drugmassacre wrote:Along with practicing all the time, you need to figure out what it is that you think you're doing wrong specifically and tackle those promblems. Practicing could mean making tghe same mistakes over and over again and that certainly doesn't help.
Excellent, excellent point. The advice that *just practice* will make you a better drawer is not true, because what if you practice drawing without understanding certain things you need to know, like perspective or anatomy? All you will be doing is practicing bad drawing.
My advice about getting better? Go to a bookstore, and get good art instruction books. Here is a few I recommend. Jack Hamm is an excellent author. Get his stuff, read what he says, and practice every exercise in his books. Doug Jamieson did an underated book called "How to Draw from Your Head." It's out of print now, but if you can get it at the library you will find a book that will teach you how to draw the human body from head to toe. Get also "Keys to Drawing" and do the exercises in that book. It did wonders for me. Dynamic Wrinkles and Drapery? Get that. (Hogarth) Dynamic Light and Shade? Get that, too.
Lastly, look and study manga (especially if you are into cartooning). Don't pick up the cutesy-wutesy, big eyed pixie, girly stuff. Pick up stuff like "Planetes." Manga artists are the best cartoonists and artists on the planet (IMO) and will teach you everything you need to know about drawing.