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Synchronicity

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« on: 24 Apr 2006, 22:41 »

Hi, I'm 17 and I would like to become an artist someday. (Cheesiest introduction ever, I apologise.) Anyway, I would love some advice on my art and here are a couple of drawings:







So, what can I do to improve? I love getting suggestions. :)
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Justin

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« Reply #1 on: 24 Apr 2006, 23:47 »

that's is quite excellent work in that first drawing. nice job!

if you want to draw people, draw people, and draw them as much as you can. take figure drawing classes, as a highschool student you can find them at most any community college. even in comics a foundation in realism is important. Keep drawing!
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torg

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« Reply #2 on: 25 Apr 2006, 02:08 »

Oh, i especially like the second one because of its art nouveau (spelling?) style.
Besides that, theres not much to add to Justins suggestions...
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lexxie_lizzie

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« Reply #3 on: 25 Apr 2006, 02:21 »

loving the alphonse mucha-style (big fan of it myself). i'm actually sorta younger than you, but keep going! all you gotta do is keep practicing
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twentyfour

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« Reply #4 on: 25 Apr 2006, 05:58 »

Everything Justin said is right. Life Drawing will take your current drawing ability, multiply it by 4, add 11, then take the result and hug it. I wish I kept some of my old drawings around to show what a change it can make over 2 years(two 4 hour sessions a week).

My advice is to expose yourself to many MANY other mediums. Not only will this help you find mediums you will possibly enjoy more than pencils but it will give you some ideas for multiple medium pieces. Right now it looks like you've used pencil, coloured pencil and pen. Try some water colours and brush pens sometime ... or try dropping buckets of paint onto a canvas from 20 feet above it I hear that's pretty fun too.

Good luck with art!
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« Reply #5 on: 25 Apr 2006, 10:15 »

Thirded on the classes. Working from life is cool, and definitely helps, but I've found working from photographs can be just as good. Being able to take as long as you want, and not having to translate 3 dimensions into 2 really helps confidence at first. My first drawings from models were like "aaaaaaaaaahhh! not enough time!"


My work after a couple of classes:
http://dscoder.com/artwork/statue.jpg


Four hours of class later (two sessions):
 note: contains nuditude, in case the url didn't tip you off
http://dscoder.com/artwork/charcoalnude1.jpg


One class session after that:
http://dscoder.com/artwork/intense.jpg

Conclusion: A good class is worth its weight in grape nuts*, and charcoal is the most fun medium evar.

*this is assuming you know the secret formula for turning grape nuts into platinum
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Synchronicity

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Young Artist Looking For Advice
« Reply #6 on: 25 Apr 2006, 15:32 »

Thank you everyone who replied. I'm in advanced drawing and painting at school (but the things I do at school are too big to be scanned and I lack a digital camera.) I took a charcoal portraiture class last summer and I felt that I learned a lot. I hope to take more art classes over the summer, though the prices really add up. Thanks for the advice, once again, because it's always good to get advice from people, especially if they've been in the same position. :D
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