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!