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01-19-2013, 12:07 PM
Hi, I'm new here and I really enjoy art, I like hand drawn and graphics, but I don't know if I'm any good at it and I would really like it if I could some pointers on how to improve. I'm taking a GCSE in Fine art next year and I want to get a better before then. :)

01-19-2013, 05:07 PM
Hi Blue, great to have you here at the forums...I am taking it that you are fairly new to art and from looking at what you have posted can see really great things to come. We all start somewhere with are art and we artists should always grow and learn from what our last piece has shown us.

One thing that I could suggest right off...do not label your work like you are doing (Baby Dragon) let the art speak for its self, unless it is in the design and part of the piece and is intended to enhance the work.

Go to your library and check out all of the books you can find on sketching, look through youtube and find tutorials there as well. Here is a site that may be a bit advanced but still great for beginners...http://www.fivepencilmethod.com/tutorials/
Most of the videos are free and you have to sign up as a member which is free but has some really great advice and Darrel Tank explains things in a way that is easy to understand.

I would also say sketch often and sketch everything, set up still life objects and sketch. Do quick little sketches of people, landscapes, buildings...sketch from life more from pictures and do not be to concerned with how the results are at this stage, you are training your eyes and hands to work as one.

Read everything you can about art, composition, color, design...this may not make total sense to you at first and may be down right confusing but just get an idea of what artists think about while creating a piece.

I wish you well in your journey into art and I do believe you have what it takes to be an artist...and I don't think it is a question of becoming an artist it is a question of releasing the artist within and learning to create what we have in our minds.