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    Questions for Art and Talents ?

    I draw frequently, well, not exactly drawing.
    But, it's sketching or doodling, and I do that a lot especially in class.
    Recently, I realized that I really love Art and that I would like to keep practicing drawing and aims to get into an Art Academy if possible. However, I realized that the most I can do is doodle or sketch and am horrible at drawing portraits and stuff.
    I just wanted to ask if you guys are relying on your art talent and stuffs, and thus you can produce such wonderful pieces of art and for some people, even be an illustrator. Or you guys practiced drawing everyday, long and hard and thus having that accomplishment?
    If that's the case, then how do you know what you should practice and draw on, and what books or tutorials do you read?
    I have a drawing of my portraits that I've doodled in class but left it under the table, and thus the fastest I can show my work is tomorrow.
    I'm sorry if this offended anybody for asking if you relied on your art talent and stuffs only, or if you practiced long and hard before having that accomplishment. I'm just really curious, and I know curiosity kills the cat. >_<

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    No one is born knowing how to paint. Some people learn faster than others but everyone who is very very good at something had to work very very hard at it for a long time.

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    Work long and hard. You can start off with Fun with a Pencil, and Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis. How do you know what you should practice? Well, there's never a perfect answer for that. Search around conceptart.org and learn how to learn. Check the sketchbooks as well as art discussions that discuss improving drawing skills. You will find many sketchbooks that will be of a lot of use to you. Draw a lot and draw everyday, those are the most basic things you must consider for improving drawing skills.

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    Of course we all worked long and hard, drawing every day. That's like asking "so did you become a doctor through long years of medical school or did you just start cutting up your classmates and rely on your talent?" Any complicated skill requires a lot of learning, whether you are "talented" or not.

    Where you want to start is to get to the point where you can copy what you see fairly accurately. Start with still life, as it does not run away when it gets bored. Pick one or two simple objects like fruit or ping pong balls or white paper cups, shine a desk lamp on them so that you have a bright highlight and some nice shadows, and draw what you see. While you are practicing this, pick out some basic how-to-draw books from the library. Try the various exercises and think about what you are doing and why it might be useful to you.

    You can still doodle in your spare time while you are learning. You don't have quit fun in order to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arenhaus View Post
    Read the stickies.
    Wow, did you practice reading every day, long and hard, or are you just relying on your word talent and stuffs?


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    Thus stuffs Elwelltristra...

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    Sit in your room for three summers doing nothing but drawing.

    You MAY show aptitude in five years.

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    Here are a quick doodle that I've done in class.
    My friend said it's ugly, so yea, it's alright to give any comments that's harsh. ~_~
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    Make a sketchbook, post evidence that you're deliberately practising and aiming to improve, continuously, and you'll eventually have critics that are a lot more helpful than your friend.

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