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Post Reply I "can't draw" do you believe this is can be true?
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I draw, but I don't see my 'art' as any good. Although people tell me I am very good at it.
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I think anyone who is complemented on their drawing and is told "I wish I could draw like you." has actually put in time and effort learning about drawing and practicing. Drawing is not magic, there are fundamentals pretty much everyone can learn to create a decent picture. Also, it's not simply reading a how-to book or watching videos on how to draw it is practicing and building muscle memory, and fine tuning control of your arm, and hand, in addition to the cerebral side of learning.

If you really admire drawing and want to learn, seek out some reputable guides / teachers and start practicing. You have to accept that you will fail a lot; but keep moving forward.

Also if your goal is to draw in a manga / anime style it is my opinion that you should learn to draw from life (or photos, but life is better), learn perspective, and learn about cartoon construction from basic shapes. Those are fundamentals that good cartooning are built on, no matter what "style" you aspire to.
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I think as long as someone is dedicated enough to practice daily and learn as much as they can from others then they can train themselves to draw as with any skill. Of course, natural talent would help them get started more easily in that process.
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There is always abstract art; art doesn't have to be realistic.
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I draw words and numbers every day. Thats my talent
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Sure there may be some people who are inclined to have better drawing >skills< but coming from someone who's going to make this a career someday its mostly about practice. One word: algenpfleger.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php/114449-Algenpfleger-learns-to-draw-(He-really-does!)-2014-New-Sketchbook!

As shown in his sketchbook it usually takes years of practice before someone can actually become pro (he does a lot of stuff for Magic the Gathering and Applibot. Even the masters studied and got apprenticed long hours/for many years (just at very young ages).

One last tip for anyone wanting to draw better: fundamentals>style. Style is usually an intentional play on proportions, colours, lighting, etc.
If you're just a hobbyist, you can do whatever you want though. It's supposed to be fun .
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draw a manga series is on my bucket list.
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I think with practice, anyone can draw. The only reason that I'm decent at it, is because it was a passion at an early age. I constantly drew, and my parents would happily buy me paper and pencils, as long as drawing was something I continually worked hard at.

These days, I like to draw but I don't really have the motivation to draw my own stuff. I have a big stack of original work, but I'm rarely pleased with what I produce.

I did this about a month ago and I enjoyed drawing it, but I found it a lot easier to do than creating something on my own.
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bootlocker wrote:

Sure there may be some people who are inclined to have better drawing >skills< but coming from someone who's going to make this a career someday its mostly about practice. One word: algenpfleger.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php/114449-Algenpfleger-learns-to-draw-(He-really-does!)-2014-New-Sketchbook!

As shown in his sketchbook it usually takes years of practice before someone can actually become pro (he does a lot of stuff for Magic the Gathering and Applibot. Even the masters studied and got apprenticed long hours/for many years (just at very young ages).

One last tip for anyone wanting to draw better: fundamentals>style. Style is usually an intentional play on proportions, colours, lighting, etc.
If you're just a hobbyist, you can do whatever you want though. It's supposed to be fun .


I've been drawing since an early age(as long as I can remember), but am formally trained in architecture. You are right that fundamentals>style, but that only maters at the pro level like you say. Speaking of Magic the Gathering, I use to play nearly every day in high school and play on and off sometimes now(more off than on). Here is my favorite magic the gathering artist Greg Staples works, his art is simply amazing!


Posted 3/7/15
Yeah Mtg has some great artists. I used to play regularly when it was still brand new then quit, now its just too fastest way to win and copy decks.

Its not a matter of if you can draw or how well its a matter of what you tend to draw. Some people can draw manga some people can draw landscapes, others do well in abstract. Anyone can draw, just because its not in a museum somewhere doesn't mean its not drawing.
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bootlocker wrote:

Sure there may be some people who are inclined to have better drawing >skills< but coming from someone who's going to make this a career someday its mostly about practice. One word: algenpfleger.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php/114449-Algenpfleger-learns-to-draw-(He-really-does!)-2014-New-Sketchbook!

As shown in his sketchbook it usually takes years of practice before someone can actually become pro (he does a lot of stuff for Magic the Gathering and Applibot. Even the masters studied and got apprenticed long hours/for many years (just at very young ages).

One last tip for anyone wanting to draw better: fundamentals>style. Style is usually an intentional play on proportions, colours, lighting, etc.
If you're just a hobbyist, you can do whatever you want though. It's supposed to be fun .


I've been drawing since an early age(as long as I can remember), but am formally trained in architecture. You are right that fundamentals>style, but that only maters at the pro level like you say. Speaking of Magic the Gathering, I use to play nearly every day in high school and play on and off sometimes now(more off than on). Here is my favorite magic the gathering artist Greg Staples works, his art is simply amazing!




Thanks for sharing! I haven't heard of him before actually so I'll research further, there are so many pro artists out there, so I'm trying to take it slow and look at the illustrators/concept artists and masters I like one by one. I would play MtG but then my poor wallet wouldn't hold up (even my old stint in pokemon was harsh) . The guy who prob got me into looking at the card art was Noah Bradley through his tutorials. Right now I'm liking landscapes and discovered Dorje, Jaime Jones, Mullins, Eytan Zana and am still looking for more. Btw are you currently an architect as you got your credentials? ^.^ If you ever wanna take a look/critique my online sketchbook just shoot me a pm.
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bootlocker wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:


bootlocker wrote:

Sure there may be some people who are inclined to have better drawing >skills< but coming from someone who's going to make this a career someday its mostly about practice. One word: algenpfleger.

http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php/114449-Algenpfleger-learns-to-draw-(He-really-does!)-2014-New-Sketchbook!

As shown in his sketchbook it usually takes years of practice before someone can actually become pro (he does a lot of stuff for Magic the Gathering and Applibot. Even the masters studied and got apprenticed long hours/for many years (just at very young ages).

One last tip for anyone wanting to draw better: fundamentals>style. Style is usually an intentional play on proportions, colours, lighting, etc.
If you're just a hobbyist, you can do whatever you want though. It's supposed to be fun .


I've been drawing since an early age(as long as I can remember), but am formally trained in architecture. You are right that fundamentals>style, but that only maters at the pro level like you say. Speaking of Magic the Gathering, I use to play nearly every day in high school and play on and off sometimes now(more off than on). Here is my favorite magic the gathering artist Greg Staples works, his art is simply amazing!




Thanks for sharing! I haven't heard of him before actually so I'll research further, there are so many pro artists out there, so I'm trying to take it slow and look at the illustrators/concept artists and masters I like one by one. I would play MtG but then my poor wallet wouldn't hold up (even my old stint in pokemon was harsh) . The guy who prob got me into looking at the card art was Noah Bradley through his tutorials. Right now I'm liking landscapes and discovered Dorje, Jaime Jones, Mullins, Eytan Zana and am still looking for more. Btw are you currently an architect as you got your credentials? ^.^ If you ever wanna take a look/critique my online sketchbook just shoot me a pm.




At the moment I have a 5year BA and have been studying architecture for a long time, I graduated in 2013. I'm very good at technical drawing and perspective,but I still have a lot to learn about when it comes to art and becoming a licensed architect. I see some of the stuff that people post here on crunchyroll and am simply amazed. It would be cool to see your portfolio,I'm always interested in seeing peoples art!
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most of the people of the people who have said to me i can't draw or saw me drawing something and said wow, i wish i could draw like. I always say well it took practice to get this good, at least for me anyways, some people have more natural skill
i always ask them if they tried to practice drawing for at least an hour and actually look up tips on how to do things and the answer i've always got was no
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I can draw better than a person who can't draw?
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I have not the patience to draw, and using a pen/pencil for more than a brief scribble starts to hurt my hands.

So when I say I cannot draw to save my life, I mean the above.

Adopting a new style is fine, but I find I'm drawn more to the crafting arts anyhow.:P
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