Do you know the basics of drawing and digital art, but feel stuck at your current skill level? Do you admire the talent of your favorite artists and wonder how you could ever become as good as them? Do you want desperately to improve but don’t even know where to start?
Here is some great news: In this digital age, learning new skills is easier than ever! There are three basic types of learning styles that people learn best by; visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. Basically, people learn best by watching, listening, and doing.
As aspiring artists, we need to focus on these three important verbs.
The doing part is pretty easy – go draw! Practice from life, draw what you enjoy, and try new things (And be sure to use Artprompts.org while you do it!) What most beginners skip is the “watching” and “listening” method.
Watching others is a great way to learn new techniques and methods. You may be wondering “What? How do I ‘watch’ people make art in my favorite style/genre/technique? How does that make ME a better artist?” An easy answer to that is to find livestreams, tutorials, and time lapses from other talented people! Observe and listen to them describe tips and talk about their methods and workflows.
Take what you learn from watching, and DO it! Imitate their methods, replicate their technique. You might find something you like, or find a solution to a problem you’ve been having. Watch others who are better then you and try your best to absorb as much information as you can from their workflows. Youtube is a great place to find these videos. Twitch is a great place to find livestreams where you can interact with the artist as they work. Picarto also hosts a lot of livestreams from more casual artists.
Here are a selection of videos of artists who like to draw lineart, then color it in. Check them out!
Here are a selection of videos of artists who use some more painterly techniques.
Want to see some more environment-based videos?
Do you like traditional mediums more than digital ones? There are videos for you too!
This is only a tiny selection of art videos on Youtube. Go browse, find your favorite artists, and learn as much as you can!
It seems that most people in the various online art communities tend to focus on drawing characters. That is pretty understandable, since characters tend to be a more interesting subject for viewers than say, landscapes or inanimate objects. I think we tend to be more drawn towards images that show humans and creatures because we are naturally programmed to do so – it is naturally more interesting to us.
Character-focused digital art can typically be designated into a few distinct categories. read more…
Art communities can fill you with inspiration, motivation, and make learning and creating artwork really fun!
As like any hobby, the value of surrounding yourself with circles of like-minded individuals can have an overwhelming positive effect, especially if you strive for improvement like I do. Feedback and critiques are powerful. Here is a selection of my favorite online communities that I frequent regularly. I warn you, though, they can be highly addictive! read more…
This is my first post in this category, so I thought I would give a little introduction.
I desperately want to improve my artwork. I want to rival the artists whom I look up to, with the ultimate goal of completely illustrating my own webcomic (and making it look awesome).
This desire is what inspired me to create this website. Artprompts.org started out as a personal tool, one that was only for myself to force me to draw things out of my comfort zone. I soon realized that it would be a cool thing to share though, and it blossomed from there. Unfortunately, this meant that I threw all of my spare time into making a website for like-minded people to use, instead of actually drawing!
I purchased this excellent reference guide a while ago, but tucked it away on my bookshelf and never did anything with it! I popped it open the other day and was reading through it and man, I wish I would have done so when I first purchased it. It is packed with a lot of good information, lots of helpful diagrams, and plenty of open space in which to practice some of the techniques it goes over. Not only does it have an attractive exterior, it also contains a lot of info on the comic industry, and on aspects of comic art like perspective, proportion, page layout/composition, and even storytelling! read more…
Practice, Practice, Practice.
You have all probably heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” a hundred times before, but how many people actually take it to heart? I see and hear so many comments and excuses about NOT being able to draw certain things, it is astounding! Phrases like “oh, I can’t draw hands” or “eww, I am sooo bad at horses” are commonplace, but only sometimes do I see people taking the steps to actually become better. I feel that many people give up on improving. Instead of putting the time into their issues, they carry on doing what they feel comfortable with. read more…