Today I gave out a little friendly advice to 2 fellow artists who asked for help and I figured Id share it with you. It's nothing super ground breaking but if your like me you need an extra dose of common sense and inspiration from time to time.
My advice went a little something like this.
Number one first priority learn the fundamentals! When drawing anything try to work in this order. Gesture first, form second, and then details last. Also learn good proportion and figure construction.
When you get antsy and feel that the fundamentals are getting boring go ahead and draw whatever you want for fun even ignoring the rules if you like. Never lose sight of drawing for fun this is very important! I substitute the word 'Practice' with 'Play' and I think that's helpful to remember in both in art and life. But keep going back to the fundamentals regularly it'll make your fun art look better and better.
Also I prefer YouTube tutorials over learning from a book. Seeing these principles demonstrated in motion makes a lot more sense then trying to understand descriptions of how to do it in words.
I suggest Proko and also Sycra both as really good YouTube drawing teachers! Also one of my favorite sources of learning how to draw is The Drawing Website. I suggest subscribing to the newsletter for a great drawing resource! There are many more great online resources I could mention but this will give you a good start. Let google be your friend. Also feel free to ask me for help anytime!
And last but not least don't be afraid to suck! All of us artists suck. some just have worked hard enough to suck a little less. To suck less is Success ;)
- Marshall 'PLEX' Couture
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