Here's a journal that I've been wanting to make for a while, regarding improving your art. I've seen several deviants online ask me about improving their art, so I thought I'd make a journal about it for you all~
Practice. Draw Everyday.
I know. The most common piece of advice you've ever received, but this is the most crucial part of the process. Your ability to draw and sketch relies on your ability to memorize what you see in everyday life. This is called your Visual Library. Some people are born with this natural ability so advanced, that it's known as Photographic Memory. But not every artist is born with this Gift, so we must work on increasing our own visual library. The key to doing this is to draw EVERYDAY. Take a sketchbook with you wherever you go, and just draw whatever you see, or whatever comes to mind. Try drawing at least 5 sketches a day, if you can, and you will start to see results.
Draw from Life.
This is especially crucial if you want to create realistic drawings and paintings. Look at real objects in front of you, maybe a lamp beside your bed to start small, and then go into something more complex, such as drawing your entire living room or backyard. Look online for even more complex things, such as videogame covers or characters. Challenge yourself to draw Master Chief's armor, if you can!
Study Master Artwork.
Aaand we're back in that boring art history class. But don't worry, you won't have your nose stuck in a book for two damn hours. Just search Google Images for master renaissance artists, like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Vermeer if you're aiming for a realistic look in your art. Study closely, and you'll see that not every color is what they seem! There are actually many blues, greens, and reds mixed in with skin color. We may not see them at first, but the more you study, the more you realize that these colors can also be seen in real life skin!
Cut down on TV and Videogames.
I mean it. *grows sharp teeth*
But in all honesty, watching TV and playing games not only takes away your time for improving art, but it's decreasing your visual library development. It's alright to watch TV once in a while, don't completely shut yourself out... But TV transitions way too quickly for the artist's eye to adjust and take in the surroundings. If you're watching a TV Show, almost all your attention will be focused on the story plot, or the characters, dialogue and such, and your visual library development will slow to a stop. If you want to be a videogames artist, it's great to have knowledge of what's hot in the industry. But when you're actually immersed in the game, your subconscious is busy working on pressing buttons and controlling your character, rather than absorbing the environment and surroundings in the game.
I would suggest watching playthroughs on youtube. You can pause the video whenever you want, rewind and observe everything that's happening in the game. Plus, somebody's controlling the character for you. So your subconscious will have the chance to improve your visual library as you watch!
This artist works in the videogame industry, and he's pretty successful. He teaches his own art classes at a university, and makes videos on youtube. I've been watching his videos for several months now, and they've really been helping me to increase my own art, as well as prepare me for what's to come when I sign up in the videogame industry and Art University. I recommend this guy if you're into digital or traditional art, because his methods cover both ways.
Hope I was able to help you guys! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!
Now go create something awesome