Mostly lack of time. Don’t worry, I’ll accept more eventually, just not now.
Yep, that’s me!
As well as being boring I’m also stupid! I also smell kinda funny.
After being put on hold ice Christmas while I made a blanket…. I have FINALLY finished pinkie pie!!!!
I ended up removing a layer of curls from the mane and threading a piece of yarn through the 3rd chain of each curl before pulling it tight to make them go “up” a big more. The effect worked much better on the tail :( but overall I’m pretty happy with her.
(I still HATE cutie marks!!)
Holy moley, look at that mane! It’s so curly and cute!
Thank you Amy <3
Got around to answering this at last!
Just going to express my obvious surprise at being asked this by anyone to begin with. Insert generic comment about my artwork being poop etc etc.
Okay that’s out of the way.
Jade’s Guide For People Who Can’t Art Good
(And Want to Do Other Stuff Good Too.)
Yes I know it’s a cliche and it’s horrible to hear, but the more art you do, the better you get. Here’s a 60 second drawing of mine from 2011
And here’s a 60 second one from the last month or so:
Obviously not my best work, but it was chosen as a fair comparison. I don’t feel like showing too many of my other older pieces because they are quite frankly awful.
Time spent = skill gained.
- Gesture drawing.
A good way to get poses down is to do “gestures”. This is where you take a stock pose and redraw the “basic idea” of the image as fast as you can, usually with a set time limit. This is ideal for getting the hang of poses and the concept of the action line.
Here is a good tool for gesture drawing. I recommend you start by just trying to draw stick figures of what you see, before maybe moving up to basic shapes (triangles for the leg segments, circles for the torso etc etc) and beyond. Remember, these are about speed, not reproduction accuracy.
- Look at other peoples art.
Look at as much art as you can. Take it in. Steal bits from styles you like and incorporate them into your own style. Reference your favourite pieces with your own personal twist on them (make sure you source your references!). Learn from livestream how a piece is built, learn from tutorials online how to do fire, fluids, hair. Observe and remember.
- Don’t get jealous of other peoples skill.
Easier said than done, especially given #3, but for the love of all that is holy, do not ever compare yourself to other artists.
I keep this picture in the root of my Google Drive at all times:
I cannot stress the truth of this enough. You are you, and are what is important when it comes to your achievements, not other people. If something was hard for you to achieve, then it is that much more of a victory. Take pride in your artwork, and don’t live in the shadow of others.
- Pick a tool and learn how to use it.
A common thing you see in newer artists is tool-hopping - where they see a “cool artist” using something and immediately flock it it, hoping that it’ll make them better.
Unfortunately, it is not the tools, but how they are employed. There is no magic piece of software, no perfect pencil, no expert pen that will make you better at drawing.
Some people use Photoshop, some people use SAI, for example. However, you give them MSPaint, and while they’ll gripe and complain about the lack of layering and poor functionality, they’ll still be able to come out with something obviously respective of their ability.
Find a medium and toolset you are comfortable with, and learn it. There is no right or wrong method of creation here. People who use Manga Studio are not better artists than those who use SAI. People who ink on paper are not superior to those who ink in Photoshop (although I respect their bravery).
- Draw what you want.
Do not become a slave to other people with your artwork. If you don’t draw what you want to draw, you won’t enjoy it, and if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t improve nearly as fast. We learn best when we are enjoying ourselves.
You’ve got to have fun! You want to draw a cartoon horse, do it! You want to draw a fox eating a berry, go for it - I think they’re meat eaters but WHO CARES. You want to draw porn? Scribble away!
- Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Remember #5 when I said to pick a tool and learn it? Cool. Don’t mistake that for me telling you to get stuck to your chosen medium. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try straight lines instead of curved. Try paper instead of digital. Try Photoshop instead of SAI. Try lineless art, try painting, try abstraction.
It’s important to have something you feel comfortable with, but it’s even more important to be able to break out of your comfort zone.
- Look up and learn artistic principles.
Shading, textures, line weight…there are a lot of them and I certainly don’t know that much of it myself.
A good collection of teaching videos for digital artists is here, but books still exist, and are definitely worth checking out of your local library where possible.
Yes it’s worth saying twice. No I don’t care you didn’t want to hear this one. It’s the most important one.
draw my oc
Wow. Pretty much all of this ^
WE DID IT!!! WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!
I ALMOST CRIED AT THE END
I managed to finish it RIGHT as they actually were beating blue; if you live in the US and would like a print THEYRE HERE
otherwise email email@example.com to order! Please if you post this elsewhere, credit me!
Amazingly perfect timing.
Since 50 followers left to 1000 i decided to start it. Because i am inpatient and so excited that i can’t wait no more : D
SO, we had here digital drawing raffle, statue raffle and now, i am offering to one winner, BOOK full of traditional pictures of character / characters of your choice.
50 PAGES of drawings (sketches, linearts, colored, toned, shaded, watercolor, marker colored pictures…). Every single kind will be included in book!
1. You have to follow me (new followers are welcomed!)
2. You have to reblog this
3. There will be only one winner picked by random generator
4. By joining this, you agree with sending me your address and your full name (BOOK will be sent to the winner!)
5. I will pay shipping and handling
6. Winner can choose max. 10 characters (cannon or OCs, doesn’t matter!)
7. Its up to me, what kind of drawings i will draw to book, poses, medium, i have free hand in this, BUT any story about characters or any suggestions are welcomed!
8. This raffle is made by me, prize will be paid and sent by me and Tumblr doesn’t have anything to do with this event.
DEADLINE IS 10. MARCH 2014
Good luck! :)
Wow, this is pretty awesome yo.
We’re just going to leave this here.
Police corruption and brutality HAS TO STOP
Notice, after they were done beating him to death they were laughing around his body, talking about whether the police car would carry him to the hospital or if the ambulance would.
Nasty. I guess awareness is the only way people are going to know. The thing corruption hates the most is scrutiny. It’s still quite a shame.
Slightly grim-dark-y comic… Theres some meme out there aabout Rarity fighting a crab….and no one has dne the “Cancer” illusion yet, so…here it is.
Dang, this is really dark.
I love it.
So yeah, I was extremely busy since new year. Mostly it was because of the convention that I was at right at the end of January, I had to spend most of my time making button designs and doing prints and things. I definitely wish I had more time to do stuff in January, but dang it was packed. After I got back from there I must admit that I got lazy, but now I’m back into it I guess. What better way to get things going again than with a little bit of comic injury?
Please forgive me for the super long time with no updates, and thank you for sticking around. I’ll try not to let it happen again. The blog will continue!
I also have other tumblr plans that might be interesting to you, so stay tuned.
I find it interesting that I wouldn’t have even tried these poses when I started. They’re not particularly complicated, but just complicated enough that I would’ve stopped and done something else. I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing that I’m getting better at slapstick poses. Practice will do that I guess.