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    Noob in need of help!

    Hello guys!

    I just signed a few minutes ago. I've been watching these forums for a while now.

    It's like this: I want to get better at drawing/sketching as fast as possible, around 4-5 months maybe. Why? I need to improve my art grade in school.

    So what can I do to improve as fast as possible?

    I'm talking about sucky skills, check my sketch out:



    Looks stranger than in reality because the paper is bent.

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    Okay, first of all, you just need to slow down. Drawing well takes time, and shouldn't be rushed. If you rush, then your not going to learn anything and time is wasted.

    Books are a great method for learning to draw. Though, they aren't miricle workers, you'll have to work hard and practice, but they do offer good advice.
    Heres a few good books to check out:
    1) The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    2) George Bridgman's Complete Guide to Life Drawing

    3) Loomis-Books on the Web (Free Loomis books on the web).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnarchyAo2
    Okay, first of all, you just need to slow down. Drawing well takes time, and shouldn't be rushed. If you rush, then your not going to learn anything and time is wasted.

    Books are a great method for learning to draw. Though, they aren't miricle workers, you'll have to work hard and practice, but they do offer good advice.
    Heres a few good books to check out:
    1) The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

    2) George Bridgman's Complete Guide to Life Drawing

    3) Loomis-Books on the Web (Free Loomis books on the web).
    I've borrowed this book, although it's in Swedish since I'm swedish.

    So how much do you guys recommend me to draw? Everyday, 3h /week?

    And what should I draw? Hard to find if you draw alot...

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    Dude..
    3h/w is nothing....anytime you can draw...4-8h a day...

    you need to practice everything...draw from life, draw models...cars, machines...trees, your house inside and out...

    The question do you even love drawing...or is it just to pass a class...

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    But how should I draw?

    Should I look at real pictures and try to draw it? Is that good exercise?

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    Drawing from photographic reference is one of the best/useful ways of developing a sense of line and value.

    I normally do not recommend drawing from actual drawings as to most people take on the same style as the artist.

    My suggestion is to go and pick up a photo journal magazine.

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    wee, swede =)

    well...try:

    Draw alot.

    Draw from life, (what u see, things on your desk, anything)

    Observe, fill your brain with stuff that u see on the street, in class, everywhere.

    Look at alot of art, how do they do it? why? how is it composed? foreground/background? etc.

    If u 'lack' skills in certain areas, for example cars. Draw cars, but dont just do one thing over and over. do what u find fun and intresting. studies are important. (imo)

    But the most important thing is, that you have fun, if you dont have fun while you are drawing, just dont.

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    Self-improvement is masturbation, Self-destruction on the other hand....
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    Thanks for all answers! I appreciate them. I've begun sketching and I'm feeling that I'm getting better. I just need to draw continuously.

    Calle, vilka pennor är att föredra till just detta och vilka pennor ska jag använda för skuggning?

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    Vilken du vill, den som känns bäst bara.
    själv köra jag med stiftpennor.

    Self-improvement is masturbation, Self-destruction on the other hand....
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    Guys, what tools do I need for shading?

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    Just get a good 2B pencil, some paper and an eraser and start sketching. Don't worry about any special tools.

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    Yeah, right now, special tools will only slow you down. Although, if you have some spare money, here are a couple of materials that will help ya.
    1) A Sketchbook. Keep all of your sketchbooks, its like a journal that shows your progress.

    2) A 2B pencil.

    3) Get some erasers. I use Kneaded/Puddy erasers the most. There are Gum, and Plastic erasers you can buy for cheap too.

    4) A ruler larger then your sketchbook.

    Tips for learning to draw:
    If at all possible, draw from life. You'll find it to be more difficult, but you will learn faster (Atleast, I do).

    Draw whenever possible. Draw while your watching TV, in the car (Obviously when your not driving, lol), while waiting at the DMW--Anywhere! I take my sketchbook just about everywhere but school.

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