Ragadabah's tip-top tips on how to be an artist!
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Step 1
Pick up a pencil


Step 2
Draw

IT'S REALLY THAT SIMPLE

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I keep on seeing these big blogs on tumblr that list something like 18 tip on how to be an artist which always seem 'feel good', 'super critical' or 'horribly contradictory'. When your looking for art tips just remember that artists (and people) can only really talk from personal experience so get tips from a wide variety of sources. People are going to tell you different things, a lot of it's going to be bullshit but sometimes there's nuggets of golden wisdom. How do you sort out the wisdom from the poo? Experience! If I ever have any general tips for people it's 'practice, practice, practice!' If you don't know what to draw just copy a photo or go outside and draw a.... tree?!


Oh and one more thing, if you decide to try writing because your bad at drawing just remember writing's also a skill and it requires the same amount of practice. To be honest it's probably more of a skill than drawing. If you want to write it should be because you love writing and not because you can't draw.

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Silrath's avatar
Silrath|Hobbyist Digital Artist
So simple, yet so rarely followed.
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
I know right, sometimes I just want to scream just draw or don't at people.
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Silrath's avatar
Silrath|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or just reach through the screen and slap some sense into them
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MysticalSkeleton|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You lost me somewhere around the first step.

Seriously, though, I feel if I can make something vaguely like what I was trying to draw then anyone can
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Ragadabah's avatar
Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
Some people get step 1 confused with pick up a penis 
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Shadey83| General Artist
yup, its a start... and need to start if ever gonna finish 
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Ragadabah's avatar
Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
I feel like I should have put in 'A journey of 1000 miles starts with a step' somewhere. 
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Rook-07|Professional Digital Artist
Damnit! I'm be been doing it wrong all this time!?!
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
I always get step two confused with 'watch stuff on youtube'
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Rook-07|Professional Digital Artist
I know the feeling.
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Xx-Dusty-Dragon-xX's avatar
When do I start exchanging sexual favours for positive coverage?
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
That's marketing, not art.
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ValentineMeikin20xx's avatar
I've been spending several months with how not-simple writing is. And I'm still looking back over my work and planning rewrites.
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
Yeah whenever I try write anything I always end up flipping a table and setting everything of fire. Comics and animations still elude me because of this.
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Plasma-dragon|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Joking aside though, it is interesting how writing a good story follows a similar style to drawing a good picture. You need a layout (A sketch), you need to play about with it to make sure it stays coherent and is actually will be something worth reading (Composition and framing skills), you need to fill in the structure (Inking), then actually write the main text that the reader will read (Lay down the colours, do shading), finally there will be the finishing touches and consistency checks, as well as second opinion.

And just like with drawing, there are people who write who don't get that. And also just like with drawing, there are people who are bad due to inexperience who are still obviously learning, and there are people who are bad who are oblivious to this and don't improve at all.
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icefrosty|Hobbyist Writer
I don't think one inevitably needs a ''sketch'' to writing (some do), but that's a whole nice comparison.
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
I think practically any creative endeavour worth doing will follow a similar process.
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cangkulretak's avatar
Tips of how to be an artist?

Go here drawabox.com
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icefrosty|Hobbyist Writer
Hey nice :D Thx :D
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
This looks very useful, thank you :D
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cangkulretak's avatar
a good NHK documentary on how to be a comic artist www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtPfR8…


obv not for me, i dont even draw dude :^)
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icefrosty|Hobbyist Writer
I love writing, and I write. But I suck at drawing. And I lack discipline... and practice. I think I write because I'm confident that I can write (Well, confident that I believe I can have some style... I think... lol...) ... and... because I studied writing.

I'll be honest... I think that if I would be a more patient person, I'd practice drawing more. I think I have the impression drawing can take a lot of time. My impatience cause me something horrible about drawing:

Vicious circle: Having the impression drawing takes a lot of time = lazy to practice = no practice = not improving = drawing takes indeed a lot of time = having the impression drawing takes a lot of time... 

Well anyways... Yeah folks, don't do like me.

But recently I've subscribed to a drawing course to give me courage... And a certain kick in the butt. But I know it won't do the job for me, that I have to create some job for myself. Anyways, we'll see how it'll be. ;P

Hey Raga, nice little pic, up there. :D I didn't know you had a wife and kid. Great mysteries unveiled subconsciously by drawing... lol joke. (Or not...?)

Well interesting subject to talk about, learning how to draw. :)
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Ragadabah|Professional Digital Artist
No I don't have a wife and kids, I just wanted to illustrate me shouting at people ;p
Anyway, I think if you have the patience to write you'd have the patience to draw. Studying writing will obviously help you be more confident at writing and doing drawing classes will help you be confident with drawing. I used to lack confidence with drawing and then I decided not to care so much.
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icefrosty|Hobbyist Writer
The mystery of your real apparence is incomplete. We have a few pics of you so we have a general idea of what you look like but... lol anyways...
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