At 1/4/13 12:36 AM, GumDisease wrote:
Hey everyone, my name is Andrew. I just got my first tablet 6 hours ago, and I've been trying to get used to it non-stop. It's starting to get easier, and my art has improved quit a bit, (at least I think so,) in the past 6 hours. I haven't focused on real art for a few years now, but I want to get back into it and eventually move on to animation. I was just hoping people could take a look at the few pieces on my page that I made today and tell me how I can improve. I'm going update my pieces and post new ones frequently (I hope), so please give me all the criticism that you can; good or bad I can take it. :D
Welcome Andrew, the world of art is addicting and I'm glad you've decided to take part.
I've looked at your work and I think you're on the right track, putting plenty of time into sketch at least once a day. I used to draw only digitally, when I began tattooing I had to step back from the tablet and learn about drawing traditionally. Using rulers, drafting, concept sketches, and most importantly . Personally my style leans towards blended unsaturated tones conceptual so I'm also studying colors intensely right now.
Some books I own and treasure would be "Confident Color" by Nita Leland.. This book will explain the basic fundamentals to you, include tips on creating palettes, teach you how to record colors and tap into them strategically for your work. "Figure Drawing Design and Invention" by Michael Hampton. This book is essential for me, it doesn't step-by-step tell you what to do, it explains how to do it. I felt so strongly about this book I created a video review you can watch here and it goes in depth about why I insist any artist get this book. Looking it up I see someone listing it $170.00 but go to any Barnes & Noble, they will order to store for you and when I bought mine it was fairly cheap. I have "Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet on my wishlist because I've used the book before it's full of reference and meant just for artists so the images are dynamic and high quality. "Your Artist's Brain" by Carl Purcell was the first book I ever bought when I got serious about improving. This book is step one, it will break down where you should start when drawing anything.
WOW sorry for my huge wall of text, I just love helping especially with resources. Speaking of resources, always always use resources! Never copy composition directly, but when trying to communicate a specific idea you want it clear what you're depicting. I keep multiple sketch books, one for pure ideas and one for study sketches.
Complete digital painting tutorial is displayed using GIMP (a free paint program like Photoshop) but the techniques for the loose painting is the best part and can be utilized in most advanced art programs.
Hope some of this helps and I wish you luck!