« on: Oct 20, 2007, 07:26 PM »
Are you serious about getting better? Then don't wait for school to teach you new moves, Go seek em. Go get the basics and fundamental and practice them till you know them by heart. Anatomy, get that anatomy down by heart, get it from books, life drawing sessions, old master work you can even use yourself as reference for facial expressions. Enough with the manga reference, this will ultimately kill your drawing abilities and send them to the next dimension. No- Joke, get the habit of carrying a small sketchbook to draw things around you and how people react and move. Most importantly, use your whole page when you sketch, don't hesitate on your lines, use your whole sketchbook and have no mercy when you sketch. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Ive seen way too many anime artists restraining themselves to that style, dragging their lines instead of marking their lines as a single statement-in one direction-no ups--down--up--down motion using only their wrists. Use the whole arm. Want clean stuff, use a light box and draw over those sketch of yours with a single clean line picking the right line out of that mess of a sketch you poured all your emotions in. Dont wait for school to teach you heck, always try to search for knowledge on your own. Thats whats showing you as a serious and devoted artist. And also, last but not least, never, ever mimic moves from a single style. Blend various styles together AFTER you've learned the basics. Or else you'll remain someone's shadow and blend in the mass of repetitive anime artists copying an already watered down style made for tv.
Maintenant, va, et triomphe!