Do you have any advice for artists starting out with watercolors?
These two vids by Kasey Golden are very good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuBdMJor-Bk
I also recommend not buying expensive watercolors until you're comfortable in the medium and want to pursue it further :)
I want every artist out there to just take a deep breath and say this with me: Artblock does not mean I am stagnating.
In fact, a few improvements can come from your break from art. By observing your surroundings taking in the architecture, shape of the trees, the anatomy of a person, colour of the sky, and so on, you absorb said visuals and will implement them in the future. Simply by looking you are learning. Taking long breaks will not break you.
Perhaps you'll be rusty for a few days, struggling to get that one line perfectly symmetrical. But the brain, the arm, and eyes, will all recognise this activity as muscle memory. You will come back stronger, more confident, and with a few new skills to boot.
2019 was a year of vigorous drawing, not only for myself, but also for my Art Foundation college course. I was drowning in work and yet I ate that up like it was nobody's business.
2020 hit, and I drew less and less as the year progressed. I became slower, thought that my skills had somehow declined in quality, and the biggest artblock of my life had dropkicked me in the face. It seemed to seep into 2021, but I never realised how much I needed that break and how much my art had improved. Redrawing an old piece gave me a that much needed confidence boost, and I hope that it would others if they decide to do the same.
So don't beat yourself up for having artblock. Rest, observe, and take some time to yourself. You deserve it.
And once you've rested, cracked your knuckles and wiped off the dust off of your prefered art medium, redraw an old piece of yours. Implement all that you have absorbed, and pat yourself on the back.
How to Draw Native People: a Tutorial/Reference Guide
As requested, here is a basic guide for how to draw Indigenous peoples (mostly focused on North America)! Also please note that this is not an exhaustive list of Native American phenotypes/features, and more like an intro on very common features that can be found in us, and even then, not altogether at once on a single person’s face. I highly encourage the use of references and care taken into research when drawing. I may do a part 2 that goes slightly more into depth, but for now, enjoy part one.
How to draw Native Skin tutorial (don’t draw us red!)
List of Native American Celebrities, which include their tribe(s) and home country, with 1,250 names, to use for your referencing pleasure
How to draw black people by Peachdeluxe, & Black hair in depth by misslaney for mixed black Natives
How to draw East Asian People, a guide by Chuwenjie, for mixed Asian Natives AND because it includes a lovely tutorial on monolid eyes, a shared feature of Native people
A quick guide on how I draw sleeves. Especially oversized ones. To figure out the arm's direction, I'll divide the arm into three sections by drawing two curved lines. I use these lines to figure out how to draw the end of the sleeve. Works every time!
⚡️ Dynamic Character Illustration
Learn professional drawing and coloring techniques for creating dynamic characters full of movement!
I really like your art! I'm trying to get better at drawing, I'm not very good at drawing quickly or drawing poses... could you please give me some advice for getting started? How did you get where you are? :O
I almost always start a dynamic pose with a blobby, fluid shape, reduce it to like 10% opacity, then overlay my constructive anatomy sketch around it.
It's a personal thing tho, working out your art muscles for better technical skill is all well and good but you're going to make yourself miserable trying to adopt processes that don't suit your energy levels/stamina. eg; I get bored with my art if I spend too much time on it, so boxy/precise anatomical frames are kind of a miss for me.
I also find these 3 lines to be p helpful for making stationary poses look interesting. Straight grounding lines in the pose add a 'centre of gravity', wavy lines will make a pose look more exaggerated/relaxed depending on the line, and hips/shoulder placement has a surprisingly big effect on character feel.
You don't have to draw them every time (I dont lmao), but if you have to draw someone standing idle and youre scratching your head like 'whaddahell' try keeping them in mind.
Lastly and probably most important; if you're starting out backgrounds/comics/poses whatever, try and remember every artist has a "what the hell even is this how do people draw this all day" learning curve w something new, before they go "ohhhh". Stick with it and you'll get there :)
ok how the HELL do you draw an open mouth from the side. whenever i try to draw one i end up making the chin super tiny and i have to re-adjust and it makes the jaw all weird. i've looked at other tutorials on drawing mouths in general but they don't usually draw mouths from the side *open*
BRO ME 2 okay here u go
X - very cartoony but a good simple visualization of how it looks without much detail. Also useful if you’re looking for a super realistic style.
X - Very detailed explanation of how to draw an adult male’s head
X - !!!! SHADING!!!!!! Shading for side portraits really is half of the battle. This is of a young woman.
X - a TikTok that summarizes everything really nicely
X - another TikTok, this didn’t help me much but I’m still putting it on here because I learn really oddly and it was packed full of info.
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F - This one is super easy to understand and focuses on proportional distance
F - Not much explanation but it is very step by step so you can follow every stroke
X - I LOVE how they explained the cheek and how that works into playing with the mouth and jaw.
Had a lot of fun with this, as much as I ended up hyper fixating on it and therefore staying up too late and resulting in me being extremely tired 😅
Anywho, here's a tutorial for how I draw my clone troopers! It's just a simple little thing, but I hope it's somewhat useful for those who have asked about it?? If I miss anything, or you have any additional questions feel free to toss me an ask and I will try and answer as best I can!!
I admittedly work mostly digital, so if you're working in traditional, try and adapt these as best as you can to your mediums!! 💕💖💕