Do you like to draw? May it be an absurd doodle or not. If so, have you ever thought of improving your art more? If yes, I have something to tell you. This is a secret that has been passed down from great artists to new artists in every generation. The secret is…you have to…
Study. Because perfect practice/study makes perfect outcomes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Wait! You may think that’s just nonsense but it really works for great artists. Oh and one more thing DON’T EVER DRAW FROM YOUR IMAGINATION. Then, what should you do? Here are things that you need to do if you want to improve your arts or even make drawings like those great mangaka (a person who draws manga)/ illustrators/ animators/ etc.
- Find artists that you love for your studies
What do you mean “studies”? The study that I mean will be discussed in the next point. In this point you only need to search few artists that you love. on how they draw their hair, body, eyes, face, and etc. If you already did, you pick which artists that you really want to study from. You free to choose but don’t choose only one, choose two or three or even five artists that you want so you can try their style out.
- Steal from them
“But isn’t stealing bad?” No, no, no, that’s not what I mean- but yes, stealing or ripping off artist’s art is bad. What I mean is, you steal how they draw. That’s part of study too. Replicating and applying how they draw to your art is a part of study. It’s even help you faster to improve your art rather than drawing from your imagination.
Not that I say drawing from your imagination is bad- wait scratch that, drawing from your imagination is really really bad. It will get you nowhere. So what should you do? Simple use references. Real life references are much better but making artist’s works as reference is good too.
Back to the topic. By replicating them and combining it with your art style, it will help you to improve your art much better. So you simply break/ decipher it first, may it be straight from their arts or sketches. After you finished you tried it on your own and try to figure it out by drawing it in different angle. For example,
- Apply it to your drawing
After you have it all done. You can apply it to your current art style and see if it fits your characteristic. Just keep in mind that you know when to stop, because once you see your sketch or study as one of your project you better stop at that point. Why? Because your purpose is only for study. You have to know the difference between the purpose of study and the purpose to make an art or a project.
Oh another thing is that (this may not be related to the topic but if this can help others why not?). To make your art much more unique and make people go “whoa”, you need storytelling. In art you also need storytelling. Without it, it will be boring.
Yeah I used to do the same mistake too. I used to draw beautiful girls or handsome boys all the time. It’s really frustrating to know that I am missing a simple thing in my drawing, but realizing what I miss helps me develop my art. Rather than knowing it later, it’s best to know it sooner.
So the conclusion that you will get from this
- One, don’t draw from your imagination, use references.
- Two, study from professional artist’s art or sketches (if they have tutorial that will helps too). Three, storytelling to make your drawing more interesting.
- Four, if you want to improve your drawing, you go down to the path to study.
- Five, don’t lose hope because one wise man told me,
“If you put right amount of working, right amount of emphasis, in things that I need to get done. I will eventually end up where I want to be.”Ethan Becker
That’s all folks, hope this discussion helps you. Don’t give up. Remember, your hard work will pay off one day!