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« on: February 19, 2007 05:47 PM »
Hi, you see when i draw, what i do is look at a picture and then draw it down. However, without a picture, i can't really draw anything. I;ve never went to an art class in my life before, but i just keep practicing, and i've become a decent "mimic-er" (if that's even a word ;X). Anyway, i was wondering if anyone could help me further improve on my skills by teaching me a few things/ giving me a few websites that i can look at.

ALSO, i just love flash, and have so many stories/ideas that i want to share with people, but idk how to use flash. I have Macromedia flash MX 2004 and photoshop 7.0, but idk how i'm supposed to make flash! i just don't get it !

Anyway, i look forward to peeps helping me out!

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2007 06:08 PM »
i don't have any tutorials on my hands right now and i would go through some anime stuff with you, but i don't have the time at the moment.

also, with flash, someday i'm going to be putting my own homemade tutorials on how to get through the basics, intermediate and advanced tricks of flash. if you have specific questions i can answer them.

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007 06:28 PM »
alrighty thanks man , well...if you ever get time , i would like to hear some tips on anime, i always screw up the body proportions, especialy the face part (eyes, nose and mouth, and hair too >=(...)

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2007 07:27 PM »
I recommend you to stay away from anime/manga styles until you have a grasp of life drawing and all the basics, basically because manga-anime is a simplified version of drawing.
When you learn how to draw realistic or properly shaped bodies and faces, anime and manga will be easier for you.

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2007 08:11 PM »
I'll be the first to say, I hate anime. butttttttttttttt, in order to develop a style, you have to know the basics first. ZwickelStudios is right. I would recommend drawing from life. Ask one of your friends to pose or draw from human pictures and get an idea of how the body works.

As for websites, I don't know, look at those stock imaging sites if you need references, or you can always use google images for poses and such. I just picked up ANATOMY: A Complete Guide for Artists by Joseph Sheppard and it goes into muscle structure and forms pretty well, and its cheap. I recommend getting books about the human body. (Don't get anything by Hogarth, because he is 1. a little advance and 2. so farfetched in body structure, it will fubar your style for LIFE so hold off on him until your comfortable).



AND FLASH, try messing around a bit, I have some tutorials I stole from the library that I can give you if you want, have to see if they are simple enough but drop me a line if you want.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2007 08:12 PM by Moses The Liar »

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2007 12:20 AM »
I never really liked most tutorials online. I preferred the How to Draw Manga series because they'd always provide a comparison of real human proportions against manga-esque, as well as constantly reminding the reader about human proportion and movement of limbs (with a tad bit about muscle structure depending on which book you get from the series).

However, tis better to focus on drawing realistically first.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2007 02:30 PM »
idk, everytime i draw the human face, it seems messed up, i can't get the shading done correctly because...it's like hard to shade a persons face with pencil, i can't get the toning right!

also could i get some of those flash tutorials ?

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2007 02:43 PM »
just outta curiosity, wha'ts the best way to shade stuff? I'm use to like moving the pencil up and down (dark at first and move towards the right and making it lighter as i go to the right) The very basic way of shading i guess.

Anyone know a better one? and pictures/tut on how i should do it?

oh yeah...and clothing too XP, i just don't get the whole logic in the clothing part, like what folds over what ect.

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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2007 03:46 PM »
folds and cloth is a difficult thing to get used to, and make clothes look like they're on the character. hell i'm not good at it.

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/42276998/

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/34644137/

these pencil shading tutorials look nice. i'd love to explain some things myself, but i'm in class right now. hehe


also , flash has some great built in tutorials in the help file.

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2007 04:16 PM »
Quote from: miroku2192
just outta curiosity, wha'ts the best way to shade stuff? I'm use to like moving the pencil up and down (dark at first and move towards the right and making it lighter as i go to the right) The very basic way of shading i guess.

My art teacher always told me 'start off light, then gradually get darker, in layers'.
It's easier to control your shadows that way.

Also, if anything, clothes can be the most trickiest part of drawing a character, I can't do it that well (creases and folds make me want to scream sometimes)
Never really found a decent tutorial for drawing folds that consisted of more than the sentance 'use the shape of the body as a guide for drawing creases and folds'.
Best thing to do, is to reference from real life models/photos I guess.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2007 04:19 PM by Shida »
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« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2007 05:38 PM »
Go to the library and reserve drawing books. That's what I do

Tutorials are great and all, but I learn better from a book.

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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2007 07:20 PM »
Books I recommend and own:
-from Burne Hogarth (Todd McFarlane's master):
Drawing the Human Head
Drawing Dynamic Hands
Dynamic Anatomy

-Bridgeman's Drawing from Life

-Andrew Loomis: Figure Drawing for all it's worth (excellent, also helps you to get hang of dynamic poses, proportions and bodies in any view)

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2007 11:51 PM »
Quote from: ZwickelStudios
-Andrew Loomis: Figure Drawing for all it's worth (excellent, also helps you to get hang of dynamic poses, proportions and bodies in any view)

book is way hard to get ahold of. there's a place to get scans online, i'll try and go find it.

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2007 12:24 AM »
Upload some of your work if you want pointers. I wouldn't worry about shading until you have anatomy down.


Quote from: ZwickelStudios
Books I recommend and own:
-from Burne Hogarth (Todd McFarlane's master):
Drawing the Human Head
Drawing Dynamic Hands
Dynamic Anatomy

I don't like Hogarth, he's crazy ridiculous when it comes to proportion, and not in the good way. But I use some of his books because he does go in good detail on simplifying things such as the hands and feet. Don't pay attention to his gluts studies, they look like honey baked ham racks.

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« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2007 03:42 PM »
If you just want to get the basics down, however, I recommended the "How To Draw Manga" and "How To Draw Anime" series. They have different styles and categories, so you can get a book to the style you want personally.

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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2007 10:19 PM »
 anmation is the best thing to do

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« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2007 05:49 PM »
yeah, i'll upload some work that i did in class/on my spare time if i can find any.  I've stopped drawing for a while cuz of the lack of time. Anyway, once spring break starts, i'll be able to leave campus and i'll scan some at home

for the time being, i'll just look at some sites, and then go to hte pub library during break and check out a few books like u guys said,

Thanks

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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2007 05:52 PM »
i must say though dont go straight into anime you need to do some life drawings and stuff untill you feel happy about that THEN do as much of anime as you like and i think there are so tutorials on How to draw manga website

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« Reply #18 on: March 3, 2007 12:47 AM »
Honestly, i searched and searched for a good Manga/Anime drawing book or tutorial and I never found one that I liked until just a few weeks ago.

I found this book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Manga
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearc...73356&itm=1

DON'T judge this book by the name or cover... it is truly a quality book with great information, pictures and tutorials.

All the "How to Draw: Manga" books I have seen suck, so don't get any of those.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting to draw Anime/Manga.

Check it out.

-cjx

« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2007 08:57 PM »
google search a good site i did once *mumbles*dosent  give u alot of choices thow