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So...How do you actually Practice Art? by Selenada So...How do you actually Practice Art? by Selenada
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grrfluudy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! I love that idea of using the reference and then drawing it again from memory! I am definitely going to try that. And I often draw while watching TV. Guess I need to turn off the TV more often and concentrate on what I'm doing. Thank you!!
Flytron Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you,, now i realized that i'm missing some important steps when practicing.
BokehGirl12 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You have saved my life! I was so confused on how to practice even though I've been doing art for years.
I'm so happy someone explained how to practice! Thank you so so much you have helped me so much!
Aer1a Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice tutorial, full of great advice. Especially interesting the idea of "active referencing". When studying, trying to memorize is  not quite as effective as trying to understand what you're reading. So it would make sense that just copying a image  mindlessly would not be as helpful as thinking about everything that lies behind the picture (how the light works, the shapes...etc.).
blackcatneversleep Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Thank you so much!! I'm a beginner and I never learn how to draw before. How to practice and use reference is really a big problem for me, and This really helps a lots!
Two hours a day is really a good idea. 
delta-why Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Thank you so much for this. I'm one of those people who had zero ideas on how to practice art for many years. This is very helpful and inspiring, so thank you.
Merrysol66 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, very useful! Clap 
Yanialch Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your words! This is very helpful and inspiring as well! Huggle! 
agmassassin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds so simple and close to  the mind ... and it is ^^ i've heard most of these tips here and there but i often forget to apply them. There was one saying "The dummies try to remember while the smart people take notes." or something like that... lol
Thank you for writing this down for us ~ off to take some notes :P
ventimocha Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
What an amazing tutorial! Thank you for creating it. Not only is it educational (I've never thought of the idea of drawing from reference and again from imagination! I only drew from reference and wondered how anyone draws from memory.), it's motivational. Thank you so much. <3
A-Porto Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, that was nice. You are a great artist.
Amethylia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) I use to compare myself alot and asking myself how artist can do such amazing art, but I keep learning and I getting better one step at time :)
jim00 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Student
Very helpful! Thanks! :)
Tuesdayk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
This is very helpful, thank you! Drawing from references is one of the things I find hardest, because I just end up copying the picture and not improving. I'll try this. 
MyMimicat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very very much
A-iker Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much
Resennar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really helpful to me, thank you for making this!
Maybe now I can stop comparing my art to others and actually make my art my own ^^
Finasol Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Wow, lovely tutorial. I've always been very self-conscious when it comes to drawing and I'm always haunted by the possibility that I'll never draw like my favorite artists, but this has really given me some light on my future with art. Thank you so much! Love 
LightJinx512 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student
What a amazing tutorial! I feel better about my art just for reading it! Thank you! 
RuiRafael Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Eheh... lovely tutorial. I particularly love the emphasis on really studying your object of reference, not just copying it.

Visual aid is awesome, and it's quite necessary for us to increase our visual library, no doubt. Some types of exercises even adhere to the random drawing of whatever pops into our heads, begining to give shape to some strange surrealist drawing, but, showing off our own limited visual library. We'll often think of objects and draw them the same and the same, from animals to even chairs (and not to mention clothes our characters wear!).

On the alchemy of drawing, there is also something else we so often throw aside. We have 5 senses, and conveying them into the drawing is as important as it is subtle. The warmth of the tree on the sun, the cold of it's shaded bark, it's rugged & hard surface, the smell of a small patch of resin, the bickering sounds of a hundred of bugs...
This is but one example.
I often prefer life-drawing for this very reason, there is so much that is ignored, and may very well enrich our drawings beyond any comparison. Life-drawing is more than just sitting outside, it's actually "being" there, feeling with all you can!

Your eyes are but one tool that may be used in art!
Selenada Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifully put into the words! :D
somisistaA Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
omfg you are so amazing and i can't even ughfacepalm 
Haven-DaSilva Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Some good info, but I'd have to strongly disagree about the reference section. Perhaps it is different for everyone, but when I've set out to learn human proportions or complex angles, doing trace sketches repeatedly for practice laid the foundations in my memory, and in turn I'd be able to just sit down and draw figures accurately from scratch, without even sketching much. Traditional referencing was always a much slower process.
Air-KC Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Student General Artist
this is a very nice tutorial, thank you f'or sharing this ideas with us its very helpfulOh, Olaf 
BedlamTrap Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've spent a great many years browsing tutorials here on dA and among other sites, especially around 8 years ago when I started teaching myself. I can say with a straight face and full conviction, that this is the best tutorial of all! Sure you can find tuts on how to draw the human figure, look at someone's illustrated chart of muscle placements, see how they created their magnum opus from start to finish.

But this one is the tutorial that, if followed whole heartedly, will help you do better.

Thank you very much for this. It was a great confidence booster!
Zalogon Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
You're one of my favourite artists here on deviant art! Thank you for sharing!
zargo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014   Photographer
Very thoughtful and gives me a push to keep on practicing :)
Random101Man Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Now this is how its done!

This can help everyone, from the youngest, to the oldest.;) (Wink) 
tsubasakun Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a very sweet and helpful tutorial you have posted, i cannot thank you enough. Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
soleilsereniti Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
This was a very sweet and wonderful guide! It's so uplifting. I'm very glad that I came upon this :)
PastryPuffs Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you needed to add another point here,  that whatever you are drawing wont turn out EXACTLY like how you imagen it, even for pro artists :> 
Albelius Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! I've recently had my drawing (and nowadays digital painting) sparkle lighten up again by a new friend and I'm trying to get better and better - and I have and quite quickly too (though I haven't uploaded anything new here yet...)! 

I was one of the guys who thought that reference was cheating and used it wrong. I always tried to copy it and most of the times it didn't even succeed since I had the wrong mentality. Though it looked personal! Sadly, the teenager me just thought "IT'S UUUUGLY!" and erased everything. Anyway, thank you for this great reminder!
neophobica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Wise words to hear :)
TheEyeOfASheikah Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm glad my friend sent this to me.
LeonFoxwings Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
great stuff :)

Gonna be great help for me :D

Thanks :D
Starv-n-Artist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
That was great. I struggle with step 5 everyday. Thanks for the advise.
Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure!!
AMusoke Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Step 3 is one that I haven't even heard art teachers telling me to do, thank you :D
Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it is like that, I did not know it either untill very late.
crazyskullz1021 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
hey just wondering, what font did you use? i love it! (reminds me of lotr) :)
Sylinter Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   General Artist
I guess it's the 'Papyrus' font, it's usually already installed :)
crazyskullz1021 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah i found something similar to it.. but thanks :)
Duranthi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
'Step 5' is the hardest one for me :( It's like I compare myself to everyone without even thinking about it >.<
Thank you for the tutorial, this is what I've been searching for :happybounce: 
Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, I might expand on step 5 in an extra tutorial, will see. And it is my pleasure!
Duranthi Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, that would be great Hug 
AnakaSerigala Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this very useful (and funny) tutorial! I hope it will help me to get better in drawing and create more artworks (:
Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure :D
crazyskullz1021 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for all the tips and advice! this defiantly motivates me to start drawing me more often and practice !  (im a BIG procrastinator and havent drawn for a while, yes, that how bad i am, i'll put off something i enjoy, lol...) :D
Selenada Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's my pleasure :D I am glad you are feeling motivated ;) Procrastination usually comes when we feel pressured to do something we don't want to actually, then we avoid it with everything we can and go do something else XD there is nothing wrong with it, and there is away to overcome it too (might talk about it later in an extra tut).
crazyskullz1021 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool :)
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