Hi all! I have decided to keep a sketchbook for 2015. I have never been any good at drawing. Neither was I ever any good at sports but still managed to teach myself to juggle five balls so hopefully I can improve my drawing as well.
My goal is to practise every day except on weekends. I will start slowly and try to build up to two hours of practise every day. I am waiting for a cheap drawing tablet and because of my horrible photo skills I probably will not upload any sketches before it arrives. I will still draw some sketches with a pen before that.
The tablet was even harder to use than a pen. But a little bit easier than a mouse. I tried to draw some lines varying the pressure, and I had real problems with the last drawing of a girl with a hand on her hip smoking. I need to check some photos
Hey, welcome to CA! If you're new to drawing it's a good idea to practice a lot with a pencil before going too far with the tablet.
Have you heard of Andrew Loomis? He has a book called "Succesful drawing", it teaches you about building basic and more complex forms that can be used to draw anything you want. Go check it out, and keep drawing!
Thanks for the link. I have heard about some of the different ways to hold a pencil. But I am using a tablet now, so I am unsure if you can use those when drawing on a tablet. I have a really cheap tablet, it looks like a mouse pad. I guess I just have to try and see what happens
I am using that grip on a tablet right now, works just fine! Mine is alright sized though, probably makes a difference. Anyway, if you are unable to hold the tablet pen properly and draw big lines from the elbow and shoulder then you probably shouldn't be drawing with it yet and sticking to paper for now.
Pencil or tablet, here's an expansion on some stuff I mentioned earlier. This really should be your focus at the moment! Everything can be built using cubes, spheres and cylinders in different forms.
Thanks for the tips. I have been trying to draw a dwarf for two days, but it has so far turned out so horrible that I can't even show it in my sketch book. So I will go back to the basics. I will do some exercises in "Learn to draw in 30 days" I might even try them with different grips.
It is a bit frustrating that it is even harder to draw on a tablet than with a pencil. But I remember the first time I started using a mouse on a computer, back then it was difficult just to click things, so if I stick with it, it will hopefully get better.
I tried a higher pen grip today. I see some areas where I could improve *cough* *cough*
I should have used a thinner brush. Shadows are still really hard just using the pen. Maybe I will try doing them with a mouse instead.
Oh and next time I should try to draw a circle
Yes, use a thinner brush! It'll look more wobbly in the beginning, but you'll work through it for sure. And no, do NOT shade with a mouse. If you're having that mouch trouble using the tablet, do it with pencil and paper instead!
I still insist that you start with working just lines for now, no shading. You might think you're starting simple since you're just shading a round shape, but you are not doing something simple. At the moment you're trying to draw, construct, shade, use a tablet and use Photoshop(/Painter/Gimp) all at once, and each of these things deserve careful attention if you're to do them properly. It's as if you wanted to learn how to ride a monocycle across a wire, blindfolded while juggling by jumping straight into it and doing it all at once without practice. If you make a mistake, you have no idea why! If you fall off, is it because of your balance, juggling skills, the monocycle's wheel being loose, the wind or what? There's no way to know without isolating the different practices.
So yeah, lines! A fun way to start with drawing heads in line is by following Andrew Loomis' approach. A guy named Stan Prokopenko has made many videos on it that can be found on YouTube. So go get pencil and paper, and do many of them! Here's video nr 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EPNYWeEf1U
Post some of your Loomis heads and I'll help you improve them if you want.
Hey there, I am in the exact same Boat as you as I am starting out without any clue about drawing, an absolute beginner as well. Although I stayed away from digital Work for now as I enjoy the phiysical Feel of Paper and Pencils.
I can`t gove any beter advise than you allready recieved, right now its all about practicing the Basics, Lines, Circles and so on.
Thanks for the link, I will check it out. I will stick with the tablet for a while since I want to be able to publish my stuff on the internet, and I don't have a scanner and nor am I any good at taking pictures of my drawings.
Why would it be bad to use the mouse for shadows (and later coloring)? I feel that I would have greater control with the mouse for colors and shadows, but not for drawing line.
The pen pressure on the tablet can be used to control opacity, flow, hue, saturation, thickness etc of the brush. It is simply impossible to achieve the same amount of control with a mouse which has 1 level of pressure (you click or you don't) instead of 1000+.
Right now, since I can't really control the pressure of the pen, I feel like the mouse is superior for me since I get a constant pressure, and can tweek the opacity if I wish with the paintbrush-tool. But long term I agree with you that it would probably be better to have better control of the pressure of the pen. So I will work on that among other things
I'm not a guy who can offer you much, but I'd suggest looking up Proko on youtube. The little I know, I know because of him and his videos. Especially if you want to start with figures, he's a really good place to start. You could also look up this guy http://funkymonkey1945.deviantart.com/ . You'll have to surf through his gallery to find what you want but he has a lot of simple steps to begin with if you stick to it.
Other than that, I wouldn't suggest hitting the tablet so early. Either I'm just afraid of thing or don't have a use for it yet, but what you do with a pencil translates without too much difficulty to the computer. Sticking to the pencil for me is one less skill to wrestle with for the time being.
If I'm still allowed to offer one more bite, the book "drawing on the right side of the brain" is a fantastic confidence booster if you allow yourself to screw up.
-Cheers and good luck!
I'm back I lost my motivation for a while. Now I will first focus on the habit of drawing everyday. I intention is to stick with it for 28 days. Just five minutes a day is enough to bgin with. Today I wanted to draw a face, but first you need to draw a cirle. I never really got past that stage... But tomorrow is another day
I had heard many good things about drawing on the right side of the brain. So I had a peek at it at a friends place. Good for me that I did, because I didn't like it. But I will check out your link to funky monkeys youtube channel.