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    Any advice for a 12 year old whos interested in drawing?

    Hello, i'm rather new here, and i'm looking for some advice, i'm only12, hence the title. I'm pretty bad at drawing, but i'm saving up for a wacom tablet and a scanner. Tablet- So i can draw like on the computer, and draw then put it into other programs to maybe paint and other stuff. Scanner-so i can show you my work, so you guys/gals can critique my work. I've been just drawing like wierd creatures that i've been making up. I'm pretty bad at drawing heads, especiall hair/noses/mouthes. Whenever i try to draw a girl it ends up like a shemale. I'm also looking at picking up an anatomy book so i can look at how the bones look, how they move, ect. I'm just wondering if any of you have any advice for me or any comment/input. Also, does anyone know any websites/anything that has drawing tutorials? Thank you for taking the time out of your day to help me, thanks .

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    I tried out drawing a female character. Sometimes, you just have to try a male one if you are going to start drawing characters. Some find Males harder than females.

    Right now , I would start out with a male. Then, female after you got your basics down.

    If you MUST start with a female because they look nicer (assume you're a male) then you can always just find some pictures from Final Fantasy or other good fantasy drawings. From there analyze the hip size, where the curves come in.

    Just to tell you, most drawings have ax exaggerated look at hips (hourglass shape) but it seems oddly realistic.

    I hope that helped T_T. I am not expert but I have made my first person that looked like a female. Still working on male models too.

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    right now, let me tell you, you don't need the tablet. i turned 16 a few months ago.. and i still don't use the tablet too much. nice to see you're getting a head start. scan and upload some pages from your sketchbook if you know how, and make a digital sketchbook so that we can all see what you're up to and tell you where to need to improve.

    if you want drawing tutorials, i could only suggest loomis' books that you should buy. online ones generally arent that good.

    as much as the head start is good, i believe a lot of art is just unlocked with age anyway. when i was younger, about your age, i wanted to learn everything i know now, from books and things. i'd read and read, and not absorb any of it.. you just wake up some day in the future and think 'hey.. yeah, i noticed that thing about anatomy, i'll incorporate it now'

    basically, find the more basic books by loomis, you might be able to find a link to the PDF files somewhere here {saveloomis.org, the site with all the books, was taken down}

    draw from life lots, and draw from pictures. right now you shouldn't concentrate too hard on your art to be honest. don't lose your childhood to ambition and work, haha. but practise everyday.

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    what elwell said. in my case, that'd be porn~

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    thank you moogle, tie, and i will elwell. I think of just starting to draw enviroments, because they aren't as hard as humans/real life animals for me. I may just get like a cheaper tablet, and maybe some good pencils and some nice paints stuff. Thank you!
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    Yeah, what tie said. I'm 17 and never use my tablet because i'm still learning the fundamentals with pencil and paper I think the best advice I can give you is just to stay focused and draw as much as possible. Oh and use reference if you dont already.



    By the way, here are those loomis books... they're great!

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    Doesn't matter what age you are, start with the basics. Grab something to draw with and something to draw on, pick a topic of interest and go for it. Stick with non digital art first. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Draw what makes you happy.

    good lord they are getting young these days. But thank you Elwell, thats exactly what I meant to say. All the people that are ranting on about you not needing a tablet, or that you NEED to start with female characters, i dont know where any of that is coming from, it all seems really subjective. IF you want a tablet and want to start to learn to paint, hell go for it! I mean when I got my first tablet i was still learning the baasics, and it acctually helped me with loads of stuff, especially my colour theory. The most important thing is without a doubt that you draw. I dont really care what it is you draw aslong as you draw it and its fun for you.

    Maybe some of it is relevant to lets say a 17 year old who has to go to an art school in a year, but my guess is you have a good six years before you need to worry about any of that. For now just cultivate a passion for drawing, but as far as thats concerned I think you are definetly on the right track. Dont however bog yourself down with "learning the basics" with only pencil and paper, and only working from ref and only drawing cubes and basic figure proportions and still lifes. Son't get me wrong that is important, and you certainly should be learning it aswell, but Honestly its a little boring to be doing that all the time. You have to develope your imagination at the same time, Its just as important, so get a tablet if you want to and for gods sake dont hesitate to draw dragons, and spaceships and monsters, because at this point thats going to help you just as much, and anyway its hella fun, and thats the really important part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moogle
    I tried out drawing a female character. Sometimes, you just have to try a male one if you are going to start drawing characters. Some find Males harder than females.

    Right now , I would start out with a male. Then, female after you got your basics down.

    If you MUST start with a female because they look nicer (assume you're a male) then you can always just find some pictures from Final Fantasy or other good fantasy drawings. From there analyze the hip size, where the curves come in.

    Just to tell you, most drawings have ax exaggerated look at hips (hourglass shape) but it seems oddly realistic.

    I hope that helped T_T. I am not expert but I have made my first person that looked like a female. Still working on male models too.

    I dont even begin to understand this piece of advice



    oh and i believe i forgot to post this: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=42 you will find many good tutorials there, be sure to check our the one by prometheus|ANJ

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    Dude, just draw, keep drawing, if you keep it up till my age, which is still very young, 19. Your gonna be kicking so much ass. I suggest taking a look at those loomis books posted in this thread, they are some of the best learning material an artist/young artist can get his/her hands on.

    Depending on the level of your drawings right now, if you can draw lines values etc.. and apply them to your drawings fairly successfully i think you will be ready for playing around with a tablet. If you can barely draw though, work on your drawing skills first. Personally i feel it is necassary to learn how to draw before attempting painting.

    Anyways, just draw what makes you happy, don't chase a dream that isn't true, if you are doing it because everyone else is, then stop now. If not then good luck on your long journey, you have alot of time ahead of you, make the best of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by faux pas


    By the way, here are those loomis books... they're great!

    http://acid.noobgrinder.com/Loomis/

    ... I think you can still get them here
    my guess is Eye Of The Painter is in color unlike the copy of it on that so does any one have a color pdf of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charger
    my guess is Eye Of The Painter is in color unlike the copy of it on that so does any one have a color pdf of it?
    Nope, you're not missing anything. The original plates are B&W.


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    Use whichever medium that will allow you to learn the most without having to struggle with the medium itself. I like using my tablet+Photoshop to do color (ie. painted) studies, because that way there's less obstacles in the way of learning, such as dried paints, sprawling brushes, solvents, etc. It also allows me to be more brave and try new things out without having to fear ruining the painting permanently (because with digital tools I can undo and stuff).

    But if you're that young, I'd probably say pencil and paper is the best way develop an understanding of shapes, masses and line harmony. You'll also need the motoric skills (wrist swooshyness).

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    But pretty much the fact that you're asking these questions at 12 shows you're on the right track. Keep on drawing, and keep enjoying it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell
    Nope, you're not missing anything. The original plates are B&W.
    o well





    but back to topic. i have a tablet pc and i really never use it for drawing. i think its better to draw on paper then on my tablet. so im with the people saying that a tablet is not needed yet. i also have a scanner that i dont use. i just take a pic of the drawing with my digital camera.

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    Thank you so much for the input/comments/support!

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    Why do you always write in triplets/thirds/three's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k4pka
    Why do you always write in triplets/thirds/three's?
    Who ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k4pka
    Why do you always write in triplets/thirds/three's?
    Why do you have two lines before your signature starts?

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    people say to draw creatures and imaginary stuff first, to this I say no.
    Before you learnh to do any thing interesting learn to use line, shade appropriately and to draw accuratley, this is a skill that is best to start out with.
    In other words, ref drawings and anatomy.
    Get some photos and copy, its the quickest way to be able to portray anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomheadshot45
    Hello, i'm rather new here, and i'm looking for some advice, i'm only12, hence the title. I'm pretty bad at drawing, but i'm saving up for a wacom tablet and a scanner. Tablet- So i can draw like on the computer, and draw then put it into other programs to maybe paint and other stuff. Scanner-so i can show you my work, so you guys/gals can critique my work. I've been just drawing like wierd creatures that i've been making up. I'm pretty bad at drawing heads, especiall hair/noses/mouthes. Whenever i try to draw a girl it ends up like a shemale. I'm also looking at picking up an anatomy book so i can look at how the bones look, how they move, ect. I'm just wondering if any of you have any advice for me or any comment/input. Also, does anyone know any websites/anything that has drawing tutorials? Thank you for taking the time out of your day to help me, thanks .
    Tip 1: Don't get a wacom.

    Tip 2: Use that money to buy reference books.

    Tip 3: Draw everday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moogle
    I tried out drawing a female character. Sometimes, you just have to try a male one if you are going to start drawing characters. Some find Males harder than females.

    Right now , I would start out with a male. Then, female after you got your basics down.

    If you MUST start with a female because they look nicer (assume you're a male) then you can always just find some pictures from Final Fantasy or other good fantasy drawings. From there analyze the hip size, where the curves come in.

    Just to tell you, most drawings have ax exaggerated look at hips (hourglass shape) but it seems oddly realistic.

    I hope that helped T_T. I am not expert but I have made my first person that looked like a female. Still working on male models too.
    ...my first WTF of the day. pld:

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    Magic man : I must say that my wacom helped me so much
    that I dont have words for it... or maybe im wrong, maybe
    all nice guests in my sketchbook helped me so much that I dont have words for
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    In case the subtle hints arent clear, dont look towards final fantasy or anime in general for references. in fact, dont look at drawings at all for reference. Try to draw as much as you can from life. it doesnt have to be people, try drawing the tv remote, an ashtray, a pillow or whatever. learning to observe is important.


    But then again, you're 12 years old, and as others have mentioned the most important thing is to draw for fun and nurture that passion for drawing. Because soon you'll be a teenager, and teenagers tend to loose interest in everything, exept things that only requires a 30 second attention span. If you can keep the passion and practice until you're 16-17, you'll have a great advantage when/if you go to art school.

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    You mentioned you might focus on drawing certain things because you find certain subjects hard -- such as faces. I'm no Leonardo, but I think the best advice I would give you is to practice drawing the things that you find challenging, otherwise you'll find yourself 20 years old and still unable to draw a face the way you'd like it to appear. >_>

    Also, I'd disagree on a few points other people have made... I think you can learn an enormous amount from copying the art of others, even if it is cartoonish (and even anime) as long as you ALSO draw from a lot of real-life reference. Many great artists have an animation/anime-influenced style that they've taken to the next level. :3

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