Hey all, I felt like speaking some inspiration for all of you today. Especially you little kiddies who may be feeling self-conscious or depressed about your art or feel like you aren't improving. And for all of you who are older and feel your art isn't very good.
Too often I get "Omg Cuds you're such an amazing artist" "you're so talented" "how do you draw like that" "teach me" "my art isnt at all as good as yours"
And I'd like to start out by showing you a little something, or rather several things.
But to start I'd like to show you.
What is this you ask? Looks like a 10 year old drew it. And you're right. 10 years ago this is what I was drawing like. Yep. I drew this. These 6 were humanized versions of the Eeveelutions, actually they were like Magical Girl Pokemon, they transformed into magical girl costumes and had magical powers based on their Pokemon type.
You may recognize them from when I re-drew them here
And the first deviation I ever posted to deviantART?
That's right, I used to be a pretty lame artist as you can see. xD As well as a stereotypical immature 13 year old anime video game geek.
I even had recolors!!!
Everyone starts somewhere, and if you thought those were bad you should see my first ever Irken OCs…meet Shad and Kit
And to quote my 13 year old self, "yes he's a boy and no he's not an Invader. He was banished from the Irkan Empire because he was too powerful. he has that scar because he got in a fight with an Invader and almost killed him (that's when the tallest decided he was too powerful)
And to quote again, "anyhoo, she's not an Invader she was banished from the Irkan Empire because she was too peaceful she and Shad(who i'll post l8er) formed a resistance against the Empire she and him believe all races should live together in peace and stuff…
Tragically beautiful. So I hope this is encouraging in the sense of, "look I used to be a really bad artist with really sue-like characters
" and look where I am today!
You'll find your style and your art will slowly develop over lonnnngg periods of time. And a lot of the time, you'll feel like your art is terrible or that you aren't improving, and DONT LOSE HOPE!! As our own critics we often all go through that, even I go through that from time to time. But don't give up. Never stop drawing, and always look for ways to improve or challenge your ability.
Within my time on KitsuneMusume
which was roughly about 3 or 4 years I went from stuff like this...
to stuff like this…
After moving to RadioactiveSoda
and spending roughly 3 or 4 more years there I went from stuff like this...
to stuff like this...
And through my time here on CuddlesAndHuggles
I've gone from fandom to fandom improving even within a year.
Going from this...
HOW DO YOU DO IT CUDS?? WHATS THE SECRET??
There is no secret. All you need to do is draw non-stop, and focus on honing a certain skill, anatomy, shading, coloring, lining, anything. Look up tutorials, watch videos, watch other people draw, LEARN, STUDY, PRACTICE, DRAW.DONT BE DISCOURAGED!! <3
Art takes hella time to develop. I've always loved creating and drawing ever since I can remember, but I seriously began learning and committing when I was about 10, so I've been drawing for about 10 years. Too many times I've heard the excuse
of "I've been drawing longer than you have though/I've been drawing just as long as you have and it doesn't look anywhere as good as yours! :'C"
and I am here to say don't ever
say that. I know a lot of artists who are like 14 years old and draw as good as (or even better than) myself. Age doesn't matter
, and time plays little factor. How long you've been drawing
doesn't determine how good an artist you are. What matters is what you've done with that time.
Your ability as an artist depends on your talent and skill. Talent
is usually something you just have, a knack, something that comes naturally to you, you were born with it. Skill
is something that's taught, you can't really learn talent, but you can learn skill. You can't be all talent and you can't be all skill
. Both will only get you so far, you need a balance of both.You need to commit to drawing
, practice it often, never stop drawing, draw often, practice often, read books, look up tutorials, challenge yourself, try new things, take classes, only through commitments like these will you be able to begin to hone your skill and really make your talent shine.
Also to say, TRACING IS ONLY OKAY WHEN YOU ARE DOING IT FOR PRACTICE.
Tracing is an efficient way to train your hand to get used to movements, and I did it frequently through 10-14 years old and I even still do it today when I can't get something down. It is NOT EVER OKAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TO TRACE A REFERENCE OR SOMEONE ELSE'S ART AND POST IT AS YOUR OWN.
If you are tracing, it should only be for practice
, and should not be posted as your own work.
You should only use it as an effort to improve your ability, not to steal someone else's style.
And references shouldn't be traced directly, it's called a REFERENCE for a reason, you are referring to it, not tracing it.
I hope this was a fun read and eye-opening or even inspiring to some of you.
Thank you for reading! Hope it turned out helpful to you! <3