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#1 Deedee


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 12:23 AM

I realized about a month ago that I suck at art. Completely. I really want to make a webcomic, and not a high quality one. I just want to draw something out of amusement, and for it to not be complete crap. Do you guys think you can possibly give me some tips? The best art I can draw is pretty much scribbles (PS, I am using paint.net). So, any help?

#2 SkyLizardGirl


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 01:37 AM

You should seriously start looking at girls/women and start drawing those curves.
~You will see what happens how your skills develop.
watch at 1:30 of the video below:

Edited by SkyLizardGirl, 10 May 2015 - 01:38 AM.

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#3 Mero


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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:48 AM

I'm with Skylizardiglrl, the easiest way , and probably the sadest way is to draw woman.

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#4 Shane



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Posted 10 May 2015 - 04:03 AM

Dimentio, I say practice. Practice makes perfect. And don't just be lazy just because you're practicing. Try your hardest, put in the best effort and be open for criticism and improvement. There's more to it then "draw girl parts and you will be good in no time". I suggest being more creative and imaginative than that. My art teacher has appreciated my work for not only improving in terms of quality, but also in creativity. It's also good to note take/write notes down of how you did things.


Edit: Also this might sound strange. But never take the easy route of things. You still might not be able to draw more difficult things. It's like learning to sprite in 8-bit. But then spriting anything higher in quality might be difficult and require more learning. I imagine going backwards would be easier and quicker for most. Maybe I'm over thinking this, but pulling the big guns might be more effective.

Edited by Shane, 10 May 2015 - 04:15 AM.

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#5 Fabbrizio



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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:17 PM

Practice always makes perfect, but if you feel like you're getting nowhere fast, don't forget to check and make sure you're practicing wisely. Not all practice is necessarily equivalent. Learn to recognize early on what specific element you're not good at, and center your practice around something requiring that skill. It will be frustrating, and you won't like the drawings themselves, but that's the trade-off if you want to expedite the process. If you're only making drawings you like, you're not improving. You have to push your limits at every opportunity.

One of the most difficult parts of drawing is getting poses right, so I'd advise working on your wireframing - it's a lot of trial and error, but if you can get the hang of skeletal poses and building your drawing around that, you'll improve quickly. The only thing more difficult than full poses, are actual drawings of hands. So make sure you're drawing the hands in every single pose. It'll suck, but that's how you get better.

And for that matter, make sure you're not just drawing people. Draw places, landscapes, household items. The more diverse your subject matter, the faster you'll get a grip on turning what you see into what you draw, and it'll make you well-rounded once you've mastered it. There's nothing worse than finally getting good at drawing one specific thing, like people, only to realize you can't draw anything else. It's kind of paralyzing, because at that point, you're afraid to go back to being bad at it.

That's about all I have, I hope it helps.

Edited by Fabbrizio, 10 May 2015 - 03:20 PM.

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#6 SpikeReynolds


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 02:31 AM

Draw a lot. Seriously. If there's a certain thing in particular you struggle with drawing, draw it a lot. Look up reference material, look up videos of people drawing that thing, and draw it a lot.


I've been drawing since I found out what thumbs were and I didn't feel comfortable enough to start a webcomic until I was 18. 


Oh, and one last tip for the budding artist: Draw a lot.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 06:31 AM

You should seriously start looking at girls/women and start drawing those curves.
~You will see what happens how your skills develop.
watch at 1:30 of the video below:

Yeah, Mark Crilley is a pretty good guy to watch if you want to draw anime characters. He has videos on all kinds of poses and styles. They really come in handy, and if you keep working at it, you'll be able to take what you've learned from his videos, and draw without even using his videos anymore.


That is, if you want to draw in the anime/manga style. He has other videos on other kinds of things, but he mostly teaches various things in the anime/manga style.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 02:39 PM

You could ask your arts' teacher at school whether he knows any place you could turn to in order to learn to draw. Mine gave me the contact of a drawing teacher back in the day and I took a course for a couple of months which I believe made me better at drawing - bolder if nothing else. Of course, I took kind of a semi-classical pencil-and-paper training, I am not quite sure that's what you are looking for.

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