At 2/6/13 03:45 PM, DelRio1991 wrote:
I don't get it, everything I draw, I feel like it looks like crap.
Like, this thing that I drew. It looks so flat and lifeless.
What am I doing wrong here?
I'm not fishing for compliments, I really need some constructive criticism, I want to go into graphic design, but I'm not going to get anywhere with my stuff looking like a retarded 12 years old kid did it.
Oh, boy. Right then. first up, mirroring what other people have said: if you want to get better at drawing, then draw as much as you possibly can. From life, yes, that helps. Draw from photos too (not as useful as life studies but they're useful in a fix). From your gallery it looks like you're more into cartooning than academic life drawing studies. If that's the case then doodling from your imagination is also important. Think of the number of cartoons out there that have unrealistic or outlandish character designs. Loads of them. Whilst I'm pretty certain that artists like, I don't know, Pendleton Ward and the guys at Nickelodeon have functional formal drawing skills, the place they really shine is in their ability to take their knowledge about how the world actually is and shove it onto a bunch of characters that have very little resemblance to actual human beings in their anatomy.
Er, I think my point there is sure drawing "well" is useful, but don't get too super hung up. I come at this from working in a motion graphics company straight out of university, where two of our biggest directors couldn't draw at all. They knew about overall composition, knowing about colour and shape, typography and how to get the most out of software they were using. They hired me to do the character designs. There are many aspects of graphic design where you won't touch a pencil. If you really want to be a graphic designer rather than a graphic artist I would keep that in mind. They're pretty different, although being able to do some of one will always help with the other.
Getting good at any of this stuff is less about talent and more about a) will to get better and b) tons of practice, research and advice where you need it. The fact that you know you need to get better and want to is brilliant. Never fall into the trap of saying "but that's just my style" about what you create. You can always change and improve. Also don't feel like what you create has to look like anything that's already out there. The world already has a bazillion comic artists that make everything look like a Marvel comic, for example, find a way to make stuff that's uniquely yours.
Get to art galleries and bookshops and look at as many different kind of art as possible. check out the modern stuff in contemporary galleries as well as the graphic novels. It's good to take inspiration from all sorts of places and not just internet forums. Post as much stuff as you can in places where people can see it and invite criticism from all over. It helps. Get to life drawing classes. Doodle all the freaking time.
I've rambled on for long enough I think. I hope that's at least a little bit useful.