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Art Tips!so

Art Tips!

so the how 2 draw thread went back pages, so we decided to create a similar thread. Except in this one, we can also post drawings and ask for constructive criticism, and tips on what may make your drawing more improved. BUT NO SAYING ANYTHING HATEFUL TO OTHERS. All of the art I've seen on the CB is incredible, and this is a no-bad-judgment zone. And please only give constructive criticism if the person specifically asks for some.

have fun on this thread! 

I was wondering if anyone had tips on how to draw a cartoonish body frame? 

submitted by Red Starlight, age Past, Elsewhere
(September 6, 2021 - 4:29 pm)

I draw my body frames as squares. Example shown below, an old drawing I did for an art contest, ignore the fact that it's a penguin, I draw penguins a lot.

Cricket art contest 6.png
submitted by Alex
(September 6, 2021 - 5:17 pm)

If you're looking for that body shape plus a dress, here's an example of how I do it.

My avatar for Nano.png
submitted by Alex
(September 6, 2021 - 5:19 pm)
submitted by tippity top, age pippitypop, dippity dop
(September 6, 2021 - 7:56 pm)

I don't have any tips for humans because I rarely draw them; instead I usually draw dragons, cats, dogs, and other furry mammals. I like to think I'm okay at it, but does anyone have any tips for drawing dragons from the front? 

submitted by Raven, age Forever, The Whisperlands
(September 7, 2021 - 5:39 am)

Use references! There are a lot of animals that can look similar to dragons, depending what you're going for: some examples are lizards, birds of prey, foxes, etc. You can just google a front view of whatever animal you want to reference, and then you can learn from that!

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(September 9, 2021 - 9:21 pm)

Anyone have tips for using colored pencils?

submitted by Feline Fantasy, age She/her, A Toast Fairy Village
(September 8, 2021 - 8:55 am)

Outline your drawing in normal pencil first, I do darker lines but that's only because I don't do the light sketching thingie some (or most) artists do.  If you know what colors you're using for your drawing, pull them out in advance, it saves time rather than searching your case for that one color you know you just saw but now you can't find it. 

For example, let's say your coloring in this persons purple shirt, I take the pencil and color the boarders first, but you do you.  Then after that coloring in the rest. If you're going to add something to the shirt (like a flower) make sure you do it BEFORE coloring in the full shirt 

submitted by Alex
(September 8, 2021 - 1:57 pm)

Something I love to do with colored pencils is blend. One way to do an ombré blend is to take two distinctly different colors and outline your drawing in a normal pencil. Then, do a LIGHT base coat with the lighter color, coloring in the whole area. Then, color in half or wherever you want to be ombré on the drawing. Then go over it again with the base, coloring harder this time. Do it until it looks blended. It works sometimes, but I use crayola pencils so it doesn't work well all the time, but it still works a lot.

submitted by Star@Feline Fantasy
(September 8, 2021 - 7:00 pm)

Thank you for the tips!

submitted by Feline Fantasy
(September 9, 2021 - 8:41 pm)

I am in desperate need of help- how do y'all find your art style?? I'm so unhappy with mine and I don't know if I want to go more realistic or more cartoony... UGH

As a side note does anyone know of some cheap styluses (like under $30-ish) that will work on an iPad 8th generation? 

submitted by The Sage Wolf
(September 9, 2021 - 8:48 am)

FINDING AN ART STYLE!!! I needed help with that too. My favorite artist online, Drawing Wiff Waffles, has a whole video on it, so if you have time you should check it out! And tbh, I absolutely love your drawings, you have so much artistic talent!

submitted by Star@The Sage Wolf
(September 9, 2021 - 4:33 pm)

I think that finding an art style kind of comes . . . naturally, with time, if that makes sense. And an art styles is never fully "found" or "realized" or whatever, it just keeps evolving and getting refined. Something to get you started is drawing from life and trying to apply those concepts in new ways, simplifying and breaking things down in differently. Looking at other's artstyles you like helps, too. Also, you don't need to draw the exact same way all the time -- your "style" can have a range, or you can have multiple, or whatever.

submitted by Feline Fantasy
(September 9, 2021 - 8:45 pm)

@Red Starlight, I love Drawing Wiff Waffles too! Her art style is really cool, I should definitely check out the video. And also, thank you so much! Your art is also amazing, and I love the Peanuts Picturings thread so much XD

@Feline Fantasy, okay, that makes sense! Yeah, I use a LOT of other people's art as inspiration for small parts of my art and it all comes together... and it's nice to hear that it's pretty normal to have different art styles because I can never choose between more relistic or more cartoonish.

Thank you both for the tips! (also, Hazel says tagxi!! We don't have any in my small town, Hazel...)

submitted by The Sage Wolf
(September 10, 2021 - 1:33 pm)

Another thing: people stress the words "art style" a lot, but there is a lot more to how somone draws then their "style." For instance, there is what I like to call an "artist's handwriting". My sketch artist's handwriting is very loose and I will quickly draw the same line several times to average it out.  And another important thing is developing an artist's eye where you learn to see the world around you and how you would draw it. I feel like there is something else I was gonna add, by I forgot.

submitted by Feline Fantasy
(September 18, 2021 - 8:40 am)

I think something important with drawing a cartoonish body is shape and balance. Balance: you don't want your character to be too heavy/complicated on one side, and simple on the other, so you kind of want to keep it the same throughout (but do add some variety). Shape–most cartoon characters have a very defined shape, that also communicates a little about the character's personality. ie. if the character has a lot of triangles, they might look polished and dangerous; circles mean warmth and softness, and squares mean sturdiness and reliability. Of course, you can mix these up too–but do really try to use shapes!

submitted by Rainbow Riot
(September 9, 2021 - 9:23 pm)