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Please help me, How do I become good at drawling?! Answered

When I was little, I use to draw all sorts of things that came to mind (they weren't that good, but whatever) I would usually draw what I saw, happened, or tried to draw a TV Cartoon. But now it comes to me. I want to become good at drawling because I went on DeviantArt and people have entered their own contests to submit their own Kung Fu Panda Character, and I really wanna draw some good ones. Any suggestions? I want to be good at drawling furries, cats or whatever you call them. I feel really upset right now 'cuz I don't have the natural talent people do for looking at things, I have more good ideas in my head then I do on paper! (P.S This picture is not mine, it's a friend of mine's) And if this might help, I'm 13.


As said practice. Copying other drawings as a start.

www.drawspace.com/ is a good site that is free and goes from beginners to expert.

YOU will not jump to expert in a week but with practice every day you will get better and better. When you don't have time for a big drawing doodle little sketches.

How do I know?  I used to teach students drawing techniques.

Constantly ask yourself two questions:

What doesn't look right

Why doesn't it look right

Then fix it-repeat until satisfied : )  

Never said that it was easy, just that it was a way to learn how.  If you can take criticism, you could have someone else answer the questions, but it makes for a really nasty mood ; (

It's down to doing it.
Draw something, look at it, identify what's wrong and do it again.
Try copying other styles, you'll find something you can do in the end, and make your own from that.


You could try submitting this as a forum topic in the  group "PWMMOP"

If the examples are yours the you've already got a good start.  When you're very young you don't have built in limits.  Part of the problem getting good is feeling you have limits that you don't really have, so drop your guard and push the envelope with your stuff.

Also on a different note, if you want to get really good at"drawling" you must move to the southern US.  Down here everybody has a southern drawl and we thinks it's normal.  (Sorry about the bold type, once turned on I couldn't get it turned off)

Hey, y'all. Put down that there sketchpad and help me take the wheels off'n mah house!


8 years ago

There is no shortcut to being able to draw well, it takes lots and lots of practice. There are many books on drawing, I have a dozen or more and even years later still refer back to them, sometimes for ideas, sometimes for refresher. A great internet forum for artists of all skill levels is www.wetcanvas.com artists post  their work and have it critiqued by other artists who offer tips and advice. There are also many tutorials and work alongs

Did you know the famous painter Norman Rockwell painted scenes from PHOTOGRAPHS?  He painted hundreds of famous paintings and used a photograph of the subject to accomplish the task.  So if Norman Rockwell can kind of "cheat" a little, then you can too!  Get yourself a picture projector.  It is a little box that has a lightbulb in it and a lens and maybe a mirror inside. Hobby stores sell them, or you could probably build one from an instructable.  And any picture you place under it will be PROJECTED onto your canvas or paper.  Then, all you need to do is kind of trace and fill in the colors.  The important thing is you have an interest in improving your skill.
Maybe you will improve and not need the projector after a few years. 

Another thing to try is.... dont try to paint using very POINTY things like inkpens or sharp pencils.  Instead, try using charcoal pencils.  Draw ROUGH quick outlines of your items.  Dont draw EVERY LINE... leave some out.  You don't need to draw EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of something.  The human mind fills-in-the-blanks... and everyone will know you have drawn a house even though every detail isnt there and it is drawn thickly and smudged  with charcoal pencil.  Then smudge it some more using a smudge stick.  Blend edges of objects into each other ... not worrying about PERFECTION... just being creative.  You will be surprised at what you can draw using this technique. 

Dont be intimidated by the obvious good talent of others... find out what YOU are capable of, and just do YOUR best.  Here is a very good quotation you may like:  

                                   DO. . . .
                What  You  Can. 
                              WHERE you are, 
                                            With  what you HAVE ! 

Everyone has some kind of TALENT.   Yours may not be drawing.   Maybe it is MUSIC... or MATH... or helping others.... or cooking.  Keep looking and you will figure out what your talent is.   

The theory behind them is suspect, but the exercises in the book _Drawing_On_The-Right_Side_Of_The_Brain_ are excellent.

When I was about your age or maybe a bit older, I began doing almost exactly what the author of www.instructables.com/id/Drawing-for-Non-Majors-using-analog-and-digital-t/ suggests.  While it's kind of cheating in a way, it allows you to get past needing to draw the dimensions completely correct.  Eventually, if you continue practicing you'll get to a point where you no longer need the outline to begin with, you will be comfortable creating your own dimensions.  There are also a number of excellent "how to draw" tutorials by Christopher Hart you should check out, they helped me a lot.  Best of luck in your endeavor.