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    Question How to start drawing?

    When I was young I used to draw most of the time, but then I stopped when Computer games came about. I then later on started 3D Modelling [2002 - 2008], but I lack 2D skills, such as drawing to produce concept art.

    I am planning on going to University to study 3D Modelling etc, but I need to learn how to draw. I would be helpful if anyone could give me help/tips on how to do so.

    I have seen some artists using a pencil by lightly holding it by their finger tips, but this is hard when drawing on a desk than on an angled surface.
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    C'mon now...

    It's not the materials that's holding you back. It's not the angle of the desk, the hardness of the pencil, the lighting or the advent of computer games that's slowing you down.

    Where's your passion to draw?

    To people who truly have the passion & desire to draw, they draw on napkins, walls, scrap pieces of paper, the beach, anywhere & everywhere. Grab a sketchbook, any writing implement you can get your hands on and just do it.

    Quit making excuses by blaming computer games or your desk. It comes down to "how much do you really want to draw?". As far as subject matter, draw everything around you, the characters you like so much, draw people you see, draw whatever comes naturally to you... there's no right or wrong.

    But once you draw it... do it again. You improve every single time you make an attempt. It doesn't magically happen over night nor does the pencil magically move across that drawing surface either. You've got to have the moxie & drive behind it in order for it to happen.
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    Find a large book with a hard cover, lean it against the edge of your desk, or at an angle on your lap. put paper on top of the book, hold a pencil in a way that feels comfortable to you, then just start drawing; the rest will come with lots of practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Storyboard Dave View Post
    C'mon now...

    It's not the materials that's holding you back. It's not the angle of the desk, the hardness of the pencil, the lighting or the advent of computer games that's slowing you down.

    Where's your passion to draw?

    To people who truly have the passion & desire to draw, they draw on napkins, walls, scrap pieces of paper, the beach, anywhere & everywhere. Grab a sketchbook, any writing implement you can get your hands on and just do it.

    Quit making excuses by blaming computer games or your desk. It comes down to "how much do you really want to draw?". As far as subject matter, draw everything around you, the characters you like so much, draw people you see, draw whatever comes naturally to you... there's no right or wrong.

    But once you draw it... do it again. You improve every single time you make an attempt. It doesn't magically happen over night nor does the pencil magically move across that drawing surface either. You've got to have the moxie & drive behind it in order for it to happen.

    Agree with Dave,
    Just go for it...the road has no shortcuts....
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    I would add that you should start with the basics, it is a good idea to start out easy and work on a few different concepts at a time (maybe drawing simple objects without shading for now). Grasping basic concepts early will save you the headache later on, also it is more motivating than getting stuck on a hard project.

    And don't forget to have some fun in the process
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    I only speak for my self, but just draw. It does'nt matter at the moment if it is all perfect what you draw from imagination. You should enjoy it without holding it your back. Do then studies to get a better grasp of things. Also do life drawing, even things from your desktop can be interesting to draw, even if you think it ain't. It might take time but you'll progress if you keep it up daily, and it doesn't always have to be perfect, unless you set your self a goal at the moment for a serious drawing.

    Good luck!
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    First, drop all preconceived notions of awesome drawings.

    Then, one must draw like a madman, and not have a care in the world how shitty or messed up it looks.

    Once calmed down, begin drawing like a sane, intact human being. Or not.

    Repeat as desired.
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    I think I have tried to get every thing I do to be perfect, over the last 6-8 years, which might have messed my mind of thought up. Perfect, Perfect, PERFECT!

    I'll take what you have all typed and go with that, I hope anyway

    I guess I should just draw and not really care what it looks like, as long as it is fun. Then try some proper sketches etc.
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    if you want to do 3d modelling find life drawing classes and attend and draw like mad...
    don't worry about producing masterpieces, bring a pad every where you go have free time draw people trees dogs cats hills, anything, as you practice your skills will sharpen, its not easy its often frustrating but its the only way to cut your teeth
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    "There aren't any shortcuts. You've got to dig in – study and draw the world around you. This is the only way to hone your skill and develop a style that is your own". GREG CAPULLO
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    Just DRAW. Why are you going to a University? To get a job in the games industry or something? Why do you want to learn to draw? So that you can create some concept art to show off the process of your 3d models as you take it from concept sketch, to 3d model with wireframe, to fully textured 3d model, to lighted 3d model to animated 3d model?

    For someone that is seemingly just starting out you have to many reasons for wanting to draw. You want to draw for a career. For recognition, for fame, fortune, to get your name on the credits of a movie or a game. To have a badass portfolio, website gallery or maybe even your own art book.

    When you were drawing at 6yrs old you didn't even know what any of that shit was. You didn't draw for money or for deadlines or for some art director or for some freelance gig, or for recognition from the art community. You didn't draw because your editors needed more work for your art book or because you had to finish up a painting for an upcoming gallery show. You just sat down and started to draw. No external reasons or distractions.

    When you start out and have your thoughts on those external reason as listed above you set yourself up for a way out. What happens if one of those external reasons doesn't fall in line? What happens if you leave school and you no longer draw to get a good grade? What happens if your art director doesn't give you a deadline? What happens if the deadline is extended (think Last Man Standing 3 extended deadline) Do you work harder and put in more time or do you treat it as "I have another 2 weeks where I can play my video games before I need to start on it now."

    The bottom line is as a kid you will find a reason to draw because you WANT to draw. As an adult, you will find any reason NOT to draw. "If I'm not getting paid or the deadline is not till next week or no one is judging or grading me on it or if I am not motivated or I am tired, or I ran out of lead or if my computer area is not full of inspiring images and posters then I will wait till those things are in order, THEN I will draw". -- Run on sentence intended.

    A Marathon is a long ass distance for someone that has never run a mile before. How do you complete a marathon? Everything else aside (proper shoes, training, diet, mental focus) I am pretty sure that the only way to ever finish a marathon is to put one foot in front of the other and start running...
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    accepting that most of what you up end up drawing will look like crap is vital. most reports indicate that this feeling never ever goes away. keep improving your mistakes, and godspeed
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    I did some silly little sketches before, characters, mugs and my hand. I didn't really care what it looked like, I just drew
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.Higgins View Post
    I think I have tried to get every thing I do to be perfect, over the last 6-8 years, which might have messed my mind of thought up. Perfect, Perfect, PERFECT!

    I'll take what you have all typed and go with that, I hope anyway

    I guess I should just draw and not really care what it looks like, as long as it is fun. Then try some proper sketches etc.
    You want to hit the homerun the very first time you step up to the plate.

    Sorry, but it doesn't happen. Being an artist is about embarking on a lifelong journey to explore and becoming better, knowing you'll never reach nirvana.

    Get over the fact that there will never be a perfect drawing in your portfolio- only temporary moments of achievement. The drawing you did yesterday will be lousy today by your standards because you'll always want to improve upon it. Seasoned veterans can look back at award winning pieces they did years ago and wish they would've done something different to it.

    Get that ideal of perfection out of your head now and quit putting that kind of unrealistic pressure on yourself to perform. It'll hamper you and make you miserable, because if you hold onto that ideal- you might as well give it up because there's already prodigies out there working twice as hard as you, have parents who dote all kinds of money & support on them, and are just plain more talented than you. And yet, they're not you... so again, quit trying to be perfect. Just be you.
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