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Posted 9/8/13
I'm a novice at best when it comes to art. What I want to know is if any of you more experienced individuals have come across people, pictures, tutorials, or anything that you feel might be worth looking at in order to improve my skills? Thanks for the help. :3
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Posted 9/9/13
I think that many things can help you out, not just one thing or what a few people say. I would go on a search on youtube and art websites and observe artwork by people you enjoy the art from. Look at their art, and how they do things. Try to think of why they ink or color the way they do, or why they composed a certain art piece the way it is, and how it is successful.

If you are stuck with anatomy, I would just look at lots of lots of pictures of people, and draw from real life. Go to a park and do 5 minute sketches of random people sitting around. ^^ This will help you more than looking at photos since a photo is already put into 2d, but your eyes in real life see in 3d . Since your brain has to translate 3d to 2d (from real life to paper), it sticks better when you draw it ^^
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Posted 9/9/13
I'm not trying to be rude but I hope you did your own research before asking for help. Anyways, there is this one guy on YouTube that I really like. He has some basic tutorials of drawing Anime characters. He goes into body proportions, color, shading, highlighting etc. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjInUA6v5OjadQ1qKxjnY9w

I'm not that great of an artist but my advice to a beginner is... don't focus too much on details. Work on the big picture first. For example, if you're drawing a oddly twisted body, focus on the simplest forms such as the spine curvature. An example drawing would be
http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/07/Calatrava-Twisted-And-Sustainable-Turning-Torso-Malmo-5.jpg

This guy from YouTube does pretty well describing what I mentioned just above with helpful videos/tips.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UClM2LuQ1q5WEc23462tQzBg

And lastly, don't get discouraged so easily. Because there will be time when you'll feel like nothing is progressing.
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Posted 10/16/13
I would suggest, if you're looking for good poses to practice and such, go to zerochan.net

Also, study anatomy, perspective, and light/shadow. Getting good with those key things is what separates the doodlers from the drawers.
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Posted 10/16/13
Practice, practice, practice
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Posted 10/17/13
look at good artists and grasp what their style entails.
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Posted 10/19/13
If you love it you gonna make it you dont need help,
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Posted 10/31/13
デジ絵の文法 <-- go check those vids out.
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Posted 11/11/13
I don't know if anyone's mentioned this, but have you heard of Samurai Manga Workshop? If you haven't, it's an online video program where professional Japanese manga artists give you lessons. They aren't quite up yet, because they switched servers, but each lesson costs three dollars. They're really good lessons. I can't give you an exact URL because I think they're still doing maintenance. But you can look them up on Google and click on the fourth link. That'll take you to their in-process website, and you can also find them on Facebook. Although, they don't get on there too often.
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Posted 11/18/13
You see, it's all about evolution. You start out with the very basic of skills to make works of art you personally enjoy. When you chimera walks out of the primordial pages of your sketchbook, and appears in front of the hordes of critics, it forces you to rethink your skills. You try again by experimenting with angles, shading, lighting and the like to give the art better footing when it once again stands before the critic. For a time, your art can flourish among prying eyes, but eventually this style grows stale. Critics become uninterested and seek new, fresher targets. Without these once prominent predators, competition is lost, and the art stagnates. To try to draw them back, you invoke a mass extinction of the style you worked to perfect, retaining only minor nuances to carry into the next style you experiment with. The dynamic will repeat itself over and over until the epitome of your artistic potential has been reached, but even when you reach the top, there will always be room for improvement- a tweak here, a tweak there- a slow, ongoing retrofitting of the art you do, so start evolving!



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Posted 12/19/13
I need help, someone who is good at digital art. To color my pics and shade them.
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Posted 12/19/13
I suggest using an anatomy book to practice drawing. Books with a focus bone, muscle and connective tissue like ligaments and tendons and kinesiology (the study of human movement) are particularly helpful with drawing. Even if you are only looking to improve on anime style drawing and think this isn't necessary, think again. A knowledge of the body and how it moves goes a long way to creating fluid art.
There are even anatomy books out there that cater specifically to artists.

I don't know any titles off hand but there are many, many good anatomy and anatomy for art books out there and they are very easy to find with only a google search.

senshistock is a very good resource for drawing references. Drawing from references is one of the best ways to get better at art. I find tutorials often over simplified and hard to follow, I suggest relying more on photographs. Don't feel bad copying a reference, that's how you get better.
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Posted 1/2/14
I really recommend starting off with observational drawings. Draw an apple, people, buildings, etc.
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Posted 1/3/14
Sorry to do a little bit of shameless plugging here, but a few colleagues and I made a website with a collection of tutorials that cover some foundations about drawing manga/anime style here:

http://mangastart.com/blog/exercises/

I hope you can find something helpful there!
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https://m.youtube.com/user/markcrilley
This is Mark Crilley. He's a manga teacher, and he'll teach you everything under the sun.

There's also a YouTube channel called SamuriMangaWorkshop, which has more great teachers.
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