Archives for October 2018
That feel when your boyfriend is telling you some juicy gossip and then he stops half-way through.
I used to do that to my ex all the time. It literally kills women when they are denied gossip, hahaha!
This first picture is my progress from October of last year to September of this year. The picture on the left is a digital picture I did last October and the one on the right is a picture I did this past September. Pretty marked difference, I hate to admit.
A year ago (on the pic to the left), I didn’t understand how to render light and shadow at all. I still don’t understand completely, but my skill has come much much farther. I still don’t like the widowmaker picture on the right, but I think I did a good job (for my current skills 😛 ) on her torso. I still have A LOT of work to do on my rendering skills, but I can say at least a year later I actually HAVE a little bit of rendering skill now, whereas a year ago I didn’t even know what rendering was.
So yeah, as much as I hate to admit (because I’m still not satisfied with my skills so far) I have come a god damn long way from 2017.
This second picture is my progress from almost 2 years ago to where I’m at today. The picture on the left is the first colored digital picture I ever did. And oh man lol, it looks fucking HORRENDOUS! I remember at the time I thought it looked okay, hah. I pretty much copied a reference of some blonde chick and drew widowmaker’s features over it.
The picture on the right is a profile I did recently of some demon girl. In comparison I did it completely from imagination, and I actually like the way it came out. I still gotta work on my faces more as the perspective still looks off to me, but it’s a hell of a lot better than 2 years ago.
Anyways, that’s enough about my progress. Let’s talk about you.
You want to know how to learn how to draw?
When I first started my art journey I thought I would be able to write articles about how to help people pursue the dream of art. Like a god damn fool, I thought I would be able to quantify what art is and reduce it to a formula that anyone could learn. And in a lot of ways you can learn art this way, in a cookie cutter formula that anyone could pick up. The time investment alone would kill off most people though, and if you learned art in a structured way like this, your art would be soulless. Your art would be made up of the combined knowledge of tons of artists and not your own personal knowledge.
There’s still so much I haven’t seen and now I hesitate to give any kind of advice.
If you’re me from two years ago and want to learn how to draw…
First figure out what kind of person you are.
Are you a hobby artist? If so, take your time man. Enjoy the journey, don’t worry about learning the “correct” way to learn art. Go where your whim takes you.
Do you want to work in the Art industry like concept art, game design, etc?
Uh, well I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with job trends but the whole “working a job” situation in the world is dying out very fast. You prolly have another 10 years (20 if you’re lucky) of working a job in any industry left. Solo artists who start their own business are making way more money than industry artists ever will (just look up Sakimichan and all the other top patreon creators). But hey if your dream is to work in the Art industry, by all means go for it.
Just know that in the future no artist will be employees for large companies in the future. All artists working in the Art industry will be contractors, solo business owners, or working in small game/media companies.
Do you want to learn art so you can be rich and famous?
Oh man, go learn about business or go be a life-style vlogger. There are WAY better ways to become rich and famous than art. The time investment is too damn high.
It would prolly take you about 4 years to get really good at art to where you could be making decent money, and by decent I mean a modest living, definitely not yacht money. In comparison in 4 years you could start several online businesses and could be making 6 figures a year in about 2-4 years pretty easily.
And if you want fame you could easily become a little famous in about 2 years if you make several videos on youtube every week. Money and fame are not hard to come by these days. Our technology has made these things pretty easy to get. Look elsewhere in some other field.
Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not trying to discourage you, I’m trying to save you.
That should get rid of most people.
That just leaves you and me. We’re a little fuckin crazy eh? We want to make art because we don’t have any other choice. We feel compelled to create art, and if we didn’t create art we feel like we would die. The ideas just come to us, they compel us to make them real. We don’t really have a choice in the matter.
So how the hell do you study art in the first place?
Here’s the holy grail of learning art right here, 2 years of knowledge I give you in two little paragraphs.
Here you go past self, now you don’t have to struggle like I did. (But I know you will. 😛 )
Draw what you want to draw and that’s about it. As long as you’re having fun or losing yourself in your art, then keep drawing those things. Pay attention to what grips you, draw those things.
Don’t watch tutorials too much. Figure things out on your own as much as you can. Only watch tutorials when you absolutely don’t know how to do something in art.
Draw what you like to draw and be careful what you let people “teach” you about art. In 4-6 years you should be a pretty damn good artist.
Just keep going and don’t look back. And whatever you do, don’t stop drawing. Draw until you drop dead. Draw until your personal art dreams come true. If you can make even a few of your art dreams come true, that’s a good life, you could die happy. 🙂
If you’re someone who needs explicit instructions then here’s a step by step guide:
1. Draw the things you like to draw, basically for the rest of your life (you will augment this first step with the following ones). Get a sketchbook and draw the things you like to draw in it everyday (or draw digitally with a tablet, it doesn’t matter. Just draw the things you like everyday!). Try and draw things from imagination as much as you can, but don’t be afraid to use reference if you don’t know how to draw something.
One last disclaimer: if the rest of these steps are boring to you or you dislike doing them, DO NOT DO THEM. The most important thing you can do when learning art is to draw the things you like to draw. That’s pretty much the golden rule of art: draw what you like. If studying is boring for you, then don’t study. Simple as that. Inevitably, you will want to study when you don’t know how to draw a specific thing and you will search for a way to draw that thing you don’t know how to draw. In this way your studying is self-directed. You will only study the things you need and/or want to study.
2. Find a few artists you really like and start tracing their pictures for 1-3 months. (Tracing means you trace over the lines of a picture you like. So get a piece of paper and put it over the drawing and trace the lines with a pencil. Or do this digitally by lowering the opacity of the original picture and tracing over it on a new layer above.) Try and do at least 1 tracing every day, ideally do about 3+ a day. However many you can do without burning out or going crazy, don’t force yourself. The reason you start tracing in the beginning is to cement in your mind what a proper drawing looks like. You’re trying to get correct proportions, anatomy, etc into your muscle memory so that way you will intuitively know what a correct drawing looks like. Eventually you will know how a head, body, eyes, etc should look when you draw them. (Remember to keep doing step 1 always!)
3. Start copying pictures from the artists you like for 6-12 months. (Copying means you put a piece of paper side by side to the picture you want to draw and draw it on the blank page without tracing. If you need a guide for how to copy check out Doxy’s tutorial on Copying or read the first few chapters of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.) Again, try and do at least 1 copy every day, ideally about 3+ a day. Same as #2, don’t burn yourself out. I would also recommend continuing to do 1 trace every day, so that makes 1 trace and 1 or more copies every day (by this point you should be able to knock out a tracing pretty quickly). The reason you are copying is the same as #2, you are trying to embed the knowledge of how a human body, head, tree, etc is supposed to look, into your subconscious/muscle memory. That’s all a master artist is, they’ve drawn things so much that their brain subconsciously simulates how a certain object is supposed to look. (Also, remember to keep doing step 1. Draw the things you like every day! Do at least 1 sketch a day of something you like to draw.)
I am of the opinion that tracing and copying pictures of artists you like for a year or two will get you more knowledge about art fundamentals than directed study. You will learn more by tracing and copying your first year or two than you ever would by taking an art class.
I can say at least for myself, from my personal experience of the last 2 years, I would have learned more by tracing and copying artists than all the classes I took these past 2 years. Maybe things would be different for you if you took classes, I can’t say. I’m just trying to save you some time, but ultimately it’s up to you to figure out your path in art. (Alongside drawing personal sketches of course, don’t forget this!)
4. Beyond this, the rest is up to you. You have to figure out your own learning style that works best for you. Some people can go to art school and learn very well, others do better with just a mentor, and still some can learn very well on their own just watching videos or reading books. Figure out what style of learning is best for you. Do not let people sway you from your interests in art, ESPECIALLY if they’re your teachers! Don’t watch too many videos, read too many books, or take too much advice because you will get information overload = analysis paralysis, then you have too much info and don’t know which advice is the best for you. (Regardless of which path you choose, remember to keep drawing the things you like everyday!)
If you want to understand how I came to these crazy ideas: Read “Mastery” by Robert Greene, listen to Sycra’s podcast, and read “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri. Those 2 books and Sycra’s podcast have been a huge influence on me and helped me figure out what the hell I’m supposed to do in art.
I’ll leave you with a rant so I can really hammer it in your head what you need to remember.
Draw what you like to draw every day!
Never stop drawing your personal likes. Cling to your personal likes and interests in Art like your life depends on it. Because in fact, your soul does depend on it. If you like drawing lolis, then draw lolis. Become the fucking LOLI MASTER. Don’t draw “x” just because society tells you you have to draw “x”. Tell society to fuck off.
Your interests in art are your fucking soul man, don’t you DARE give that up for anybody and especially not because society tells you you shouldn’t draw something. Most of society doesn’t even draw, don’t listen to those artless fucks. Don’t stop drawing what you love to draw until death. Tell them if they want you to stop drawing the things you love to draw so much, they’re gonna have to kill you.
That’s it, good luck on your journey fellow Art wanderer. I’ll see you in 6 months or so when I learn everything I wrote in this article is bullshit! 😛
-JONRS, October 7, 2018
***** Weekly Links are the bi-weekly (don’t look at the dates) article series where I post interesting links I’ve found over the past 2 weeks. Mostly I post art references (mamacitas), art videos that helped me, philosophy stuff occasionally, and lastly some music that I found and love! I also do a little blog post about myself if you’re a weirdo and wanna read about my struggle to become the anime tiddiez master. *****
Here’s another one of those updates that feels like lifetimes have passed since the last one. This year has been a roller coaster for me. I’ve learned and changed/updated my beliefs in the past 7 months more times that ever in my entire life. I feel like I’ve learned so much about how reality works, humans work, and most importantly who I am and what are my limits.
For example, this past month and half I’ve been practicing only drawing what I want to draw and pretty much doing no studying whatsoever. Because of this my art productivity has doubled or maybe even tripled. I realized I just really don’t want to study things I hate in art and only want to study things that capture my attention. It sounds simple and stupid but this simple change has been a big fucking game changer for me in my art journey.
So often, art teachers and professionals hammer it in our head that we have to study, study, study. This is sound advice. The problem with this advice is that in the beginning of your art journey, you’re not the kind of person that CAN just study study study (that was me). There are some people in the world that can force themselves to do things they do not like. If you’re one of those people, then hey, you’re gonna kill it in art. As for me, I’ve been playing video games my whole life so I’m like borderline ADD and I can only do things that engage me, otherwise I lose interest (or wanna smash my head into a big red brick wall).
The real issue with “just study art” is that this is what pro artists/teachers realize is the best way to learn and that’s what they do now to improve. That’s not what they did in the beginning. Most pro artists were drawing/doodling a ton as kids and so developed a hunger to learn art. If you’re just starting to learn art and haven’t drawn for many years, you simply don’t have this same drive that someone who’s been doodling for years has. They’ve spent years developing an interest/hunger for art that you just do not have. This is why artists who have been drawing for years can study “boring” topics for hours on end. They’ve drawn so much that even boring-ass studying is fun for them! They love art, they live and breath it. It’s pleasure for them just to draw anything.
So what’s the solution for those of us who have not drawn for years? You have to get your mileage first. Just like these pro artists got their mileage as kids just doodling or copying a ton, you have to do something similar. In my case I’ve pretty much exclusively only been drawing what I want to draw and nothing else. This means no studying topics you don’t want to study! Pay attention to your interest levels! You know when you’re doing something you don’t want to do! You start tapping your foot, your thoughts are elsewhere, you can’t focus on the task, you start falling asleep, etc. You know the signs when you have no interest in a topic.
Pay attention to your body. It’s trying to tell you: “Hey man, this is pretty fucking boring and not fun. I can’t focus on this bullshit at all so I’m just going to think about things I actually care about or just fall asleep on you okay?”
This is one of the game changing life secrets I’ve learned in the past month:
Pay attention to what you are interested in. Notice the specific things that grip you.
Successful people always say: “If you need motivation to get something done you are not going to make it.” And that is the god damn truth.
The solution to the motivation problem is do the things that interest you. If you do the things that you truly want to do, you don’t need motivation. It doesn’t feel like work to you, it feels like play. So if you wanna draw anime tiddiez, then go draw anime tiddiez. Don’t go study ears or some shit just cause some fuckin guy on youtube says you need to. Study the things you actually want to study. And if you don’t wanna study anything that’s fine! Just go draw whatever it is you really want to draw. Eventually after drawing what you want for months/years, you will become obsessed with art more and more. At that point you will be able to study “boring” topics because now you have your mileage in art and even the boring things are fun for you.
The automatic response to this methodology is: but I like getting my dick sucked all day, like playing video games all day, like getting drunk all day, etc. How is doing what I like to do, going to help me get ahead?
Look here buddy, the context is: I mean do the things that interest you in the subject you are studying. If nothing catches your interest in a subject you are trying to study well that prolly means you don’t like that subject and are not meant to pursue it. If you’re trying to learn welding and all forms of welding you absolutely hate, well hate to break it to ya buddy, you probably shouldn’t be a welder. In the context of art, if you love drawing tits but hate drawing feet for example, then just draw a ton of tits. Stick to your interests, go for the low hanging fruit, take the path of least resistance, you get the picture.
How to learn art: draw the stuff you like drawing for many months/years. Once you turn into an obsessed art maniac you will want to study to get better and the studying will actually be fun for you because you’re a bad motherfucker at art now.
Kay, that’s it. Los links time.
none this month, been getting all my refs from asian girl boards on pinterest
How to fix Cintiq 13HD blue screen of death (Clip Studio Paint)
Just plug the cintiq usb cable into a usb 2.0 slot (the black slots). For some reason wacom products don’t like usb 3.0 slots (the blue slots).
I’ve been suffering with random BSODs (usually after waking my comp from sleep) for months with my Cintiq 13HD and finally tried this. Welp, lets just say I haven’t had a blue screen in 2 months now. It’s pretty fuckin dumb that a horrible problem I had for months was solved with something as simple as changing usb port types, but hey that’s how life is sometimes. Complex problems with simple, dumb solutions. x_x
Dandon Fuga – Really good pin up artist. He does skin very well and his faces look super good!
lack – Illustrator that does a ton of art for the Fate anime franchise. His colors are so damn beautiful and bright!
Koyorin – Character artist. Draws very appealing faces too!
Neo Art Core – Another great pinup artist. The way he paints light reminds me of Liang Xing, very similar style.
Unsomnus – Pin up artist that draws lots of cute girls. More pleasing faces. ^_^
Nikita Varb – Really damn good Russian pinup artist! His style is like 1/2 realistic, 1/2 anime style. Really pretty stuff.
のらくら – No idea how to pronounce this guy’s name but who cares. He does amazing linework of pretty anime girls! This guy is line art goals, check out his work. x_X
Zdzisław Beksiński – Incredible Polish artist who made lots of breathtaking paintings in the 60’s and 70’s. And by breathtaking I mean mostly fucked up, lovecraftian nightmare fuel. His paintings are very beautiful in a dark way, and some of them straight up make you wanna vomit. Buttttttttt, he has some pictures that are just absolutely fucking gorgeous in a alien world/dream-like way. This guy was something else, check him out.
Shuichi Wada – Professional Illustrator that does a lot of work for mobile games it seems. His art is super dang beautiful! Bright fantasy paintings with gorgeous women, gasp.
Afro Cuban All-Stars Concert – These doods are an amazing Cuban band. This music just makes you wanna dance! It’s totally infectious! There’s some kinda soul or energy in latino music that I haven’t found in any other culture’s music (probably confirmation bias). Probably all those hundreds of years of blood sacrifice, we got those ancient blood gods in our genes and music now. Definitely not study music. 😀
Chris Spheeris – Magaya – This guy makes some bad ass middle eastern/spanish sounding music. Age of Mythology was probably the first game that turned me onto this kinda of music, good stuff to draw to.
Cafe Music BGM channel – Youtube channel that exclusively does beautiful instrumental jazz. They have hours and hours of great jazz and even several live streams going 24/7. Great music for studying or drawing. ^_^
Round Table – Groovin Magic – In-fucking-credible song by Round Table. They’re a Japanese band that makes lots of music for animes, movies, etc. This is the kinda music I absolutely love, this music makes my soul sing. There’s another elevator song of theirs that I listen to on repeat all the time too lol, check it out!
Aqua Corridors – Kaivaan – Amazing song by Kaivaan! I found him from songs he’s done with anime style singers with cutesy voices. This album in particular is pretty dang good, hard to describe. This song is another I’ve been addicted to. He did amazing on that sparkly water sound, sounds like he got it from a final fantasy game or some jrpg.
Akira The Don – Litany Against Fear – Another incredible song by Akira the Don, this time based off of Dune. Not much to say here, if you know about Dune, then you know what’s up with this song. If you don’t know what this is from, go read Dune or watch the sci-fi mini-series, amazing stuff.