Drawing from the foundation

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  10 October 2011
Drawing from the foundation

I'm a 19 year old girl whos been drawing since I was 12 years old, but the problem is i never really learned the foundation.
Whenever people tell me to "construct" things in general and especially from imagination, I just get confused. My goal is to be able to do those awesome fantasy pictures or for example cartoons - I love the old Disney for example - but that goal feels far away now when I haven't improved really since I was 13.

When I draw I usually do some sketches from life, or draw from a photograph portrait, just the way I've always done, then I sit down and see a "awesome picture" in my head and start drawing and do a "masterpiece" from imagination with turn out badly and then I get frustrated XD
Then I go online and read about "construction" and tries to think about how the nose is shaped (without ref) when I draw from imagination and then it get even worse XD

Can also add I've never really drawn technically but more that "one should draw with a artistic expression" when sketching etc.

I've got the tips to draw only from life but yeah all help and advice are really appreciated.
  11 November 2011
You need to study anatomy and figure--that is the only way you will learn how to draw/paint people out of your head without needing references. Read the sticky threads for advice on what books to get, and how to learn/practice/grow in your ability to depict people with credibility and expressiveness, regardless of style.
  11 November 2011
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