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    Which youtube videos can help my drawing?

    There are so many tutorials, id like to know which ones are actually useful and can be dependable as an educational tool.

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    There is one thing that can help your drawing: it is drawing.

    You are not drawing while you are watching videos.

    You can look up demos by artists who you know are good, but they mostly are useful just for looking at how they work. If they explain their thinking process, it can be more enlightening. Occasionally you can glean a good trick or two, but overall I'd not rely on videos.

    Especially because Youtube is full of demos and "tutorials" by people who haven't got a clue.

    Books provide the same information, but in more concentrated and accessible form. Stick with books, and above all, practice, practice, practice.

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    I have a small playlist in my profile. Just a bunch of speedpaintings and stuff, nothing serious or even useful, but fun to watch. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7CC35DBDE446296A

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    you should check proko in youtube.

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    I agree with macartist. Look up proko.
    Also check out Matt Kohr´s videos at ctrlpaint.com. Under video library.
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    Stan Prokopenko knows what he's doing (trained at Watts Atelier afaik) and his videos are just very nicely done.

    Why people seem to have forgotten how to use a damned book I will never get though. You need to be able to read to use youtube, so they're not illiterate, then how is it that when something is printed on paper people switch their brains off?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    You need to be able to read to use youtube
    Barely, if you go by the evidence of the comments.


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    Tutorials are certainly good for learning how to use tools, though. Matt Kohr's site is one of the best for learning to use Photoshop. I've learned so much stuff that was sitting under my nose for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benedikt View Post
    Stan Prokopenko knows what he's doing (trained at Watts Atelier afaik) and his videos are just very nicely done.

    Why people seem to have forgotten how to use a damned book I will never get though. You need to be able to read to use youtube, so they're not illiterate, then how is it that when something is printed on paper people switch their brains off?!
    To be fair, especially where art is concerned, many people learn better if they can see something demonstrated rather than trying to understand concepts or instructions through words. I love books and I have no shortage of art books. However, I understand practical things such as techniques much better if I am able to watch a video or attend a class so that I can see it. A difference in learning style doesn't mean lower intelligence.

    Though in general I agree that people should read more books.

    Back on topic, while his videos are about multiple subjects around concept art including painting and design and not just drawing, you should nevertheless check out Feng Zhu: http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL/videos?view=0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birkeley View Post
    To be fair, especially where art is concerned, many people learn better if they can see something demonstrated rather than trying to understand concepts or instructions through words. I love books and I have no shortage of art books. However, I understand practical things such as techniques much better if I am able to watch a video or attend a class so that I can see it. A difference in learning style doesn't mean lower intelligence.
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    You're right of course (I do seem to remember Jeffrey Watts stating in one of his DVDs that drawing is a visual skill and much easier to teach visually than verbally), but unfortunately that's not the reality of what those videos are used for by the majority of viewers. That's my personal view anyway, I have no hard data to back this up, but my impression is that the myriad of youtube tutorials are used mainly for procrastinating (and feeling good about procrastinating) rather than as an actual learning tool.

    Reading isn't that hard, thinking is. I guess that's to a certain extent the problem with books. Watching an instructor draw seems to require no thinking. Just let it wash over you, lesson learned. It's an illusion of course. I have found that if I really want to take away something from a video or real life lesson, it takes just as much thinking and attention as does learning from a book.
    Unless you're willing to put that amount of work in (and being unable or unwilling to read instructional books is a good indicator for the inability to do so), all the videos in the world aren't going to do you any good.

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