New era of art could be on its way but i need help
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Hi Guys,

I've decided that i would like to start drawing...

how stupid of me...i haven't drawn anything for 7-8 years due to me giving up and not bothered with anything due to my own negative thoughts of thinking that i 'cannot' draw or 'i sucked with drawing'...

I dunno where to begin....i sucked before and i fear i will suck again... ;_; because i fear i will never pick up the skills to be an animé or other cartoonist artist on this website -_- i have no frickin' confidence...

When i used to draw, i used to draw on paper, scan it in on my scanner, digitally line art everything in PhotoShop (which was very tedious) and colour it in PS - .....my background and coloring skills sucked.... (see my previous deviations)

So where do i go from here...what suggestions can you give me to modernize as i don't want to go back to the old system...

Do i go and buy a WACOM and use that to draw? (they are very expensive!) Any other digital drawing pads i could buy that may be cheaper?

I have no idea which medium to use for me to draw!

I'm lost...i feel like me making a comeback in my drawing will be another failure because i sucked and by trying many times, i failed on improving and i just gave up... ;_;

please help me guys? what should i do? which steps should i take to improve my drawing and art skills? which medium should i use to portray and draw my art on?

please guys.... help me? :'( i really want to be as good as most of you out there...but i worry about taking too many years but i fear i don't have too many years to get to that stage...the more i get older...the more i fear i won't have time....
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Cresselle's avatar
i know this may be a late response but the best advice i can give u is start  with the basics. simple stuff first like drawing circles and shading it (similar to art classes) and then work your way up from there. if u struggle with autonomy try and draw your own hands or watch videos and practise from there. 

explore different medians. not everyone is great at digital art, you can use colour pencils, inks, pens, pencils. the possibilities are endless. 
i used to be crap at drawing, i can tell u know. my previous artwork when i look back is quite bad but i keep them to motivate me. to show my progress. all my art books create a story of my progress as an artist. 
dont be hard on yourself. every artist out there took years to get to where they are today and even know they criticize themselves harshly. 

the key thing is to practise, doodle, draw anything and keep at it. even if its drawing nonsense or drawing something small. dont give up, you will see the results.
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There's some really great advice here, and similar to them, I would recommend start right at the beginning. There's so many great tutorials online, so if reading isn't your strong suite, watch a video. Draw in steps, learn how to draw simple things such as people and still life. Go to a park and draw what you see, anything really. The main thing is to just draw. I'd stay away from the digital and anime for now, but if that's what you enjoy, after learning traditional methods for x amount of time, draw some anime to remind you why you want to learn in the first place.
But the main thing is, just keep going as the more you practise the better you will get. Just take your time and put your all into it. No-one can not draw, it just takes perseverance.
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wackko200Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree what the other people are saying....please listen to them and have fun drawing again.:)
gauveldt's avatar
Huion tablets are quite a bit more affordable than Wacoms.
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KinggigasmonHobbyist Traditional Artist
The first step is to just draw over and over again all the time. Of course you're going to not be that good when starting out. Every great mangaka took lessons and worked their asses off for years to get even half as good as they are now.
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thunder-of-lightHobbyist General Artist
So many good comments here.

As for what I said earlier, drawing in general is "your" story. Meaning that as you draw your skills evolves with you. Do not let negative comments take you down, but let it make you grow.

Sometimes you don't need to fight but to take advantage of situations. For exemple you want to make anime style but you make good body but cartoonish eyes, you can use it to make it your own style and improve on it.

Everyone has their own style. And your heart shows yours. So stay confortable to what you do, and do not get down. Some of us will support you.
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dougurasuHobbyist Traditional Artist
The realistic side of this is that you're going to start now, and it's going to be a disheartening start. You'll see you either went a few steps back or really haven't improved at all. That's perfectly logical if you haven't drawn for so long. Because you know why the top artists on Deviantart are good? Not because they were born with talent, because no one is. It's because they drew, and they drew, and they drew and they drew for years. Probably most of them every day. Practice, practice, practice and doing, doing, doing. You cannot get better at something without actually putting in the work. For some people it'll come easier, and for some it won't, but it's not like you've never drawn before in your life. 

Also, forget drawing digital right now. Get to drawing on paper. Make it cheap for yourself at first. If you don't have a scanner anymore, make a picture with your phone or a camera if you need to show it to others for feedback. If you buy a WACOM now and give up after a month, then what was the point? Get to a place where you think "Hey, this actually isn't that bad". 

It WILL take years. End of 2017 you WILL have improved if you draw a lot, but you won't be on the level of people you envy on deviantart. There is no cheaty way to get there, no fast route. The people you envy on deviantart draw every day. So if you want to get good, do what they do. Draw, draw, draw. Find tutorials, find things that inspire you and fuckit redraw those. Get photo's (of actual people) and draw them as realistically as possible, because learning anatomy is pivotal. DELT-4 is absolutely right, anime is just a style, and that style is based on actual anatomy. Download some how-to-draw books, find out how to make your drawings look more 3d by shading, absorb anything you can. And Kordyne is right, there is no "too old" for art. There never is.

Basically, if you want to get as good as the people on dA that you envy, you need to give it your 100%. There is no quick way. 
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Itachis-killerHobbyist Photographer
Good Luck Kurt, its good to see you being active again
Kordyne's avatar
Hi Kurt,

I was going through a bit of a bad time with regards to my artwork, so I decided to go right back to the beginning and learn the basics. And I mean the very beginning, like just learning to hold the pencil properly and making random marks with it. You might think that that sounds lame, but trust me, it really does help.

I'm a regular reader of ImagineFX magazine and they released a special edition called How to Paint and Draw. I think you ought to check it out :)

Don't worry about getting a wacom tablet or doing digital stuff at the moment. Start off simple and build yourself up to it.

And who cares about getting older? The artistic spark ignites within people at any age.

EDIT: I think you might like the YouTube tutorials by Proko: www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV/f… He's got lots of excellent advice, tips and techniques and even teaches the basics :)
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Fluffyasleepfoot5Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just do what's best for you, it's ok to look at references to help you! Another piece of advice is to listen to music when drawing, it gives you ideas (at least to me it does haha). Also, never give up! A lot of people believe you can do it! Any more sadness round here and I'll end up looking like this i.ytimg.com/vi/IfU9Jp94zlg/hqd… . Failing and then trying again is a great way to learn from your mistakes! It"s like in my cooking class, I did something wrong by accident and only a tiny bit of the grilled cheese sandwich I made was golden brown. I told my nana (basically she's like my grandma but she doesn't look old) about the grilled cheese and she said that grilled cheese sandwiches aren't easy as it looks. If you're ever feeling down, just watch this funny video of a father being Batman www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlVi0n…
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Avi-the-AvengerHobbyist General Artist
As we discussed in our note, feel free to do what makes you comfortable, but don't give up on yourself. You will always improve. And interestingly enough, after our discussion, I saw this post on Tumblr: kawaiijohn.tumblr.com/post/154…

Have faith in yourself! I have faith in you. (: And my offer from the note still stands if that's what you want to do, as well.
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DragonsRulePicChick1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took a long break once, too (I say break because I started back eventually), and basically what I did was I found all these art tutorials and absolutely copied the crap out of them. Not for my pwn art or to steal or whatever, but to just see how I could copy how they did it. Take anime screenshots and try to copy them, trace them even. Just feeling your hand going through the motions helps. I'm more of a traditional artist, but I feel any artist should do this on paper with pencil. At least at first. It'd just help getting used to it and seeing what you can do. 

I though getting a tablet would make me better once, but really it's all just the same. If you have skill in one art medium, then it's easier to transfer to another medium. I sort of, stopped using my tablet immedietly after the first drawing I did on it. Because I was just really disapointed I wasn't immedietly better and couldn't convince myself to contiue. It was so different TT-TT. But now, it's a bit easier. I still haven't done much, but now I know what I want things to look like and I've learned to be more paitent. I have more control of my hands in general. 

And now, after maybe 5 years?, I'm just comfortable with my art. I don't have anything on here because I moved away from posting art and I deleated a lot. But now I draw and I enjoy it because I've learned that if you enjoy it, it doesn't matter what it looks like. I say, as I still scream at my sketches to look better. But as cliche as it sounds, that's basically what it boils down it. If you like it, it's good. Not that you have to like everything, feel free to trash things. But wait, look at it again in a week. It'll look different. It all depends on your state of mind at the moment. And you'll always improve. Draw a simple smile every day and it'll get better and evolve into your own style of smile. 

So I know it's hard when you see all the AMAZING art here like seriously, there's so much that's soooo good, and it feels like you'll never compare. It seems so hopeless, but keep at it. Einstein failed math in school and went on to be one of the best scientists ever. Vincent van Gogh was considered a failure. Leonardo never finished almost all of his paintings. Continue on and you'll get there. Just find what you feel comfortable with first. 
DELT-4's avatar
DELT-4Student Digital Artist
As someone i once saw told me

Don't try to learn to dtaw anime,

Try to learn to draw, period. Anime is just a style. It still follows rules, though. Rules of anatomy.

As for where to begin... simple people. Start simple, and build it up. I'd suggest beginning with just sketches/lineart., maybe flat colours too. Don'y be afraid to use tutorials and references. Hell, i can't draw most things without a reference, even!

I wish you good luck, man
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