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    How to stop sucking at drawing?

    Everyday I practice drawing people but I feel like it is a waste of time. Like I could be doing something better with my life and see myself improve faster. Some days I feel like I should give up. What do you think?

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    Smile Don't give up

    If your just patient and keep on experimenting you'll get better. I guarantee it buddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulsoup View Post
    Like I could be doing something better with my life and see myself improve faster.
    Then WHY aren't you doing that? Art isn't about suffering, if you don't really like it then go and find something you do like. It's okay. You don't have to be great at art, you can go and devote your life to cupcakes or marathons or curing cancer. You only get one life, spend it on something that interests you.

    Sit down and really think about what you want. You don't have to make anyone happy but yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Then WHY aren't you doing that? Art isn't about suffering, if you don't really like it then go and find something you do like. It's okay. You don't have to be great at art, you can go and devote your life to cupcakes or marathons or curing cancer. You only get one life, spend it on something that interests you.

    Sit down and really think about what you want. You don't have to make anyone happy but yourself.
    You see I like 3d animation, but I have to know how to draw.

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    If you want to stop sucking then I suggest you put your pencil in a different body opening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulsoup View Post
    You see I like 3d animation, but I have to know how to draw.
    Do you actually like to DO 3D animation? Have you tried it? Are you sure you need to know how to draw to do it? Is this the kind of drawing you have to learn? Usually when people make a direct connection between something that they need to do to accomplish a goal they don't consider it a waste of time.

    Or do you just think "Yeah, I like games and movies, 3D animation sounds like fun let's go to art school -- oh I guess I need to learn to draw"? Because although you might like to consume something that doesn't mean you'll like making it.

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    Are ya just looking at pictures and trying to draw what you see? That's a pretty hopeless way of learning to draw people. Get to the library and pick up some anatomy books and start studying the human body from the inside out. You'll make better progress {I believe} if you understand what you're trying to draw.

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    How to stop sucking at drawing?
    Draw from observation, a lot. Fall in love with the process, enjoy yourself. Have fun, that is the key.
    I understand where you're coming from though, many of us are disappointed when our work doesn't accurately represent the visions in our minds. It can become massively frustrating, especially when you have visions that you haven't seen any other artist yet do, and you cannot execute them yourself. For me these are visions that come from elements of other people's work (my interpretation of), as well as life experiences.

    Vision races ahead of execution, and that's the way it should be.

    These may also help you: [1] [2]
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    Because although you might like to consume something that doesn't mean you'll like making it.
    "I like to play games, and I like to make games, but the games I play are not necessarily the games I like to make." - Yasushi Suzuki


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    You've been drawing for less than a year. Of course your drawings aren't going to be up to scratch. Not a waste of time, though. Just have more fun and stop beating yourself up.

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    My advice: Draw what you enjoy drawing - make it a perspective study, anatomy study, color study etc you get the picture.

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    How to stop sucking at drawing?
    Observe, draw, compare result with object(s) under observation, then repeat, correcting any errors as you repeat the exercise.


    Stop whinging, start drawing is actually excellent advice because the only way to reach a good level is by repetition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Kobryn View Post
    draw moar
    Or stop. Those are your two options. Which one do you want us to tell you to do?


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    Please tell me there is an "I suck" place here somewhere on CA that we can send these people. There is already so much info for the suckers here.

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    1. Keep drawing.

    2. Work on developing an efficient drawing method. A good start is Loomis's "Successful Drawing" and "Figure Drawing for All It's Worth" - they show his working method, based on structural drawing.

    3. Identify your specific problems and do exercises aimed at removing them. "I suck" does not get you anywhere. "I don't understand perspective" leads to building perspective studies, which will help you understand it instead. And so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarman View Post
    Please tell me there is an "I suck" place here somewhere on CA that we can send these people. There is already so much info for the suckers here.
    I believe this is the right place, people are already sent here from other places...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulsoup View Post
    Everyday I practice drawing people but I feel like it is a waste of time. Like I could be doing something better with my life and see myself improve faster. Some days I feel like I should give up. What do you think?
    Well, you can quit if you really don't like drawing. There's nothing wrong with quitting if you don't like doing it. If you don't like trial and error and making mistakes then maybe this isn't right for you.

    It's not like there aren't other things you get good at that have the same problems, the difference is your reaction to it.

    Those that understand it still pursue it, those that don't, quit.

    It's all up to you on how you feel about art, not us.

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    Art is mostly an exploration about yourself, it gives meaning to peoples lifes, a positive twist, and many other things that are really personal. Where did you get the idea anyone on this forum could be answering such a heavy and personal question?

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    Yes, but in a couple of years from now you'll look back at yourself and see how much you've improved (if you continue drawing).

    Keep drawing!
    or not its your choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boulsoup View Post
    You see I like 3d animation, but I have to know how to draw.
    Do you feel like you;re not progressing? As in, you are stuck on what to do in order to get better? ....as opposed to knowing what to do, but needing pr practice skills to refine them?
    It could be that you need some review and instruction to get you to the next level?

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    Draw something with all the effort and skill that you have, then find a piece from years ago (with a similar theme, like two drawings of shoes) and compare them. Always make sure you're being as productive as you can with your time. Time spent doodling is usually wasted, whereas time spent really observing something and drawing it is well used.

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    you got me... lol!!!

    I don't think you suck though lol. based on opinion... what is suck? lol
    man theres so many kinds of drawings out there that one person at one point in time would've said sucked and another in another point in time would've paid 1million dollars for!!! hahaha

    yknow some people get famous just drawing on HUGE scales! like graffiti artists who make "suck" drawings on the sides of buildings 20ft. high... maybe just start drawing HUGE drawings

    i say stop suggesting practice or keep drawing... just analyze what you said...

    you don't suck.

    you drawing does not Draw into the mouth by contracting the muscles of the lip and mouth to make a partial vacuum... lol

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    "The sane human being is satisfied that the best he/ she can do at any given moment is the best he/she can do at any given moment. That belief, if widely embraced, would make this book unnecessary, false, or both. "

    From the book Art & Fear. Learn to accept where you are, try your best and always try and learn from your projects. Don't just do exercises for the sake of exercises. Set out to accomplish or learn something no matter how small it is every project. Overtime, these small steps will add up to a long journey, and you will be able to reflect back on your success.

    Beyond that let me leave you with some inspirational before and after improvements from CA users.







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    Spend an hour a day in unregulated drawing time. Every day.

    Just draw whatever you want. What you see, things you make up, doodles, whatever.
    And don't expect it to be wonderful, no one else is going to see it. It really doesn't matter that much, throw it away directly afterwards if it helps.

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    To make a good finished piece/drawing all you have to do is add more and more tones/contrasts and details.

    From what i have noticed in your final pieces you just used one single tone.

    By using diferent shades and contrast you make the drawing pop out a lot more.

    All i can say is.. KEEP PRACTISING!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcavolli View Post
    To make a good finished piece/drawing all you have to do is add more and more tones/contrasts and details.
    Uhhh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueHabit View Post
    Beyond that let me leave you with some inspirational before and after improvements from CA users.
    Oh man! Is that thread still up? If so, please link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dcavolli View Post
    To make a good finished piece/drawing all you have to do is add more and more tones/contrasts and details.
    Sure thing.

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