Ahh hello, I really like your tutorials and they really helped! But I'm pretty horrible at anatomy ;-;. Do you recommend that I try drawing in simple positions or slowly work my way with anatomy? I always try doing different positions and get stressed because they never look right no even if I look at a reference.
Start with simple positions and study them carefully - but variate! When you’ve practiced some simple positions, try going crazy with more difficult poses. Use references (they’re SO much more helpful than you think, I promise!).
Do you own any photos? Try tracting the bodies, only so that you can feel that ‘natural flow’. Once you’ve traced the photo, use the traced picture as reference. I recommend this like damn. Seriously. I cannot think of anything more effective than this practice.
Dare yourself to go outside your comfort zone, but take baby steps. If it stresses you, you probably shouldn’t rush yourself too much as it will not motivate you. But you must push yourself, at least a little. That way, you will gradually learn. Unlike common belief (we’ve all seen before/after pics) changes are rarely drastic immediately. It takes time and patience. ♥
Hi, I absolutely adore your art! Thanks to your tutorials my own drawings look so much better now, and I always look at your art for inspiration!
Do you know any other book related to the one you linked before "how to draw manga" I think love your blog!
Sorry, none I can think of! Not any remotely good or useful ones, at least…
I might make a masterpost one day, though! And thank you so much!
you are wonderful, your characters and art is wonderful and has developed a lot in all the time i've followed you! u r great ilu
Friend, you have no idea how happy this makes me!! Especially when it comes to my characters. I only expect a few of my friends to even know them… just. Argh! ♥
Did you buy Manga Studio online or something? :o
You can buy it here ♥
Hey! I'm new to your blog and I really like it! :) anyway I wanted to ask if you had any tips for an aspiring artist such as myself? I wanna take up drawing again and maybe even start a new blog dedicated to it. Or just post my work on my current one.
This is so great! I do have a few tips, but I don’t think they’re especially unique.
- Make a list of things you like; things that interest you, things you’re passionate about, things you like to draw. It could be anything, like “Silver, Mythology, Coffee” etc. Then, go on a follow spree. Search for these things and follow the blogs you find interesting. Then, make an inspiration blog; like I have my blog s-iris that’s there only there for the purpose of inspiration.
- Then, follow art blogs! How-to-draw blogs, art inspiration and whatnot. This is really nice since it helps you refreshen your artsy parts of your brain every now and then.
- When you are bored, make sure to have a paper and pen with you; preferring in a small, travel-size. Doodle whatever - and if possible, draw the things or people around you, even if it’s all messy. You won’t regret doing these doodles. They’re good for you.
- My final tip is NEVER THROW ANY DRAWINGS AWAY, NO MATTER HOW “UGLY”. Save every drawing you do!! Why? One day you’ll need to look back and see your improvement - or perhaps things you even liked about it! I like to look at my bad, ugly art and redraw them to something better. This is a great way to practice your skills, and nothing boosts your self-esteem more than seeing how you’ve become better with time. ♥
What anatomy book do you recommend for starters?
Oh souls, it really took me a long time to figure this out.
First of all, I’d recommend a normal medical anatomy book! Any shoudl be fine, really, as long as there is drawings in it. When you do that, I suggest you use the images in the book as references. Trust me, reading about anatomy and then using medical drawings is extremely useful.
Then, I’d suggest what this site suggests. There is also Andrew Loomis and these lovely books. There is also this How to Draw Manga book, one of my favorites - because they correct common mistakes and show how to improve them. Not to mention these (X X) are really useful as well; but remember not to take those too seriously. Not only are stylized tutorials very limited, but not all advice are that good. Like when they mention the ‘body variation’ - it’s so little variation you can barely tell the difference. So, only use those How To Draw Manga as slight inspiration and be very aware their mistakes! Even pros do them. uvu ♥
Hope that helps!