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Tue May 23, 2006 7:42 am
These are The Artist's Basic Rules to Drawing Better People:

1. start by learning about the human figure. Structure, mass, shape, and how to break it down are all you need to know for a better picture.

2. Know it before you exaguate it. there are limitations to what the human body can and can't do. learn them before you start to set up poses.

3. HANDS! work on drawing hands to the proper scale. It can be harder than it sounds.

4. clothing and folds can be tough. many artists-to-be stop when they reach this point. just remember where your light sorce is set at for the drawing. It also helps to have something to use for an example.

5. do not over burden the character. just because he's tough does not mean he has to carry his weight in equipment. Less Is More.

With these simple steps you should be on your way to drawing people better. If you can think of anything else just post it.
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Wed May 24, 2006 10:39 am
for clothing and folds, you must also remember where the direction of the cloth is drawn to. for example, gravity draws most cloths to the ground.

usually i randomly add lines to look like folds though. i dont put much effort into it.
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Thu May 25, 2006 7:25 pm
Thanks for these tips, I think they'll help both the "artists-to-be" as you put it, and the more advanced artists.
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Thu May 25, 2006 9:52 pm
Thankz that helps
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Fri May 26, 2006 6:08 am
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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Sun May 28, 2006 11:00 pm
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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Mon May 29, 2006 4:27 am
Marvelous.
The hands part is SO true.
I have the most diffulty drawing hands.
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Tue May 30, 2006 10:24 am
always practice and remember to have FUN.

if you enjoy something you are bound to put more love into it. Never be afraid to try something new as well ^_^ *thumbs up*
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Tue May 30, 2006 4:11 pm
*tackleglomps Kip* XD
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Tue May 30, 2006 4:47 pm
Awesome, thanks. ^^
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Tue May 30, 2006 6:02 pm
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3. HANDS! work on drawing hands to the proper scale. It can be harder than it sounds.


Hands and feet are the evilest things in the world to draw.

The number of times I've hurt my wrists and ankles trying to model for myself...

That's good though; when you're having trouble with a tough hand position or facial expression then being able to see your own hands is.. handy, and mirrors are invaluable.

Just.. don't let anyone see you trying this.
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Tue May 30, 2006 6:48 pm
Kafine... how true. ^_^ Yes, but thank you for all the remiders... being active... hrm... Twisted Evil
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Tue May 30, 2006 7:58 pm
If you mention hands, you might as well include elbows, knees, feet, etc. Places with multiple joints and bends can prove to be quite difficult, especially at angles.

I would also suggest learning how to do perspective. Far, near, from above, below, all that stuff can be very useful when learning the human figure.

And of course, practice various subjects. Don't just stick to men or women or children, no matter which you feel most "comfortable" with. It's good to be skilled in all areas, not just be a one-trick pony.

I wasn't completely sure about your #5, but if you mean don't try to hide anatomy flaws with heavy clothing, or distract the eye with lots of tattoos or detailed clothes, then I definately agree. Those that can make a simple character in a plain piece of clothing look beautiful and unique are much more respectable than those that pile on so much junk onto their drawing that you can't even tell it used to be human.

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Tue May 30, 2006 8:36 pm
Nyome wrote:

And of course, practice various subjects. Don't just stick to men or women or children, no matter which you feel most "comfortable" with. It's good to be skilled in all areas, not just be a one-trick pony.


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Tue Aug 01, 2006 4:41 am
hands suck, but feet are worse... so funnily shaped and more variance, plus it's a lot harder to get a good look at your own for reference (ow...).

And yeah, don't let yourself get locked into one style or form... sure, I started out copying anime long ago, but after a couple years of that I realized I wasn't really getting anywhere, just better at drawing the same stuff over and over. Throw everything out, draw people, and worry about coming up with your own style instead of worrying about making it look like <x>. It really does work wonders.
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