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post #1 of 67 Old 05-14-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hi!

I think I am totally rubbish 'cause no one wants to see my drawing but I'll give it one more go.

This is my 2nd attempt at Drawing Lila-a horse that I mucked up while colouring:



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I would love some tips by the way and please write at least 'Hi' so I know you have lookedOK?

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post #2 of 67 Old 05-14-2011, 01:00 PM
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Don't get down on yourself! Don't have any tips. I can't draw at all, my 5 yr old daughter has more artistic ability than me! Just like anything else, keep at it & practice makes perfect :)

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post #3 of 67 Old 05-14-2011, 01:21 PM
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Hi phantom,

You will get better. Of course, you will. Anything that you do a lot of you will get better. You must draw a lot! I always recommend to people to draw a ton, and not worry about the finished product. Be prepared to draw and throw away many pictures. You will have 9 failures for every success, at least at first. Speed up! Don't try to "carve" your picture, as if it were stone. Just feel the shape and line and lay those feelings down onto the paper. Quick!, like 1 minute. If it's wrong, start again.

As for drawing from the photo, especially in a difficult perspective such as you have chosen, try using tracing paper for a bit to help you learn how to translate the shapes you see in 3D into lines on a 2D piece of paper.

Do not compare yourself to others who have many more years experience.
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To be honest...you ARE getting better. I can see the improvement in your most recent drawing. Tinyliny has great advice. It takes time and practice. Please don't get discouraged. Look at each piece you do as a new skill learned.. :) Posted via Mobile Device

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OK. Any tips on colouring?

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It's great. You will get better.

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Hi!

I think I am totally rubbish 'cause no one wants to see my drawing but I'll give it one more go.

I would love some tips by the way and please write at least 'Hi' so I know you have lookedOK?

Phantom
The problem with your drawing is you are looking AT the horse not IN the horse.

You are lacking depth perception and just trying to do the outline without looking at the the basic shapes that make up any drawing.
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You are going to get tons of different advice because everyone has their own style. The best thing you can do is draw and draw and see what works for you. Pick up drawing books and practice from them. Sometimes you can find them cheap on ebay or at garage sales or some libraries carry them or can get them for you.

My initial drawing would look similar to your first one. You have the basic overall shape and proportions going on. That is a good thing because a lot of people can't really *see* the outline and proportions. This is why a lot of art books tell people to use spheres and other basic shapes to start a drawing with. You don't really need too because you have the talent to see it and apply it to paper. You will even get better with proportions the more you draw. I would suggest starting the outline a big lighter so you can change and adjust it easier as your drawing progresses.

Now you need to finish it. Add detail. It takes time and patience to add the detail. Look at the shading and highlights. For example - the eye is never a solid color. Depending on the lighting there may be 2-8 shades that make up the depth of the eye. Shading is what changes a plain 2-D circle into a 3-d sphere. Learning to see those shades and highlights and apply them will be what adds the finishing touch to your drawings.

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[saying Hi because I know nothing about art xD But I looked! XD]

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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