plushelephants asked you: Sorry to bother you again D: I’ve been wondering if you scan your sketches or not? Because every time I scan mine, they simply look awful and disturbing D: So how do you make them look good? Especially pencil sketches! Aaaaand what pencil hardness (I hope that’s the right word!) do you use? I’m using a HB and I just mess nearly every page up! D: Thank yooouuu <3 (and sorry for bothering you again ;_;)
first of all, it’s fine! i don’t mind :)
thpookythollukths asked: Hi how did you learn to draw so well? I've tried references and stock but I either A) screw it up right off the bat, B) end up in a situation where I want to draw but don't have my references and using real people is too difficult (or awkward :P), or C) get one thing perfect but then screw everything else up after all of my hard work.
PERSISTENCE AND TRICKERY! more or less. but really don’t let that stuff get you down! i’ve been drawing (for study) for about four years don’t freak out cos it takes time. especially drawing people. since i’m guessing that’s what you’re interested in, i highly suggest find a place where you can draw from a nude model, or alternatively just find a place where you can hang out and observe/draw people, or use posemasters or SOMETHING. just draw lots of people from observation. MANY MANY MANY. you’re so right that reference isn’t always possible to have, so work to have a good understanding of how a body moves and is structured so you can work from your imagination when you need to. and even if you don’t get it totally accurate, as long as you understand what you’re doing you can kind of fudge it and no one will really notice (hahah yep).
trial and error is simply part of the process. i can’t tell you how many times i’ve managed to screw up a piece at the end and trash it (sometimes it was for school so i couldn’t even trash it, i just had to own up to mistakes), and i have sketchbooks full of mangled looking thumbnails i did to try and figure out how something should look. you just have to accept your not-so-good stuff and work to improve it; if you aim get everything right, everytime, right off the bat, you’ll get frustrated. loosen up and try not rush into things. yeah it kind of sucks to do a lot of work, especially if ends up being futile, but that’s just what it takes. your hard work isn’t a waste if you mess up, because you improve by making mistakes and persisting. i’m gonna cut off now to avoid rambling further, but i wish you luck with your work!
Anonymous asked: Are there any prismacolour marker colours you'd recommend as a starting palette for someone who's just starting to buy and use them?
uuuuhhhh basically no hahaha. i dunno it’s hard to say cos i just buy whatever color i want to at the time then stick with it until it dies and replace it with whatever i want when i replace it. like, i used to only have reds, blues, and grays cos that’s what i liked at the time and now i have a bunch of really light colors cos that’s what i like now. i wouldn’t know what to recommend for a basic palette because i barely have one. i guess i were to recommend something (and this is entirely just my preference, take with grain of salt):
- skin tones. my skin palette with prismas is PM-12, PM-70, PM-PM-71, and PM-95. i also use some copics (a slightly darker peach than PM-12, a bright flesh pink, and a dark dull pink) that i don’t know the prisma equivalent of but they totally exist somewhere
- grays. have a gray scale, but it doesn’t have to be every gray. they’re in 10% intervals so there’s like 10 and you really only need like 5. don’t mix cools and warms
- anything else you want or specifically need?? it’s seriously up to you, i don’t even. i prefer lighter colors because that’s something you can only get with alcohol based markers like prismas (since water based ones are much darker since they’re wetter) so they just look cool and i enjoy that. but really it’s whatever your taste is. and if you can test the markers in-store DO IT (kindly) cos they’re rarely exactly what the label shows.
- happy drawing
ok a couple of weeks ago i got a couple of asks asking for a marker tutorial and i finally got around to remembering to do it. sooo this my personal process for coloring; i think the best way to learn how to use markers is to experiment and find what works for you but it also helps to see various processes too so here’s my input.
note: i’m just gonna go ahead and be specific about colors and brands, be warned. also i’m so not rich so i have a limited palette hahaha
ok so first we need something to color. in my case, some thing very clumsy i doodled for the sake of doing this. hi skelly!
naw it just takes time to figure them out!
here’s some tippos from my experience:
- copics- my preference. they blend really REALLY well, but they’re more expensive. they’re pretty consistently smooth until they dry out (and then you mourn the loss of your spensive marker)
- prismacolors- second preference. harder to blend but cheaper lol. i use them for the base colors. sometimes they streak or come out uneven, depending on the color tho
- touch- um i only have a couple of these that i bought to try out but they blend pretty well?? i’m just mentioning them because i used them in the hair on that one (the darker brown)
- sharpie- good for flat colors but can be used for blending when mixed with other brands. but ofc there’s not a lot of colors…
yeah markers man just play with them
yes that’s true! when simplified boys are blocks are girls are curves, which is a good place to be
however, realistically both men and women are a combination of round and angular forms but mainly are defined by lots of organic curves. men are still (usually) more lean but they’re really quite similar in ways (and i’m pussyfooting around body type ofc; not all girls have boobs, but some men do soooo)
and please take all of these doodles with a LARGE GRAIN OF SALT because i’m not the best with anatomy and i did these right after coming home from class and they’re just not very good lol but still
so yeah, just keep practicing from observation! copy photos, draw from life (if you can’t attend model sessions, just draw ppl in school, go to the park or OOOH the beach and draw random folk), etc etc cos when you do that, you begin to pick up how things are structured- and you can use that knowledge when you draw from your imagination. have fun with it too, cos i personally find the human body to be one of the most interesting things to draw evah
!?!?! i never really considered myself that great. i don’t really use refernce anymore and ngl i make stuff up sometimes
but ANYWAY, look at reference! model stock photos or whatever or just a google search away :) i personally prefer books and use a few but they’re all back in texas and i can’t recall what they’re called for the life of me. but there’s plenty of good ones so just go book searching (barnes and nobles, art stores, hell i found some of my favs at my grandma’s house) and see what works for you. and ofc ofc ofc drawing from an actual live model is the tops if at all possible! whatever your means, observe first before you draw from your head!
ps we have mostly female models in art school aha aha aha aha
Anonymous asked: I know you've probably been asked this question a ton of times, but what education do you have in art? Like, did you take it in high school and how far are you into your college? I'm about to go into college and don't have a lot of experience besides self taught, and I'm a little unsure if I have what it takes to get into art as profession or if I should just keep it as a hobby because I won't be good enough at it. Sorry if this is bothersome. Oh, an I love your art and adore your style :)
sorry i was going to answer this last night but the internet randomly died while i was writing it? ok then well anyway
oh it’s not bother! but this is a pretty loaded question heh
LONG STORY SHORT
my high school was a magnet school for the arts, meaning we had 3 hours of art daily plus regular high school classes. the art program itself was kind of like a basic run of an art college: out freshman and sophomore year consisted of required foundation classes, but once we started junior year we had more free studio time and electives that allowed us to find out what interested us; senior year was similar but was leading up to our “senior show”, which was kind of like our thesis show or something.
i’m currently in my freshman year of college so i can’t go very into detail on that. however the school i’m attending is more focused that art school’s typically are: a usual art college is similar to my high school with all students taking basic foundations before they can zero in on what they want to major in; at sva you declare your major right off and immediately take classes specific and necessary for that major. so yeah, it’s a very focused program that works for me since i know what i was interested in (since i went though that discovery process in high school)
so yeah i guess i’ve been in the art swing for a while ehehe… WHICH IS VERY HELPFUL but ofc does not apply to everyone looking to enter art as a profession
so here’s the gospel of truth. don’t go to an art school if you’re not VERY interested and devoted to your art. you will LIVE AND BREATHE ART AND LIKE ONE HUMANITIES CLASS THAT IS PROBABLY ART-RELATED. ofc what you’re actually doing is completely dependant on the school you’re at and the professors you have, but yeah you will be taking mostly art classes so you better love it. also consider the fact that a career in art (depending on what you do, more so) is competitive, very uncertain, and may not be financially rewarding so you better really love it and be driven as hell to kick ass and get better so you don’t become an actual starving artist.
that’s not to say you enjoy the experience if you’re a little uncertain and decide to give it a go anyway, but if you’re heart’s not there then you’ll probably have a little trouble getting through the year and then three more.
now given a big HELLA YEAH to the above, previous experience and education is not required for applying to art schools. ofc since most applying freshmen prolly don’t have much aside from having a strong interest. yes, having already developed your work helps with scholarship but to apply all you need is a good balanced portfolio: half or majority observation drawing that reflects your ability to draw and then personal pieces that reflect your own interests. NOW I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS APPLICABLE TO COLLEGES but i was in on the audition process at my high school and what they look for in applying students is not only skill but potential. art school or not, it’s still a school and you’re there to learn and improve so you don’t have to be already extraordinary to get in.
what’s really important, looking at the big picture of a pursuing a career and all, is that you’re driven. one of my professors, 50, is still not the greatest animator and i kind of personally dislike his art style, and he graduated from SVA with a C on his thesis film. however, since he has the world’s best work ethic (srsly this man is insane) and will always deliver more than asked for, he was able to retire preeeeetty wealthy at 40. so it goes to show you that you don’t need to be crazy talented to succeed, but you do need to really care about what you’re doing.
anyway, ofc different colleges have different standards and specialties so just take some time to research places you’re interested in and if possible visit campuses to see if they work for you. don’t be afraid to apply a lot of places since most of them require the same sort of things for their applications (except you’ll maybe have to tweak your essay w/e); that way you have choices to fall back on and can see what they all offer you. i don’t know if you mean you’re looking into college like this upcoming fall semester but if not, ATTEND PORTFOLIO DAYS. i was lucky to have one at school, but a lot of major cities will host one. it’s just really helpful to talk to reps from the school cos they will give you an idea of the attitude of their school, critique your portfolio, and give you pointers on what to do or fix before actually applying. plus they might give you fee waivers!
on the other hand if you’re still not sure about being so focused on art, you could always check out an art department within a university or just attending a university and taking art electives. since i opted out of doing that i don’t know much about that jazz but that’s an option too! research research research
so yeah, sorry that got long lol. i hope i didn’t tangent too much there and that you possibly found some of this helpful. and ofc if you choose something and realize it’s not you’re scene , all hope is not lost as nothing can keep you from transferring (except the moneytalk buuuut). i wish the best with your college finding!
and thank you!