At 7/12/20 06:07 AM, WesleyS wrote:
Hello everyone, I am kind of new to posting my art on newgrounds. Not much to say, but I would like to improve as much as I can. Anyway, here's two of my pictures:
Made in High School
Eddie (Iron Maiden) as Ryu from Street Fighter!
However, there are a few things I can't draw: Animals, Guns, Mecha (Something I am trying to learn) and Vehicles. Hopefully, posting some art here and learning to draw better through reviews. Wish me luck!
They both could use some work, but a good place to start nonetheless. I've got a few suggestions that may, or may not, be helpful.
-First, start studying from realism. I know, it's a pain in the ass and it may make you feel held back creatively, but it's a great way to understand the structure of what you're aiming to create. A good way to make this routine a little more fun, and creatively stimulating, is to gather a list of your favorite characters. Every session you sit down to draw, practice drawing one character off of the list using you choice of realism reference material. Eventually, you'll get to a place where you've retained all the practice you've done and drawing without the references will not always be necessary. Although, that isn't to say that you won't need them from time to time.
-Second, if you wanna get better, you have to be intentional. Not every session is going to yield a Picasso-esque work of art, but regardless you should make it a point to practice at least a little everyday. Or, really, just do the best you can. No need to put so much pressure on yourself you get debilitating creative anxiety.
-Third, look for inspiration from your favorite artist. This tip is key because, generally, this is how an artist will acquire their unique style. You're on Newgrounds, a place where creativity and astounding talent coalesce. Finding some good inspiration should be fairly simple. At the same time, don't let your favorite artist's talent leave you feeling shot down. Every artist works at a different pace. As long as you maintain a positive mindset, as well as the intention to actually do the work it takes to get better, then you should perfectly fine.
-Forth, it may be worth it to start stock piling reference material. Personally, I'd prefer to use Pintrest for the most part, but utilizing sources like Instagram or good 'ole Google images works just the same. Stock pilling references could potential help you have a more efficient drawing session. Doing this ahead of time takes less time away from you actually creating and progressing. It'd also be a good idea to maybe make a list of your favorite artist's or any noteworthy artist's. However, don't just straight up copy an artist's work. Unless it's solely for study purposes, or explicitly expressed by the original artist him or herself, it's best to use their work for inspirational or study purposes only.
Hopefully you found something useful in all this. If something isn't clear, or you've got a questions in general about progressing, feel free to ask.