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alright so I have been drawing for months now and I think I have improved but my friends say that I have not improved by a lot. so this is my first drawing I did four months back.

and here is one I did today in an hour (coloring took 10 to 45 minutes)

SO I need the truth am I still the same or did I get better?
Posted 4/22/14

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alright so I have been drawing for months now and I think I have improved but my friends say that I have not improved by a lot. so this is my first drawing I did four months back.

and here is one I did today in an hour (coloring took 10 to 45 minutes)

SO I need the truth am I still the same or did I get better?


I believe you are improving. I'm being honest here. I also like drawing and I'm quite critical. YOU HAVE IMPROVED. Now, keep drawing, keep improving. Look at other people's artworks and think what makes theirs so good? The dimensions? The strokes? What are the features that they have that I can learn too? (You can "copy" aspects of it. But not the whole thing.) Keep experimenting and making things yours
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jettmeraz wrote:

alright so I have been drawing for months now and I think I have improved but my friends say that I have not improved by a lot. so this is my first drawing I did four months back.

and here is one I did today in an hour (coloring took 10 to 45 minutes)

SO I need the truth am I still the same or did I get better?


I believe you are improving. I'm being honest here. I also like drawing and I'm quite critical. YOU HAVE IMPROVED. Now, keep drawing, keep improving. Look at other people's artworks and think what makes theirs so good? The dimensions? The strokes? What are the features that they have that I can learn too? (You can "copy" aspects of it. But not the whole thing.) Keep experimenting and making things yours :)


Thanks its just when I first started I was not as skeptical about my drawings, but now I try to draw better and if I mess up even one line I trash the whole thing. And thanks for the advice I am glad that one person was able to give me a truthful answer.
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CandyPopShop wrote:


jettmeraz wrote:

alright so I have been drawing for months now and I think I have improved but my friends say that I have not improved by a lot. so this is my first drawing I did four months back.

and here is one I did today in an hour (coloring took 10 to 45 minutes)

SO I need the truth am I still the same or did I get better?


I believe you are improving. I'm being honest here. I also like drawing and I'm quite critical. YOU HAVE IMPROVED. Now, keep drawing, keep improving. Look at other people's artworks and think what makes theirs so good? The dimensions? The strokes? What are the features that they have that I can learn too? (You can "copy" aspects of it. But not the whole thing.) Keep experimenting and making things yours :)


Thanks its just when I first started I was not as skeptical about my drawings, but now I try to draw better and if I mess up even one line I trash the whole thing. And thanks for the advice I am glad that one person was able to give me a truthful answer.


;D It's really fine! I know how it feels when you're asking for advice and people just kinda go "I'm going to walk the other wayyyyy...." Yep. And they slip over the other side. Hmm.. Which mangakas are you inspired by? Try making a list of them and having a collection of their artworks! Don't be TOO self-conscious of what you're drawing. You should keep those sketches too.. The bad ones? You can like, laugh at it as days go past ? o-o
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Man honestly, Drawing takes practice! It's just like anything so if you want to get great at it, just keep on doin' what you are doing! P.S. - I was a huge drawer before.
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ya I get REAL self conscious when I draw females. It might sound weird when I say this but for me drawing the female body comes more naturally to me than the male body....... even though I am a dude
I hate it when I am drawing peacefully and some one just looks over and goes "what is that" in school ( we have a free hour in our school) and all these people come rushing in and start asking questions and looking for answer as to why I am drawing this or that.
As for the list well I don't really have a favorite author to be inspired by, I like all art styles really
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Man honestly, Drawing takes practice! It's just like anything so if you want to get great at it, just keep on doin' what you are doing! P.S. - I was a huge drawer before.


thanks for that its just when I would ask my friends they would either turn a blind eye or say I haven't changed at all, but they would not tell me what I need to change or what stays. Mainly I was just looking for opinions and advice in this forum, cause my friends would not give me any advice or the same opinion.
Posted 4/22/14

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ya I get REAL self conscious when I draw females. It might sound weird when I say this but for me drawing the female body comes more naturally to me than the male body....... even though I am a dude
I hate it when I am drawing peacefully and some one just looks over and goes "what is that" in school ( we have a free hour in our school) and all these people come rushing in and start asking questions and looking for answer as to why I am drawing this or that.
As for the list well I don't really have a favorite author to be inspired by, I like all art styles really


Er, really? I thought it was weird that I'm a female and can only draw females :/
OMG LOL people tend to do that a lot. The questions part. And espesh for boys, my friend was drawing a nude woman right? And it was artistic, not because he was a pervert. But his guy friends called it porn and teased him a lot for it >.>
:D Hahaha!! Well keep going~~~
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A good way to get good practice is by using grid drawing! I use it and it really helps me get the lines and stuff where they need to be! You can get any type of picture ( but assuming you draw anime, you can find them anywhere, I use Tumblr simply because I always find the best there) and do a grid over it! If you don't know how you could look up a youtube tutorial.

Basically you just do a grid over the picture usually the blocks in the grid are 1in by 1in, and you do it again on another blank page and you just match up the squares and draw what's in it in the right block! It's super easy to use, and I feel it will definitely help you improve! I use it and I think it really makes the drawing process easier!
I'm an artist too so I love to draw and it works for me!

Good luck! and never let people convince you you're no good! There is always someone who is better, but there is also someone who is worse! So never get discouraged!
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You improved by a large margin. Just remember the more time you spend drawing something, making it perfect, the better it's going to look. You could be the worst artist in the world, but if you spend a good amount of time drawing something it's going to turn out better than if you only spend an hour or 2 on it. Most of that amazing beautiful artwork you see people make, where you think to yourself " holy shit how did they draw that? ". They usually spend more than a day or 2 on there art.

So just keep drawing, you'll only improve.
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You've definitely improved, but it might help if you get one of those little posable dolls, or studied some anatomy books, to get basic ratios and physical limits down, and then you can adjust it to be anime style. Just keep drawing!
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If I could suggest, get yourself some tracing paper and trace some of your favorite manga characters or print out pictures of your favorite anime characters. Practice that while also doing some observational drawing of life objects (trust me that as boring as that sounds, it helps like freaking crazy after a few years). Apply what you learn together little by little and create your own characters. Though there is no short cuts to getting good. I'm 24 and I still have a lot to learn (partly because I was in college for graphic design... so boring). Just remember to draw every day and keep at it. You need to develop your visual skills and muscle memory.

I'll add this last tidbit, but realize this is me being brutally honest for your benefit: Never fish for complements!
Focus your efforts on getting better, and when you finish one drawing, try to make the next one even better. This is a never ending process, but it's worth it when you take a moment and look back and realize how much better you got.

Good luck!
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