are:

STEP #1 FOR DRAWING

Lower your hand until your writing utensil makes contact with the paper. Then, move your hand horizontally in whichever direction you desire (maintaining pressure against the paper) to draw a line.
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:21 pm

Re: What to learn first

thanks maple, I was already that far
but thanks anyway for the good links and tips, is there an subject best to begin with?
I'll post a drawing I just made as soon as I can
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:28 pm

Re: What to learn first

Your questions are far too broad... "What should I learn first?" ... "What should I draw?" What you should learn depends on what you want to draw, and what you want to draw is up to you. I can't give you any useful advice until I know what you are trying to draw and how you are trying to draw it (meaning what style you are attempting).
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:38 pm

Re: What to learn first

right, I want to learn to draw realistic, portraits and such, Environments would be nice too, but thats for later,
so people to start with

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this is a drawing I made, it should be my brother, but the nose is messed up, and.... we're not black
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:47 pm

Re: What to learn first

Now we're cooking. You're right about the nose. Your problem is that you haven't defined the bridge of the nose. So instead of looking like it's sticking out of the face, it just looks like a big flat lump. Towards the bottom the bridge just melds into his left nostril (viewer's right), which it shouldn't.

As for your style, what you've drawn there is very impressionistic and not realistic. If you want to go for realism you should check out Duey's tutorials on the main page. You have to be methodical and accurate when going for realism, not loose as you have done. I like your style though, I've said it a million times and I'll say it again... work with the style that you feel comfortable, develop it and improve on it, don't try to force yourself into a style that is not natural for you.
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:54 pm

Re: What to learn first

well, I draw impressionistic because I lack the know-how to draw realistic, but I think I'm gonna keep making drawing in that style while trying to learn realism
so i'll go check out Duey's tutorials, any other good tutorials for that?
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:00 pm

Re: What to learn first

There are a bunch over on Deviantart, I don't have any quick links that I can post but if you head on over there and do a search you should be able to come up with quite a few.
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:54 pm

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If i told you once Marple I've told you a million times...stop exaggerating [-X
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:02 pm

Re: What to learn first

canadianmaple09 wrote:
Speyki wrote:Can someone tell me what he/she thinks is best to start with


I'm assuming you already have the pencil or other writing utensil in your hand. Usually it's best to start things with the first step, so here you are:

STEP #1 FOR DRAWING

Lower your hand until your writing utensil makes contact with the paper. Then, move your hand horizontally in whichever direction you desire (maintaining pressure against the paper) to draw a line.


Wait...wait...wait....slow down......Ok.... left or right hand? :?
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Post Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:27 pm

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You must've missed:

canadianmaple09 wrote:I'm assuming you already have the pencil or other writing utensil in your hand.
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Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:02 am

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canadianmaple09 wrote:You must've missed:

canadianmaple09 wrote:I'm assuming you already have the pencil or other writing utensil in your hand.


Doh! Palmface. #-o
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Post Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:40 pm

Re: What to learn first

some good portrait tutorials can be found on my faves page ill post a few links for you.
material tut.
http://zachn97.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=48#/d1hfcaj
shading type tut.
http://zachn97.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=48#/d17rzs0
best one ive found.
http://zachn97.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=48#/d2q47fd
amazing hair tut.
http://zachn97.deviantart.com/favourites/?offset=48#/d2q47fd
hope that helps in terms of tutoriaals but practice is the best way for you to get better :D
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