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    where to start?

    Hello!
    I'd like to learn how to draw concept art but i don't know how to start.
    I've been drawing for over a year now but haven't really studied anything and i think if i would study... i'd get better much faster. So where to start? should i start with an anatomy book? perspective?
    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Start a sketchbook/post some examples so we can see where you're at, otherwise all that can be given is general information. That said, you need anatomy and perspective.

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    Read These books, Use This tool often, adopt this attitude, make sure you're doing all of these, and read every single sticky in this section of the forums.

    Do we have a 'Where to start' sticky, by the way?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeston View Post

    Do we have a 'Where to start' sticky, by the way?

    We really should right? but i dont think that would stop the creation of " where to start " threads, people like the OP are just gonna keep popping out of nowhere starting thread asking the same question without reading anything else on the forum

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    You start, by starting. If you don't start you are doing it wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem92 View Post
    We really should right? but i dont think that would stop the creation of " where to start " threads, people like the OP are just gonna keep popping out of nowhere starting thread asking the same question without reading anything else on the forum
    I feel the forums would be a lot less active if people actually read the stickies.

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    Where to start? The basics of course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radicou View Post
    I feel the forums would be a lot less active if people actually read the stickies.
    Na, there is plenty of good threads always going on, i personally think is kinda of annoying to see a new thread asking the same exact question 3 times a week

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem92 View Post
    We really should right? but i dont think that would stop the creation of " where to start " threads, people like the OP are just gonna keep popping out of nowhere starting thread asking the same question without reading anything else on the forum
    There's a whole Forum named Introduction to ConceptArt.org with 2 not so hard to find stickies

    Then there's Fine Arts With the description: "The technical side to art. Get help with honing your skills."

    I'm sure if people reflected and looked about instead of treating the Art Discussion Forum as "Dear Abby, how do I become a better artist in this one thread, too lazy to look around and think for myself" it wouldn't get people so cynical with the advice :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by FalsePurity View Post
    Hello!
    I'd like to learn how to draw concept art but i don't know how to start.
    I've been drawing for over a year now but haven't really studied anything and i think if i would study... i'd get better much faster. So where to start? should i start with an anatomy book? perspective?
    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    This thread:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=223223

    Quick, before your inspiration wanes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    I'm sure if people reflected and looked about instead of treating the Art Discussion Forum as "Dear Abby, how do I become a better artist in this one thread, too lazy to look around and think for myself" it wouldn't get people so cynical with the advice :/
    To be fair, I move these from all over the place and dump them here. This one, for example, started in the Entertainment Design & Concept Art section.

    I'm getting very, very tempted to merge all the "where/how to start/begin" threads into one giant, monster thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I'm getting very, very tempted to merge all the "where/how to start/begin" threads into one giant, monster thread.
    Go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    To be fair, I move these from all over the place and dump them here. This one, for example, started in the Entertainment Design & Concept Art section.

    I'm getting very, very tempted to merge all the "where/how to start/begin" threads into one giant, monster thread.
    Give yourself to the Dark Side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    To be fair, I move these from all over the place and dump them here. This one, for example, started in the Entertainment Design & Concept Art section.

    I'm getting very, very tempted to merge all the "where/how to start/begin" threads into one giant, monster thread.
    Do iiiiit!

    it might also be very educational for beginners who have a specific path in mind to realize everyone starts from the same foundation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Go for it!
    2nd that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem92 View Post
    We really should right? but i dont think that would stop the creation of " where to start " threads, people like the OP are just gonna keep popping out of nowhere starting thread asking the same question without reading anything else on the forum
    And then someone will say 'we should have a sticky'.
    And then someone will say 'people will post 'where to start' topics anyway'.
    And then someone will say 'we have these stickies'.
    And then someone will post a 'where to start' topic, and the sage hindsight and rhubarb and nodding will accompany like clockwork, without a hint of irony.



    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I'm getting very, very tempted to merge all the "where/how to start/begin" threads into one giant, monster thread.
    But then it will rise up and destroy us all.

    Well, maybe not. But I see a bunch of 'hey, where'd my thread go!?' threads popping up to replace the merged threads, at the least.

    ...which is only my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by victoria stiles View Post
    The thing to remember is that the concept art for World of Warcraft or other video-games doesn't come from looking at other concept art, it comes from looking at original source material. You can start off by looking at natural things or existing mythical creatures. A good strategy is to make a list of things that interest you, and try to look things up about those for ideas, and try to combine them. Once you've worked out what you're interested in (and be honest!), it's a lot easier to come up with work. All the best.
    No, actually they do look at other concept art. The difference is it's not the sole resource or inspiration. At least the good games may not...or you hope so

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