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Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:12 am
This is a great idea for a thread. Thanks for starting it! One thing I have to say, though; I see lots of people saying that starting out with anime is bad. I've been drawing for 15 years- when I was old enough to understand what anime was (5th grade-ish) I started drawing it. I developed the majority of my art skill drawing anime. And I'm still good at realism.

I don't think that starting out with anime really effects it. People seem to think that if you start out with anime you'll never learn realism- not true! It just takes a little while to learn yourself out of the "anime" habit. But the same thing goes the opposite way. If you learn realism, you certainly can't learn anime in a snap, either. It takes preserverence either way!

I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you have the patience and motivation, you can learn any art style your heart desires. Smile
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Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:23 am
Thats pretty good information for me .Arigato
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Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:30 pm
Thank you so much for the information! I will have to make sure and remember every word. Either that or just copy and paste it somewhere and save it.
I am decent at drawing and especially at painting, but when it comes to people, I gave up a long time ago! The only thing I have drawn are the gaia avatars. And I gave up on that, because I became too impatient with it.
Once again, thanks, and I will try these tips! Smile
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Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:15 am
Rufio wrote:
I have some tips.

1. STOP DRAWING ANIME!
Learn to do figure drawing before you move on to Anime. Even professional anime artists learn drawing realistic life drawings and all that before they actually put their style into anime. It'll be a lot helpful in the long run. If you start off and continue drawing Anime, the only things you can draw are anime. Sure, it'll create your Anime style but it'll also be the only thing you can do. And in the art world, the variety of other things you can't draw but Anime will give you a disadvantage.

2. Be more active.
I know this tip sounds weird, but if what you do is sit around all day drawing, all the pictures you draw are gonna end up having very very boring poses and all of them will have the same pose. In art, you unconciously put your own soul/personality into the people or things you draw. So if you are very active, chances are it'll be easier and faster for you to come up with a good creative pose.

3. Draw naked people.
Yesss. Draw them. Go nuts. Just don't look at porno and start drawing them in those poses. >_>
Drawing naked people will help you bring out your anatomy. You'll notice that in amateur artwork, people who draw characters with clothes on makes their anatomy seem mismatched and out of place, right? That's why you draw them naked first, and then add the layer of clothing on top.

You can even see it when people eyeball Anime pictures. The original artist has their own method of drawing, but the amateur doesn't know that, so he draws line by line, trying to make it look exactly like the picture. In the end, you'll notice that the eyes are in the wrong position and his arm is a little lower than his shirt or whatever.

4. PRACTICEPRACTICEPRACTICE
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I agree with everything but the first comment. I started off with anime and have started branching into real life drawing. It is gradually becoming less and less cartoony. I used Anime as a basis, but broadened my horizons after a time.

Anime isn't necessarily bad, but it is not true to life and will not get you into an art school (if that is what your aim is). It also won't help you grow as an artist if you refuse to draw anything but anime.

You can never go wrong with a decent knowledge of anatomy, anime artist or real life, it doesn't matter. Know how the muscles are shaped and where they are on the body. Proper muscles can make a drawing come alive.

Details, are a must as well. Use real life models to study the folds of cloth in certain poses or to see how light reflects of cloth or skin. Shade your picture to give it a 3D feel.

And also just like Rufio said before me: PRACTICE. That is the only way you can get better. Experiment, that's what I did. Try different styles, poses, mediums. You'd be surprised at what you'd find and how you'd inprove with practice and experimentation. Don't be afraid to try something new.
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Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:16 am
Aset Mira wrote:
Anime isn't necessarily bad, but it is not true to life and will not get you into an art school (if that is what your aim is). It also won't help you grow as an artist if you refuse to draw anything but anime.


This is very true. I was turned down from a university where the snooty woman who interveiwed me only let me get as far as "manga" and then moved on to the next question.

I also heard my current tutor say he turned someone down who said they just wanted to draw anime pictures.

A knowledge of realism is invaluable because it will help you no matter what style you prefer to draw in.
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Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:58 pm
kafine wrote:
Aset Mira wrote:
Anime isn't necessarily bad, but it is not true to life and will not get you into an art school (if that is what your aim is). It also won't help you grow as an artist if you refuse to draw anything but anime.


This is very true. I was turned down from a university where the snooty woman who interveiwed me only let me get as far as "manga" and then moved on to the next question.

I also heard my current tutor say he turned someone down who said they just wanted to draw anime pictures.

A knowledge of realism is invaluable because it will help you no matter what style you prefer to draw in.


Exactly
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Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:14 am
The problem with starting off anime is you tend to mimick other's styles. Though I see alot of high end artists on DA...to be honest, most of them tend to be copying from already established artists/mangaka.

Moving onto life study will be invaluable to starting on the path for your own style. Even I need to go off completely from anime/manga drawings to develope my unique style. I can't mimic my heros forever.

*On purpouse or not, you tend to mimick your favorite artists. Especially if you use reference.*

I seriously need to cut myself off completely to finish my first batch of studies. I lack SO many basics that it's not funny. Bah.
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Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:22 pm
I love drawing but hands are kind of hard...
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Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:55 am
I have to say, learn how to draw basic shapes. Anatomy is terribly difficult. So getting to know how shapes fit together... It's handy.

Though I have to say, leap into whatever style you want as well. Learn them seperately. From what I've heard, tracing art by people you look up to is handy as well. (Just don't be STUPID and pass it off as your own, that's called stealing, and it's wrong). Then develop it into your own style.
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Sat Sep 23, 2006 10:05 pm
While it's on my mind...

Flip your drawings! Before inking/painting/whatever!

Look through the back of the paper, use a mirror, do Flip Horizontal if you're working digitally,.

I'm pretty regularly HORRIFIED by how wonky my drawings really are when I look at them backwards. So you should check what they look like backwards while you are still sketching! You will cry if you do it when the picture is finished.
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Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:42 pm
I've everything down pat, but the feet and the legs. @.@;
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Sat Sep 30, 2006 9:22 pm
kafine wrote:
While it's on my mind...

Flip your drawings! Before inking/painting/whatever!

Look through the back of the paper, use a mirror, do Flip Horizontal if you're working digitally,.

I'm pretty regularly HORRIFIED by how wonky my drawings really are when I look at them backwards. So you should check what they look like backwards while you are still sketching! You will cry if you do it when the picture is finished.

Excellent idea!
I've done that after inking, and I was very unhappy with the results.
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Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:52 pm
The tips really helped, although I'll still be horrible at drawing hands. >.<

Experiment with yourr art! Don't be afraid to let the artist in you go wild, as these 'risks' will be worth taking as you progress on. They'll help you find that unique art style. Copying anime is a bad idea, because you'll be nothing more than just a 'copying machine'.

Never think that you're a bad artist. Good, positive self-confidence will help you out when you get frustrated over your drawings. However, don't be too arrogant either... No matter how good you might be, I'm sure that you're in awe of another artist who you think is better than you.

The chinese have a saying, "There will always be one mountain taller than another."

Most importantly, have fun while drawing. <3
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Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:13 pm
Dragain wrote:
The chinese have a saying, "There will always be one mountain taller than another."


What a perfect metaphor for this Very Happy

Never strive to be as good as someone else tomorrow, just to be better than you were yesterday.

This way you will always improve, and will never lose confidence like you would when trying to climb a mountain that's too high Yes
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Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:57 pm
Hehe, I find feet reaally difficult too. Everyone else seems to have problems with hands, bar a few people, but I love hands, so have never had a problem studying and drawing them. Feet on the other hand... I think it might be because we just don't seem them anymore.
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