I've been drawing for years. I'm still no expert, but being self-taught has
caused me to gather up hoardes of tricks, tips, and references that is super
benificial to any artist. I figured since little-me could have used this sort of
site, I would make one in the hopes of helping any budding artist!
Basic Art Tips
Practice makes perfect! You can't improve if you don't draw!
Stop comparing yourself to others!
Instead, look how far you've grown.
Anyone who says using a reference is cheating, they're lying.
Reference is the MOST important thing for every artist.
A good example is Michelangelo, who used only male models in his carvings.
Even when he carved statues of women, which leads to... this:
Sure his attention to detail is fantastic, but the entire shape and build
is that of a masculine body. Look me dead in the eye and tell me that
man had any idea what a boob looked like. Use. References.
Those weird circles and squares artists draw before drawing the actual thing
do have a use. It's a form of reference, but all those "How to Draw"
books I read as a kid never told me WHY. Turns out, it is to make sure your
proportions are correct, and gives you a rough guide for shapes. That's why
most starting artists who don't use them end up with horribly disproportionate
Your art is going to suck. You're going to hate a LOT of drawings you put
A LOT of effort into. Take a deep breath, and move on. We've all been there.
The only reason why you never seem to see other artist's "bad drawings" is because
they don't post them. (also, again see the second bulletpoint: stop comparing
yourself to others!
These are some of the most helpful websites I know of for getting references.
Scyra on YouTube
has a variety of art-related videos;
some of his more helpful videos are ones that take complex art techniques
and gives a more simple trick to it.
SenshiStock on DeviantArt
is one of my favorite places to get references for poses. They've built up a HUGE
amount of references over the years, and if you need it, odds are they have it.
Need a random face? Click Here.
Humanae is a tumblr blog that has a huge collection of unquie faces. A big problem
for a lot of artists is "same-face syndrome" when all your characters look the
same. Drawing various faces can help break that, and this site has it.
Oddly enough, another good place for unique faces is the offical
Of Monsters and Men YouTube channel. Any video with a black background
and a geometric symbol has a person lip-scynching the song. This is a great place to
not only get a unique face, but an expression or more dynamic pose as well!
(Seeing as Humanae only has neutral, facing-front images)