I wanna sit down and type something out for you, give you a little.. encouragement. Meh.
I always hear the words "I wanna be able to draw like you" and "I wish I can be that good." And stuff like that about my art.
Have you ever wondered how I got to that point? It's rather easier then you think. I joined dA Sep 12, 2009 but I never drew anything. I did pen drawings here and there but it was nothing to really look at. Instead I looked at other people's art, faving a bunch of art that I really enjoyed. I took up instead of drawing, coloring images. I colored the crap out of images, I didn't know really what I was doing. I would smug the coloring around then slowly by hand start to erase it around the drawings.
( This is the old colorings, they are just lineart images I found and I colored myself, credit to the owners- s633.photobucket.com/user/aoi_… ) Now notice how crappy its all done. No shading, spots missed, out of lines and everything.
I looked at the linearts and thought "I wish I can make linearts" so I started to look into it more. I took one of my drawings and that was what I did, I turned it into my first lineart on November 2, 2012
Now looking at that lineart I shake my head at it and think "Dear god look at that." I notice how many problems are in it and I began to make more, each time getting a little better at it. I soon wanted to get out of that and into coloring. Only I didn't like doing the shading at the time, I hated it and I still do.
Instead I grabbed a random tool and made it blur and gray scale so I didn't have to do shading. ( December 25, 2012)
Because my account is unable to get on I can't find you the official date of when I did do shading.
Now.. looking at it I still adore that type of coloring and shading. I can do better now but I still love it and might go back to it at times //shot.
As I began to draw more I began to start to use colors. The person who got me into coloring my images was daredevil48
Because of her I began to draw more and more images with colors. I began to learn how to do things. I went to my very first join me with her and I already began to learn alot. I had no idea about the bucket tool until she began to show me about it. The wand tool trick I learned from watching her. Just about everything I know about art I learned from watching her and asking questions. I didn't even know what a blur tool was, I only used pen, eraser, and airbrush. I looked at her settings and learned how to use the other tools and such.
I learned the clip art tool from another tutorial and I learned the texture tool from Ashpyr
I use to draw using trackpad, (for those who ask wtf it is, it's that mouse that's built into laptops that you use your finger on) and now I use tablet that I got.. 3 monthish ago. Seeing the things I have done it (even though its bad) I feel a little proud. So if you think you can't do it you are wrong. You just need to try to go at it at a different way.
Looking back at things I have seen how far I have come. Everyone starts with stick figures, depending on how much practice you put into it depends on how far you have come.
Watching others and asking questions, seeing how they did it is what got me to the spot I am, it's why I always open join mes, want you to ask for tutorials on how to do things. (I'm not saying always go to mine, I'm saying why I do.)
I want to help others and answer questions and show on how to do things. I might not be perfect and know alot about stuff but I'm always willing to help out as much as I can.
Some people will think "I don't want to copy you because it's not my own style" but there you are wrong. What happened with myself was that I watched how people did things and I took them and did it myself. I found it didn't work perfect so instead I bend it to being my own way, until I got it to do it how I wanted making it my own. Just like how Rika and I do alot of art together, I watched her, learned all of that but we still do our own ways. She uses.. 5/6 layers and I use 10000000 layers for my images. She uses wand tool in some spots and I down other spots by hand and so on. We do things the same but yet it's in our own ways.
Instead of just standing there running in circles and needing help but too afraid to ask, don't.
People enjoy answering questions and helping others to get up to an amazing spot. If you see a way artist does their hair then ask them how they do it. Learn how to do thing, because there's an easier way to do things. You might be how I was at the start, too stubborn to learn anything and ask about it. But really, you will regret it and you will have to suck up that pride or you wont get far on things. It's better then to just sit there being stubborn wishing you were better.
That is just a little something I want to give to you all. Even if you look down art your art and think bad about, you shouldn't. Everyone started with stick figures. Its just a matter of what direction you took on it.