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    Some of my artwork, I need critiques and some help :)

    Hello all, it's my first post here, so I don't know how it will work heheh. I'm 16 and I've been drawing for quite a short while. I started at January of 2014 (5 months ago) after some drawing when I was younger. I started with manga (I used to copy anime characters like dragon ball, so that's what it is), and later I decided to learn to draw manga, so I managed to create some characters (like the 3 you won't be familiar with) and then I thought it wasn't exactly what i liked, in spite of that, it was a good way to start drawing from my mind, because manga characters follow a defined structure, so it isn't as far of copying as figuring out the whole painting. So then I tried "designing" landscapes as a start with concept art and drawing from my mind, after a few quick sketches and some youtube i drew those 2 landscapes that you can see... I belive under here. I liked it, so I'm keeping on concept art, I tried to copy lightning the main character from final fanasy XIII-XIV (I'm sure gamers know what I'm talking about), and it went ok, the second time (the unfinished drawing, of her face and upper-body) has gone better (I think) it looks more natural and, if I can say it, realistic. I tried to draw a knight from my mind too and also copied some cars, as you can see. Now I plan to get a wacom intuos pro M, because I feel pencil is very limited in cooncept art (as I only work with pencil), and I want you to tell me what you think about my work and how I can improve any of my skills, this would be very useful :)
    If someone offers to be kind of "my teacher"... omg, it would be awesome hahah ;) it's always good to have someone to share experiences with and to talk about what we like (it's not easy to find people doing concept art, and at my age... nearly imposible!)

    Thanks for everyone in advance!

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    Don't copy stuff from drawings, but start drawing things from real life. Start small with simple shapes. It's not going to be particularly exciting, but it's to help you start seeing things three dimensionally, which is something you'll never get from copying photos or drawings (obviously).
    After you start getting better at drawing basic shapes, it's easier to learn how to construct things from such (also take a look at this list here:http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...Reading-List):
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    I think you are doing okay for your age. There really isn't a whole lot to say at this point, keep doing the imagination landscapes, keep doing copies of art works that interest you... just broaden up your horizons some, throw in a few studies from photos and life of whatever you think looks cool. Check out the character designs from Chrono Trigger, and you should play it too.

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    Welcome, another-person-around-my-age! ^o^
    I'm myself a noob so not gonna critisize or anything, but I've a friend who draws manga and what helped him get better is drawing sketches of real people (I mean, not from photos), and also doing gesture drawing using quickposes.com, which I also love.
    You could invest some time in still lifes and such, it might not seem so fun at the beginning and it seemed boring for me too (I started in January too!), but now I'm having a blast every time!

    Btw, before buying a tablet you may wanna try with some real paint... I got one before doing so and I had a reaaaly hard time getting around with colors and such. So I bought some acrylic paints, brushes and carton to play with Now I'm slowly discovering digital art and it's much easier to grasp than when I had absolutely no knowledge about painting whatsoever xD

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    I post now the finished drawing of lightning. I think it's nice in spite of being the first realistic drawing I make from a face (I know that was a photo, but still good )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alicja View Post
    Welcome, another-person-around-my-age! ^o^
    I'm myself a noob so not gonna critisize or anything, but I've a friend who draws manga and what helped him get better is drawing sketches of real people (I mean, not from photos), and also doing gesture drawing using quickposes.com, which I also love.
    You could invest some time in still lifes and such, it might not seem so fun at the beginning and it seemed boring for me too (I started in January too!), but now I'm having a blast every time!

    Btw, before buying a tablet you may wanna try with some real paint... I got one before doing so and I had a reaaaly hard time getting around with colors and such. So I bought some acrylic paints, brushes and carton to play with Now I'm slowly discovering digital art and it's much easier to grasp than when I had absolutely no knowledge about painting whatsoever xD
    Thanks! I've seen your sketchbook, it's pretty nice, you're taking art so serious that you're gonna go a lot further than me... but I'll try to keep the level!
    I'm going to get the drawing tablet on the end of June probably, so I'll see how it works, In my opinion you could too, I think you said that you have an old drawing "thing" hahaha, and you did well in spite of it. And you're gonna use it for sure, more than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armando View Post
    I think you are doing okay for your age. There really isn't a whole lot to say at this point, keep doing the imagination landscapes, keep doing copies of art works that interest you... just broaden up your horizons some, throw in a few studies from photos and life of whatever you think looks cool. Check out the character designs from Chrono Trigger, and you should play it too.
    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll keep doing what I think that could be interesting and will make me learn, I think I'll go for some still life, like Alicja and tiny bird said, but I'll keep with my landscapes and all this things

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    Don't copy stuff from drawings, but start drawing things from real life. Start small with simple shapes. It's not going to be particularly exciting, but it's to help you start seeing things three dimensionally, which is something you'll never get from copying photos or drawings (obviously).
    After you start getting better at drawing basic shapes, it's easier to learn how to construct things from such (also take a look at this list here:http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...Reading-List):
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    Thanks! I try to imagine things in 3d as I draw, but it's hard, I've started "designing" cars, just for getting a good perspective and 3d feeling, I noticed the BMW seemed flat copying of a photo, so I'll try to think about cars as a whole myself without looking any picture.

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    As far as drawing from life vs drawing from a photo: It's like taking a digital picture. If you take a high resolution picture it will be a good representation of the object, but if you take a picture of that picture then the resolution suffers and detail is lost. My drawing professor told us that, and it makes sense. Draw from life, be the original camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmetzger93 View Post
    As far as drawing from life vs drawing from a photo: It's like taking a digital picture. If you take a high resolution picture it will be a good representation of the object, but if you take a picture of that picture then the resolution suffers and detail is lost. My drawing professor told us that, and it makes sense. Draw from life, be the original camera.
    Yeah... I know what you mean, but it's hard to get the perspective and make a flat image of a portion of what surrounds you, I mean, drawing an apple from real life is harder than from a photo, but if you want to draw something else, like maybe a room or a garden, I find it difficult to get the perspective, i tend to do the lines like the things theirselves are, and not what the perspective tells me that they are. I don't know if you will understand that, I'm not english, but I don't know how to express it. Anyway, thank you for your suggests!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmixgs View Post
    Yeah... I know what you mean, but it's hard to get the perspective and make a flat image of a portion of what surrounds you, I mean, drawing an apple from real life is harder than from a photo, but if you want to draw something else, like maybe a room or a garden, I find it difficult to get the perspective, i tend to do the lines like the things theirselves are, and not what the perspective tells me that they are. I don't know if you will understand that, I'm not english, but I don't know how to express it. Anyway, thank you for your suggests!
    But, that's the point! It's supposed to be hard! That's what's great about it. I don't see you doing any room studies or anything like that, so it's not like you have to do the hardest. I'm just saying what has been perpetuated by classic artists and teachers everywhere. Start off with fundamentals drawing from life, and the stuff from your imagination will get much better. If you try to stylize too early you won't have fundamentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmetzger93 View Post
    But, that's the point! It's supposed to be hard! That's what's great about it. I don't see you doing any room studies or anything like that, so it's not like you have to do the hardest. I'm just saying what has been perpetuated by classic artists and teachers everywhere. Start off with fundamentals drawing from life, and the stuff from your imagination will get much better. If you try to stylize too early you won't have fundamentals.
    Hahaha, I know, I have tried to do some rooms, that's why I said that, but I end up throwing the paper to the bin, I admit I should draw a lot more than I do, because I'm not studying art and I don't find the right time to sit down and draw an apple, instead, I'm sure I have it, I have to keep up the work if I want to get somewhere in concept art. Thank you for your reflections, I'll post for sure some still life trials soon

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    Gotcha, art is not the main focus of my life either. It's been very hard to progress at all. Anyways, best of luck to you!

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