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post #1 of Old 03-25-2014, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Do I have talent?

Ok so im 18 and an amateur in every sense of the word I used to be interested in drawing around 4 years ago but i would only ever draw/scetch anime dbz characters here are some examples of my work at 14 years old Attachment 7849 Do I have talent?-20140325_015321.jpg Do I have talent?-20140325_015059.jpg but as I grew older my other interestes took over and I stopped drawing for about 3 to 4 years. I recently began drawing again to see if I can develop into a much better drawer. Im trying to draw more realistic drawings which im having a hard time with. Here is an example of something im currently working on. Do I have talent?-20140325_014911.jpg I just started up again this is one of my very first real life drawing attempt. One day I want to be able to draw like this Do I have talent?-12-awesome-celebrity-drawings.jpg Am I ever going to be this good or am I just waisting my time? thx
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post #2 of Old 03-25-2014, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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more examples of my work at 14 Do I have talent?-20140325_014926.jpg Do I have talent?-20140325_014938.jpg
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post #3 of Old 03-25-2014, 01:32 AM
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Its never a waste of time to learn anything. It takes work and real study to get better at being an artist. You are not a drawer, but you are someone who's wanting to get better at this very exacting skill. So go slow and ask questions of people who can help. Libraries are full of great books on drawing. Michelangelo was a drawer too.
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any suggestions? like I promised my self that I would draw something each and every night to try an improve through trial and error. From looksing at my most recent drawing is there anything im doing wrong or something i can do to improve my drawings in the future? Im not finished just yet i still have to draw the gloves and pants.
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Looks like you are in the same stage as I am right now!

My story goes the same as yours and my skill is nearly just the same as yours at drawing and I'd like to do real life portraits one day too.

Not many suggestions from my part, but I can tell you what helped me go forward:

1.) The very fact that you are thinking about your artistic skills is a good start, it means it really means something to you. So, you have a very high chance of succeeding.
2.) What you drew at the age of 14 is WAAYYY better than what I could have ever drawn at that age. So, dude man! You've got talent! You just have to work hard on it and keep it up!
3.) Easy to start: Buy good tools first or start with something small.
4.) Looks like you have found your inspiration already (It's that portrait you want to be able to draw one day)
5.) Why not take tutorials from youtube and try drawing some of the portraits you want to? It's never too late nor early to start. Try drawing that portrait that you want to draw, now itself. Take tutorials from youtube
6.) It's youtube that helped me big time. So, I suggest you take help from it, it gives you step by step tutorials and basic information on art from which you can start your own experiments and journey in art.

Here's what helped me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSukCxg1jxQ

Few things to keep in mind:

1.) Shadows and lighting to give the picture its depth
2.) Proper shades of colours
3.) Using different shades of the same colour to add detail and depth, and the proper selection of colours and their hues to show the proper lighting effect
4.) Pay attention to the minute most details
5.) Patience
6.) Even sketching a little eye can take a day if you are going to pay attention to that many details that will bring perfection to it
7.) Keep practising and learning. Lessons in art are never ending and one can never really be a pro artist, there's always more to learn.
8.) Take help from seniors. Youtube helps.

Lastly dude, love and enjoy what you are doing!

Wish you all the best from my side!
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Talent? Who`s to say. Drawing is a skill and like any skill it requires practice and dedication...there`s no voodoo, no black magic...gonna lay this old nugget out there, you get out of it what you put into it. Find a good teacher and take classes. And draw more.
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Does anyone want to buy your work? I don't mean sympathetic family members (your art looks good btw) if your hoping to draw for a comic then you are fighting against huge competition.

Talent? we got a few local artists where I live, one Lady did this portrait of one of her family. I was asking questions like how long did it take, was pretty well floored when she said it took her one DAY! (mind you that's with acrylics) even so it was very well done. I wouldn't hesitate to get her to do a commission. Another artist, though not technically the best has such an interesting theme that you just cant help liking his work. I almost bought a piece but dithered too long. His adopted son is another level ahead, pretty much photorealistic, he gets a lot of commissions. All are self taught.

I am only just starting out, and aim to get to a level where my work will sell. Not so much for fortune but it would be pretty good to self fund this fascinating pastime (which it is for me anyway)
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it would be pretty good to self fund this fascinating pastime
wouldn`t it though
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Hey...I am a confirmed cartoonist..it just doesn't thrill me to do photo-realism, although I respect the craft of those who can and do. I believe your cartooning capabilities are quite delightful. But if photorealism is something you're after, patience and high attention to detail plus the faithfulness to reproduce an image. You already copy well; the rest is just a matter of learning to render the illusion of stuff like texture, perspective, foreshortening and light-to-dark graduations.
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@Master Snowy: I just saw your post. Looks like I could have saved myself some trouble as you covered everything aptly.
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