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I felt like doing this as I have been asked in the past how I draw "so good" and lets face it when I first joined I didn't have half to skills I have today.
My first drawing: 
Konata the Hedgehog by KeyaraHedgehog09
Its horrible right? 
The darker side of me-Keyara by KeyaraHedgehog09> Dark Keyara New style by KeyaraHedgehog09> Darkness within by KeyaraHedgehog09> Queen of darkness  by KeyaraHedgehog09
Not only did the designs change but my understanding of what did and didn't work. 
Now here's my tips some are self explanatory but most artist will tell you the same.

#1 Practise
How do you hope to get better if you don't take the time to learn? Drawing as much as possible or even better daily can help you improve, the more you try the more likely you are to succeed.

#2 Testing
Test different lighting effects, how you blend things or even colour it in a way that you wouldn't normally, perhaps one of these methods is easier than what you've been trying to do before. 

#3 Advice
Show your work to someone you feel has a better skill to that of your own, ask them to see if they can spot your errors you've made and to point you in the right direction. Some people find it hard to be brutally honest for fear they may upset you, try not to be offended they have to be cruel to be kind. 

#4 Digital or Traditional? 
As silly as it sounds some artist are better at one or both its important to find out which suits you most. As an artist I thought digital was the thing for me, people could do so much cool stuff with it. Now I see I'm better at sketching on paper than on the computer, it's just easier for me personally. 

#5 Copy cat??
People always say... "BASES ARE BAD, DO NOT USE THEM" I disagree. Bases are an unoriginal source and it's a waste of time tracing them if you want to actually broaden your skill set. Saying that these bases are the naked back bone of any drawing, any artist will tell you they make a base of their own and then gradually build up the details from there. If you want to learn anatomy this is the best way to do it. 

#6 References/ Research
Its a lot easier to draw if you have something to copy from, sometimes you just can't get the design you want from that image in your head. Look at how existing artist draw, sometimes watching others can help you out by giving you ideas for instance how hair flows or even outfit colours that match. This will help you think of your designs. I have redesigned Keyara quite a few times and looking at other designs or even characters in films have helped me come up with outfits and manga artists have helped me with eye colouring and hair flow. 

#7 Tools of the trade
Like previously mentioned some people are better at Traditional while others prefer Digital, when in either one you must find what tools suit you most. One artist power could be another kryptonite. Finding a suited program (or learning it) or the right equipment (like Prismacolour pencils or perhaps your better with markers). Sometimes you may have to learn that tools secrets, perhaps there's a tool that does the same thing that your much more confident with. 

#8 Confidence
Nothing is fail-proof, trying things will help you see the good things from the bad. It may ruin the entire picture but at least you know for next time. Mistakes will always happen but don't let that make you lose hope. 

#9 "Can't" isn't a word
People give up easily because they think they can't do something. Your only limitation is your imagination, you can do anything you set your mind to, the first time might be bad but the next time you try you'll be even better. 

#10 Dedication 
If you want to achieve anything in life you'll not stop until you get it, if art is truly your passion and desire then you'll stick with it until you get to where you want to be, and you'll only keep on improving. 

These are the things that help me improve, to keep going and try new things. I won't give up because I know if I keep at it I'll get better just like I have done, don't limit yourself with a word. Let your pen/pencil brake free and let your imagination hit the canvas.

If this has helped you or you find it useful let me know. If you wan to see more tips or tutorials from me let me know in the comments. Thanks guys! I hope this helps you. 


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SmolPotatoArtist01 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this, i practice my drawing and use other artist art skills to improve my own i dont have the necessary supplies but i make use of what i have and letting others look over my art....see my family doesnt really care for the type of art i draw so they never give the feedback that i need ti fix mistakes if theres any
CNWgraphis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is really really helpful, thank you for this ;o; 
Also a confidence booster too ;v; 
KeyaraHedgehog09 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad this helps :)
CallMeAnyale Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student General Artist
All artists should see this, whether they are beginners or not
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