Very useful video tutorials :D Especially for those, who just started drawing! Sycra has a lot of basic “How To…” video tutorials (: i try to find some decent tutorials on anatomy, proportions and things like that every time people ask me to give them advice, and this is the best thing i’ve found so far!
Hi again and thank you! (: If by “copying” you mean re-drawing from reference (not tracing), then of course it will help you! Re-drawing the same portrait a few times will help you to remember the face features of the person you’re drawing, you’ll notice little details and pinpoint things that you might get wrong at first try! I do that sometimes, it does help a lot! It’s not just with realistic portraits, but with everything actually :D And i also think that in order to draw in cartoony style, you have to understand how human face works and it’s necessary to start with realistic drawings. When you’re drawing realistic face (especially if it’s from a ref), it’s very important to depict the exact features of a person and keep proportions, which you don’t have to do when you’re drawing in cartoony style. That’s why i think drawing realistically is very important. You have to know human anatomy in order to understand it and then convert it to cartoony style. So yeah, re-drawing the same things a few times does help (: And you also need to read a few tutorials on face proportions, i’ve used Jack Hamm’s book “drawing the head and figure” (: Hope it helps!
Hi! I will never understand how to respond to messages like this, every time i turn into a mess of emotions on the floor ^^ Thank you so very much!
The very important thing to do if you want to improve is push yourself out of your comfort zone, that’s what i always try to do to myself. You might notice that i used to draw a lot of portraits and flowing heads, because it was the easiest thing for me to draw and then i found myself stuck with the same thing. That’s why you need to experiment and make yourself draw things you usually don’t draw. I personally don’t like drawing backgrounds, especially nature, but i’m trying to do it more often even if i feel like i don’t want to do it. It’s also fun to turn a drawing into a challenge for yourself, and encourage yourself with a thought of how good it will look if you put more effort in it, if you add more details and so on. Just keep trying until you’re satisfied with how it looks. It may take a lot of erasing, fixing, drawing all over again, but it will worth it! At least for me, when i’m happy with a result, i already don’t care how many attempts it took. You can also make kind of a schedule for yourself, for example: work on anatomy for two weeks, you will have to draw a lot of poses, rough sketches, they don’t have to have faces, but you will have to keep drawing different poses for two weeks straight. Then when you feel like you got better with anatomy, start working on for example just hands or head or anything else that you feel like needs improvement. To be honest i don’t do that, but i try to work on things that i’m not good at, when i don’t feel like drawing something polished. Well yeah, i think you got the idea of pushing yourself and trying something new :D Read different books about drawing, there are millions of art books and tutorials online, read them, try them out (: they will definitely help!
Thank you for liking my characters! :D If you’re talking about VO guys, then i just look at clothes in different online stores. If you’re talking about Iris and others then i love NicholasK, his collections are amazing! :D And sometimes i just stumble across great looks here on Tumblr xD
Congrats on your first tablet! It always feels weird at first, but the more you use it the easier it gets! Also don’t forget to check tablet settings, the working space is has to be proportional to your screen (: also play around with the pen settings! Well yeah, it gets easier with practice just like with anything else, so just keep trying! :D
Thank you! Here goes a “tutorial” on how i sketch hair.
I am a horrible teacher, because i don’t freaking know how do i draw stuff xD Sorry that it took me so long!
Thank you :D And here it goes dear anon (:
omg ears! Just a few minutes ago i thought “Ears… Rita, you have to pay more attention to ears, stop ignoring them, they’re an important part of the head after all” xD and i always question their size and place, but i think ear lobe is on the same line as the tip of the nose and the tip of an ear is on the line with eyebrows, i hope it make sense (:
about the lifted chin - I CAN NEVER GET IT RIGHT D: so i just don’t draw it haha only when it’s a profile i kinda can pull it off -_- seriously though, if you look through my gallery you’ll notice it (:
omg i am so useless at giving advises on drawing
i suck at proportions too xD if you saw how many times i fix everything…
tips… hm, read and practice with a help of books\tutorials about human anatomy? When i started drawing, i used this book. You can also find tutorials, which i’ve used here. Also for some reason it’s easier for me to get proportions right, when i start with a head\face. Every time i draw full body with a rough outline of the head, i can’t get the face right later >< so yeah, i start with the face, then add hair and only then body, and i think it’s kinda wrong ha
what else… make little rough sketches of different poses without caring for the face and details, just the main idea of the pose, proportions and stuff (:
If you have a problem with a specific part of the body, then practice at it. Practice hard, draw hands\legs\feet whatever it is over and over again, it might be boring and irritating, but it always encourages me, when i think of the time when i’ll be able to draw this exact part without any problems and mistakes :D
Also kinda a tip, when i finish sketching the whole thing, i take a break. So when i come back later to the drawing, i can see all the mistakes i’ve made. Cause you know how you can’t really see the mistakes, when you work on something for too long and get used to the look of it.
Well yeah, still the best way to get better - practice (:
*feels ashamed and hides in a box*
ahhh i am so sorry, it’s been forever since i’ve translated Iris’ story D: but the thing is that i haven’t written anything even in Russian since April and i am so so so stuck with it, and it makes me think that translating the rest would be a pointless thing to do, because story isn’t going anywhere right now -_-
I really want to come back to writing ant translating story about Iris, but for the past half a year i don’t feel like doing it :( i can’t promise anything, but i am very happy that you this it’s awesome! It’s very flattering ^^ thank you very much <3
that’s a hard question xD because i would open them again, if the money, which i receive through paypal were real >< Paypal doesn’t work 100% with Russia, so i can’t withdraw money from my paypal account to my credit card. Which means i can’t really do anything with this money, except for waste it all on eBay. So i really don’t know when and IF i open my commissions again. And if i ever will, i doubt they will be in “realistic” style.