View Full Version : I think i suck at drawing, really need help!

08-31-2011, 09:03 AM
Hello CG Society..

I recently started drawing and i really really really wanna start getting better. I wanna get really good. I think i have the pacience to learn it, but i really have no idea how to get better at it and have no idea on hom to teach myself :(
So i have linked to this robot for you guys, imo it's the best thing i can draw without looking at a reference picture and only drawing from my mind. I know it's not perfect, so you can go as tough on it as you want!

I would really really really be happy if you could give me some tips, thanks up front.

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09-01-2011, 03:12 PM
Show me something you spent about an hour on, not something that took you 13 seconds, and I will give you a serious reply.

09-01-2011, 03:18 PM
I just finished a new drawing.
And i actually see a progress. I decided to do more hand drawing than Tablet drawing. And as it seems i'm way better in hand.
This is my best hand drawing by now.

09-01-2011, 03:46 PM
Okay that's probably still not an hour but ok, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and here's my serious reply. :)

Tip #1: stop trying to draw stuff without reference, it's like you're a skinny guy trying to lift the heaviest weight in the gym. You're not ready for it yet. You have to start with a smaller weight.

Choose an object from real life. Choose a SIMPLE object. A plain tea mug or something like that. Put it on a table with light coming in from a window, or a single lamp nearby. Sit down and draw it with pencil and paper. No need for an eraser yet, it will only slow you down. This may sound horrifically boring to you but IT'S THE ONLY WAY. And if your will is strong enough you can do this.

Tip #2: repeat the exercise above many, many times, using different objects. At the same time start reading about perspective, there are many links here in this part of the forum.
How fast do you want to improve? It's all about how much time you spend drawing. There's no shortcut.
Gradually go to more complex objects, more than one object, etc. Read about lighting, color theory. After a few weeks you might be ready for flowers, curtains, crumpled paper, t-shirt hanging on a chair etc. After a few months you might be ready for human anatomy. I say might, because different people go at different speeds.

This is exactly like strength training. It takes years, but you are in fact guaranteed results if you do it right.

09-01-2011, 04:32 PM
Thank you Stahlberg!
Those tips will help me a lot!

I will start by drawing my beer mug that i use for coins. Without the coins in tho :)
Is there anything "special" that is easy for beginners to start with?

09-01-2011, 04:56 PM
I also have a huuuuge problem with drawings cylinders :(
Any tips on that?

09-01-2011, 06:35 PM
I also have a huuuuge problem with drawings cylinders :(
Any tips on that?
Donít feel bad, most artists donít know how to draw a proper cylinder in perspective. I usually tell people, if they can properly draw a cylinder they can draw anything. ;)

A cylinder is not as easy to draw as people may think, even though it is just two ellipses connected by two lines. To draw a proper cylinder requires some linear perspective knowledge. The key thing to remember is the center line of a cylinder most often follows the same line that cuts an ellipse in half at it's narrow width (that is itís Minor Axis), unless the cylinder is in a very distorted wide angle perspective or at the edge on your image. Then the ellipse has to touch the centers of the sides of the squares shown in the bottom image (which is what happens in all cases, but may be a bit harder to draw. Just think wheels and axles. If you can draw a stick of butter with a cylinder inside of it, length wise, and can draw it in any angle, you can draw just about anything (or at least youíll be well on your way :) ).

Thereís more going on with a cylinder than two ellipses with two lines. *The black dots are the actual centers of the circles that make up the cylinder ends, and not the centers of the ellipses (which is a common mistake).

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