June 21st, 2012, 12:17 PM
Hello CA, I've invaded.
Hey guys, I'm aooi, new to CA.org, and here to learn, improve, and excel.
Started drawing unofficially when I was like 6. Didn't like drawing much, because my mom kept wanting me to draw people, and I hated drawing people. I wanted to stick with my Pokemon.
After a while, I hadn't even thought about art until I was around 10 or 11. That's when I really wanted to draw a whole bunch of Pokemon, and since my parents gave up on me drawing since I obviously hated it, they didn't care about me drawing that Pokemon.
Thirteen came along and I went through my anime addiction phase, which is also when I started to draw anime. My mom was glad I was drawing people, but still wanted me to draw realistic people, which I hated 1000x over! So, I stopped drawing again.
Fifteen arrived, and now I began taking a huge interest in Orenji-kun on Deviant Art. I began to learn from his drawings, but the anime aspect was still a fave. Sixteen came next, and I got my first Wacom tablet after watching jurithedreamer's video drawings. I wondered "how on earth could someone draw with such precision!?" Then I discovered the digital tablet. June 2010, the day when my interest in art officially started.
Seventeen was filled with experiments with different styles of art. Eighteen, which is now, is when I began to really dig into the subject and start learning piece by piece.
I'm not majoring in art, but it's always been a very big hobby of mine. I want to be able to draw realistically, and incorporate some fantasy. I'm no longer interested in anime, but full out realistic art, with realistic proportions, and realistic coloring.
While I lack actual knowledge in art (God help me if I understand any artsy terms), I still want to improve myself through observation and repetition.
I'm typically an on-and-off artist, since my life is pretty busy with other aspects. However, I have plenty of time to practice now, and I'm not going to let this summer go to waste.
I'm going to have two sketchbooks (if it's allowed!) I've taken an interest in creating tutorials. Mostly because I sometimes learn something amazing, but then I stop drawing for five months, and forget everything. If I make tutorials for myself, I can not only remember everything, I can also learn from myself, and teach those who may require my tutorials. I'm not the best artist for these tutorials, but I do what I can to help.
When I was sixteen, I searched far and wide for tutorials that explained things explicitly. The tutorials I saw didn't help much. Create a drawing 'skeleton?!' Use circles and ovals?! Proportions?! They had approximate values but whenever I tried to draw it myself, there were aspects that were completely off.
So, my tutorials are filled with very meticulous measurements and observations. It may seem (and probably is) very unnecessary, but if I had my own tutorials when I was younger, I wouldn't need to make them for myself now.
My other sketchbook will be for my showcased art. I don't have much to offer on that aspect, and I probably won't be making it until next year. Who knows!
Either way, I'd love to talk with some of the professionals here, and obtain advice on how to improve proportions, coloring, realistic look, color values, etc., because the only way I can learn those aspects is by observation or by critique!