So I've been people have been asking me since I can remember How long have I been drawing, and can you teach me. It's complicated to explain considering I'm still a student and that will probably never change but in honor of all those artists who haven't found their way,this Guide is for you.
I'll divide this into three parts:
How long I've been drawing and what has helped me.
Exercises you can do to finder the better artist in you.
Tutorials I'll start making and posting at the very end in thumb's.
Tutorials from other Deviants that I think help. "How long have you been drawing?"
I don't remember a time when I wasn't drawing, but my clearest memory in my childhood of doing so,I was in 3rd grade. My artistic time line worked somewhat like this:
-ages 8-13 were my raw years, not knowing how to channel the need to always draw, I used Archie and later on Inuyasha as my inspirations. It was also at 12 that I started reading for leisure so the books I read had an effect on my work at the time along with the fact that my parents took interest in my constant doodling and enrolled me into a Saturday program at a place named Priscilla & Tiffany's art academy. Waste of my life, I learned nothing and the work I got from it was crap, the only thing I understood from getting out of there a year later was how colors reflect on each other.
-ages 14-17 were the tender years. I got accepted to a magnet art school and had 2 commercial art classes instead of the regular electives every day for four years. It was intense and unfortunately it wasn't mandatory to grow and people got lost along the way.
The first two years were the breaking point, the portfolio I had used to get in seemed like trash in comparison and I could see the growth before me.The last two years were A.P. art classes and managed to get a 4 out of 5 each year.
-ages 18-22 were my malleable years, adaptation to everything in college considering I got to pick and choose my classes and professors. The moment of truth and the professional application of everything I had learned. "Can you teach me?"
The answer to that is, I can't, sorry. You have to teach yourself. You have to find influences, that's the whole point of taking classes, having a teacher tell you what to be inspired by and show you techniques. How you function is all on you. There are no bad artists, just underdeveloped ones. So here are some tips on growing.
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this is the most critical part of the artist in you. How do you expect to improve if you don't know what influences you? It be anything from a dog to Spongebob but there are for sure enough things to fill up the box.Take it to heart and keep that list growing, it's amazing the amount of people who say van Gogh or Picasso inspires them but they don't know why.
-It is essential to know who influences you because practice is everything. When artist's back in the day(1920's and under) had to study, they did so by replicating famous artworks. Copying is not the same as studying. Copying is passing off someone else's work as your own. A study is the practice of the style. This is where you get confused and wonder why you would want someone else's style. The answer to that is simple. Look at your influence map and tell me what they all have in common. It's you. All those reasons you picked them for are your style. If you like van Gogh because of his technique, do it! do it till you adapt it to fit you and you'll see, it's not van Gogh at all, just the influence.
- Practice makes perfect. Sounds dull but most people miss the concept. lets change the situation and say you want to be a pianist. You have to first become acquainted to your instrument. learn the keys, what sounds they make as well as the pedals. Know more about the history of piano's so you can take care of your instrument correctly because it's not cheap and learn to read the music. All of this sounds tiresome and barely worth it, but what inspired you to do it in the first place? you learn all these things once, everything else is just the practice of what you learned! you can't start by playing the bumblebee at your first try. It's impossible to do so because your body hasn't adjusted to the hand and eye coordination nor can it keep up with what you see/hear in your head. You have to start with chopsticks and master that before moving on. The only way to master that is to practice. the thing that saddens me the most is when people try and give up. The greatest thing in art is the fact that there are always rewards. If it takes you months to control a medium, it will take you months, but it can be done. Just believe in yourself and keep doing it.
-Get out of your comfort zone. The moment your comfortable with your artwork, you have a problem. a BIG problem. It's called denial. Sounds bad, because it is. If you become complacent in your work you can't grow because the motivation won't be there and the errors you make will go on unseen and repeated. Do things correctly. If you have to do something you don't like or agree with because a teacher told you to (art specific) do it. They know more than you on the subject, they've been through what your going through or, a change in perspective can make you realize what you've been missing all this time? One thing is for sure going out of your comfort zone, doing things, using mediums that you don't like usually have this life altering affect: you get over it. The obstacle isn't what your using, keep this in mind all the time, the obstacle is you. If you keep yourself from learning then that's exactly what your doing. The worst that can happen is that you learn how to do it and you move on to something else. Most artists avoid things because they don't understand it. So for example, People. Why don't you draw people? you can never get them right you'd rather do animals. ok... How are you supposed to get better at drawing people if you never do? Yeah, some people have talent, but talent without the work leads to complacency and we already covered what that leads to. Watercolor... it sucks, it runs and you can't control it. ok... well how many times did you try using watercolor? twice? yeah... you just answered your own question. It's really difficult to get things right on the first try, and though it might seem like its taking forever, I promise, progress is being made.
- A helpful hint when you get frustrated and your not in a hurry is to stop. Put the piece that's giving you a headache away and come back to it 2-4 weeks later. You will be astonished at the things you see now that you couldn't before. Art has that trick to it, if your constantly seeing something, you won't notice the change. Kind of like growing up, you can't see the process but when you look back at an elementary photo, there's obviously been some changes. This also helps appreciate your progress. Art will always be frustrating and its greatest curse. given the dedication and patience, beautiful artwork you can be proud of is the greatest gift. My Tutorials Helpful Turtoriala by other Deviants
All of these tutorials and hints can be used with wet, dry, or digital media.